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EuroSTAR Supporting Organisations are independent, not-for-profit Special Interest Groups in Software Testing (SIGIST) and professional networks which work to promote networking and knowledge sharing amongst software testing professionals within their own country or region.

EuroSTAR aims to help build awareness of these organisations amongst testers and to work with them to foster new connections and networks.

Members of Supporting Organisations are entitled to a 15% discount on their conference ticket when registering to attend EuroSTAR.

If you know a SIGIST who are interesting in becoming a Supporting Organisation of EuroSTAR, please contact us.

Supporting Organisations by country (current host country first):

Denmark

Name: Tecpoint

Website: www.tecpoint.dk

Email: [email protected]

Discount Code: sotp03

tecpointTecpoint – Denmark is a professional network, which consists of about 75 Danish companies. The forum organises ten experience exchange groups in the areas of software quality, software testing, software metrics, object oriented methods, broadband communication, multimedia technology, and software process improvement (the Danish SPIN-group). The forum is sponsored by DELTA Danish Electronics, Light & Acoustics, which acts as secretariat for the Software Technology Forum.

Name: Dansk IT

Website: www.dit.dk

Email: [email protected]

dansk-itDiscount Code: sodi15

The Danish IT Society is an independent non-profit organization and Denmark’s largest community of IT professionals with more than 7000 members. Danish IT Society works towards raising awareness and increasing the use of information technology to the individual’s and society’s benefit. Together with our dedicated members, we want to promote The digital development of Denmark as well as represent our members’ IT professional interests in the political arena.

Within The Danish IT Society you can focus on your career through the continuous development of IT professional skills and by participating in one of Denmark’s most qualified IT professional networks, annual conferences or get updates through one of Danish IT Society’s many courses. Finally, you can prove your IT-skills by getting certified by the Danish IT Society.

 

Belgium

Name: Technologisch Instituut vzw

Email: [email protected]

Discount Code: soti02

tibelgiumUpon its foundation in 1940 the Technological Institute (TI) took on the specific task of contributing to the propagation of science and technology, both amongst engineers and scientists, and the public at large. TI has been open not only to the highly qualified engineer, but also to the business world. TI therefore has close ties with industry through the engineer, the numerous participants in its activities and the corporate membership.

On an annual basis TI organises 130 to 150 activities: some 40 lectures and visits, 65 seminars, workshops and symposia, some 30 courses and approx. 5 international conferences. These activities are characterised by a spirit of innovative and practical problem-solving on a scientific basis. TI is active in all professional fields where technology and science play a central part (34 different sections). TI is also active as a PCO (Professional Conference Organiser): TI has been responsible for organising over 100 International scientific conferences attended by anywhere from 120 to 2300 participants.TI activities can boast an annual attendance of over 10,000 participants.

Professionally this large group of participants is linked to 2,500 companies and institutions. TI favours an open policy as far as cooperation is concerned. TI offers industrial and academic circles as well as official authorities a platform dedicated to the exchange and transfer of scientific knowledge and experience.

 

Finland

Name: Finnish Association for Software Testing (FAST)

Website: http://www.testausosy.fi/

Email: Matti Vuori (Chairman) [email protected] 

LinkedIn: LinkedIn group

Discount Code: sofa04

Finnish Association for Software Testing (FAST), know as “TestausOSY” in finnish is the main testing paradigm-neutral network of testing people in Finland and a forum for all schools of testing. We had a good start in 2001 and now have more than 900 members. We work on many forms and fronts, by organising and co-organising events & conferences, hosting the “Tester of the Year” award, publishing testing eMagazine and discussing over the Net. We co-operate with other organisations of IT and Software world – any informal networks as well as the various formal organisations.

We have supported EuroSTAR for many years. 

Germany

Name: The German Computer Society SIG

Website: www.gi-ev.de

gisigEmail: [email protected]

Discount Code: sogc05

Fachbereich Softwaretechnik is the special interest group for software engineering of the German Computer Science Society. Its aim is to promote software engineering. It especially wants to foster the communication between academia and industry, between research and application, and to foster the resulting transfer of knowledge, experience and judgement. It also engages in the definition of software engineering education and education options.

