The best software QA and testing conferences of 2023
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April 1, 2024

The best software QA and testing conferences of 2024

Now that the pandemic is subsiding, the community has an amazing mix of offline and online software testing conferences. In this article, we will cover some upcoming events in Europe and beyond.

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The CI/CDay

When: April 11, 2024
Where: Paris

The CI/CDay is a pivotal gathering for European CI/CD professionals, delving into four core topics: DevOps, DevSecOps, Testing, and Automation. This one-day event in Paris unites around 70 to 80 seasoned developers, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. With an emphasis on Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Deployment, and Automation, this software testing summit provides a platform to explore best practices, methodologies, and the latest technologies in the CI/CD landscape. Attendees can expect a day of insightful conferences, networking opportunities, and a deep dive into the European CI/CD ecosystem.

 

The Software Quality Days

When: April 24-25, 2024

Where: Vienna

The Software Quality Days is still the pinnacle of software quality conferences in Europe, proudly holding the title of the continent’s leading event in this domain. A steadfast fixture for quality and testing enthusiasts, this conference offers more than just top-notch keynotes. Attendees can immerse themselves in many specialist lectures, explore a dedicated exhibition, participate in tutorials, and more. Renowned for its commitment to excellence, the Software Quality Days provide unparalleled opportunities for professional development, idea exchange, and networking. With a perfect blend of cutting-edge scientific topics and practical implementation lectures, this conference is a hallmark event that defines the landscape of software quality.

National Software Testing Conference

When: May 7-8

Where: London, England

The National Software Testing Conference stands as a pivotal industry event centrally located in London, England, spanning two days in May. Esteemed professionals from diverse roles, including C-level executives, QA engineers, and IT personnel, convene to glean insights and expertise. Renowned companies such as Meta, Virgin Media, GoDaddy, and others contribute to the discourse, rendering this conference a quintessential gathering for the software testing community.

My top testing conferences:

1. Let’s test
2. Testbash conferences
3. Agile testing days
4. Romanian testing conference
5. CAST

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expo:QA

When: May 28-30, 2024

Where: Madrid

This software testing conference of 2024 is Spain’s largest and premier conference on Software Testing and Quality Engineering – expo:QA. This international gathering is a crucial meeting point for professionals in the field across Spain and Europe. The event kicks off with a day of hands-on workshops on May 28th, followed by two days packed with five tracks of professional talks and master classes on May 29th and 30th. If you’re passionate about Software Testing and Quality Engineering, this is the place to be. Mark your calendars and consider Madrid for an immersive experience.

STAREAST - | STARWEST

When and Where:  April 28 – May 3 Orlando, Florida (STAREAST) | 

September 22-27 Anaheim, California (STARWEST) 

Experience the pinnacle of software testing events at STAREAST and STARWEST! These renowned conferences bring together industry experts and professionals from around the globe to delve into the latest advancements and best practices in software testing and quality assurance. Whether you’re in the heart of Orlando or amidst the excitement of Anaheim, you’ll be immersed in a six-day conference featuring keynote speakers, in-depth tutorials, and engaging sessions. You can join it physically or participate virtually for an unparalleled learning experience that will elevate your skills and expertise in the dynamic field of software testing.

Test Automation Days

When: May 29-30, 2024

Where: Rotterdam

We also anticipate Test Automation Days 2024, which delves into the dynamic domain of test automation. The spotlight is on navigating the evolving landscape, especially with the transformative influence of Artificial Intelligence. This test automation conference provides a unique platform to explore how AI is shaping our approach in test automation, addressing the challenges of managing an array of tools and coping with the growing complexity of IT systems due to pervasive digitalisation. Join us in sharing visions and experiences that revolve around the benefits of AI in test automation, shedding light on how to enhance the sustainability of IT systems in the face of these evolving dynamics. Let’s collectively rethink and reframe our approaches to meet the demands of this ever-changing landscape.

