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Mikhail Iljin

Mikhail Iljin is one of the first members of Bolt's Data Science team. His main responsibility is developing real-time data-driven pricing for passengers and drivers. Previously, Mikhail has worked as a Senior Software Engineer and Data Scientist, working and consulting on products in Swedbank, Estonian Digital Certification Centre, as well as creating data analysis and warehousing solutions for Telia, Tele2 and EU-funded urban mobility research project in collaboration with Tartu University. Mikhail's passion is data, impact it can achieve and complexity it inevitably brings.

Estonia

Company:

Bolt

Mark Abrahams

Mark Abrahams is a Test Automation Specialist that currently is on assignment at the most innovative bank of the Netherlands. He is a real specialist and has a lot of development skills. Besides his assignments he is responsible for the Test Automation Guild for Ordina & gives the Java trainings to our testers. Read more on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-abrahams-b8218129/

Netherlands

Martin Villarruel

Martin Villarruel is an Argentinian living in Dublin and has been working in IT for 10 years For 3,5 years he's been working as an Automation QA engineer, currently working at Verizon Connect.

Argentina

Martin Tiitmaa

Martin has been doing competitive debateing for 13 years. He was Estonian National champion in debateing in 2015. He has taught public speaking in 4 highschools.

Estonia

Company:

RSI

Henrik Warne

Henrik Warne has been programming professionally for 25 years, and he still loves to code. He has worked on small embedded systems and large distributed systems, using a wide variety of technologies and programming languages. He is interested in all aspects of software development, from architecture, design and methodology to implementation, testing and debugging. He is currently a software engineer at TriOptima in Stockholm, Sweden, developing systems for financial risk management.

Sweden

Company:

TriOptima

Personal website:

Thoughts on programming

Twitter:

@henrikwarne

Calvin Moore

South Africa

Blanché Carstens

Blanché Carstens is a technical tester at Allan Gray. She has over 10 years’ experience in software testing. Her software testing, career started as a result of her curious nature & need to understand projects on a more systematic & technical level. Her passion for testing is fueled by the powerful information testing provides. Testing answers so many unasked questions, it exposes many misconceptions, lack of understanding & overlooked considerations. Testing unlocks some ingenious insights & better or different ways of doing things.

South Africa

Company:

Allan Gray

Twitter:

@BlancheCarstens

Elisabeth Hocke

Having graduated in sinology, Lisi fell into agile and testing in 2009 and has been infected with the agile bug ever since. She’s especially passionate about the whole-team approach to testing and quality as well as the continuous learning mindset behind it. Building great products which deliver value together with great people is what motivates her and keeps her going. She received a lot from the community; now she’s giving back by sharing her stories and experience. She tweets as @lisihocke and blogs at www.lisihocke.com.

Germany

Personal website:

Blog

Twitter:

@lisihocke

Bailey Hanna

Bailey Hanna is a software test specialist at Roadmunk based in Kitchener, ON, Canada. She entered the testing community in 2016 when she was given the opportunity to become a software test specialist co-op student during her time at Western University. Since then, she has been an active member of the community, working to expand her knowledge through conferences, testing meet-ups, and reading. Lots of reading. Her primary areas of passion and experience are context driven exploratory testing, and the development of automated tests.

Canada

Company:

Roadmunk

Personal website:

Things Testing Taught Me

Marko Konsa

Marko Konsa has been actively working in QA for the past 6 years. He gained experience through his multiple roles as (among others) a security tester, test automation engineer, mobile QA engineer and as well as a software developer in one of Estonia’s biggest IT government tenders. Formerly a Product Owner of Cify open-source test automation platform, and now as Head of Product & Services at FOB Solutions Marko develops testing strategies for companies like HERE and Skype.

Estonia

Company:

FOB Solutions

Lucian Adrian Stroie

“The important things are mindsets! They will change you!” is Lucian’s motto as he feels good quality comes out of the right mindset. Currently working at R/GA Bucharest, where new technologies, brilliant design people and crafty developers blend to deliver award winning & innovative user experiences. 

Romania

Company:

R/GA

Personal website:

Personal Blog

Twitter:

@lucianadrian

Ali Hill

Ali has been a software tester for nearly five years after graduating with a History degree from the University of Edinburgh. Beginning his career in the games industry testing at Rockstar North he then moved into a more traditional Agile testing role at Craneware. It was here that he made the move into automation through his passion for self-learning and was responsible for creating a cross-team performance testing strategy.

Scotland

Personal website:

Blog

Twitter:

@ali_hill91

Greta Ruškienė

Greta graduated Vilnius University, Bioinformatics (Informatics bachelor), at her 3 year of studies her tutor asked her if she would like to apply for a position in their company, as she found a bug in the task one gave to her.

