We’ve had an incredible 4 days at EuroSTAR 2022! Talk about returning to work exhilarated and full of energy from all the amazing sessions last week… we learnt from 70 speakers and hung out with more than 1000 software testers from all over the world to chat, share learnings, and make friends. Thanks to everyone who joined us – and helped us celebrate 30 years of EuroSTAR in style. We spotted this gorgeous comment on LinkedIn:
Looking back at the past 4 days at EuroSTAR 2022 in Copenhagen, it was not just a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the conference. It was a celebration of learning, courage and life.”Brijesh Deb, Netherlands
Here are some of the highlights of this year’s conference.
With 70 expert talks to choose from, attendees were spoilt for choice. There was even a thread on the conference app discussing how hard it was to choose between talks! Thank you to each and every one of our speakers – we’ve received some incredible feedback on your sessions. If you missed them, Zeger Van Hese curated some wonderful sketchnotes of some of the talks at EuroSTAR and our attendees posted lots of their highlights on social media using #EuroSTARConf – check them out. We will also be sharing blogs on EuroSTARHuddle.com with your questions answered. Rikard Edgren’s Keynote Q&A is now available.
Drawing Lines Around the Fog: The Shape of Testers, Teams and the World | Alex Schladebeck
The world is constantly changing, and everything is impermanent. After the last two years, we have been forced to come to terms with how quickly and drastically things can change. How will external changes shape our teams and our work? Alex looked at what factors are at work now, and what kinds of effects they will have on how we work, and the roles of testers and software professionals.
Lost in Transformation | Michael Bolton
More and more organizations are taking on “digital transformation”, leaning on software and machinery to perform jobs, make decisions and solve problems. The reach of what machines can do is extended by technological advancements, growing bodies of data, and by human ambition. As software changes, our testing has to respond. Michael Bolton shared what you need to address when going through a digital transformation.
Testing Self-Driving Cars in a Big Data World | Johan Jonasson and Sofie Lindgren
The competition in the automotive industry is fierce, and everybody wants to be the market leader in autonomous driving. Johan Jonasson and Sofie Lindgren shared the skills necessary for an AI and machine learning driven future, along with how to win the autonomous vehicle race, and the role Big Data plays in developing the next generation of autonomous vehicles, as well as similar industries.
Shaping a Test Team | Paco Lorca
To develop the next big thing, start-ups and and new IT companies will be creating one or more agile teams from scratch. Paco Lorca talked through the challenges of setting up a test team from scratch, why industry standard procedures don’t always work in your context, and why exploratory testing and excluding traditional test cases may be a good thing to consider.
EuroSTAR 2022 Awards
We had an amazing Awards Evening at the spectacular Wallman’s Circus – it was a night full of fun, dancing, music, acrobats, great food – and of course, award winners. The EuroSTAR 2022 Testing Excellence Award went to Anne-Marie Charett, who joined us via video link from Australia to accept. This is the highest honour bestowed by our community, and we are thrilled for Anne-Marie.
Kimberly Snoyl is the 2022 RisingSTAR Winner, which you can read all about on EuroSTAR Huddle. In addition to the Testing Excellence Award and RisingSTAR Award, we also celebrate our EuroSTAR speakers with conference awards. Best Tutorial went to Rik Marselis, while Lalitkumar Bhamare won Best Paper. The Best Paper will be released as an eBook on EuroSTARHuddle.com this month – keep an eye out!
Sophie Küster’s talk ‘You Don’t Talk about THAT at Work‘ was the most highly rated track talk of EuroSTAR 2022 and she claimed the coveted Do-Over Session on Friday afternoon. Talking about mental health is so important and we are glad to see Sophie’s talk getting this recognition by the EuroSTAR attendees.
The Huddle Community Area was buzzing throughout the conference as everyone gathered in between sessions to chat, participate in games and challenges, and join some of our speakers at the speaker couch sessions. Thanks to everyone who joined in and embodied the conference community spirit. Fun fact – there were 13,868 messages sent via the app during the conference!
Of course we couldn’t talk about the community without mentioning our talented volunteers, who helped make the conference so amazing! They led the Community Huddle Area, assisted in sessions, and were on hand to help delegates with questions and photos! Thanks to everyone involved for their dedication and hard work.
Thank you to our Programme Committee
A massive thank you to our EuroSTAR 2022 Programme Committee; Graham Freeburn, Sue Atkins, Morten Hougaard, Bart Knaack and Tone Molyneux, for curating such a stellar programme of talks, and for bringing a wonderful mix of speakers together for us all to learn from. It was a truly special 30th EuroSTAR Conference.
Thank you all
We are truly blown away by how amazing our 30th conference has been. We’ve already received so much great feedback and kind words from delegates on how awesome it was! Thanks to everyone involved in this year’s conference, you made it very special, and we can’t wait to do it all again with you next year. See some of the photos uploaded by our attendees in the collage below.
We leave you with another heart warming comment from one of our attendees – this is what EuroSTAR is all about!
An incredible experience like never before in 1.5 decades of my QA career! An incredible opportunity to network, meet and share QA experiences with versatile test professionals in person! Interesting discussions, loads of fun & lots of food with fellow QA colleagues!”Sudarsan Suriyanarayanan, Sweden