TestFlix 2023: A Round-up of the World’s Biggest Virtual Software Testing Conference

After the success of TestFlix 2022, our team was undoubtedly on cloud nine. We celebrated and cheered for achieving our target of bringing over 10,000 registrations from around the world. However, amidst the joy, there was a shared understanding among us—a realization that the target for TestFlix 2023 will be huge and will require a lot more hard work and dedication.

And so, the target for TestFlix 2023 was set—a staggering 15,000 registrations. It was a number that sparked excitement and anticipation within our team, challenging us to raise the bar even further. But that wasn’t just our only target, what we wanted to achieve was 15,000 testing minds under one roof learning together and networking with each other. However, we didn’t stop at just numbers; we set out to reinvigorate the very format of TestFlix.

In 2022, TestFlix had an impressive lineup of 60 speakers, each given 8 to 15 minutes to share their insights and experiences. While it was a fantastic event, we wanted TestFlix 2023 to be an even more immersive and value-packed experience for our audience. To achieve this, we decided to streamline and elevate the format. The speakers’ count was 50, ensuring that their expertise and insights would truly resonate with our audience.

This change allowed our speakers to dive into their subjects, providing a more comprehensive understanding of the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in software testing. It was also done to ensure that TestFlix 2023 provides an enriching learning experience and becomes a global platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and celebrating the vibrant community of software testers.

During the lead-up to the conference, our journey was filled with both challenges and memorable moments. From unexpected hurdles such as the meta ad account misbehaving just when we needed it most, to the monumental task of scouting for speakers who could truly inspire our audience, every day was an adventure. Moreover, the overwhelming love and support you all showered upon us resulted in such a surge in website traffic that it momentarily crashed, but your enthusiasm fueled our resolve. Beyond these, countless other challenges came our way, from ensuring smooth virtual event logistics to managing the marketing intricacies of a free, yet massive, global gathering. But every challenge only strengthened our resolve, and with your unwavering support, we overcame each one, making this conference a testament to the power of perseverance and teamwork.

We would like to Thank BrowserStack who was the Premier Sponsor for TestFlix and is our Annual Sponsor as well for all the community events.

One fascinating thing we noticed this year with TestFlix was a big change in how our team operated. Last year, most of our team members were dedicated to making TestFlix a success. But this year, we saw a significant shift. Only a few team members were fully focused on TestFlix, while others were busy driving things on our other verticals. This shift showed us how much we’ve grown as a team, and become capable of handling many different tasks at once.

TestFlix 2023 Crew

 

Moving ahead to Day 1 of TestFlix 2023, it was a spectacular kickoff! We had Paras Pundir hosting the opening session where he encouraged all the attendees to strive for continuous learning and praised them for joining the event even on a weekend so they could learn and upskill themselves.

The opening session featured Rahul Verma, who delved into the intriguing topic of “Ichhadhari Data: The ReVoLT Mnemonic.” Rahul’s talk offered attendees an unconventional perspective on variables and data within software testing. He introduced a pluralistic approach to understanding data in both black and white-box testing scenarios, challenging conventional thinking. Through his talk, he encouraged attendees to reevaluate established test design techniques, sparking a fresh perspective on data-driven testing methodologies.

The day continued with a dynamic lineup of speakers who captivated the audience with their insights into trending topics. Ingo Philipp presented his talk, “Professional Testing is One Thing, Selling it, Another,” where attendees discovered valuable strategies for selling testing effectively. Ingo shared tips on designing a balanced tactical and strategic approach, managing expectations, and shaping the testing narrative within organizations, emphasizing its crucial role in software development.

We also had Sidharth Shukla take the stage with his talk, “Essential Skills and Strategies for Shifting from Automation QA to SDET.” Sidharth provided a roadmap for individuals looking to transition into the role of an SDET. He delved into the technology focus required for SDET success, covering essential technologies and tools, as well as the importance of Java programming, data structures, and algorithms proficiency.

As the curtain fell on Day 1, attendees were treated to an enlightening session by Robert Sabourin on the topic “Discovering Lost Test Automation Fundamentals.” Robert emphasized four crucial points: the essence of test automation skills as problem-solving, their independence from specific technologies, their historical roots in digital computing, and the pivotal role testers have played in shaping and advancing technological progress. Robert’s session left the audience with a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of test automation, reminding them of the influence of testers in the world of technology.

TestFlix 2023 (Day 1) - Biggest Virtual Software Testing Conference

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Element34, UiPath, Avo Automation, Autify, and Launchable who were all our Platinum Sponsors for TestFlix 2023 and without them, the conference wouldn’t have been what it was.

