Crowd Testing in the Wild for COVID Contact Tracing

W5     Start Time : 11:15     End Time : 11:45

Testing in the wild journey, helping to fight the spread of COVID-19 working with MIT and global team volunteers to build and test a privacy-first, citizen-led contact tracing platform to save lives.

Join Jonathon, as he explores the challenges of testing contact tracing such as location data utilising multiple technologies like GPS and Bluetooth. The importance of privacy and transparency to build trust in Medical Privacy and how to synthetically generate and anonymise test location data.

Exploring experimental test approaches and techniques:

  • Global Crowd Testing – Coordinating thousands of volunteers.
  • Digital Experience Analytics – Next Generation (In-App) Telemetrics provide feedback of real user journeys then automatically generate model-based testing (MBT).
  • Shift Right / Digital Twin – Leveraging real world models with Visual Testing capabilities based on image-based testing (IBT) to execute journeys across multiple-platforms such as Data Visualisation Tools, Google Takeout & two-factor authentication.
  • Dark Launching & Canary Rollouts (A/B Testing) – Validation of controlled test experiments in production and staging (TestFlight) to validate Digital Experiences (DX).
  • Model-based Data (MBD) – Test Data Automation techniques to synthetically generate 5 billion historical location data points to cover all possible paths and multi-modal transportation categories.


Key Takeaways:

  1. Shifting Up – How to rapidly validate an idea (hypothesis) from the business (before writing a single line of code)
  2. Shifting Down – How to rapidly test an idea (crowd testing) on real users throughout the delivery life-cycle (qualitative & quantitative)
  3. Shifting Right – How to validate an idea (real user behavior) in production is a success (engagement & conversion goals) and create MBT of real user journeys


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  • Speaker

  • Jonathon Wright


    Jonathon Wright - Chief Technology Officer, Digital-Assured, United Kingdom

    Jonathon Wright is a strategic thought leader and distinguished technology evangelist. He specializes in emerging technologies, innovation, and automation, and has more than 20 years of international commercial experience within global organizations. He is currently the CTO of Digital-Assured based in Oxford in the UK. Jonathon combines his extensive practical experience and leadership with insights into real-world adoption of Cognitive Engineering (Enterprise A.I. and AIOps). Thus, he is frequently in demand as a speaker at international conferences such as TEDx, Gartner, Oracle, AI Summit, ITWeb, EuroSTAR, STAREast, STARWest, UKSTAR, Guild Conferences, Swiss Testing Days, Unicom, DevOps Summit, TestExpo and Vivit Community (of which he is currently the president of the largest independent software community with over 70,000 members across 125 countries). Jonathon was the QA Lead for the COVID Safe Paths MIT project during the Coronavirus pandemic. He is also part of A.I. Alliance for the European Commission, a member of the review committee for the ISO-IEC 29119 part 11 for the “Testing of A.I. based systems” for the British Computer Society (BCS SIGiST). Jonathon is also the podcast host of the QA lead (based in Canada) and the author of several award-winning books and online-courses.

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