Call for Papers

Nordic Testing Days 2022 Call for Papers is open!

Last two years have turned a lot of businesses to online and remote mode. We can’t meet and do business as usual. Now everything needs to be online and remote capable. That has driven a huge surge in need for digitalization and new solutions. In turn this has led to swelling IT departments and a lot of new product launches. More and more acute has become the need for good engineers, good practices of software development and testing. We need to do more with less. How can we do that in quality assurance? Is it more automation? Is it more non-IT people getting into testing? Is it something else? Help us find out what we can do and come share your ideas in Nordic Testing Days 2022!

The call for papers is open until January 16, 2022 and the conference takes place June 1 – 3 2022. We expect the speaker to be onsite. 

We welcome people to join our conference onsite, following all the COVID rules, and at the same time we offer all the content as video recordings after the event.

Send your proposal from HERE

What are we looking for?

This year we are focusing on technical and hands-on topics as feedback from previous years shows that attendees value it most of all. 

We are searching for workshops, where your laptop is put to more use than showing the slides, where you need to test, program or write a test strategy. Workshops must be practical and make participants use their heads and their hands.

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.

Target groups

  • Test managers
  • Test engineers
  • Development engineers

Conference overview

Nordic Testing Days 2022 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, following all the COVID rules, and at the same time we offer all the content as video recordings after the event.

TrackWorkshopTutorial
24 minutes talk5 minutes Q&AUnlimited participants2 or 4 hours (incl break)50+ participantsFull day
(incl breaks and lunch)Min 20 participants

Track talks 

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

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.

Key Takeaways

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). 

Difficulty Level

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 2020. 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 Deep dive
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.

Limitations

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.

Selection process

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 Skype video call. The goal of the call is to discuss your proposal, ask and answer any clarifying questions we or you may have.

Remuneration

The table below contains information about the costs covered.

TypeFeeTravelAccommodationConference Participation + Legendary PartySpeakers Dinner
Track talkUp to €350
Up to €500 for transatlantic flights
Yes – 2 nightsyesyes
Workshop2h or 4hUp to €350Up to €500 for transatlantic flightsYes – 2 nightsyesyes
Tutorials€1000 for 10 participants. €50 for every next participantReasonable costs covered by NTD (e.g. flying in economy class)Yes – 3 nightsyesyes

Travel

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.

Accommodation

The conference organizers will provide accommodation at the conference hotel for all speakers as follows:

  • Tutorials – 3 nights at the conference hotel.
  • All others – 2 nights at the conference hotel.
  • 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

January 16, 2022 – call for papers closed.

January – February – feedback about acceptance to conference acceptance

March 1, 2022 – proposal acceptance notifications are sent out.

March 12, 2022 – preliminary conference program announced.

May 17, 2022 – 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 2022!
Check out our webpage for news https://nordictestingdays.eu/, look at pictures from previous conferences on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nordictestingdays, and follow us on Twitter to join in on the banter and quick updates @nordictestdays.

NTD 2022 Content Team