Thanks for considering to the LeadDev Call for Proposals.

Our open CFPs can be found below with more details of the process, the support we provide and what topics we look for.

Hello Berlin!

We’re super excited to announce that LeadDev is returning to Berlin on 4–5 November 2024.

About LeadDev

LeadDev is an event aimed specifically at the challenges faced by engineering leaders. If you're a Tech Lead, Engineering Manager, Staff Engineer, or a touch more senior than that - then this is the place for you. And every event focuses on two things: how to give you the skills to be the most effective in your job; and how you can supercharge the effectiveness of your team.

And now, more than ever, it feels important to be talking about that! The tech industry is going through some really big shifts - and many of us have never worked in an environment like this before. So how can we support each other through this change? And what's story do you have that could help other engineering leaders?

What topics are we interested in?

All of our LeadDev events are focused around three big themes: team, tech, and tools. We’ve detailed a bit about them below and remember, you can submit more than one idea!

  • Team - Our team talks cover anything related to leadership, personal development, and anything that happens within the unit of your teams. Think about: the skills that you need to be an effective leader; skills for growing people; creating inclusive and diverse environments; hiring and retention; adapting to new roles.
  • Tech - Our tech talks cover anything you need to run an effective technical team in 2024. We love hearing case studies for our tech talks - real stories about what went right and what went wrong (which is always more interesting!). Think about: new languages, frameworks, technologies, scaling, architecture. 
  • Tools - Our tools talks cover anything related to the way your teams get work done. Think about: agile and other delivery methods; frameworks for meetings like code reviews and 1:1s; on call; observability; continuous integration; velocity and debugging productivity; maintaining a high performing team.

The speaker experience

Working with speakers is one of our favourite things about running LeadDev. We love to giving you the opportunity to share your stories and knowledge with our audience - and we put a tonne of work in to help your content shine. Throughout the process, you’ll have the opportunity to work with our editor on your talk descriptions, our professional coach who’ll help you hone your presentation delivery, and our content team who’ll review your talk and help you sharpen it for our audience.

As a speaker for the event, we'd also offer you:

  • A free ticket to the conference
  • A complimentary ticket to a LeadDev conference in 2025
  • 2 nights accommodation at the conference hotel
  • Economy travel expenses
  • Professional speaker coaching if requested
  • Dedicated support from our team at all stages of your participation in the conference

Good luck

We hope that's given you all the information you need to submit a great proposal. We can't wait to read them!  

Hello Berlin!

We’re super excited to announce that LeadingEng is returning to Berlin on 5 November 2024 - and for the first time ever, we’re running a call for proposals!

About LeadingEng

LeadingEng is a one day event aimed specifically at the challenges that Heads, Directors, and VPs of engineers are facing. We understand the issues on your desk are different from more junior engineering leaders - which means that you need not only different content but also different ways to learn. 

That’s why at LeadingEng events, we group you together with folks at similar organisations who are going through similar challenges so that you can build a peer network - because it can be lonely at the top and other engineering leaders are a valuable tool in your development. And on top of that, the day features four interactive sessions where you’ll be doing solo and group exercises that will help you practically engage with what you’ve just learnt.

What topics are we interested in?

Each LeadingEng event in 2024 will focus on four key themes: you, your team, your org, and your mission. We’ve detailed a bit about them below - but if you have an idea that doesn’t quite fit, let us know anyway! We may just find space for a special wildcard talks!