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Nordic Testing Days

When: June 5-7, 2024
Where: Tallinn

Nordic Testing Days is an annual conference primarily dedicated to software testers. It has expanded its reach recently to welcome a diverse audience, including programmers, UX specialists, project managers, and designers. The goal is to involve everyone interested in contributing to a smoother software development cycle and enhancing quality. Organised by volunteer professionals from the testing community, the conference aims to provide software quality-related education, fostering a learning environment for seasoned and budding IT professionals. The focus is on advancing knowledge in testing, inspiring a commitment to delivering excellent software and hardware products, and creating a platform for sharing experiences, whether they be success stories or valuable lessons learned from failures in the field. The conference serves as a neutral forum, facilitating networking opportunities for both employers and potential employees.

AI Con USA

When: June 2-7

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

AI Con USA, launched this year by TechWell, marks a pioneering event dedicated to the realms of artificial intelligence and machine learning. This groundbreaking conference serves as a convergence point for esteemed experts, researchers, and innovators, fostering discussions on the latest advancements in AI and facilitating knowledge exchange and inspiration. With a focus on diverse AI-based topics, the conference illuminates how this transformative technology is reshaping companies and charting the course for the future. Furthermore, it offers professional training opportunities, empowering participants to augment their expertise in this revolutionary field.

Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC)

When: October 14-16
Where: Portland, Oregon

In its 42nd year, the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) remains the premier destination for those intrigued by the future of quality assurance. Boasting a diverse array of speakers hailing from around the globe, this conference promises to delve into cutting-edge trends, innovative technologies, and visionary strategies. Prepare yourself for two captivating keynote sessions: “Do We Really Need A Test Automation Engineer?” presented by Bas Dijkstra and “Humanise AI” led by Tariq King. This is an event not to be missed!

Testing United

When: November 7-8
Where: Vienna, Austria

Mark your calendars for Testing United, scheduled to unfold in Vienna on November 7-8, 2024, for a two-day immersive event. This year’s conference will centre around the theme “AI Augmented QA: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons from the Past,” offering invaluable insights from esteemed international QA experts. Early attendees can take advantage of a special ticket price of €520 until March 31st. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to delve into the forefront of quality assurance and AI integration!

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Agile Testing Days

When: November 19-22
Where: Potsdam, Germany

Whether onsite or virtual, Agile Testing Days stands as a global rendezvous for agile software testers and engineers alike. Featuring an impressive lineup of 140+ sessions, 120+ speakers, and over 600 attendees, this event covers an extensive array of topics, including AI Testing, Accessibility, Automation, DevOps, and Leadership. Anticipate engaging keynote sessions, immersive, hands-on workshops, and insightful tutorials, making Agile Testing Days an indispensable gathering for staying abreast of the latest trends and insights in agile software testing.

OnlineTestConf

When: November 12-13
Where: Online

PractiTest’s OnlineTestConf, now in its 14th edition, sets a new standard for accessibility within the global QA community. As an online event, it transcends geographical boundaries, bringing together experts and professionals from around the world to foster innovation and knowledge sharing in the realm of software testing. Adapting to the evolving needs of the industry, the conference provides essential professional insights completely free of charge, underscoring PractiTest’s commitment to democratising quality knowledge on a global scale.

Final words

2023 is an exciting year for QA conferences. Many events are returning to offline for the first time in three years. The infrastructure and general acceptance for remote speakers improve the online attendance experience and enable cross-continental guest appearances. In-person events also bring new business opportunities that can help QA-focused companies ride out the recession. 

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FAQ
What are the benefits of attending QA conferences?

The primary benefit is getting insights that would have otherwise cost much more in consultancy hours. Networking is also great for both personal career development and the team’s prospects.

Will there be free QA events in 2023?

Very few quality assurance conferences are free. The best way to still see engaging Q&A sessions and insightful talks is go through conferences and see if they have last years’ recordings available online. 

What is the best QA conference in 2023?

EuroSTAR 2023 Software Testing Conference is an enormous event with 4 days of four sessions going on at the same time. While some online conferences could secure more attendees, they are unlikely to attract as many speakers as EuroSTAR does. 

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