Key QA/Software Testing Events You Need to Attend in 2018

Key QA/Software Testing Events You Need to Attend in 2018

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There are ample reasons why 2018 is going to be a great year for software testing enthusiasts. The upcoming year will bring in new tools, technologies, and most importantly a range of conferences to attend. Conferences and industry forums are an excellent way to connect with experts in your own fraternity to share and receive key updates not only in the Software Testing space, but also in the overall software development ecosystem.

It’s a great way to gather ideas that can help improve the current processes and to find solutions to existing issues. This will eventually help professionals to enhance their skills and stay upbeat. Over a period of time it helps to gain thought leadership on a particular area and take the subject matter to the next level. Moreover, events and conferences help you to get recognized amongst peers and industry experts, offering an acclaimed platform for sharing inventive ideas.

We have tried to put together some key conferences coming up in 2018 (in the order in which they are planned) for your reference. We have particularly selected these conferences by considering the audience and the intensity of the content discussed at the event. This list would be updated as we move into the New Year and refurbished with more global events.

European Testing Conference
Websiteeuropeantestingconference.eu/2018/
Date: February 19-20
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

‘No Sales pitch’ is the key directive of the organizers of the European Testing Conference. It is a good platform for sharing trending insights in the software testing and QA space, along with great sessions.

Relevant for: It can turn out to be an interesting forum for software testers and developers.

QA or the Highway
Website: qaorthehighway.com
Date: February 27
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA

This is a day-long regional conference focussing on software testing and QA, a platform that features contemporary experiences and thought leadership in the QA and testing industry.

Relevant for: This event holds great relevance for Software testers, practitioners, managers, and developers.

CASTx18
Website: https://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/conference/castx18/
Date: Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2018
Location: Melbourne, Australia

CASTx18 is all about software testing and quality assurance. It’s the right platform for you to stretch your perspective on the topic and seek some brilliant insights. Make it a point to be there and connect with the world full of information on software testing and quality assurance.

Relevant for: The event is very much relevant for QA experts, developers, testers, test managers and even management/business leaders to understand the impact on the business front.

UKSTAR
Websitehttps://ukstar.eurostarsoftwaretesting.com/
Date: March 12-13
Location: London, UK

This is a EuroSTAR conference that brings together global thought leaders and practitioners in the software testing and QA space. Alan Richardson is amongst the organizers of the event. Moreover, it comprises 4 keynotes, 6 workshops, and over a dozen sessions under the testing premise.

Relevant for: It is a ‘must-attend’ event for IT directors, QA/test managers, analysts, test practitioners and engineers, development managers, and developers.

STPCon Spring 2018
Website: stpcon.com
Date: April 9-12
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Referred to as an event ‘designed by testers for testers’, STPCon focuses on enhancing testing techniques and gaining valuable inputs on latest tools, trends, and methodologies from peers. It can be an ideal platform to share and receive inputs on contemporary processes that can help develop best practices for better results in the challenging digital transformation scenario.

Relevant for: While this event holds relevance for everyone in the testing fraternity, this event is much more applicable for QA and testing professionals, developers, software development managers, QA and test managers.

STAR East
Website: stareast.techwell.com
Date: April 29–May 4
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA

An acclaimed TechWell event, this is one of the most sought-after and prestigious events in the software testing and QA space, specifically in North America. This is an excellent platform to not only gain practical insights, but also offers a great place to connect with peers and thought leaders in the testing field. It also comprises short sessions, tutorials, multi-day in-depth trainings, and even a leadership summit.

Relevant for: All STAR events are very much a ‘must-attend’ for IT directors, QA/test managers, analysts, test practitioners and engineers, development managers, developers, and CTOs.

Agile Alliance
Website: https://www.agilealliance.org/deliver-agile-2018
Date: April 30 – May 2, 2018
Location: Austin, TX

Agile is not getting old so soon and will continue to bring relevance even in 2018. Agile Alliance, a 3-day Conference, offers a rich source of know-how on new Agile tools and techniques, patterns, and practices. It is a pertinent event for practitioners of Agile that addresses new advances, challenges, and inputs from global experts on the topic.

It will explore topics such as development, test, and design practices and techniques, DevOps approaches and technologies, User Experience (UX) design and implementation, and more.

Relevant for: It is a resourceful event for Developers and QA folks, UX Designers, Infrastructure Engineers, Data Scientists, and Cloud Specialists.

