Conference Recap: STARWEST Virtual+ 2020

This year, TTC partook in TechWell's first fully virtual STARWEST conference.

  • Daisy Wang
  • 12 October 2020

With in-person events needing creative alternatives, many have shifted to virtual environments – including TechWell’s annual STARWEST conference. This year, the conference, now dubbed STARWEST Virtual+, was transformed into a digital experience, with booths, keynotes, and sessions all being held online from October 5th-8th. Throughout the event, participants and sponsors were able to interact through two virtual expo halls. One of the halls, hosted in Gather.Town, immersed attendees in a video game-like simulation where they could create customized avatars and wander around various sponsor booths, all while getting a more traditional booth experience in a separate hall.

Over 75 talks were held over the course of the event’s four-days, where industry professionals engaged in conversation about topics such as agile testing, AI, automation, and more. Presentations by TTC’s CEO of Americas Chris Rolls and Senior Manager Nate Custer were streamed as well, with the latter covering the intricacies of machine learning, its role within software testing, and where ROI can be found for those looking to adopt. To close out the conference, keynote speaker Jenna Charlton of Coveros, Inc. discussed the importance of leveraging exploratory testing techniques when designing for accessibility and inclusion.

Though a new way of hosting the conference, the virtual experience still allowed for the insight and engaging connectivity of one held in person. Thank you to everyone who stopped by TTC’s expo booth in both the traditional hall and Gather.Town. We’re committed to staying on top of the latest trends in software testing and sharing our experiences with our peers.

To learn more, visit the STARWEST website.