If you are technical and manage engineers, learn from and connect with your peers on December 2nd 2015 at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Hotel in Melbourne.

Whether you're a team lead, engineering manager, VPE or CTO, at this full day (8.30am-7pm), single track summit you'll learn the latest tricks other companies are using to successfully build and run engineering teams. It’s not hard to find a gathering of technologists debating front end frameworks, containerization or the relative benefits of Scala, Clojure and Go. Finding a group of geeks talking about the hard parts of building a successful engineering team is more challenging.

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.

Attendance to the event is strictly limited to engineering leaders. No recruiters, non-technical co-founders or other business stakeholders will be allowed (we enforce this policy strictly and will refund tickets of anyone we can’t admit). That said, we’re not hung up on job titles. Some of our best attendees have titles like CEO or VP Product. As long as you can perform a technical code review, know how to submit a pull request and are interested in more effectively hiring, managing and organizing developers, we can’t wait to meet you!

Last year we sold out the summit series and presented over 100 amazing talks from senior engineering leaders representing companies including Twitter, Stripe, Snapchat, Coinbase, Chef, GitHub, Atlassian, MongoDB, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Groupon, Tough Mudder, CustomInk, Spotify, Amazon, Condé Nast, Computech, comScore, Australia Post, Cisco and Oracle amongst many others. Tickets will sell out quickly, so get yours now!

This year's theme is:

Driving Change

How can you create, support and accelerate changes within your engineering organization?


8.30 AM
Breakfast & Registration
9.00 AM
Jon Williams
9.10 AM
The CTO’s Manifesto
Simon Raik Allen: CTO, MYOB
9.30 AM
Monolithic App to Continuously Delivered Microservices: Lessons from SEEK and PageUp - A business perspective
Tal Rotbart: CTO, PageUp People
9.50 AM
Composition vs Inheritance in a dynamically typed world - real code reuse in a python team scaling a microservice based product
David Novakovic: Co-Founder/CTO, Scrunch
10.10 AM
Concrete Experimentation in Agile Environments
Bernd Schiffer: Agile Coach, Bold Mover
10.30 AM
30 mins
11.00 AM
Good Enough is Good Enough - 'Minimal Viable Architecture' in a startup
Randy Shoup: Consulting CTO
11.20 AM
Balancing autonomy and leverage in a large agile organisation
Tomas Varsavsky: CTO, REA Group
11.40 AM
Scaling agile to the enterprise - Frameworks and the debate!
Alexandra Stokes: Founder, Agily
12.00 PM
Distupt or be disrupted - A primer on the Social Age
Karl Rohde: Head of Infrastructure & Service Delivery, Novion Property Group
12.20-1.20 PM
1 hour
1.20 PM
Reliability, Availability & Performance: just a simple matter of programming. Wrong!
Gregory Warden: Head of Engineering Services, Atlassian
1.40 PM
Using React Native for Cross-Platform Mobile
Simon Wade: CTO, jTribe
2.00 PM
My Journey as a Co-Founding CTO in Australia
Randall Makin: Co-Founder/CTO, RedEye Apps
2.20 PM
30 mins
2.50 PM
Building a learning culture on a budget
Andy Kelk: Head of Software Engineering - Digital Products, New Corp Australia
3.10 PM
Shortcuts to most wanted product
Helen Snitkovsky: CTO, 4th Party
3.30 PM
Why you're not getting it done
Toby Tremayne: Founder, Magic Industries
3.50 PM
30 mins
4.20 PM
Stop hiring - start thinking like an engineer
Tom Mcleod: CTO, Myagi
4.40 PM
What if everything you knew about code quality is wrong?
Erwin van der Koogh: Principal Consultant, Elabor8
Leadership in a Changing World
Steve Lawrence: Director & Agile Transformation Lead, Slice Consulting Pty Ltd
5.20 PM
Closing Remarks
Jon Williams
5.30 - 7.00 PM
Networking Happy Hour
Open Bar


Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC 3004, Australia



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