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Nordic Testing Days 2020 Call for Papers is open!

We learn, we test, we report. The never-ending cycle of testing is going round and round. Every year it is going faster and faster because in the software industry profit comes from speed - time to market and beating the competition play a critical role. This has been and is changing testing as well. We become more agile, more automated and more context aware. We have to learn more and more each day. Knowledge and skills come from practice and learning from others. Conferences provide a place and space for sharing experiences. Come and share to help your fellow testers in the age of never ending change! 

The call for papers is open until October 31, 2019 and the conference takes place June 3 - 5, 2020.

You can submit 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, teach tools, introduce automation frameworks etc will have a big plus sign in the eyes of 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!

Topics of interest

Based on the feedback, our participants would like to hear more on these topics below. 

  • Testing in devops
  • Security testing
  • Automation
  • Mobile testing
  • Testing in automotive / IoT
  • Test management
  • Agile practices
  • Solving (testing) problems

Target groups

  • Test managers
  • Test engineers
  • Development engineers

Conference overview

Nordic Testing Days 2020 will be a 3 day event: day 1 is for tutorials, days 2 and 3 are filled with talks and workshops. 

TALK WORKSHOP TUTORIAL

24 minutes talk

5 minutes Q&A

Unlimited participants

2 or 4 hours (incl break)

50+ participants

Full day
(incl breaks and lunch)

Min 20 participants

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track talks 

Track slot in 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 have never heard of. We’re trying to address the problem of having both new and experienced crowd 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;

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 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.

Type Fee Travel Accomodation

Conference & Party

Speakers dinner

Track Talk

-

Up to €350

Up to €500 for transatlantic flights

Yes, 2 nights

yes

yes

Workshop

2h or 4h

-

Up to €350

Up to €500 for transatlantic flights

Yes, 2 nights

yes

yes

Tutorial

1000 EUR for 10 participants. 50 EUR for every next participant

Reasonable costs covered by NTD (e.g. flying in economy class)

Yes, 3 nights

yes

yes

Travel

The conference organizers cover travel costs for speakers as shown in the table above. Tutorial and keynote speakers' costs will be covered  as shown in the table after being confirmed and approved by the organizing committee.

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

  • October 31, 2019 - call for papers closed.
  • November - January - feedback about acceptance to conference acceptance
  • January 31, 2020 - proposal acceptance notifications are sent out.
  • February 04, 2020 - preliminary conference program announced.
  • February 25, 2020 - final conference program announced.
  • May 17, 2020 - 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 May 2020!

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 2020 Content Team