India

STeP-IN forumName: STeP-IN Forum

Website: www.stepinforum.org

Discount Code: SOSI14

STeP-IN is India’s first and most comprehensive forum exclusively focused on Software Testing. STeP-IN Forum has played a pioneering role in shaping the evolution of Software Testing in India. The numbers reveal the true story!

STeP-IN Forum has benefited more than 25,000 test professionals, managers, architects, Vice Presidents and CxOs through a variety of conferences, tutorials, evening talks and webinars. Over the years, STeP-IN has produced more than 2 dozen of software testing conferences and multiple themed events across different locations in India. The Annual STeP-IN SUMMIT has grown to be one of the largest Testing Conferences in the Asia-Pacific Region.
STeP-IN, the Forum for Software Testing Practitioners came into being in October 2003 at Bangalore. STeP-IN‚ registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, operates on a Non-Profit basis.

Within a span of a decade of its formation, STeP-IN has opened chapters at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Pune. The thought leadership for STeP-IN is provided by the Steering and Chapter Executive Committees, which comprise of stalwarts from the industry. The various posts on these committees are for tenure of 2 years each.
Practitioners from the Indian Testing Fraternity support STeP-IN Forum by contributing their time and expertize towards its various activities.

Ireland

Name: SoftTest – Ireland

Website: www.softest.ie

Discount Code: sost01
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SoftTest Ireland was established in 2002. Its objectives are to – Provide a forum to share testing experiences, enabling networking with other testing professionals in Ireland – Provide opportunities to gain knowledge to help improve the testing process in their own organisations -Support and encourage professional development and training for testers and students of software testing.

Israel

Name: SIGIST

Website: www.sigist.org.il

sigist-israelEmail: [email protected]

Discount Code: sosi06

SIGiST Israel was founded in June 2000, by Mr.Alon Linetzki, and was self sponsored, for the first few meetings. Today, after many meetings [out of which several events were sponsored by Rad-View, Rational (IBM) and Mercury (HP-Software)], SIGiST Israel is the official and largest professional testing community forum in the Israeli market.

The SIGiST board includes Mr. Alon Linetzki, founder and managing director Best-Testing, as SIGiST Chair and Mr. Yan Baron, Director Testing, Aternity. Since 2005, SIGiST Israel has joined up with two main partners: the ITCB (Israeli Testing Certification Board) – on the professional aspects, and with SELA College and technology center on the business aspects.

SIGiST Israel meets every quarter; meetings are usually sponsored by testing companies, testing services companies and testing tool vendors. Once a year, SIGiST Israel is conducting its yearly conference, and invites international speakers and Israeli testing community speakers to discuss hot testing topics. The conference is being held in its current format (4-5 days), since 2006. In 2008, SIGiST introduced the Testing Mini-Tracks program; which is population-focused meetings for test managers and test engineers. The meetings are aimed to serve as a working group forum (the format is presentation on a hot topic, and then an open discussion).

SIGIST Israel purpose and goals are to create a place in Israel where testing professionals can meet, speak on common issues, suggest solutions to common problems, and be a place were they can come up with a request for an answer, and get it! It aims to be the driving force and the trigger for recognition of the testing profession in Israel and is working to increase the awareness toward certification for the different levels of testing (using the ISTQB® certification scheme).

SIGiST Israel is the strongest testing forum in the Israeli testing community, and the largest (payable) conference of the testing community, committed to bring the best knowledge on testing worldwide and to cooperate with: other SIGiST boards, conferences organizers worldwide, and professional testing associations – to achieve its goals.

Netherlands

Name: TestNet

Website: www.testnet.org

testnetEmail: [email protected]

Discount Code: sotn12

TestNet is the independent association for professional testers in the Netherlands. It is a thriving organization with over 1900 members.

TestNet was founded in 1997 as a network organization of, by and for testers. TestNet was founded as a result of people meeting at EuroSTAR and was a supporting organization right from the beginning so we are a supporting organization for 20 years (since 1997).

TestNet offers its members the opportunity to build and maintain contacts with other testers outside their immediate work environment, thus sharing knowledge and experience from practice. Every month theme evenings are held and working groups elaborate on specific test subjects. Every spring and autumn TestNet organizes a major one-day event with workshops, keynotes and parallel presentations (these events always have over 600 participants!).

Through the website www.testnet.org and the weekly email-newsflash TestNet publishes many news-items, columns and articles written by members.

