About Calibrate

Founded in 2015, Calibrate is a yearly conference for new engineering managers hosted by seasoned engineering managers.

Calibrate is a not-for-profit, break-even event. We (Jared, Joshua, Rob, Shivani, Sonya) are professional engineering managers who care deeply about people and people management. Our aim is to host an event that we wish we could have attended during our transitions to engineering leadership. Our success comes when you connect with other engineering managers in a similar position, learn together and form a support network you can carry with you along your journey.

Your speakers are also greatly concerned about the craft of engineering management. The experience level of the speakers ranges from new engineering managers all the way through senior engineering leaders with over twenty years of experience in the field. They have been in your shoes and they are excited to share what they’re most passionate about.

Each Calibrate session aims to communicate lessons and techniques that can be taken back to the office and immediately put into action, in one of two forms:

  1. A practice, process or technique with a clear takeaway: e.g. giving difficult feedback, crafting an onboarding experience, understanding how to manage your time and prioritize, etc.
  2. A framework for analysis and decision making regarding a specific topic: e.g. “How do I think about compensation when people ask for raises or present counter offers?”

To get an idea of what you'll see at Calibrate, feel free to peruse prior years' speakers, programs and content.

Applications & Ticketing

Starting in 2017, we’re asking everyone to fill out an application form with short answers about your background and experience. We continue to strive for a diverse event with people from many backgrounds, including those who are generally underrepresented in tech. We intend to use the application process as a means to ensure diversity to the group of attendees of this conference.

We don't evaluate applications based on how accomplished or successful a person is. A big part of Calibrate is the peer networking, and we are looking for people who care about managing their team well, and want to talk to others who have the same goal.

Thanks to AndConf and The Lead Developer Conference for their thoughtful and inspiring work to build application processes and website language that encourages inclusivity.

If accepted, you will receive an email from calibrate@sharethrough.com , so please whitelist that email address (perhaps by adding it to your address book) so that emails from us don’t get lost!

  • The first wave of tickets will be made available in the middle of June.
  • If accepted, you will receive an email with a link to purchase a ticket.
  • Tickets are not reserved - they are on a first come first served basis.
  • We’ll wait a few days between waves, to give folks a chance to purchase.

We can accommodate food requirements and mobility accessibility although please contact us with any specifics just to be sure!

This year (2018), we've arranged a lactation room! This wasn't possible with previous venues and we're excited to be able to create a space at the GGC. We are unable to provide daycare. If you have other accommodation questions or concerns, please contact us @ calibrate@sharethrough.com

Diversity Scholarships

We are excited to offer a number of diversity scholarships for Calibrate this year! A scholarship will pay the full price of a Calibrate ticket, which also includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.

If all of the following hold true:

  1. You identify as part of a group underrepresented in tech
  2. You are a new engineering manager
  3. You aren’t in a position to have the conference ticket paid by your company

...and you’re interested in a scholarship, please email calibrate@sharethrough.com and include the following:

  • Your name
  • Confirmation of the above three points
  • LinkedIn Profile URL (optional)
  • Why you'd like to attend Calibrate (what you hope to learn, etc.)
We can't wait to hear from you!

Code of Conduct

Calibrate is an event intended for networking and collaboration in the tech community.

We value the participation of each member and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees.

To make clear what is expected, all attendees, speakers, organizers, and volunteers are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct and Event Terms. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

By RSVP'ing or attending this event, you signal that you have read, understand, and agree to the following.

The Basics

Calibrate is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form, nor do we tolerate any behavior that would reasonably lead to another event participant being made to feel unsafe, insecure, or frightened for their physical or emotional well-being.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any presentation.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate at this event.

Each event guest is entirely responsible for their own actions.

Attendees violating these rules will be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the event managers.

Thank you for helping to make this a welcoming, friendly space for all.

Contact Information

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact organizers on-site (wearing a pink name badge), event security, or by emailing calibrate@sharethrough.com.

Any conference organizer will be happy to help participants contact security or local law enforcement, escort to safety, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

The longer version (please read it)


Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Offensive jokes are not appropriate and will not be tolerated under any circumstance at this event.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event or conference with no refund (if applicable) (it usually isn't).


In order to participate in Calibrate, you represent that (a) you are at least 21 years old, (b) you have the requisite power and authority to enter into these Terms, and (c) you have read and understood these Terms.


The Calibrate conference or its partners sometimes take photos and videos. By participating or attending, you agree that you may appear in some of these photos and videos, and you authorize Calibrate to use them. On the flip side, if you take any photos or videos of attendees and provide them to us, you authorize us to use them in the same fashion, and represent that the attendees that appear in your photos and videos have also consented to such use.


(a) Assumption of Risk. Although we try to create a safe environment at Calibrate, accidents or other bad things happen, even to good people. We ask that you do your part to help limit the possibility that you might get injured at our event.

You agree to carefully consider the risks inherent in any activities that you choose to take part in and to take reasonable precautions before you choose to attend or participate at Calibrate. For example, you should ensure that you are in good physical health before engaging in any physical activity at Calibrate, and you should always drink responsibly given the risks associated with drunk driving and participating in activities while your judgment is impaired. It's always good to remember that other event guests may be less responsible than you, and may themselves create additional risk to you despite their best intentions.

In short, you understand that your attendance and participation at Calibrate is voluntary, and you agree to assume responsibility for any resulting injuries to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law.

By the same token, you agree that the organizer of Calibrate is not responsible for any injuries or accidents that you might sustain at any events that Calibrate doesn't organize or control.

(b) Release of Liability. You (for yourself, your heirs, personal representatives, or assigns, and anyone else who might make a claim on your behalf) hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue Calibrate and its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, partners, shareholders, members, agents, employees, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers from any and all claims, demands, causes of action, damages, losses or expenses (including court costs and reasonable attorneys fees) which may arise out of, result from, or relate in any way to your attendance at Calibrate or related event, except, of course, for any gross negligence or willful misconduct on our part.

(c) Indemnity. By the same token, you agree to indemnify and hold Calibrate, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless, including costs, liabilities and legal fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to, related to, or connected with your attendance or conduct at Calibrate or a related event.


While we hope not to, the Calibrate organizers may prohibit your attendance at Calibrate at any time if you fail to abide by this Code of Conduct and Event Terms, its Terms of Service, or for any or no reason, without notice or liability of any kind. Section 4 will continue to apply following any termination.


California law will govern these Event Terms, as well as any claim, cause of action or dispute that might arise between you and Calibrate (a "Claim"), without regard to conflict of law provisions. FOR ANY CLAIM BROUGHT BY EITHER PARTY, YOU AGREE TO SUBMIT AND CONSENT TO THE PERSONAL AND EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION IN, AND THE EXCLUSIVE VENUE OF, THE STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS LOCATED WITHIN SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA.


You agree that you will not represent yourself as an employee, representative, or agent of Calibrate (unless, of course, you are actually employed by the Calibrate Conference). We reserve the right to cancel any event at any time, for any reason, and without liability or prejudice. Any failure on Calibrate’s part to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these terms does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these terms is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Event Terms shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.

This Code of Conduct was forked from the example policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki, created by the ADA Initiative and other volunteers which is under a Creative Commons Zero license.