Flow State 2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Presented in-person in New York City as well as virtually.

Discuss real-world best practices around attracting talent, easing onboarding, and growing expertise across your team.

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Hear learnings and advice from technical leaders driving productivity at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.

Stack Overflow helps optimize workflows, scale experience, enhance cross-functional collaboration, and even connect with the world’s largest community of developers.

Flow State will gather technology leaders to discuss some of today’s biggest challenges and the tools leaders can use to help their organizations solve them.

From onboarding and retention, to scaling expertise across your team, to igniting collaboration and innovation, learn how your peers are driving faster, longer lasting results.

Everyone is welcome to register and join our live stream on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Due to capacity limits, in-person attendance is limited and requires an invite or application to attend.

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The Speakers

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Keynote speaker

Clive Thompson

Technology & Science Journalist and Coders Author
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Keynote speaker

Dr. Gloria Mark

Human-Computer Interaction researcher
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Seth Hodgson

VP of Engineering
Udemy
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Chris Kohr

Vice President of Engineering
Salesforce
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Maggie Hulce

Executive VP, GM of Enterprise
Indeed
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Sally Bolig

Global Head of Employer Branding
Etsy
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Alex Bulat-van den Wildenberg

Group Technology Director & CTO
Capgemini
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Prashanth Chandrasekar

Chief Executive Officer
Stack Overflow
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Khalid El Khatib

Chief Marketing Officer
Stack Overflow
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Jody Bailey

Chief Technology Officer
Stack Overflow
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Teresa Dietrich

Chief Product Officer
Stack Overflow
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Agenda at a glance

Check-in & Optional Continental Breakfast

New York: In-person only

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Opening Keynote & AMA

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Prashanth Chandrasekar

Break

Empowering the Flow State

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Chris Kohr

Nearly 70% of developers say they encounter a knowledge silo at least once a week, and 62% spend more than 30 minutes a day searching for answers or solutions to problems. For a team of 50 developers, the amount of time spent searching for answers/solutions adds up to between 333-651 hours of time lost per week across the entire team. How do you empower a flow state over a state of disruption? In this panel, technical leaders will discuss why redefining productivity means defining the developer experience.

Fireside Chat with Clive Thompson

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Clive Thompson

Lunch

New York: In-person only

Reskilling: The Daily Approach

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Seth Hodgson

It’s no secret that the demands of the workplace are changing. Organizations are undergoing a massive shift as they look to keep pace with innovation while navigating vast time zone differences, increasingly asynchronous work and an ongoing battle for relevance which requires constant reskilling. In fact, 87% of leaders say they expect to face major skills gaps over the next five years with a heavy reliance on the developer community. During this session, Udemy’s VP of Engineering, Seth Hodgson, will discuss how developers can increase their operational effectiveness to drive better business outcomes by regularly addressing skills gaps in the flow of work. This approach, which enables real-time, hands-on practice and peer-driven knowledge sharing, has enabled Udemy’s 54M learners and 12.5K enterprise partners to always be at their best. Join this session to learn how your team can be next.

Stacking Up: Driving Productivity & Innovation

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Alex Bulat-van den Wildenberg

Over 45% of developers spend more than 30 minutes a day answering questions, and 32% of people managers spend over an hour each day just answering questions. For a team of 50 developers, the amount of time spent answering questions adds up to between 278-568 hours of time lost per week across the entire team. For most teams, scaling subject matter experts is the primary blocker to accelerating innovation. In this fireside chat, Stack Overflow CTO Jody Bailey and Capgemini Group Technology Director & CIO Alex Bulat-van den Wildenberg will discuss how scaling subject matter experts and uncovering domain expertise can ultimately drive team and product growth.

Break

Building the Developer Experience

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Teresa Dietrich

In this session, Stack Overflow Chief Product Officer Teresa Dietrich will share how Stack Overflow is building for the technologist’s holistic learning journey and what updates to expect across Stack Overflow for Teams, Collectives™, Employer Branding, and Advertising.