She is a strong manual QA starting on automation and a huge UX enthusiast. She worked for Bentley Systems (USA) and recently switched to Infare (Denmark) company.

Lithuania

Company:

Infare

Personal website:

LinkedIn

Smita Mishra

Smita Mishra is the CEO and Chief Test Consultant at QAzone Infosystems, which is a software testing organization. She is also the Founder of Fandoro- a platform for promoting individual social responsibility through impact gifting. She enjoys problem solving. She supports her customers in identifying the risks their applications are carrying and / or passing on further to their end customers, through carefully crafted skills of product development and software testing. She also engages with different forums to assist growth for women in her field and otherwise too.

India

Company:

QAzone

Personal website:

SmitaMishraBlog

Twitter:

@smita_qazone

Justin Ison

Justin is a Senior Software Engineer - Customer Success Team at Applitools. Previously, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft Berlin, Germany working on the Wunderlist app. He has over twenty years of experience working on Software Quality, with the last eight primarily developing server, web, and mobile test automation. He is passionate about test automation and loves finding new efficient and effective ways to improve software quality with software.

USA

Company:

Applitools

Twitter:

@isonic1

Dawid Pacia

Who am I? 1/3 QA, 1/3 DevOps, 1/3 Lead. Last 10 years in Kraków. Tech freak following all the newest technologies (and implementing then on his own). Proudly and patriotically awarded as "People of Testing 2018". What do I do? Leading and supporting the best and the happiest QA team! Actively speaking (and traveling) around the world (combining both passions). Organizer and originator of first regular Ukrainian QA meetup "UkrainQA" Where can you find me? Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail or beer table : ) What I like?

Poland

Company:

Brainly

Personal website:

AEON

Twitter:

@dawid_py

Benjamin Bischoff

After being a game/application developer and trainer for 15 years, I decided two and a half years ago to make test automation my main career. Right now I am a Test Automation Engineer in trivago's core QA team. I focus on the development and maintenance of our in-house end-to-end test framework and pipelines as well as providing help with all automation matters. I am also the author and maintainer of two open source projects for Cucumber that focus on parallel test execution and reporting.

Germany

Company:

trivago N.V.

Twitter:

@bischoffdev

Mads Opheim

Mads Opheim is a tech lead, developer and test enthusiast, who works in Computas, currently on a project for the Norwegian Courts. Mads wants to make people awesome, with test-driven development, Domain-driven design and Modern agile as his favourite techniques. As there are lots of people to make awesome in the sphere of a software project, he’s interested in all phases of the development process.

Norway

Company:

Computas

Twitter:

@madsopheim

Vassilis Papanikolaou

Embedded systems developer since the mid 90's. I am interested in all 'embedded' technologies. Professionally, I am the Discipline Lead for Hardware Functional Verification at Nordic Semiconductor in Norway. Previously I was working on open source firmware for ARM (UEFI and Trusted Boot) and on embedded real time control systems for materials testing applications at Instron in the UK.

Norway

Twitter:

@m0vas

Zachary Chrissinger

Zach's QA background spans over 10 years in both video game and app development, working with companies such as Disney and 2K Games, with additional experience in events and product marketing.  He currently works with Testlio as a QA Project Manager, working with high profile clients on their app experiences.  His passion for testing ignited with his love for video games, turning a hobby into a full fledged career.  He is excited to share how video games have made such an impact on his testing abilities and how these learnings can help others.

USA

Geoffrey van der Tas

Geoffrey is an enthusiastic professional and a real explorer. As an explorer he likes to discover new things, learn more and get inspired. His career started in testing as a tester, test manager and test consultant he helped to make sure software products obtained the high quality standard. But his curious and discovering nature where never satisfied with just testing. His great passion is to inspire others, teach professionals and help companies with tackling their struggles.

Nederland

Company:

Ordina

Twitter:

@gavdtas

Andrei Danilov

Matias Caruso

Argentinian living in Barcelona. 3.5 years of experience, 3 suites created from scratch.

Argentina

Company:

Haufe Group

Sigurdur Birgisson

As QA Manager at Avensia, Sigge drives quality strategies across all projects of the company, enabling development teams to deliver high quality e-commerce software. With a background at Atlassian and Jayway, he coaches development teams on building quality in from the start, rather than trying to test and fix things after the fact.