  • You (Personal Development) - as you get more senior, there are fewer people both within and outside your org who have comparable positions - and you’re probably getting less feedback than you ever have before. So how do develop yourself effectively? Sample topics include: building a peer network from who you can learn; strategies for keeping technically current; how to keep learning and growing as a leader.
  • Your teams (Organisational Leadership) - managing individual contributors is an entirely different tasks from managing managers - and managing teams means there’s also a tonne more work beneath you that you have to understand. So how can you effectively lead your teams? Sample topics include: how to effectively build relationships to folks below you; how to structure teams and conduct reorgs; building and maintaining culture.
  • Your org (Business Efficiency) - as you grow into more senior roles, the practice of engineering stops becoming your primary focus. Decisions become about the business - and you need to engage with both commercial decisions and the other functions of the business that support them. So how do you become an effective business leader? Sample topics include: building commercial acumen; working cross functional with leaders in other functions; influencing non-technical leaders.
  • Your mission (Delivering at Pace) - fundamentally the core of your job as a senior engineering leader is to ensure that your team can complete its work effectively. But that doesn’t only mean moving quick - but also moving in the right direction. So how do you get your teams to work on the most impactful work in an effective way? Sample topics include: setting priorities and roadmaps; delivering on and defining strategic goals; identifying and debugging delivery issues. 

The speaker experience

Working with speakers is one of our favourite things about running LeadingEng. We love to giving you the opportunity to share your stories and knowledge with our audience - and we put a tonne of work in to help your content shine. Throughout the process, you’ll have the opportunity to work with our editor on your talk descriptions, our professional coach who’ll help you hone your presentation delivery, and our content team who’ll review your talk and help you sharpen it for our audience.

As a speaker for the event, we'd also offer you:

  • A free ticket to the conference
  • A complimentary ticket to a LeadDev conference in 2025
  • 2 nights accommodation at the conference hotel
  • Economy travel expenses
  • Professional speaker coaching if requested
  • Dedicated support from our team at all stages of your participation in the conference

Good luck

We hope that's given you all the information you need to submit a great proposal. We can't wait to read them!
 

We'd love for everyone to be able to attend StaffPlus New York on September 4-5, 2024, but we know that some people's personal or financial circumstances will make this difficult. That's why we have set aside a number of free tickets as part of our scholarship scheme for those who would like to attend one of our conferences but would benefit from some extra support. In some special cases, we may also be able to cover travel and/or accommodation.

The scheme is open to everyone to apply but we would like to specifically welcome those who are underrepresented and marginalised in tech, especially people of colour, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities. We also welcome those who are facing economic or social hardships to apply.


Other factors we consider are:
   - Are you currently unemployed and looking for a job in the industry?
   - Are you looking to get back into the industry after a career break?
   - Do you have no training budget at your current company?
   - Are you changing careers later in life?
   - Do you work for a charity or non-profit?

What we offer?
   A scholarship place includes:
   - A free ticket to the conference including food, drink and after party.
   - An optional guide who will be there to help you get the most out of the conference, and to introduce you to new people working in your field.
   - A welcome breakfast to meet your fellow scholars and guides.
   - $40 for any incidental expenses you incur during your trip.


When will I hear back about my submission?
   We run two deadlines for feedback on your scholarship place depending on your circumstances. If you need to apply for a VISA or need extra time to book travel and/or accommodation please select to hear back by May 10, 2024. If you’re local and do not need to apply for a VISA or make travel arrangements we will get back to you by June 7, 2024.
 

Why are scholars without VISAs being charged £20?
  Unfortunately, previously we have had a number of scholars not attend the conference and fail to let us know before the event or at all. This means that we’re unable to offer their scholarship place to another worthy applicant from our waiting list. To overcome this and to ensure we have as many scholars attend the conference as possible, we ask scholars without VISAs to pay $20 when they are offered their place. Scholars with VISAs are in contact with us before the conference regarding their application, therefore, we do not charge them.
  This charge is refunded once you attend the conference or inform us you can no longer attend by July 5, 2024.
 

Deadlines
   Applications close for those who require visas on May 10, 2024
   Applications close for all other applicants on June 7, 2024
 

Any questions?
  If you have any questions or you’re interested in volunteering or other opportunities please contact us via hello@leaddev.com


  Full conference details including speaker lineup, location information, and our code of conduct can be found at https://leaddev.com/staffplus-london.

We're working on an updated accessibility guide but if you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch: hello@leaddev.com

We'd love for everyone to be able to attend LeadDev New York on September 4-5, 2024, but we know that some people's personal or financial circumstances will make this difficult. That's why we have set aside a number of free tickets as part of our scholarship scheme for those who would like to attend one of our conferences but would benefit from some extra support. In some special cases, we may also be able to cover travel and/or accommodation.

