Wednesday, March 07, 2007

2nd Annual Google Test Automation Conference

Posted by Allen Hutchison, Engineering Manager

Some of the most difficult challenges in creating great software are guaranteeing it works every time, for every customer, ensuring that it will scale well, and making it accessible to all users. Over the years, languages have become easier to work with, frameworks have become extensible for the creation of several products, and integrated development environments have made the software developer faster and more productive. But automation techniques, extensible testing frameworks, and easy-to-use test tools have lagged behind. While there are many good solutions for automated testing, there is plenty of room for innovation.

I'm happy to announce that Google will be hosting our 2nd Annual Google Test Automation Conference (GTAC) in our New York office on August 23 and 24, 2007. Our goal is to create a collegial atmosphere where participants can discuss challenges facing people on the cutting edge of test automation, evaluate solutions for meeting those challenges, and have a little fun.

Call for Proposals
We're looking for speakers with exciting ideas and new approaches to test automation. If you have a subject you'd like to talk about, please send an email to gtac-submission@google.com and include a description of your 45 minute session in 500 words or less (no attachments, please). Deadline for submissions is April 6.

We're planning to have 10 people give presentations at the conference, followed by adequate time for discussion. If you'd like to attend as a non-speaker, please check back to this page on May 7, when we'll post our slate of speakers and information about how to attend.

30 comments:

  1. Hi Allen,
    What happened to London?

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  2. We decided on New York this time to expand the audience and allow more voices into the process. Instead of doing the conference in the same place every year, we are planning to use a different Google Engineering office for each conference. This gives us the opportunity to hear from people who wouldn't normally be able to travel to a conference in any single place. We'll be getting feedback from the community this year on where the conference should be in 2008.

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  3. Thanks Allen. I understand, that is a very democratic way of running it. I was just selfishly hoping it would stay close to home. (Feel free to consider that my bid for the 2008 Olympics of testing.)

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  4. Unit Testing is so important.. Hope I can get to NYNY..

    Brian Thornton
    www.NAHETS.com

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  5. great news :) how can someone attend? any information please?

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  6. Can anybody describe the "1st annual" conference? I'd like to be able to look at a previous program and get an idea of how to phrase my proposal for a presentation.

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  7. Absolutely! The presentations from the conference are all online. Go to Google Video and search for "Google Test.Automation.Conference".
    Cheers,
    Harry

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  8. In addition to videos of the presenters, can we download the actual presentation materials?

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  10. The presentation materials from the 1st conference can be found here.

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  12. Is this like a normal conference where everyone pays their own expenses? I'm in an european academic org and have some new results I'd like to share but I'm not sure they consider it "researchy" enough for me to attend.

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  13. Google will be paying the majority of expenses for speakers (hotel and flight).

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  14. I submitted a proposal yesterday (GMT+1 - it's still 6th April somewhere in parts of the US) but didn't get a acknowledgement of receival. Is there some way of knowing it properly arrived?

    best & thanks, holger

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  16. I'd like to attend the conference -- how can I sign up?

    Thanks,

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  17. It is May 11th. Any word on where in NYC the con will be held?

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  18. I'm anxiously awaiting this information as well...

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  19. Yes... I loved last years, and I'm looking forward to coming again without crossing an ocean to do it... where, and how to enroll? Besides, there's got to be new toilet testing guides by now.

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  20. I would like to attend the conference, any updates about how to?

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  21. You can now learn more about the speakers and sign up to attend here.

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  24. Hi GTAC Aficionados,

    GTAC 2007 has gotten off to a great start and we are pleased to let you know the videos have already begun being posted. You can find them at the following YouTube Play List: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7D3E685B59779C16

    Enjoy!

    The GTAC Team

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  25. Will there be a 3rd Google Test Automation Conference held in 2008? If so, when and where will it be held?

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  26. Hi Friends,

    I am a participant of GTAC - 2007 at New York.
    This year it is supposed to be held in Hyderabad, India as per Allen's concluding talks last year during the conference.
    But I did not see any more information on that, even after sending direct emails to Amy Gepreft at Google.
    Please let me know information on when the submissions for presentation papers are going to start and also for the registration.

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  27. Hey, do you know about the Software Test & Performance Conference? It Apr. 15-17 at the San Mateo (CA) Marriott, www.stpcon.com. Exhibit registration is free.

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