Call for Papers
Each day, each month and each year we embark on a journey of discovery. We discover what cool things our colleagues did during the weekend, we discover how others are living during our vacation, we discover what new cool innovations were done last year. So, in June 2024 we will embark on another journey of discovery in the world of testing. We will see and hear fantastic speeches, we will participate in thrilling workshops and participate in eye opening tutorials. Come and help us on that journey! Come and present on NTD 2024!
The call for papers is open until December 1, 2023 and the conference takes place June 5 - 7 2024 in Tallinn. We expect the speakers and attendees to be onsite.
What are we looking for?
Our main focus is to give our audience a new skill, level-up or an experience to remember.
That means we are giving bonus points to hands-on workshops and tracks that make you think in another way or give you insight to new tools/technology.
Topics bringing new technical skills, teaching tools, introducing (automation) frameworks etc will have a big plus sign in the eyes of the content team! Nevertheless, we definitely aim to keep the agenda of the conference varied, thus if you have a good experience story to share on topics around leadership, test/quality coaching, teamwork, etc, you are more than welcome to submit your paper!
Please note that we will not consider tracks which are promotions of tools / products / services.
Test / quality engineers
Nordic Testing Days 2024 will be a 3 day event: day 1 is for tutorials, days 2 and 3 are filled with talks and workshops.
We welcome people to join our conference onsite. Some of the content as video recordings will be available after the event. As a speaker you need to be aware that your presentation might be recorded.
24 minutes talk
5 minutes Q&A
2 or 4 hours (incl break)
Min 20 participants
Track slot in the schedule is 30 minutes in length. 1 minute for introduction, 24 minutes for talk, followed by a 5 minute Q&A session.
Workshops are 2 hours or 4 hours in length with a short break in between (if needed). We expect at least half of the workshop time to be taken up by practical exercises and the rest of the time to be spent on explaining, discussing and expanding on the practical stuff. Keep in mind that previously there have been around 40-50 participants at the workshops. If you have specific limits to how many people can attend, please make sure to include it in your proposal. We may not be able to have complete control over the number of participants in the room, so please plan accordingly. Please be prepared that we may ask you to run your workshop 2 times during the conference (once on each day) since workshops have always been extremely popular.
Tutorials are meant to be full-day tutorials with breaks and a lunch break in between. We expect tutorials to be filled with plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to dig deep, learn new skills and/or tools. Let’s leave verbose lectures for another time.
Requirements for proposals
The abstract should explain concisely and clearly why your topic is relevant and what will be covered during the talk/workshop/tutorial (outline). In case of workshop and/or tutorial, describe how you want to carry out the workshop (including technical setup) and what kind of practical activities have been planned.
List three most important takeaways you expect the attendees to walk away with (which will also convince them to attend your talk, workshop or tutorial in the first place).
Speakers assign a difficulty level to their talk or workshop in order to make it easier for attendees to decide if the talk or workshop was appropriate for them. In no way do we discourage people from taking a “deep dive” workshop in something they never heard of. We’re trying to address the problem of having both new and experienced people at the conference.
Therefore, we will use the concept again for Nordic Testing Days 2024. We are very much looking for deep dive talks, workshops and tutorials!
We encourage you to consider deep dive talks and workshops since this is what Nordic Testing Days attendees have shown most interest in.
Explanation of the levels:
Getting your toes wet
Like a fish in the sea
For beginners and people with no prior experience with the topic; basic concepts covered, explained, evolved.
For folks to be familiar with the concepts covered in the talk or workshop and/or have a specific set of skills, and the ability to discuss and apply them; speaker can state more explicit expectations as well.
Assumes extensive experience, skills and knowledge about the concepts; the speaker is welcome to state more explicitly what is needed.
If you already know that you need some kind of special arrangements (like soundproof room, specific equipment to be set up) or there are any other limitations related to your presentation, please mention them, too.
For workshops, please describe in general which setup or pre-requisites will be required from participants. Please keep in mind that a lengthy pre-setup decreases interest of the workshop.
Here’s what you need to know about the process:
The content team will review your proposal and evaluate it on its own merit and also in the context of other proposals.
The content team will review recordings of your talk (can be other than the one you proposed) if you have provided them.
If your proposal has passed the initial round of reviews, a member of the content team contacts you to set up a 10-15 minute Google Hangouts video call. The goal of the call is to discuss your proposal, ask and answer any clarifying questions we or you may have.
The table below contains information about the costs covered.
|Type||Fee ||Travel||Accommodation||Conference + Party||Speakers Dinner|
|Track talk||-||Up to €350||Yes - 2 nights||yes||yes|
|Workshop - 2h or 4h||-||Up to €350||Yes - 2 nights||yes||yes|
|Tutorials||€1000 for 10 participants. €50 for every next participant||Reasonable costs covered by NTD (e.g. flying in economy class)||Yes - 3 nights||yes||yes|
In case of multiple presenters:
Track talk - all costs covered are per track to be divided between presenters
Workshops - all costs are covered per presenter, up to 2 presenters in total
Tutorial - fee is divided between presenters, reasonable travel costs covered per presenter
The conference organizers cover travel costs for speakers as shown in the table above. Tutorial and keynote speakers will also have travel costs and fees individually arranged and paid by the organizers.
The preferred method of remuneration is an invoice from the speaker. Other options are available and need to be negotiated individually.
The conference organizers will provide accommodation at the conference hotel for speakers as follows:
Tutorials - 3 nights at the conference hotel (in case of multiple presenters, each presenter gets a separate room).
Tracks - 2 nights at the conference hotel (in case of multiple presenters, we expect the room to be shared).
Workshops - 2 nights at the conference hotel (in case of multiple presenters, each presenter gets a separate room).
Accommodation includes breakfast.
Access to conference
Speakers who deliver tutorials will get free access to 2nd and 3rd conference days.
Speakers who deliver workshops and talks will get a free ticket to the 2nd and 3rd conference days (excluding tutorials to which they can buy a ticket).
Timeline of Deadlines
December 1, 2023 - call for papers closed.
December - January - feedback about acceptance to conference acceptance
February 1, 2024 - proposal acceptance notifications are sent out.
March 8, 2024 - preliminary conference program announced.
May 17, 2024 - conference presentations to be submitted.
The conference team is very much looking forward to your proposals! Please spread the word and come join us in Tallinn in June 2024!