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Join Us at ELC Summit 2020, A 4-Day Virtual Summit for Engineering Leaders
October 6, 2020

Where can you get 32+ hours of keynotes, 15+ workshops, various group coaching/advising/peer group sessions, networking via 1:1 video matching, messages and channels to help you become a better and well-rounded engineering leader?

At ELC Summit 2020!

Lohika is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of this event, a 4-day virtual summit for engineering leaders. The summit takes place over four consecutive Thursdays:

  • October 15, 2020
  • October 22, 2020
  • October 29, 2020
  • November 5, 2020

ELC Summit 2020 features 100+ speakers, 60+ topics, 15+ workshops, 30+ coaches and 30+ advisors. New speakers are added weekly. 

Sessions and topics

ELC Summit 2020 provides a well-rounded set of topics for engineering leaders. The sessions fall into the following categories:

  • Leadership
  • Career
  • Cross-Function
  • Tools 
  • Self-Care

Looking through the agenda, I highlight a session from each track that interests me the most:

TrackTitlePresenter(s)
LeadershipBuild Or Buy: Scaling Through Acquisitions And OwnershipMarianna Tessel, CTO, Intuit;
Aileen Lee, Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
CareerFrom Engineering Leader To The Hand Of The King: My Tour Of DutyViraj Mody, Technical Advisor to the CEO, Convoy
Cross-FunctionBreaking Down Walls Between Product And EngineeringMarty Cagan, Partner, Silicon Valley Product Group
ToolsTips And Traps To Measuring Productivity In Engineering OrgsAndrew Lau, CEO, Jellyfish
Self-CareNavigating Business And Employee Wellness In Times Of UncertaintyMohak Shroff, SVP Engineering, LinkedIn

Visit our virtual booth

We’ll have a virtual booth on all four days of ELC Summit 2020. Visit our booth to enter a drawing for a $500 Amazon shopping spree. We’ll have team members in our booth who can answer questions about our services.

Panel discussion on November 5, 2020

Daniel Dargham, Panelist at ELC Summit 2020

Daniel Dargham, President and CEO of Lohika will participate in a panel discussion on November 5, 2020. The title of the panel discussion is “Discovering Engineering Talent in a Distributed World” and begins at 9:30am PT. Daniel will be joined by two other panelists:

Laura Thomson
VP Of Engineering, Platform, Fastly

Han Yuan
Founder, Post-PC Labs; Former SVP Engineering, Upwork

Building and managing a diverse team

On October 29, 2020, I enjoyed a session titled “Building & Managing a Diverse Team in the Age of Social Distance.” It was a fireside chat between Prachi Gupta, VP of Engineering at Discord and Minal Mehta, Head of Product Engineering, Next Billion Users at YouTube.

Prachi urges leaders to help their teams find the right balance between their work and home commitments. She let her team work from anywhere and is coaching managers to spot issues among their teams.

Prachi is also sensitive to primary caregivers and seeks to help them with food services, laundry services, etc. Prachi often asks, “What can I do to create an environment for the team to succeed?”

Minal says that it’s important to normalize the concept of taking some time off. She is taking time off in the near future and says that it’s important for leaders to model this for their teams.

Technical decision making for the long term

Also on October 29, 2020, I attended a talk titled “Technical Decision-Making for the Long-Term” with Parag Agrawal, CTO at Twitter and Melissa Binde, VP Engineering, Platform and Observability at Splunk.

On the topic of a single solution vs. a suite of solutions, Melissa says it’s important to focus on outcomes. She encourages leaders to allow engineers to use systems that make them the most effective. You don’t always know what the right solution is, so it’s fine to “let a thousand flowers bloom” to arrive at the right solution, says Melissa.

To anticipate the next set of engineering trends, Parag notes that Twitter has a culture of curiosity that’s always existed. People get together to learn new things. They also participate in various communities, then bring back their experiences to initiate discussions internally. Twitter brings experts together in a non-tactical context. One thing they might discuss is identifying technical blind spots.

How the future of hiring is changing

I enjoyed a chat about the future of hiring with Aditya Agarwal, Partner-in-Residence at South Park Commons and Osman (Ozzie) Osman, Co-founder at Monarch Money.

Osman referenced a recent announcement from Reddit that salaries across the company would be independent of geographic location. This is different from other organizations, which have salary tiers based on location. Aditya commented that spiritually, the decision is in the right direction.

A big component of hiring is relationship building, which used to involve face-to-face meetings and networking (e.g., grabbing coffee). During the pandemic, Aditya has resorted to online meetings, but the key is to engage authentically and build real relationships. If another company would be a better fit for someone, he’ll recommend it.

Hope to see you there

We’re excited to connect with our clients, as well as the broader engineering community at ELC Summit 2020. Hope to see you there!