EuroSTAR Conference Keynote Speakers 2019

Presenting the Keynote Speakers at the 2019 EuroSTAR Conference

Each year, the annual EuroSTAR Conference provides an environment unlike any other event – where our community of testers, quality assurance professionals, consultants, developers in test, software engineers, thought leaders, and global companies come together for four days of invaluable learning, connections and inspiration.

EuroSTAR is home to the best speakers, industry innovators and global change makers. Meet the people who have deep technical knowledge and avail of the opportunity to openly discuss topics that matter most to you! Check out the line up of headline keynote speakers for EuroSTAR 2019 and join us in Prague, 11-14 Nov. where you will learn how you can transform your new testing ideas into action within your company.

Success begins with Good Testing!

Keynote: Developing Your BS Detector: The Hype & Reality of AI

Dr. Chris McKillop – CEO/Co-Founder, Turalt

In this talk, we look at popular myths about what AI is, and what AI could be in the future. We look at current examples of AI, how they use deception to appear more ‘intelligent’, and look at lessons we can learn from stories of big AI failures. AI’s unique characteristic is that it accentuates and reflects our humanity. Bias in AI demonstrates this and over-hype and trust in AI’s abilities can have negative implications for individuals, group and society in general. We need to think about the impact of our technology on people, to understand and take responsibility for the social and personal impact it can have. As software testers, developing your BS detector, with an empathetic framework, will enable you to ensure AI systems are valuable, ethical, and successful through your practice.

Follow Chris on Twitter @atscmc           Connect on LinkedIn @chrismckillop

Keynote: Technology’s Feet on Society’s Ground

Fiona Charles – Agile Testing Coach & Software Test Consultant, Quality Intelligence

Which microphones are listening inside your house and uploading your family’s conversations to unknown recipients? Do you know how many cameras are watching you? For whom? Who is profiting? Who should profit? What facial recognition apps are comparing you to which uploaded data and making decisions about you? 

Beyond the privacy questions and issues of data ownership and potential misuse, AI brings enormous questions and quandaries about accountability and liability for the critical decisions we are increasingly empowering it to make.  New technology always brings unintended consequences. We need to ask hard questions about the human cost/benefit ratio of the path we are on.  Join Fiona as she tackles these difficult questions and unveils the truth behind the cost to our privacy with all these technological advancements.

Follow Fiona on Twitter @FionaCCharles           Connect on LinkedIn @fionacharles

Keynote: Flying High – Test Automation in the Boeing 777

Alexandre Bauduin – Senior QA Tester, Consulteer

Are you confronted with automating tests of large, complex systems? Are there more conditions to test than you can do in a lifetime? Are auditors demanding compliance to a never-ending collection of regulations? Do stakeholders want slick dashboards tracking abstract key process indicators? Join Alexandre Bauduin as he shares his experience leading the complex system testing challenges of a real-time Boeing 777 Flight Simulator. Alexandre will outline how he overcame the many challenges faced by combining his skills in test design and his expertise as an airline pilot, including the decision-making process used to focus testing and checking of the simulator, constrained by aviation authorities requesting a very detailed simulation with a blend of realistic scenarios and catastrophic failures. You will learn strategies to organize and prioritize automation, develop regression checking suites for very large mission-critical software systems, and report the meaningful information to stakeholders.

Follow Alex on Twitter @B777Alex              Connect on LinkedIn @alexandre-bauduin

Dona Sarkar

Keynote: Be the Lord of Your OWN Rings: Build Your OWN Insider Testing Program!

Dona Sarkar – Head of the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft

Once upon a time in a land not too far from here.
Companies used to make products. Test them in-house. …and throw them over the wall at their users.

It was a dark time. We all had NSync CDs. AOL dialup was a thing. You used to go home and binge watch Dawson’s Creek (don’t lie, you did too). But those days are GONE. What worked then does not work now.

Today, you can’t just create for your customers. You must co-create with them. But how? Come and hear about how one of the biggest software projects in the world, Windows 10 shifted to this paradigm and attracted a community of 16.5 million global Windows Insiders who we have been co-creating with for 4 years. By the end, you’ll know how to set up your own community and fan club and more important, how to co-create with them. Come learn our 10 step process for how you can do this TOMORROW in your own business.

Follow Dona on Twitter @donasarkar            Connect on LinkedIn @donasarkar