If you are technical and manage engineers, learn from and connect with your peers on December 9th 2015 at the Fraser Suites in Sydney.

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
Building a technology product innovation capability using interns!
Wes Sonnenreich: CEO, Intersective
9.50 AM
Graph databases - what's all the fuss and why should you care?
Peter Whitfield: CTO, LawPath
10.10 AM
The Internet of Orphaned Things
Pete Chapman: Director, EY
10.30 AM
30 mins
11.00 AM
The power of creative and engineering working together
Josh Graham: CTO, Simple Machines
11.20 AM
If you want to ship software, you need to Fail Fast
Adam Stephensen: Solution Architect and General Manager QLD, SSW
11.40 AM
Lessons learned from building and scaling intelligent/analytics systems
Daniel Harrison: Founder, amplif.ai
12.00 PM
Communities for Code - What Can Engineering Leaders Learn From Open Source?
Brett Porter: Chairman, Apache Software Foundation and Head of Architecture, SafetyCulture
12.20-1.20 PM
1 hour
1.20 PM
Designing Better Problems
Robin Hilliard: CTO, RocketBoots
1.40 PM
A world without servers (or instances)
Richard Glew: CTO, Literacy Planet
2.00 PM
How Jetty Harvested Use Cases from its Users and Clients
Greg Wilkins: Jetty project leader, Eclipse Foundation
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
What to do when things go wrong
Kurt Brown: Client Engagement Principal, DiUS Computing
3.30 PM
Scaling agile to the enterprise - Frameworks and the debate!
Alexandra Stokes: Founder, Agily
3.50 PM
15 mins
4.05 PM
Blame. Language. Sharing: Learning from accidents in your orgs
Lindsay Holmwood: Infrastructure and Platforms Lead, Digital Transformation Office
4.25 PM
Priming Your Teams For Microservice Deployment to the Cloud
Matt Callanan: Applications Engineer, Expedia
4.45 PM
A survival guide for running and managing a distributed team
Toby Hede: CTO, Fame & Partners
5.05 PM
Reliability, Availability & Performance: just a simple matter of programming. Wrong!
Gregory Warden: Head of Engineering Services, Atlassian
5.25 PM
Closing Remarks
Jon Williams
5.30 - 7.00 PM
Networking Happy Hour
Open Bar


Fraser Suites Sydney, 488 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia



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