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Networking Events


Networking_EventsSpeed Networking
Monday, October 21 • 5:15pm–6:00pm
Get to know your fellow attendees quickly at Speed Networking. Easily introduce yourself as you grab a drink and get to know others at the conference. It’s a great way to find people with similar challenges and interests. Afterwards, we will be providing a framework for you to form groups, head out to dinner, and keep the conversation going!


Toronto Walking Tour—Meet in Hotel Lobby
Tuesday, October 22 • 5:30pm–7:00pm
Join us for a self-guided walking tour of some of Toronto’s most popular sites! The 2.8 kilometre (1.7 miles) tour will stop at three National Historic Sites and two of the most popular tourist attractions in Toronto. Please join us afterwards for dinner at Fionn MacCool's or continue to explore the city. Meals are not provided.

Morning Run—Meet in Hotel Lobby
Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 • 6:45am–7:30am
Runners of all levels will gather in the hotel lobby and head out on a morning fun run. Run at your own pace, activate your body and refresh before the start of your day.

Morning Yoga—Meet in the Festival Room of the Hotel, 9th Floor
Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 • 6:45am–7:30am
Join us in the morning for an opportunity to relax your mind in yoga class. Open, stretch, and restore your body from the inside out—all before your day of learning begins. Appropriate for all skill levels.

Lean Coffee
Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 • 7:30am–8:30am
Grab a complimentary coffee, pick a topic, and split into groups to share in open discussions. These are informal, self-organized, collaborative, active conversations. They are driven by people that are passionate or curious enough about the topic to join the group and contribute. Join them to share your expertise or sit back and soak in the knowledge others are dispensing.


Community Dinner
Wednesday, October 23 • 6:30pm–8:30pm
Join our Owen, our community manager, for a community dinner at in Toronto on Wednesday night during the conference. Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30pm, so we can walk over together. PS: As much as the community team would love to, we can't pay for everyone's dinner, but we can welcome everyone to the community!


Genius Testing Bar
Tuesday, October 22-Thursday, October 24 • Times Vary
Need to schedule some time with a testing genius? Make some time to chat one-on-one with some of the amazing speakers at this conference at available times on Tuesday–Thursday. They don’t like to be called geniuses, but we think their experiences and knowledge warrants that title! Bring your most pressing questions and get some ingenious solutions, sound advice, and free consulting—but most of all just get to know the speakers! See the TechWell Experience Staff Onsite to Reserve a Spot.

The Test Lab & Automation Zone lead by Chris Loder
Kick-off: Tuesday October 22 • 5:15pm-6:15pm
Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 • All Day
Grab a lab coat and join us for the Test Lab kick-off on Tuesday evening for snacks and beer. 


Then on Wednesday and Thursday, the Test Lab along with Automation Zone will be lead by industry expert and keynote presenter, Chris Loder. There will be problem solving exercises, physical puzzles, testing quizzes, and even some testing of robots to put your QA skills into practice. Get hands on, real-world practice covering a number of testing techniques as well as games to get you thinking critically about your testing projects. This safe-to-experiment environment provides learning opportunities for creating software products that are more valuable to both businesses and customers. 

The Test Lab will also feature the Automation Zone this year. This is where you can get hands-on experience with automation. There is no prior experience necessary to try out a fun new automation framework created for the lab. You will learn what it's like to write your very own automated test and you'll get to have fun playing around with automation!

Couch Sessions
Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 23 • Times vary
Join a testing expert on the couch for a relaxed conversation about a topic close to your heart. Each scheduled couch session will be led by a different expert who will help the group that attends informally discuss the topic at hand. Just drop in to any scheduled session to join in, or host your own chat. We’ll have some unscheduled sessions left open for attendees to take charge and lead a conversation that is important to you. 

Wednesday Couch Session
7:45-8:15 AM Wednesday — First Timer's Couch Session | Hosted by Owen Gotimer
11:30 AM Wednesday — The Tester’s Experience of Tools and Automation | Hosted by Isabel Evans 
1:30 PM Wednesday — Testing and DevOps | Hosted by Gene Gotimer,

Thursday Couch Session
11:30 AM Thursday — AI | Hosted by Jennifer Bonine
2:45 PM Thursday — Continuous Integration and Testing | Hosted 
Melissa Benua

Women Who Test
Friday, October 25 • 8:30am–4:30pm
Women Who Test is a full-day event for women to learn from, and be inspired by each other. Join women test engineers, managers, CEOs, and consultants for some truly inspiring talks and fascinating group work. Registration is free for conference attendees, but you must reserve your seat in advance. Learn more.
Welcome Reception
Tuesday, October 22 • 4:30pm–5:30pm
Network with peers at the welcome reception and enjoy complimentary food and beverages. 

Expo Reception
Wednesday, October 23 • 5:15pm–6:15pm
Network with peers at the Expo reception and enjoy complimentary food and beverages. Be sure to play the Passport game for your chance to win great prizes!

The Expo
Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24
At the STARCANADA Expo, you can visit the top industry providers offering the latest in testing solutions. Click here for more information.

  • Explore this one-of-a-kind Expo, designed to bring you the latest solutions in testing technologies, software, and tools.

  • Support your software testing efforts by participating in technical presentations and demonstrations conducted throughout the Expo.

  • Meet one-on-one with representatives from some of today’s most progressive and innovative organizations.

Expo Hours

Wednesday, October 23
 and 2:30pm–6:15pm

Expo Reception 
5:15pm–6:15pm - 
All attendees are invited to the Expo reception for complimentary food and beverages.

Thursday, October 24