The scheme is open to everyone to apply but we would like to specifically welcome those who are underrepresented and marginalised in tech, especially people of colour, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities. We also welcome those who are facing economic or social hardships to apply.


Other factors we consider are:
 - Are you currently unemployed and looking for a job in the industry?
 - Are you looking to get back into the industry after a career break?
 - Do you have no training budget at your current company?
 - Are you changing careers later in life?
 - Do you work for a charity or non-profit?

What we offer?
 A scholarship place includes:
 - A free ticket to the conference including food, drink and after party.
 - An optional guide who will be there to help you get the most out of the conference, and to introduce you to new people working in your field.
 - A welcome breakfast to meet your fellow scholars and guides.
 - $40 for any incidental expenses you incur during your trip.


When will I hear back about my submission?
 We run two deadlines for feedback on your scholarship place depending on your circumstances. If you need to apply for a VISA or need extra time to book travel and/or accommodation please select to hear back by May 10, 2024. If you’re local and do not need to apply for a VISA or make travel arrangements we will get back to you by June 7, 2024.
 

Why are scholars without VISAs being charged £20?
Unfortunately, previously we have had a number of scholars not attend the conference and fail to let us know before the event or at all. This means that we’re unable to offer their scholarship place to another worthy applicant from our waiting list. To overcome this and to ensure we have as many scholars attend the conference as possible, we ask scholars without VISAs to pay $20 when they are offered their place. Scholars with VISAs are in contact with us before the conference regarding their application, therefore, we do not charge them.
This charge is refunded once you attend the conference or inform us you can no longer attend by July 5, 2024.
 

Deadlines
 Applications close for those who require visas on May 10, 2024
 Applications close for all other applicants on June 7, 2024
 

Any questions?
If you have any questions or you’re interested in volunteering or other opportunities please contact us via hello@leaddev.com


Full conference details including speaker lineup, location information, and our code of conduct can be found at https://leaddev.com/leaddev-london.

We're working on an updated accessibility guide but if you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch: hello@leaddev.com

Who will you be writing for or speaking to?

Our audience consists of all senior engineering folk, from tech leads to VPs and senior ICs. They are consistently technical (across a very broad range of technologies and industries) with many line managing people in their organisations. It’s also important to note that some attendees have just been promoted, or are trying to figure out what skills they need to progress into a more technical role.

What does LeadDev offer?

If we choose your article for publication, we’ll offer all the support we can in the creation of your article. After a first draft has been handed in, it will be passed to our in-house editor who will work with you to ensure that your article is the best that it can be.

We also pay an honorarium of $250 to everyone who writes an article for our site.

What subject should you focus on?

  • Team (anything related to people management, inclusive & diverse environments, hiring & retention, challenging issues etc.)
  • Tech (anything related to new languages, frameworks & technologies, trends & changes, scaling, architecture etc.)
  • Process  (anything related to the way your team works, Agile & other delivery methods, maintaining a high-performing team etc.)
  • Personal Development (anything related to improving leadership skills, maintaining your mental health, adapting to a new role etc.)
  • StaffPlus (anything on big picture thinking, making the right technical decisions, or influencing at scale)

How our article review process works

We review all of the article proposals on a monthly basis. Article proposals will be reviewed the month after they have been submitted. Article proposals are reviewed during the first week of the month, and you’ll hear from the team during the second week of the month.

For example, if you submit an article proposal in February, we’ll review your submission during the first week of March. You’ll then find out if your proposal has been selected for publication during the second week of March.

If you haven’t heard back from us, please give us some time before reaching out to enquire about the status of your article proposal - we might just be running a little late! If it has been 4 or more weeks, feel free to get in touch with a member of the team to enquire about the status of your submission :)

If your article has been selected, we’ll be in touch with the next steps and the timeline for you to write your article within (this tends to be 3-4 weeks).

If you have any questions about the article submission process, you can contact a member of the team at hello@leaddev.com

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