Sweden

Company:

Avensia

Personal website:

Happytesting

Twitter:

@siggeb

Markus Tacker

Markus is a coder by heart and an organizational hacker by passion. As a software crafter he uses his 20+ years of experience working as a software developer, consultant, coach, mentor, and founder to build cloud-based solutions for the Internet of Things using JavaScript at Nordic Semiconductor. His professional career has been greatly influenced by taking an active role in communities, whether as a participant, contributor, initiator, or speaker. He especially enjoys the diverse and deep discussion of the Software Craft Community.

Norway

Company:

Nordic Semiconductor

Personal website:

coderbyheart.com

Adrian Stokes

Adrian Stokes Call me Ady! With an audit and management systems background, I came to testing in 2002 and found both a flare and a passion. With a thirst for learning and continually improving I'm always looking for ways to share information from my blog to a monthly newsletter and global quality initiatives at work. I'm a great believer in community and help the great one in Leeds by helping organise the MoT Meetup. I believe accessibility is fundamental to applications and greatly undervalued causing many problems for lots of users.

United Kingdom

Company:

Computershare

Personal website:

TheBigTestTheory

Twitter:

@cricketrulz

Lena Wiberg

Lena has been in the IT-industry since 1999 when she got her first job as a developer. Testing and requirements have always been a part of her job but in 2009 she decided to take the step into testing full-time and she has never looked back since. Lena has worked as tester, test lead, test manager, senior test manager and nowadays she is team manager for the QA division at AFA Insurance. She is also involved with the software testing education in Sweden, both as chairman for one of the schools and by mentoring interns to give them the best internship possible.

Sweden

Company:

AFA Försäkring AB

Personal website:

testing.pejgan.se

Twitter:

@LenaPejgan

Tim Cochran

Tim Cochran works for ThoughtWorks NYC, he has been full stack developer and architect for over 15 years. Working on everything from large distributed enterprise projects to small NGO visualization apps. He recently has been helping companies with digital transformation, moving towards continuous delivery and building a DevOps culture. He also is an automated testing zealot, practices TDD almost exclusively.

USA

Company:

ThoughtWorks NYC

Shey Crompton

Independent Software Tester with 20 years experience in many areas of software development.

Recently, I've been working with enterprises and large to help them transform themselves to be more modern, agile, competitive within their industries.

When I'm not talking to people about agile and testing at meetups and pubs, I'm usually talking to someone about craft beer and brewing.

 

UK

Twitter:

@SheyMouse

Elizabeth Zagroba

Elizabeth tests software at Mendix in Rotterdam. She’s tested web apps, mobile apps, APIs, and content management systems. Since 2011, Elizabeth Zagroba has had a title and a job description that match her natural desire to get to the bottom of things. Her article about mind maps became one of the most viewed on Ministry of Testing Dojo in 2017. She's spoken at conferences in the United States and Europe, and keynoted Let's Test 2018 in South Africa.

USA/Netherlands

Company:

Mendix

Personal website:

elizabethzagroba.com

Twitter:

@ezagroba

Ivan Krutov

  • 10+ years of Golang and Java development
  • Maintaining large-scale software testing infrastructure more than 5 years

Russia

Company:

Aerukube

Dmitry Vinnik

Lead Software Engineer at Salesforce, who has been passionate about software quality since the very beginning of his career. Started as a Quality Engineer, he was able to bring test expertise into current role of a software engineer, and ensure a delivery of a high quality product. In addition to being an Individual Contributor, he is a Scrum Master focused on making his team more efficient and productive. His background involves studying Medicine, later transition into Bioinformatics field, and now being in a purely Software Engineering-centric area.

Canada

Company:

Salesforce

Marko Belzetski

Marko is a certified GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT) and Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB). He has been a web and mobile application penetration tester at Clarified Security OÜ since August 2016. As a lifelong enthusiast and self-leaner, he enjoys experimenting with new technologies and discovering their applications in our lives. Since he is a penetration tester foremost, these discoveries may not always be benign!

Estonia

Company:

Clarified Security

Oleg Nikiforov

I work as QA on mobile projects since 2012, currently in Kiev-based company Lohika. I have experience in testing apps for iOS and Android platforms (50+ projects) and server API testing.

Ukraine

Company:

Stanfy

Twitter:

@ddr3ams

Amit Wertheimer

For the last 7 years, Amit has been testing software in the e-commerce sphere for RSA, learning what being a tester actually means. He also helps as a co-editor for a quarterly testing magazine in Hebrew, and is quite happy to spend some time speaking on testing with just about anyone. When not doing work related stuff, or riding my bicycle, he is also a member of the Israeli roleplaying society.