QAI QUEST 2018
Website: qaiquest.org/2018
Date: May 21-25
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA

With key focus on software engineering, testing, development, quality engineered software and testing (QUEST) comprises tutorials, knowledge-sharing sessions, and workshops for practical experience. It also organizes discussions and networking forums for sharing insights and industry trends. Amongst many related topics, the event addresses areas such as agile, test design, automation, performance, security, and DevOps.

Relevant for: An event such as QUEST is a great platform for QA and testing professionals, developers, operations practitioners, and network architects.

DevOps West Conference
Website: https://devopswest.techwell.com/
Date: June 3–8, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, NV

DevOps West is one of the most coveted conferences for and by QA and software testing experts. It highlights the role of DevOps and how it brings together cross-functional stakeholders to deliver software with speed and agility. The conference is held along with Better Software West and Agile Dev West conferences, offering you a chance to choose.

Relevant for: This event is applicable for QA and testing professionals, developers, software development managers, QA, test managers, and developers.

Agile Testing Days US
Website: https://agiletestingdays.us/
Date: June 25 – 29, 2018
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Seems like Agile is something to watch out for even in 2018. Fueled by the huge success of the original Agile Testing Days that is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Agile Testing Days is being held in the US for the first time this year.

Relevant for: The event is very much relevant for Agile experts, QA experts, developers, and even management/business leaders to understand its impact on the business front.

Jenkins World
Website: https://www.cloudbees.com/jenkinsworld
Date: September 16-19, 2018
Location: San Francisco, CA

Also addressed as the DevOps event, Jenkins World is a one of the prominent gatherings of Jenkins users globally. It is a platform where Jenkin experts, continuous delivery thought leaders, and DevOps experts connect and share some great insights and best practices.

Relevant for: As the name suggests, it brings great essence for Jenkins users, experts, QA experts, CI/CD experts, and QA practitioners.

STAR West
Website: starwest.techwell.com
Date: September 30-October 5
Location: Anaheim, California, USA

This event organized by TechWell focuses on practical knowledge and leadership sessions. It is one of the most reputed events in the West Coast that also includes tutorials, training sessions, and even a leadership summit. It is an acclaimed event attended by key folks in the software testing and quality assurance segment.

Relevant for: All STAR events are very much a ‘must-attend’ for IT directors, QA/test managers, analysts, test practitioners and engineers, development managers, developers, and CTOs.

STAR Canada
Website: starcanada.techwell.com/
Date: October 15-20
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This is TechWell’s Canada edition of STAR testing conference and comprises practical knowledge-sharing sessions and leadership summit. It also conducts tutorials and training session with focus on trending issues in testing and Quality Assurance.

Relevant for: All STAR events are very much a ‘must-attend’ for IT directors, QA/test managers, analysts, test practitioners and engineers, development managers, developers, and CTOs.

Agile Testing Days
Website:
https://agiletestingdays.com/
Date:
Novemeber 12–16, 2018.
Location:
Potsdam, Germany

The Agile Testing Days is a fiesta for the Agile community, as this is a brilliant opportunity to network and develop resourceful insights in Agile as well as software testing. There will be discussions around leadership in Agile, Scrum Excellence, and various related techniques around the topic.

Relevant for: The event is very much relevant for Agile experts, QA experts, developers, and even management/business leaders to understand its impact on the business front.

SeleniumConf
Website: seleniumconf.us
Date: Autumn 2018 (around October)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

As the name suggests, SeleniumConf is a ‘must visit’ conference for users of Selenium. Being a popular open-source tool and a widely used/researched platform for web-based test automation, this conference is all about tracking the progress of the platform and dealing with any issues along with experts and peers. One of the highlights is its ‘lightning talks’, where attendees share their experience in two minutes.

ConTEST NYC
Website: (2017 site) testleadershipcongress-ny.com/contest2017/
Date: Late November or early December
Location: New York, New York, USA

TED-like presentations is one the greatest highlights of ConTEST along with keynotes, classes, breakout sessions, workshops to enable and give a dynamic platform for the testing and QA community. This is a relevant platform for sharing best practices, investigating new technologies, and building leadership skills for a better professional outlook. It is relatively a new, but definitely a robust and fast-growing forum for QA and Testing professionals.

Relevant for: While this event holds relevance for everyone in the testing fraternity, this event is much more applicable for QA and testing professionals, developers, software development managers, QA, and test managers.

In Conclusion

While conferences must be selected on the basis of the audience and the theme/content, most of them offer a brilliant platform to showcase and nurture thought leadership in the segment. Software testing and QA will only grow in significance over the years, which is evident from the increasing number of conferences and forums over the years.

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