After a successful 2018 event in the shape of CASTx18, the Association for Software Testing were keen to continue Australian conferences and so Paul Seaman and I took on the job of organizing the 2019 event on the AST’s behalf. We opted to rebrand the conference to avoid confusion with the AST’s well-known CAST event (held annually in North America) and so Testing in Context Conference Australia was born.
It’s been a busy few months in getting to the point where the full line-up for this conference is now live.
Paul and I decided to go for a theme with an Australian bent again, the time “From Little Things, Big Things Grow”. It’s always a milestone in planning a conference when it comes time to open up the call for proposals and we watched the proposals flowing in, with the usual surge towards the CFP closing date of 31st October.
The response to the CFP was excellent, with 95 proposals coming in from all around the globe. We had ideas from first-time presenters and also some from very seasoned campaigners on the testing conference circuit. My thanks go to everyone who took the time and effort to put forward a proposal.
We were joined by Michele Playfair to help us select a programme from the CFP responses. This was an interesting process (as usual), making some hard decisions to build what we considered the best conference programme from what was submitted. With only eight track session slots to fill, we couldn’t choose all of the excellent talks we were offered unfortunately.
The tracks we have chosen are hopefully broad enough in topic to be interesting to many testers. Our keynotes come from Ben Simo (making his first trip and conference appearance in Australia!) and local legend, Lynne Cazaly. Rounding out our programme are three full-day workshops showcasing top Melbourne talent, in the shape of Neil Killick, Scott Miles and Toby Thompson. I’m proud of the programme we have on offer and thank all the speakers who’ve accepted our invitation to help us deliver an awesome event.
The complete TiCCA19 line-up is:
Keynotes (March 1st)
- Ben Simo with “Is There A Problem Here?”
- Lynne Cazaly with “Try to see it my way: How developers, technicians, managers and leaders can better understand each other”
Tracks (March 1st)
- Nick Pass with “From Prototype to Product: Building a VR Testing Effort”
- Sam Connelly with “Tales of Fail – How I failed a Quality Coach role”
- Morris Nye with “Test Reporting in the Hallway”
- Michelle Macdonald with “The Automation Gum Tree”
- Graeme Harvey with “Old Dog, New Tricks: How Traditional Testers Can Embrace Code”
- Aaron Hodder with “The Uncertain Future of Non-Technical Testing”
- Adam Howard with “Exploratory Testing: LIVE!”
- Samantha Laing with “The Little Agile Testing Manifesto”
Workshops (February 28th)
- Neil Killick with “From “Quality Assurance” to “Quality Champion” – How to be a successful tester in an agile team”
- Scott Miles with “Leveraging the Power of API Testing”
- Toby Thompson with “Applied Exploratory Testing”
For more details about TiCCA19, including the full schedule and the chance to benefit from significant discounts during the “Little Ripper” period of registration, visit ticca19.org
I hope to see you in Melbourne next year!