We kicked off Day 2 of TestFlix 2023 with James Bach taking center stage to unravel the mysteries surrounding ChatGPT in his talk titled, “ChatGPT Sucks at Testing.” In his presentation, James explored why some individuals believe that ChatGPT can effectively test, shedding light on the misconceptions surrounding its capabilities. He identified and discussed fifteen syndromes that disqualify ChatGPT from being a reliable testing tool, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of its limitations. To round off the session, James offered valuable insights into how ChatGPT can still be used safely to assist testers, ensuring that attendees were left with a clear perspective on how to navigate this technology in their testing endeavors.

Continuing the momentum of the day, our audience was treated to a series of engaging talks on trending topics that resonated well. Pricilla Bilavendran’s session, “Mastering the Art of Prompt Engineering: Elevating Your Testing Game,” unveiled the secrets of prompt design with a focus on context incorporation and dynamic adaptation. Attendees gained insight into various types of prompt engineering and delved into advanced techniques, real-world tricks, and best practices that transcend the basics, ultimately learning how to craft efficient prompts by combining multiple techniques.

Following this, Vikas Mittal took the stage with a talk titled, “If someone asks you how testing adds business value, tell them this.” Vikas shared valuable insights on identifying your ally in demonstrating the value of Quality Engineering, aligning testing KPIs with business KPIs, and presenting information compellingly and convincingly. Attendees left equipped with strategies to secure budgets for testing in the upcoming year, realizing the tangible impact of testing on overall business objectives. These talks further enriched our audience’s understanding of the ever-evolving testing landscape.

As Day 2 drew to a close, attendees were treated to a compelling finale delivered by Ajay Balamurugadas in his talk titled “Tester’s Independence Day.” Ajay’s session not only shed light on the pitfalls that testers often encounter but also offered valuable insights into ways to extricate themselves from these traps. He urged testers to take charge of their careers in the dynamic world of software testing. Ajay’s enlightening talk marked a fitting conclusion to a day filled with thought-provoking discussions and left attendees inspired to chart their paths in the testing realm.

TestFlix 2023 (Day 2) - Biggest Virtual Software Testing Conference

Across both exhilarating days of TestFlix, we were delighted to welcome a total of 4,851 enthusiastic attendees eager to soak up knowledge and upskill themselves. What truly warmed our hearts, though, was the remarkable commitment of over 261 attendees who wholeheartedly immersed themselves in the binge of 16+ hours of sessions. This select but resolute group exemplified the unwavering dedication and passion that our community possesses when it comes to continuous learning and upskilling. In fact, the collective pursuit of knowledge resulted in a staggering 7,660,071 minutes of learning, a testament to the insatiable thirst for growth within our community. It’s these very moments that reaffirm our unwavering commitment to our mission.

We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to GSPANN, Katalon, Reflect.run, Yethi, PractiTest, TestGuild, and Functionize who were all our Gold Sponsors for TestFlix 2023.

Key Metrics and Milestones for TestFlix 2023

  • 4,851 Attendees
  • Attendees from 101 Countries
  • 7,66,071 Total Learning Minutes
  • Average Event Rating of 4.8/5
  • Average Session Rating of 4.74/5
  • 3,000+ Total Reshares, and
  • 62,04,509 Total Impressions

TestFlix 2023 had some really exciting contests which are as follows:

  • Referral Contest – Participation from over 2100 people and had a prize pool of 80K.
  • Airmeet Leaderboard
    Winner – Khushabu Agrawal
    Winner – Luis Ignacio Chacón Cabrera
    Winner – Sumanta Bhattacharjee
  • Social Contest
    Winner – Mohammed Sayeeduddin Ali Khan
    Winner – Dineshraj Dhanapathy
    Winner – Shikha Pandey

TestFlix 2023 Contest Winners

We are also grateful to QAble for their support for TestFlix 2023 as Silver sponsors.

Let the voices of our attendees speak for themselves. Here are a few testimonials from individuals who joined the TestFlix 2023 virtual conference. Their words capture the essence of the knowledge, and connections that TestFlix 2023 has brought into their lives.

TestFlix 2023 - Biggest Virtual Software Testing Conference

TestFlix 2023 - Biggest Virtual Software Testing Conference

As we wrap up this incredible journey, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the pillars of TestFlix 2023 – our sponsors, our inspiring speakers, and every one of you, our amazing attendees. Without your support, dedication, and active participation, this conference wouldn’t have been the resounding success it has been. Your contributions, whether through expertise, resources, or simply your time and enthusiasm, have ignited our passion for fostering a vibrant community of software testers. We’re deeply thankful to every one of you, your unwavering support drives us to continue our mission of elevating the world of software testing, and we can’t wait to embark on more exciting journeys together in the future. Until then, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making TestFlix 2023 an unforgettable experience.

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