September 7th, 2019

An affordable one-day conference for early career developers to learn skills needed for a happy, healthy work life.

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Adulting.Dev is a one day conference for professionals developers who have recently started their careers and the managers and team leads who support them. The conference will cover topics across three themes - learning, living and leveling-up. This isn’t your typical tech conference - we're not talking about your technical skills, but everything else needed for a happy, healthy work life.

This year, the conference will focus on the following three areas:

  • Learning: Grow and document your technical skills. We’re not looking for technical talks. Topics will include strategies for learning, recording your growth and how to create space for learning in your role.

  • Living: This topic area is about self-care and mental health. Topics will include how to say no, maintaining a life-work balance and combating imposter syndrome.

  • Leveling Up: Hear how to transition out of junior positions. Topics will include approaching reviews with confidence, asking for a raise and meaningful feedback in a work environment.

Adulting.Dev was heavily inspired by You Got This in the UK, using their event resources as a template, and is run with their blessing.


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The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers: Tautology and Business Value
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Frameworks on Feedback
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Punch Fear in the Face and Just Ask
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Fully functional Human
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Are You Financially Fit
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Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

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Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

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Inclusion Program

We're committed to running an accessible, inclusive and safe conference for everyone.

Our inclusion program includes free tickets for those in under-represented groups in tech. This includes, but isn't limited to: LGBTQIA+ people, people of color, women, non-binary people, and those with disabilities. We are committed to giving away 25% of our available tickets as part of this scholarship. Our application process only takes 5 minutes and doesn't ask you to disclose any sensitive information. If you have questions or are interested in applying, please reach out.

Adulting.Dev is organized by Shy Ruparel and Tierney Cyren. Credit to Melody for all things design. Thanks to our friends and families for putting up with us while we organize this thing.