Tackling the War for Technical Talent

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Maggie Hulce
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Sally Bolig

The market for tech talent has never been more competitive. Meanwhile, a record number of U.S. workers are quitting their jobs. How do you attract talent, retain team members, and scale your experts across your growing team? In this fireside chat, senior leaders from Indeed and Etsy will cover why the war for talent market stands independent from economic trends, the importance of understanding developer workflows in today’s talent climate and how tools, onboarding, learning, and collaboration will all impact the talent market indefinitely.

Keynote from Dr. Gloria Mark

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Dr. Gloria Mark

Networking Reception

New York: In-person only
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to attend?

Flow State 2022 is completely free! As a reminder, in-person attendance is by invitation only but is still free.

I did not receive an invite to attend in person. How can I request one?

If you are looking to attend in person, feel free to navigate to our registration section and click Apply to attend in person. Once your information is received, we will review the current capacity and let you know within 10 business days.

I’m a Stack Overflow public community member. Can I attend?

We love interacting with members of the community! You are welcome to register and attend our virtual live stream. Keep in mind that the presentations at this event will center around challenges and solutions for large-scale organizations and not our public platform. Product presentations will specifically focus on Stack Overflow paid products and features.

Will there be a Stack Overflow community event?

Nothing is currently scheduled, but we are always looking for new and exciting ways to engage with the community.

My organization would like to become an event sponsor. How can we participate?

As this is our inaugural event, sponsorships are limited. However, feel free to contact us at flowstate@stackoverflow.com and we will keep you posted on potential current and future opportunities to partner with us.

Are there covid restrictions and guidelines to attend in-person?

Yes, the health and safety of our guests and employees are extremely important to us. All in-person attendees will need to provide proof of full vaccination upon arrival to Convene on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Masks are welcomed but not required.

I am not available to join on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - will the sessions be recorded?

Yes, a majority of the sessions will be available on-demand within a week of the event date. Due to confidentiality and speaker agreements, some sessions may not be available in our on-demand library. If you feel you cannot make it but would like to watch at your own convenience, we recommend registering as a virtual attendee so that recordings are delivered directly to your inbox when available.

Will hotel accommodations and ground transportation be made available?

At this time Stack Overflow is not offering hotel accommodations nor ground transportation. We do suggest the following nearby hotels. Rideshare apps, taxis, and public transport are readily available throughout the area.

CONRAD NEW YORK
102 North End Ave
New York, NY 10282
0.2 from Convene

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL NEW YORK
27 Barclay St.
New York, NY 10007
0.4 miles from Convene

THE BEEKMAN, A THOMPSON HOTEL
123 Nassau St.
New York, NY 10038
0.6 miles from Convene

I am approved to attend in-person, can I send someone else in my place?

Due to our COVID protocols, transferring in-person tickets to someone else may not be possible. Please contact us at flowstate@stackoverflow.com, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

I am approved to attend in-person but now want to attend virtually. How can I do that?

If you haven't registered yet, please select a virtual ticket in your registration process. If you previously registered for an in-person ticket and wish to change to virtual, email flowstate@stackoverflow.com and we will assist you.

Will on-site registration be available?

Due to our COVID protocols and limited capacity, on-site registration will not be available. However, registration to attend virtually will remain open until the day before the event.

Have a question we did not cover here?

For additional information, feel free to contact us at flowstate@stackoverflow.com.

The venue

Convene is a bright and airy space located in downtown Manhattan’s Financial District, just around the corner from our long-time global Stack Overflow HQ.

The venue has a space-age feel and has all the facilities necessary to ensure the day is comfortable and energizing - it is all about your flow state, after-all.

Food & refreshments will be provided all day as well as, of course, exclusive Stack Overflow swag (including print your own t-shirts!). After the talks there will be a networking reception when you can discuss the day’s learnings and maybe even make some new friends.

Nearby transit lines:

World Trade Center Station
E PATH
Fulton Street Station
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Convene
225 Liberty St.
New York
NY 10281, USA
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