About The Lead Developer

The Lead Developer was designed with the needs and pain points of technical team leads in mind. We programme each conference around our three key themes of Team, Tech & Tools. The talks are designed to help very practically with common problems in these areas.

Since we started we’ve covered everything from leadership to recruitment, team dynamics to imposter syndrome. Our technical talks are designed to keep tech leads current - anything from new languages, frameworks and technologies to case studies dealing with common issues such a rapid scaling. We look at tools and processes and ways of working. Finally, we’re thinking about the personal development team leads.

What we love about The Lead Developer is the community. In our audience, we find a total diversity of background, technologies and industries, but a common set of challenges.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the conference! If you’ve been to any of our conferences before, you'll know that you can expect brilliant content and a friendly atmosphere.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a code of conduct?

Absolutely, we take our Code of Conduct very seriously. The Lead Developer is a friendly community where everyone should feel welcome, safe and comfortable to share ideas and engage in open discussion. It’s really important for us to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone at the conference inclusive of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, nationality or religion.

You can find the Code of Conduct, including information on reporting and enforcement here.

Where is the conference?

The conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency. You can check out their website here or the location on Google Maps here. If you're in Austin just for the conference, take a look at the Austin city guide website for things to do.

What time should I arrive?

Registration will open around 8:30AM on November 8. Tea, coffee, and light breakfast refreshments will be available in the morning before the first session.

What happens if I’m running late?

Don't worry if you are running late. Our staff will stay at the registration desk for most of the morning. We’ll let you slip into the auditorium quietly once we've given you your name badge.

Will food be provided?

Yes! A hot lunch is provided, plus tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day.

Will you cater for my dietary requirements?

Yes! There will be a vegetarian option available during lunch. If you have any allergies or other requirements (e.g. vegan, gluten-free, Halal, Kosher) just let us know by emailing [email protected]. During the conference, if you have requested a special meal other than vegetarian, please speak to a member of staff who will be able to help you.

Is the venue accessible?

The venue is wheelchair accessible and we’ll be providing real-time audio captioning for all talks. Please do let us know about any access requirements that you have by emailing [email protected]. It’s no trouble at all – we just need some advance notice to make sure you’re catered for.

Do I need to bring anything?

Just show your ticket containing your QR code either printed or on your smartphone to our lovely registration staff and they’ll provide you with your conference pass.

Does the conference venue have wifi?

Absolutely, you can find details on your conference badge.

Are you recording the conference?

Yes! We’re recording all the talks and we’ll send you the links to the videos a couple of weeks after the conference, once they’ve been edited. We’ll also gather slides and add links to them on the talks page. Our photographer will be capturing moments throughout the conference. We’ll put these photos on Flickr and send you the link!

If you don't want to be included in published photographs, please pick up a yellow lanyard at registration.

What time does everything finish?

We expect the conference to finish around 5:30pm followed by a Networking Mixer sponsored by Karat.

Are there any training workshops?

We're hosting three full-day workshops on November 7 tutored by Lara Hogan, Jean Hsu, Edmond Lau, Sara Wachter-Boettcher, and Katel Ledû. Find out more here.

Who organises the conference?

The conference is organised by White October Events. We're the team behind The Lead Developer conferences and meetups in London, Berlin, New York, Austin, and San Francisco. We also organise SeleniumConf and AngularConnect conferences.

Visit whiteoctoberevents.co.uk to see all our upcoming events.

Are there any extra sessions?

Office hours sessions will run during the breaks and happy hour to give you an opportunity to meet our speakers and get answers to your questions. Check the schedule for timings..

Is there a happy hour/post-conference networking?

After each conference we organize a happy hour session so you more opportunities to chat with everyone at the conference. More details coming soon.

Are you on Twitter?

Of course! Mention @TheLeadDev or use hashtag #LeadDevAustin to share your thoughts or ask us questions during the conference.

What is the barcode on my badge?

At the conference, you'll notice there’s a barcode on your delegate badge. Our sponsors may request your permission to scan your badge so they can get in touch with you after the conference to discuss their products and services. If you agree, the sponsor will receive the following information (if provided when registering your conference ticket): your name, email address, job role, company, company sector, company size and country. By allowing our sponsor to scan your badge, you are giving them permission to request this information from us. Please note, we will not give your details to a sponsor unless you approve the request. You are able to unsubscribe from any communications you receive.


Thank you to our fantastic partners for their support to help the conference possible.

Would you like to connect with community and improve your brand awareness? Contact us for our 2019 sponsorship offers.


Platinum Sponsor


D&I - Live Captioning Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

Test Double

Silver Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

WP Engine

Silver Sponsor


Networking Mixer Sponsor

Austin Technology Council

Media Partner

Tech Ladies

Community Partner

Sticker Mule

Bronze Sponsor

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