8 Must-Attend Testing Conferences This Fall
The curated list of meetups, workshops, and more & why you need to attend
The testing community is phenomenally active with events ranging from Testing to Agile every weekend. This fall, testing conferences, and meetups span the globe, so wherever you are in the world, there will be an event near you!
The TestBash Series: Coordinated by the infamous Ministry of Testing, the TestBash Series upholds their aim at connecting and contributing to the world of testing by bringing the brightest minds together with the greatest influencers in testing today.
TechWell STAR Conferences: This well-established organization puts on a collection of events spanning the globe from Europe to North America. These venues are hubs for testing professionals to congregate and share ideas in a collaborative effort to advance the testing industry.
And so many others! Read all about these fantastic events, and see if your favorite speaker will be there too.
Why you should attend?: Spearheaded by the master of testing himself, Joe Colantonio, this online conference brings the best of the international testing industry straight to your desk. Save money on travel, lodging, and registration while being enlightened by Mark Tomlinson, Israel Rogoza, Jonathan Wright, and other world leaders. If you miss this live stream, the archive of videos will always be up on the Guild website.
Why you should attend?: This small, newly formed conference is part of a larger effort to expand testing to northern UK. You will not regret joining this impassioned group of testers sharing ideas relating to testing management, tools, processes, etc.
Why you should attend?: This 5 day mega-conference brings over 1000 testing professionals together, and features full day training sessions, major industry speakers, and a leadership summit for influencers to share industry teachings and viewpoints. You won’t want to miss headliners like Melissa Chawla and Geoff Meyer. Another special facet of STARWest is the pre-conference training sessions, which prep and certify you in Agile, Python, and more!
Why you should attend?: This one-day conference is great for those whose time is valuable -- the length of the conference is what you make of it. There are ample opportunities before and after the conference for casual discourse, teaching, and learning with the testing community!
Why you should attend?: This is one of the largest and longest events in the industry, and features speakers such as Michael Bolton, Isabel Evans, and Jeffery Payne. Your money will be fully stretched with endless opportunities to learn and connect. With so many tutorials, workshops and talks to choose from, you might end up learning from an area you never knew you were interested in!
Why you should attend?: Forget traditional conferences -- endless hours of sitting, listening to the same speaker for up to two hours. TestBash knows their audience, and keeps testing exciting and entertaining with 99-second quick-talks and hands-on crash courses. For the longer sessions they offer however, you will be in for a treat listening to the likes of Martin Hynie and others.
Why you should attend?: This conference brings together an entire online community of testers from a variety of specialties. It excels in providing the most customizable experience, with countless tracks and focused sessions to cover the grounds of everyone’s interests.
Why you should attend?: This small conference was a huge hit its first time around, and it’s back better than ever with a comprehensive, cohesive, single-track schedule to build community and keep testers unified. Fascinating talks include BJ Aberle discussing his work with accessibility software for the visually impaired.