Israel

Corina-Adina Pip

Corina is a Test & Automation Leading Expert, with focus on testing by means of Java, Selenium, TestNG, Spring, Maven, and other cool frameworks and tools. Previous endeavours from her 10+ years testing career include working on navigation devices, in the online gaming industry and in the aviation software industry, as part team lead, part automation engineer.

Romania

Personal website:

iamalittletester testing blog

Twitter:

@imalittletester

Gil Zilberfeld

Gil Zilberfeld has been in software since childhood, writing BASIC programs on his trusty Sinclair ZX81. With more than twenty years of developing commercial software, he has vast experience in software methodology and practices. Gil has been applying agile principles for product development more than a decade. From automated testing to exploratory testing, design practices to team collaboration, scrum to kanban, traditional product management to lean startup – he’s done it all. He is still learning from his successes and failures.

Israel

Personal website:

Personal site, Book - Everyday Unit Testing

Twitter:

@gil_zilberfeld

Raj Subramanian

Raj Subramanian is a former developer who moved to testing to focus on his passion. Raj currently works as a Developer Evangelist for Testim.io. He actively contributes to the testing community by speaking at conferences, writing articles, blogging, making videos on his youtube channel and being directly involved in various testing-related activities. He currently resides in Chicago and can be reached at raj@testim.io and on twitter at @epsilon11.

USA

Twitter:

@epsilon11

Nicola Sedgwick

Nicola is one of those testers that 'fell into the role' after working as a Support Engineer and Trainer for a small software house dealing predominantly with the construction sector whose focus is continually on design and quality (no-one wants to construct anything that collapses and causes injury). However, 'fell' implies the role focus was not chosen deliberately, which is incorrect.

Having worked in the IT industry for nearly 15 years Nicola feels she can (and should) share some of her experiences to help others, and to help them help their colleagues & teammates.

United Kingdom

Company:

Sedgwick Testing

Twitter:

@nicolasedgwick

Ash Winter

I'm a continuously learning tester with a penchant for getting involved in all aspects of developing people and products. I used to be a fully-fledged consultant with The Test People, veteran of various engagements encompassing testing, performance engineering and automation. Moved to the startup world, heavily involved in mobile product development, from the ground up. Now I have struck out on my own, into the wider world of consulting. I'll also speak, coach and contribute to the local tech community in Leeds.

United Kingdom

Personal website:

Blog

Twitter:

@northern_tester

Christos Matskas

Christos Matskas has been working as a software developer for the last 12 years. He is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of SoftwareLounge, a software consultancy firm. His portfolio includes collaborations with some great companies such as MarkIT, Lockheed Martin and Barclays. Over the years he has worked on numerous exciting projects from mobile applications to data crunching back-end solutions. He writes about his adventures in software development on his blog https://cmatskas.com.

United Kingdom

Company:

SoftwareLounge

Personal website:

SoftwareLounge

Twitter:

@christosmatskas

Maik Nogens

Maik works as a senior test consultant with Diaz & Hilterscheid, where he focuses on the agile aspects of software testing. His 19 years of work experience include working in the German Navy HQ, being a project leader in the Middle East as well as working in software development companies as a tester in different industries. Since joining Diaz & Hilterscheid, he finished projects in the banking industry, in medical software companies and various agile adaptations.

Germany

Company:

Diaz & Hilterscheid Unternehmensberatung GmbH

Personal website:

Hanseatic Tester

Twitter:

@MaikNog

Joep Schuurkes

  • Name: Joep Schuurkes
  • Habitat: Rotterdam
  • Occupation: scrum master
  • Favourite programming language: Perl, but starting to lean towards Python
  • Mother's maiden name: van Niekerk
  • What I answer when asked that online: 6mqJZ3<p(GRt4s)98eK,T-_H
  • Quirk: refusing to write scrum master with capital letters
  • Things I’d do if I had the time: play go, roast my own coffee beans, b̶o̶u̶l̶d̶e̶r̶i̶n̶g̶
  • Favourite quote: You get to decide how you’re gonna try to see it. - David Foster Wallace

Netherlands

Company:

Mendix

Personal website:

The testing curve

Twitter:

@j19sch

Kristjan Uba

Kristjan believes that the best way to learn that fire is hot, is by burning ones' fingers. Although over they years he has also learned to turn the heat down a bit and have a supply of "Burnshield" nearby. Believing that using practical exercises and puzzles is the best way Kristjan has been teaching testers in companies, universities and sometimes at conferences over 6 years. After working in embedded and pure web development industry, with a side order of game development, he has learned, unsurprisingly, that different project require very different testing skills.

Estonia

Company:

Betsson Group

Personal website:

Blog

Twitter:

@kristjanuba