What is Code Leaders?
As the things we build and the teams and organisations that build them become ever more complex, technical knowledge and capabilities simply aren't enough. Code Leaders is designed for engineering and development leaders, senior developers, lead engineers, engineering managers, CTOs. It doesn't matter so much what your role is called, if you're responsible for building and leading teams, and making strategic decisions about the technologies your company or organisations uses, Code Leaders is designed for you.
Code Leaders takes place over a single, intensive day, and features real world experts addressing key challenges of technology, leadership and developing, maintaining and growing great engineering teams.
Applicable real world knowledge
Who's it for?
Code Leaders is exclusively for engineering leaders, and those aspiring to step up to leadership roles within technology teams. It all takes place in an intimate environment of like-minded professionals with similar challenges and goals and designed for:
- VPs of Engineering
- Engineering managers
- Lead engineers
- Senior developers
Code Leaders runs the day before Web Directions Code, our Front End development focussed running in Melbourne since 2012. Come to both to get both the high level architectural and strategic view of today's front end technologies and best practices at Code Leaders, along with deep dives into the specifics. Or send your team to Code, while you attend Code Leaders. In fact, we have a special offer to make that even better value.
Send a team of five or more to Code and you'll receive a complimentary place at Code Leaders. Simple book five or more attendees, and we'll get in touch for details as to who'll be attending Code Leaders.
Code Leaders Program
What happens on the day?
Leaders is not a day of lectures. Each session is structured to help you develop your understanding, enquire of the experts, share your experience with your peers, and learn from them around a specific aspect of the role of technology industry leadership.
We've deliberately limited numbers to ensure the greatest opportunity for participants to connect with one another, our leaders and invited experts. It's a day for minimum screen time, and maximum connection and communication.
Each session features two focused briefings from deeply experienced experts, the opportunity to discuss these issues with your peers, and a guided Q&A with the expert and a additional specially invited participants, themselves world leaders in their areas of expertise.
During the day you'll be seated with a group of fellow participants with a balance of experience as leaders. Each table will have a facilitator, someone with significant industry experience, and will have the opportunity to put questions to our expert speakers. Throughout the day there'll be the opportunity for every participant to develop their leadership abilities by facilitating post-briefing discussion among your group.
You'll also get the opportunity to connect with our leaders and invited experts during the day.
Session 1: Technology
Brian Terlson Editor, ECMAScript Standard Microsoft
The State of Front End Technologies
Chris Lilley Technical Director W3C
Session 2: Best Practice
In this session, we'll focus on current best practice in two key areas. Andrew Betts, a member of the W3C's Technical Architecture Group, with deep experience in web performance will look at aspects network that impact performance, and security. Meanwhile, Zero Cho, a member of Twitter's engineering team that built their latest Progressive Web App version of the Twitter App will look at the architecture of Web Apps.
the changing face of loading resources
Andrew Betts Developer Fastly, W3C TAG
After serving us incredibly well for decades, the underlying transport mechanisms of the Web, including HTTP and TCP are being overhauled. In this session Andrew Betts looks at the evolution of these largely out of sight, but incredibly important protocols, with huge implications for performance and security, as they are being brought up to date for today's Web.
Modern Web App Architectures
Zero Cho Software Engineer Twitter
What is the architecture of complex Web Apps? Few apps work at the scale of Twitter, with hundreds of millions of users, and billions of messages a month. Their Web App continues to be very widely used, and was recently completely rebuilt as a progressive web app, to take advantage of offline capabilities, notifications, and the native-like experience Web Apps can enjoy on Android, while still more than adequately meeting the needs of its users on other platforms from a single code base. Here about their architecture, and lessons learned building the modestly named "Twitter Lite".
Session 3: Culture
In this session, we'll turn to a different set of challenges that face more senior engineering professionals and engineering management: people, and ensuring the best from and for them. As competition for talent reaches extraordinary levels, and even darlings of the industry face serious questions and significant impacts due to their treatment of the people who work for them, we'll draw on the experience of experts who've managed successful high performance teams, and helped companies around the world rewrite their hiring policies and procedures to help ensure more diverse, inclusive, highly performing teams.
Re-imagining the hiring process
Elle Meredith & Lachlan Hardy founders BlackMill
We've all been on the other side of the table. A laundry list of required technologies and practices, white boarding code, logic puzzles, folks "hiring for culture fit". But do these practices ensure the best possible hires, and ultimately the best performing teams? Or are we cargo-culting our way to teams of people who look surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly) similar? Can we develop a better hiring process and policies to help produce better teams? Elle Meredith and Lachlan Hardy have run teams, and hired developers all over the world. They've worked with globally recongnised names to help them improve their processes, and we're privileged to hear their lessons.
Designing a culture that fosters growth
Josh Duck Engineering Manager ABC
Many companies say they want the best developers. But they don’t back that up with their actions. Facebook has invested heavily in designing a culture that grows developers over many years. In this session Josh, now back in Australia managing a team at the ABC shares lessons he learned working for Facebook, a company renowned for their engineering prowess, producing such widely used open source technologies as React and GraphQL despite growing its engineering head count at an almost unimaginable rate over the last decade.
In addition to our session leaders, we've invited a number of local and international industry leaders to share their perspectives, both formally as part of our Q&A sessions, and informally throughout the day.
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- $1,499 Until 30 June
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- $999 Until 30 June
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Teams get more
Send a team of five or more to our Code Conference and get even more, including a complimentary place at Code Leaders for one of the team. For the price of a Classic Code ticket per team member, you'll get:
- One invitation to the Code Leaders Conference, valued at $999
- A Silver Code Conference pass for each attendee
- A team licence to the videos from Code 2017
Just use the code team when you register.
Code Leaders 2017 will be held in the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders Street, Melbourne
With excellent public transport connections right outside, and Flinders Street Station right across the road, it's our best connected location yet.
If you're coming from out of town, there are many hotel and serviced apartments style accomodation options in Southbank, and otherwise close by. Or why not stay at the Hotel itself.
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Praise for past Web Directions events
Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi
I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!
inventor "responsive Web design"
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite
founder Campaign Monitor
The technology world is full of hype and fads (as well as the real next thing). The challenge is deciding what's hype, and what's reality. That's where we come in. We spend our life thinking about what's happening, and what's coming next. And what's not worth your time now, or maybe ever.
Web Directions founder John Allsopp's ideas have been acknowledged as the foundation for Responsive Web Design, and helped pave the way for the web fonts revolution and Typekit. Our conferences have seen the announcement to the world of such key ideas as The New Aesthetic (2012), Object Oriented CSS (2009) and Progressive Web Apps (2015).
We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.
In 2017, we've organised Respond in Sydney and Melbourne, Transform in Canberra, and will be holding Code and Code Leaders in Melbourne, AI, Careers and Web Directions Summit in Sydney.
John Allsopp has been working on the Web for over 20 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.
His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.
His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's rightly acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".
Code of Conduct
For over a decade, we've worked hard to create inclusive, fun, inspring and safe events for the Web Industry.
As part of our commitment to these values, we've adopted a code of conduct for all involved: ourselves, our speakers, our partners and our audience.If you have any concern or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us.