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Developer Experience: Sort the Madness

September 28, 2022

The Pearl, San Francisco + Virtual

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Why attend?

Remember the days we could update a PHP file and our website would immediately reflect that? Things have gotten a bit more complicated since then. This is why we're hosting DEX - a free, one-day developer conference dedicated to sharing best practices, epic fails, and seasoned insights on how to improve productivity.

Whether you join us in-person at The Pearl in San Francisco or virtually from your home, you’ll have the opportunity to share your thoughts, engage with other developers, and walk away with your own personal madness sorting algorithm.


Discover insights from speakers who have navigated major outages, built collaborative dev tools, and succeeded in improving the developer experience. With each of their unique perspectives, you will get a chance to understand the gaps in developer productivity and how each of us can start making improvements for our communities.


Build connections with developers who care about creating performant, reliable applications, and meet with Sentaurs (yes, this is what we call ourselves) to learn more about a tool or upcoming release you might be interested in.


Duke it out and vote for the best of the best dev tools in hourly technical topics (Tabs vs. Spaces? Vim or Emacs?), and get cool prizes along the way.



Time (PST)TopicSpeakers
8:30 - 9:00 amRegistration & light breakfast
9:00 - 9:45 am


Keynote: Sentry Can't Fix This

Before we can improve our developer experience, we need to revisit what it was like in “simpler” times. David Cramer kicks off DEX with a look back to the era of Blink-182, POGS, and most importantly, PHP. You’ll then hear the not-so-secret focus that David has had while improving the developer experience with Sentry.

Sarah Guthals, Sentry

David Cramer, Sentry

9:45 - 10:10 amUnleashing Great Ideas

Get to that Eureka moment faster – whether it’s solving your next work task or bootstrapping the next Unicorn. We’ll discuss the blockers to innovation and practical tools to help you succeed in a productivity obsessed world.

April Leonard, GitHub
10:10 - 10:25 amBreak
10:25 - 11:25 am

WTF: Web, Tools & Frameworks [Panel]

Our developer experience is heavily influenced by our ecosystem. Join Ben, Divya, Mathias, and Eli as they dive into the complexities of building through the constantly changing ecosystems.

Ben Ilegbodu, StitchFix

Divya S,

Mathias Biilmann, Netlify

Eli Hooten, Codecov

11:25 - 11:50 amConfiguration Drift and Dependency Management

Hear about an actual service incident that hugely impacted the VMWare Marketplace, and how Arun quickly determined the root cause, learned impactful lessons and implemented actions to reduce the risk from happening again.

Arun Goel, VMWare
11:50 am - 12:00 pm

What's New with Sentry

Join Ian for a quick overview of some of Sentry's newest features. During lunch you can visit our Sentry Office Hours for more details, or join us over lunch for a deep dive into exciting updates to improve your experience as a developer.

Ian Withrow, Sentry
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Lunch & Sort the Madness

Enjoy lunch, conversations, and light-weight activities centered around exploring the madness we face daily.

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Sentry Sneak Peeks (optional)

Join us back at the main stage to learn more about upcoming Sentry features.

Indragie Karunaratne, Sentry

Albert Lam, Sentry

Ryan Albrecht, Sentry

Alexandra Cota, Sentry

1:45 - 2:00 pmBreak
2:00 - 2:25 pm

Stepping Stones Not Milestones

No engineering leader is capable of sitting down and charting a straight-line path to success on a complex project. Real engineering is an iterative process of delivering incremental value while illuminating unknown unknowns. The solution to executing on complex projects without over-engineering, over-resourcing, over-designing and overly risk-taking is usually re-scoping the project into a carefully formulated set of stepping stones.

James Cowling, Convex
2:25 - 3:25 pm

$#@! Happens [Panel]

With an imperfect ecosystem driven by imperfect humans, $#@! happens. Join Jordan, Andrew, Jewel, and Sachin as they recount stories of epic fails, incredible saves, and how to lead engineering teams through it all.

Jordan Harband, OSS Maintainer

Andrew Fong, Prodvana

Jewel Darger-Sacher, Reddit

Sachin Fernandes, Cloudflare

3:25 - 3:55 pm

Fireside Chat: Betting on Developer Productivity

David and Guillermo have successfully led engineering teams and continue to empower even more developers through their companies and products. Hear from them on what is truly hard, what is surprisingly seamless, and how to succeed through it all.

David Cramer, Sentry

Guillermo Rauch, Vercel

3:55 - 4:00 pmThank YouSarah Guthals, Sentry
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Happy Hour & Sort the Madness

Let's close out DEX with food and drinks on the rooftop!


We all know it’s easy to send an email, but if you could be so kind as to read this FAQ first to answer any questions you have, we’d really appreciate it. If this still doesn’t cover it, then you can reach out to us at and we promise we’ll get back to you soon.


DEX is a conference hosted by Sentry focused on developer experience and finding new ways to improve workflow productivity.

DEX will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

The event will take place in-person at The Pearl in San Francisco for a small audience. It will also be available live virtually.

DEX is for developers of all languages, frameworks, communities, and industries. If you write code, this conference is for you.

We’ll definitely miss you if you can’t make it anymore. If you can’t attend, we’d greatly appreciate a note to

No, but registering will help your chances of winning fun prizes and swag! Tickets will book up quickly and are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register now before it’s too late.

Nope, DEX is completely free to attend.

You can email and someone will respond to you within 48-72 hours.

Onsite Experience

While we look forward to this event, the health and safety of our guests remains our top priority. DEX follows the county of San Francisco and CDC guidelines and strongly encourages the use of masks, physical distancing, and vaccinations to help curb the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the local legislation and guidance surrounding COVID-19 and update our requirements should anything change. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle Aches
  • Headache
  • Chills/Shaking
  • Lost sense of taste/smell
  • Fever greater than 100.4°F
Safety precautions we are taking onsite:
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the public areas of the venue.
  • Disposable masks will be made available throughout the event.
  • Lunch and happy hour will be served outdoors on the rooftop area.
  • Optional “distance please” indicators will be available for attendees to add to their badge.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection of communal areas.

While we do not have a hotel block reserved for this conference, you are welcome to book a hotel in San Francisco for the event. Some hotels near the venue we recommend are Hotel VIA, Luma, or the Hyatt Regency Downtown SOMA.

The Pearl is easily accessible by MUNI (T-Third Street Light Rail; 22 and 48 Muni Bus Routes; 22nd Street Caltrain Station), and by car via Highway 280, Mariposa Street Exit. We highly encourage carpooling or taking public transit or Uber/Lyft/taxi to the venue as street parking around the venue is limited. If you must drive your car, we recommend parking at 901 Illinois St., which will cost approximately $20/day.

Virtual Experience

Definitely. Please register even if you are only attending virtually to receive updates on the conference and find out how to engage with the content.

Of course. We know things come up, so don't worry. Everything will be recorded and shared on after.

The virtual event will be hosted on YouTube and unfortunately will not have live captioning, but all of the content will be recorded and hosted on Sentry's YouTube channel afterwards, which will have captioning and subtitle capabilities then.

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