I Love Testing Conferences!
Testing Conferences open your mind to new techniques, you learning about new tools, get to know other testers, and the overall feeling of being part of something bigger & better…
Ever since I attended my first StarEast, some 15+ years ago, I love going to testing conferences!
Since then I’ve attended a large number of testing events in the US, Europe, and APAC, and most of the times the positive feeling and the gain I got from them was the same.
The “magic” of conferences is that regardless if you came to speak or to listen, you get out of the event with new ideas and empowered to take your testing to higher and better professional levels.
Not everyone can go to a testing conference
The bad news is that it’s not trivial to get your management to send you to a testing conference. I know I am lucky to be able to attend to many events but this is not the case for most testers…
First of all there is the matter of money. There is not always a company budget to pay for the conference’s entrance fee, and if the event is not in your city it is even more expensive to pay for the transportation and hotel accommodations.
And even when you can theoretically pay for the event, you cannot get the time from your management to attend.
Meetups & Streaming?
Sure, Meetups are a cool alternative to conferences since they are free and easy to attend. They are also local and so you can simply take a day or even half a day and go to learn new and interesting things.
But the issue with them is that since they are local, most time you only get local folk (and maybe one speaker from abroad) to participate, making them more focused and less encompassing than a conference where you can hear from multiple people and explore a number of different ideas (from a number of different experts worldwide) in one go.
There are also some conferences starting to stream part of their sessions. But then there is the question of whether the same session designed to be presented live, where the speaker is in direct interaction with his present audience, can “also” communicate well enough with the people watching via video streaming…
These are good alternatives, but as with any alternatives they fall a little short from their intended target.
So why not make a 100% Online Testing Conference?
Why Not Actually?!?!
Let’s make an event that is 100% based and focused on Online presentations, using a good online platform, where every testers from anywhere in the world can be part and feel part of it, and let’s also make it completely free to attend!
Sounds like a crazy idea? Well, I guess I love crazy ideas because last week we launched this site for the www.OnlineTestingConf.com, and people are already signing up to attend and to present – Woohoo!!!
Come and be part of it!
It is actually very simple, the @OnlineTestConf will be held on Nov 29th and 30th, between 4 PM and 8:30 PM Central European Time / 10 AM to 2:30 PM Eastern US.
I am also looking for all the help I can get, so if you have any ideas or if you want to help in any way, or even if you can simply spread the word around, go ahead and do it!