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STAREAST 2019 Virtual Conference

Wednesday, May 1 | 8:30am–5:30pm ET
and Thursday, May 2 | 8:30am–5:30pm ET

The annual STAREAST Virtual conference will be streamed live from Orlando, May 1–2, 2019. The live content includes all five keynote presentations, select industry technical presentations, and interviews with hand-picked software industry experts. The virtual conference also offers the ability to chat live during sessions with fellow virtual attendees, and visit the virtual Expo hall to explore the most recent solution provider demos and offerings. The virtual conference will be available on-demand for three months after the event. Explore the program below and check back for updates on new content added. 

Mark your calendar now to watch the expert interviews hosted by Jennifer Bonine and Owen Gotimer, see expert bios for more information. Interviews will take place throughout the two-day event in 15-minute intervals. Pose any questions you have for them in advance in the #stareast_chat channel of the TechWell Hub

Wed., May 1 Interview with: Thur., May 2 Interview with:
11:00 am Nikki Henry 10:45 am John McConda
11:15 am Wilson Mar 11:00 am Matt Grasberger
12:15 pm Adam Satterfield 12:00 pm Eran Kinsbruner
12:30 pm Talia Nassi 12:15 pm Paul Grizzaffi
12:45pm Jason Arbon 12:30 pm Dmitry Vinnik
1:00pm Jeremias Rößler 1:00pm Gil Sever
1:30 pm Isabel Evans 1:15pm Dawn Haynes
2:30 pm Bob Galen 1:30 pm Michael Bolton
2:45 pm Melissa Benua 2:30 pm Melissa Tondi
3:45 pm Chris Loder 2:45 pm Janna Loeffler
4:00 pm Hans Buwalda 3:45 pm Jason Wick
    4:00 pm Mike Sowers


*The times, and expert interview schedules are subject to change

Sponsors of the STAREAST 2019 Virtual Conference include Coveros, Micro Focus, Parasoft, Perfecto, TechWell, and Tricentis



Sponsors of the STAREAST 2019 Virtual Conference include Coveros, Micro Focus, Parasoft, Perfecto, TechWell, and Tricentis


Be sure to join the TechWell Hub to chat along with event attendees, other virtual viewers,
speakers, and other software professionals! You're invited to join!


Wednesday, May 1

Creative Trespassing

Creative Trespassing: Sneak More Imagination into Your Work and Get More Done

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am

After years of smuggling creativity into the corporate sector without getting busted, Tania Katan has learned that we don’t need to be in a job that is distinctly creative in order to be distinctly creative in our job. In fact, no matter how tedious the task or how buttoned-up the office environment, we can all learn to conjure imagination anywhere, anytime, by choosing to stand out rather than fit in. Join Tania for some hilarious stories, wacky exercises for flexing your creative muscles, and engaging ideas like “Fire Hierarchy” and “Transform the Norm.” You will leave with tools and...

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Jeff Payne

Cutting through the Hype around Continuous Testing

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

There is a lot of hype around continuous testing these days. It seems like every product vendor has a continuous testing product and every consulting company has a continuous testing practice. But what exactly is continuous testing? And how is it different from what we've been doing in testing for the past several decades? Join Jeffrey Payne as he discusses what continuous testing is all about and how today's organizations are leveraging it to improve their quality. Learn what tools and techniques enable continuous testing, and examine the pros and cons of moving toward a more continuous...

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Chris Colosimo

APIs Are Coming: Defending Westeros from an Invading Army of Defects

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:15pm

Winter is coming and so is season 8 of Game of Thrones. But what if John Snow was an application quality director, how would he defend quality? Well, bullet-proofing your application against defects is very similar to fighting an army of white walkers. Having the right test automation technology at your disposal is just as crucial as having dragon glass. Join our virtual session where Product Manager Chris Colosimo will explain key test enablement technologies John Snow would need to shift left defect detection and protect Westeros’s is most important application the “Iron Bank”.

Wayne Ariola

AI in Software Testing: Will a Bot Steal Your Spot?

