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The 2020 San Francisco CTO Summit

Thursday, August 6th 2020 The answers are already out there — they’re just not evenly distributed!

If you are technical and manage engineers, learn from and connect with your peers at The 2020 San Francisco CTO Summit.

We have rescheduled our Austin, Chicago and San Francisco summits for late summer, and we are working on backup dates should we need to move them to late fall.

For a short time, we will continue to offer that anyone buying a ticket to a spring 2020 event will automatically get two years for the price of one. We know there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment. Buy a ticket right now, and you get the option of attending the 2020 summit as well as the 2021 summit, so you get this year for free!

Even if you don’t attend, you get exclusive access to attendee only videos and an online, invite only community that we are rolling out for vetted engineering leaders - starting with our summit attendees.

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Whether you want to hire smarter, refine your culture, improve your processes, manage more effectively or adopt better engineering practices or architectures, the CTO Summits are designed to help you to learn from top practitioners and to share experiences with your peers.

Early bird tickets:
$795 - sale ends Wednesday, April 22nd
Regular tickets:
$895 - sale ends Friday, May 15th

The Julia Morgan Ballroom: 465 California St, San Francisco CA 94104

All tickets are transferrable (to another qualified engineering leader) and we will accept a raincheck for a future summit (excluding the "free" 2020 ticket for our 2 for 1 spring summit special), but unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds.

The speakers

Speakers include the CTOs of MongoDB, Confluent, StitchFix and CicleCI and senior engineering leaders from Okta, CodeClimate, LaunchDarkly, Karat, Honeycomb.io, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Dropbox and Thumbtack

  • Neha Narkhede

    Neha Narkhede

    Cofounder/CTO, Confluent

    Fireside chat

  • Eliot Horowitz

    Eliot Horowitz

    CTO, MongoDB

    Running your best possible staff meeting

  • Cathy Polinsky

    Cathy Polinsky

    CTO, Stitch Fix

    Feedback culture

  • Johnny Austin

    Johnny Austin

    VP of Engineering, Till

    Rewarding impact over effort

  • Bryan Helmkamp

    Bryan Helmkamp

    Founder, Code Climate

    Debugging your cycle time

  • Surabhi Gupta

    Surabhi Gupta

    Director of Engineering, Airbnb

    The operational side of engineering management

  • Robert Zuber

    Robert Zuber

    CTO, CircleCI

    Architectures that evolve with every stage of growth

  • Andrew Fong

    Andrew Fong

    Head of Infrastructure, Dropbox

    How to scale an agile engineering org

  • Heather McKelvey

    Heather McKelvey

    Sr. Dir. Eng Infrastructure: Perf & Apps, LinkedIn

    Scaling engineering teams through infrastructure

  • Hector Aguilar

    Hector Aguilar

    President of Technology, Okta

    Cultivating a high-performance engineering team

  • Adam Zimman

    Adam Zimman

    VP of Platform, LaunchDarkly

    Daughter | mother-in-law challenge: a case for progressive delivery

  • Emily Nakashima

    Emily Nakashima

    Director, Engineering, Honeycomb.io

    Hiring is broken: reflections on building a higher-signal, less-harmful process

  • Thomas Thurston

    Thomas Thurston

    CTO, WR Hambrecht Ventures

    Using Data Science to source growth opportunities

  • Shannon Hogue Brown

    Shannon Hogue Brown

    Head of Solutions Engineering, Karat

    Distributed teams: how to hire software engineers at global scale

  • Kwame Thomison

    Kwame Thomison

    Principal and Founder, Magnetic

    How to grow a learning culture

  • Cat Miller

    Cat Miller

    VP Engineering, Flatiron Health

    Evolving the hiring process for hyper-growth

  • Neha Agarwal

    Neha Agarwal

    Director of Engineering, Thumbtack

    Exploring the advantages of an embedded team structure

The Schedule

The summit is a single track, full day (8am-7.30pm) experience, comprised of 17 presentations by senior engineering leaders - each 20 minutes in length - along with plenty of breaks for networking.