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 16+ 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 have 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 any QA professional, from anywhere in the world, can take 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 next week we’ll be launching the third Online Testing Conference, or as we have been nicknaming it OTC. You can view the full program and sign up on the vent website: www.OnlineTestingConf.com.
The First event, held last November was such a smash hit with around 2,000 sign-ups, that the attendees demanded we hold another one. That brought on the Spring OnlineTestConf, held this past June, and sign-ups reached 3,000!! It seems the OTC answers a serious need of the testing community.
Sign-ups for the third installment (Going live next week, so hurry up and join!) are growing by the hundreds. And my excitement is rising as well.
The conference’s growing reputation has also attracted some great keynote speakers such as James Bach, Rob Lambert (who will participate for the second time), Danny Faught and well… myself included. Along with other great sessions.
Unintentionally, the theme of this conference, as has risen from the session topics, is focused on the future and testing, a burning subject on everyone’s minds. Our sessions handle this subject head-on from various angles, and with different approaches, so it will definitely be interesting to watch.
Every conference so far has evolved from the previous one and offered something new, to better the experience of those attending.
This time, we will be introducing a new session of Lightning Talks!
Similar to the lightning talks at off-line events, this session will be like “open mic night” for anyone attending the conference who wishes to present a relevant topic to the online audience.
A special sign up page will be available during conference hours for attendees only. The person who’s topic is selected, will have 5 min to present it, and can then lead the follow-up discussion in a designated chat channel. This will be the closing session of the conference, and I am very excited to see how it will unfold. So, if you have some topic buzzing around your brain, why not give it a go! (Just be sure to sign up for the event first)
It would be great if you would also spread the word around, and help keep this new semi-annual tradition going, for the greater good 🙂
Hope to see you there!
Come and be part of it! www.onlinetestconf.com