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:45pm to 2:30pm

Although artificial intelligence is nothing new, applying AI techniques to software testing only really started to become feasible in the past year. But it’s undeniable that it will soon become part of our day-to-day quality engineering process. Before we get caught up in the excitement of the technology, let’s take a step back and assess how AI can help us achieve our quality objectives. It’s been suggested that AI could be applied to actions such as prioritizing testing and test automation efforts, generating and optimizing test cases, enhancing UX testing, reducing tedious analysis...

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Melissa Tondi
Rainforest QA

The "Do Nots" of Testing

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Hear the five lessons learned in testing, address them, and take back valuable solutions on your journey of a modern tester! In the “Do Nots” of Testing, we explore the lessons learned in Software Testing – otherwise known as the “Do Nots”. She’ll suggest different approaches and recommendations to help you either remove them completely from your existing Software Testing team or replace them with a more meaningful approach.

Lightning Keynotes

Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. And now, lightning has struck the STAR keynotes. Some of the best-known experts in testing will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and...

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Thursday, May 2


The AI Testing Singularity

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Most basic software testing will soon be done by a few individual, large systems. But today, software testing is a fragmented world of test creators, test automators, vendors, contractors, employees, and even “pizza Fridays” where developers roll up their sleeves and test the build themselves. When teams start testing their apps, they dream up the same positive, negative, and edge test cases as every other team before them. Most software testing is either manually tapping an application or manually creating and maintaining detailed automation scripts—from scratch! AI will soon...

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Agile vs. DevOps For Continuous Testing: How to Optimize Your Pipeline

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Interest in continuous testing has been growing for five years now — yet the more we talk about it, the more polarized the discussion becomes. Complicating the conversation is the fact that Agile and DevOps both drive the need for continuous testing, but both require distinctly different things from a quality perspective.

Join me for a lively discussion on what’s really required for continuous testing in the context of Agile and DevOps. See live examples of how to maximize testing pipeline efficiencies and walk away with tactics you can implement today.

Eran Kinsbruner,...

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Micro Focus

Eliminate Waiting Times Within Continuous Testing

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Wait time is the silent killer of faster application delivery and nowhere is this more true than in testing. You need to be “testing early and often” while simultaneously creating practices that standardize and automate processes so they’re easier to monitor and enforce. Join this session to see how to:

·         Increase your DevTesters' efficiency in building and maintaining automation assets using multiple SDKs

·         Remove bottlenecks that often slow down projects and damage quality

·         Accelerate feedback and visibility over pipeline execution

Interactive Session: Creating Automated UI Tests Live & On The Fly

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:45pm to 2:30pm
Anyone can do it - no coding experiance required! We'll prove it live. Create scalable, auto-healing tests on modern, highly dynamic sites. View live test output, and ML-driven regression insights.
Gene Gotimer

DevOps for Leadership

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
DevOps is for gaining insight and building confidence. Speed and agility are side effects. Adding tools and automation won’t make much of a change without cultural and organizational changes to support the process. Let business value guide your process. Don't just blindly add bureaucracy.
Bank of New Zealand

Beyond Coding: Test Automation as Art

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

The rise of test automation is changing the testing landscape as organizations urgently accelerate their automation goals. As demand for automation increases, those accountable for testing roles are learning to write code, but few are learning the skills that support the creation of truly useful automated assets. Just as using a paintbrush does not make an artist, writing code does not make an engineer. Without a wider perspective, we can end up with test automation frameworks and tests that are inefficient and difficult to maintain. As a test practice manager at a major financial...

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ENCORE Session

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

BRAVO! It's back by popular demand! Did you have a hard time selecting which session to attend? Wished you had participated in a great session you heard about? Talked with someone at lunch or a happy hour about a great presentation and you wished you could have been there? Your wish has come true! We know it's a challenge to cover all the great sessions at our conferences, so on Thursday afternoon, we will feature a repeat of one of the most talked about sessions from Wednesday. We want to hear from YOU which session you would like to have presented again. Drop by the TechWell Experience...

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