Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM CDT
333 North Green Street, Chicago, IL
The 2022 Chicago CTO Summit
Connect with, and learn from your peers at the Chicago CTO Summit
ABOUT THE CHICAGO CTO SUMMIT
If you are technical and manage engineers, share problems and get answers at The 2022 Chicago CTO Summit. Whether you want to figure out how to return to the office in a sustainable way, avoid the "great resignation", think through the practicalities of hiring and managing international teams or just learn how to improve your engineering effectiveness using approaches such as DORA metrics, the CTO Summits are designed to help you to learn from top practitioners and to share experiences with your peers. The summit is a single day (8:00 AM -> 6:00 PM), single track summit with 15 presentations along with plenty of breaks for networking!
WHY ATTEND?
Keep up to date with trends
Identify best practice
Strengthen your network
Get inspired and motivated
FEATURED SPEAKERS

Fulfilling the promise of continuous delivery

Charity Majors

CTO, Honeycomb

Build vs buy at scale

Ann Lewis

CTO, Next Street

Criminal background = kickass developer

Jonathan Moore

Founder & CEO, RowdyOrb.it

Beyond the four most common devOps metrics

Michael Stahnke

VP Platform, CircleCI

The secret to CEO and CTO alignment

Bryan Helmkamp

Founder and CEO, Code Climate

Why reorgs fail

Aaron Erickson

Co-Founder and CEO, Orgspace

Security from zero

Eleanor Saitta

Principal Consultant, Systems Structure

You succeeded as a senior tech leader. Now what?

Joseph de Castelnau

Chief Data Officer & Founder, Syncresia

How to make product and engineering work together

David Subar

Managing Director, Interna

Giving engineering teams superpowers with serverless

Jay Zeschin

VP of Technology, Highwing

Micro-services: don’t forget to plan for the imperfect

Bjorn Freeman-benson

CTO, Ambassador Labs

Trust at scale: intentional communication for engineering leaders

Mercedes Bernard

Principal Software Engineer, Cloud City Development

Synthesizing failure: simplicity in modeling

Aaron Bedra

Global Head of Engineering, Cumberland DRW

How to science the product

Emad Khazraee

Senior Director of Product Data Science, Turing.com

The API of your team

Trace Wax

VP of Product, Artium

MEET ENGINEERING LEADERS FROM
What CTO’s say about CTO Summits
The CTO Summit series produces some of the highest-quality content, available for engineering leaders. The speaker lineup is always diverse and passionate about their areas of expertise. I'm not aware of any other event which packs this much talent and high-quality content into a single day!
Johnny Austin
CTO Till
The CTO Summit gave me a great opportunity to step back from the daily challenges and think about broader opportunities to help my team evolve and accelerate.
Ann Funai
SVP Engineering, Under Armour
The summits bring together industry leaders who are passionate about sharing high-quality, practical knowledge in an environment that fosters valuable networking, learning, and growth.
Nick Cardwell
Chief Product Officer, Looker
Almost by definition, most senior engineering leaders don't have peers at their company that they can share with and learn from. I always look forward to participating in the CTO Summit events because they offer one of those rare opportunities to learn from peers, as well as to make and renew connections with colleagues. They are well-run, collegial, and always worthwhile. I recommend them highly to any senior engineering leader.
Randy Shoup
VP Engineering eBay
The CTO Summit was the rare event where every talk felt applicable to me as an engineering leader. The topics ranged from managing remote teams (pre-Covid!) to methods of coordinating a technical re-platforming. Talks were high quality, succinct, and always had useful takeaways.
Cat Miller
VP Engineering Flatiron Health
Agenda
The summit is a single track, full day (8am -> 6pm) summit with. 14 presentations along with plenty of breaks for networking.
08:00 AM

Registration opens

08:45 AM

Opening remarks

08:50 AM

“One question” - what do you want to learn?

09:00 AM

The secret to CEO and CTO alignment

Bryan Helmkamp, Founder and CEO, Code Climate

09:20 AM

How to make product and engineering work together

David Subar, Managing Director, Interna

09:40 AM

Micro-services: don’t forget to plan for the imperfect

Bjorn Freeman-benson, CTO, Ambassador Labs

10:00 AM

Attracting & retaining talent - being bold

10:20 AM

break (30 mins)

10:50 AM

Fulfilling the promise of continuous delivery

Charity Majors, CTO, Honeycomb

11:10 AM

How to science the product

Emad Khazraee, Senior Director of Product Data Science, Turing.com

11:30 AM

Security from zero

Eleanor Saitta, Principal Consultant, Systems Structure

11:50 AM

DevSecOps - A fireside chat/AMA

12:10 PM

lunch

01:00 PM

Synthesizing failure: simplicity in modeling

Aaron Bedra, Global Head of Engineering, Cumberland DRW

01:20 PM

Build vs buy at scale

Ann Lewis, CTO, Next Street

01:40 PM

Giving engineering teams superpowers with serverless

Jay Zeschin, VP of Technology, Highwing

02:00 PM

break (30 mins)

02:30 PM

Trust at scale: intentional communication for engineering leaders

Mercedes Bernard, Principal Software Engineer, Cloud City Development

02:50 PM

Criminal background = kickass developer

Jonathan Moore, Founder & CEO, RowdyOrb.it

03:10 PM

Why reorgs fail

Aaron Erickson, Co-Founder and CEO, Orgspace

03:30 PM

break (30 mins)

04:00 PM

The API of your team

Trace Wax, VP of Product, Artium

04:20 PM

You succeeded as a senior tech leader. Now what?

Joseph de Castelnau, Chief Data Officer & Founder, Syncresia

04:40 PM

Beyond the four most common devOps metrics

Michael Stahnke, VP Platform, CircleCI

05:00 PM

Closing remarks

05:10 PM

Evening reception

06:00 PM

End of event

It's just so rare to get such a distinguished group of software engineering leaders together to talk about the issues common to us all. It's a must attend for anyone in technical leadership.

Robert Conrad CTO Crunchbase
The sessions were high caliber and had a lasting impact on my work this year. As a single-day event in my hometown, it was easy to work into my schedule.

Jenny Farver Co-CEO 8th Light
For the second year in a row this conference delivers so many great talks in a tiny package. A great return on investment and so many great connections all in one day.

RC Johnson Senior Director of Engineering Indeed.com
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