TestNet has steadily grown and is now one of the largest independent organizations of IT-professionals in the Netherlands and probably in Europe.

If you care about the testing profession you will find like-minded people in TestNet !!

Norway

Name: Norwegian Computer Society

Website: www.dataforeningen.no

ncsEmail: [email protected]

Discount Code: sonc11

The NCS is the largest special interest society for information technology (IT) in Norway. It is an open, independent forum for Norway’s IT professionals and advanced IT users. The society encompasses the IT industry, corporations in general and research and development institutions. The NCS is an independent and wholly self-financed society with more than 10,500 registered members and more than 1,200 company members.

Poland

Name: SJSI – Polish SW Quality Organization

Website: www.sjsi.org

sjsi_logo_official_jpgEmail: [email protected]

Discount Code: sosj07

SJSI – Stowarzyszenie Jakoœci Systemów Informatycznych – Poland (The Association for the Quality of Information Systems) was formed in May 2003 with the aim of spreading the knowledge related to quality assurance and formulating ideas and actions to improve the quality of information systems being developed and deployed in Poland. It is a non-profit and independent organization.

The association is intended to serve as a platform for exchanging knowledge, experience and skills and raising the qualifications of quality assurance and testing professionals. It encompasses the best quality assurance and software development experts in Poland.

SJSI now has about 100 members and supporters. They can meet and exchange ideas during meetings being held on monthly basis

Romania

tabara de testareName: Tabăra de Testare

Website: www.tabaradetestare.ro

Website (In English): www.tabaradetestare.ro/en

Email:  [email protected]

Twitter: www.twitter.com/tabaradetestare 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tabara.de.Testare

Discount Code: sotb13

Tabăra de Testare, The Testing Camp in English, is a community of 2000+ testers and other professionals from the Romanian IT industry. Their goal is to facilitate sharing of knowledge and lessons learned in testing. For the last few years they have had monthly meetups in 4 cities in Romania (Cluj Napoca, Bucharest, Timișoara and Iași) and one yearly, national testing camp.

Scotland

Name: Scottish SIGIST – BCS

Website: http://www.scotland.bcs.org

Email: [email protected]

Discount Code: soss08

BCS in Scotland acts as a national focal point for Scottish Interests, Issues, News and Events. It is the voice of Scottish ICT professionals in such national bodies as the Scottish Parliament and Government, NHS Scotland and local authorities in Scotland. The Branches and main Specialist Groups active in Scotland are listed on the website.

Sweden

Name: SAST

Website: www.sast.se

sastEmail: [email protected]

Discount Code: sosa09

SAST, Swedish Association Software Testing, is the biggest Swedish non-profit, independent test organisation with over 4.500 members. It was started in 1995 and the goals are to:

  • Create forums where members can exchange experiences and network with each other
  • Support the development of software testing
  • Aid the members’ skills development

SAST also have three local organisations situated in different places in Sweden. Four times a year SAST arranges a full day seminar on testing and testing related subjects. Presenters from all over the world are invited to share their knowledge. The meetings are sponsored by more than a dozen testing companies and are at cost price for the members.

We have established a cooperation with the academic world and invite researchers both from the industry and the academic world as speakers.

SAST aims is to create forums for knowledge & experience exchange between testers in Sweden.

United Kingdom

Name: BCS SIGIST (Special Interest Group in Software Testing)

Website: www.bcs.org.uk

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Discount Code: sobc10

The BCS SIGIST was established in 1989 to further the interests/education of software/system testers, and is now the largest independent group of testers in the UK. It hosts conferences five times each year in London with presentations on all aspects of testing as well as providing a good opportunity for members to network.

The SIGIST also runs a library, hosts book reviews and has an exhibition by vendors of testing tools/services running in parallel with each conference. A newsletter is issued on a regular basis to keep members in touch, with news/articles etc. The SIGIST invites Keynote Speakers who are renowned internationally for their testing experience to present papers, providing members with the opportunity to question them on aspects of testing. Occasionally the conferences also include BOF (Birds of a Feather) sessions allowing individuals to join a group to discuss specific testing issues.

The SIGIST is one of the largest Special Interest Groups within the BCS, always attracting large attendances. There are nearly 3,000 testers on their database, and membership provides a number of preferential benefits.

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