Wednesday, June 17, 2009

GTAC: Call for Proposals

Juergen Allgayer - GTAC Conference Chair

GTAC 2009: Testing for the web

The 4th Google Test Automation Conference brings together a selected set of industry practitioners around the topic of software testing and automation. This annual conference provides a forum for presentations and connects professionals with each other. To increase outreach, presentations are published online for everybody to see.

This years theme is Testing for the Web, topics may include:

  • Testing the UI of modern web applications (HTML5, Ajax)
  • Testing applications on mobile devices
  • Testing in the cloud
  • Web testing tools (Selenium, Webdriver and co)
  • Testing distributed asynchronous applications
  • Testing for web browser compatibility
  • Testing large storage systems
  • Load and performance testing
  • Finding and reproducing failures that matter
  • It seemed like a good idea (things you expected to work, but that didn't)

Presentations are targeted at experienced engineers actively working on problems of quality, test automation and techniques, but also include students and academics. We encourage innovative ideas, controversial experiences, problems, and solutions that further the discussion of software engineering and testing. Presentations are 45 min in length and speakers should be prepared for an active question and answer session following their presentation. While ideas are good, ideas refined by experience are even more interesting to participants at GTAC.

The conference is a two day event comprised of a single track of talks. Our philosophy is to engage a small set of active participants who all experience the same topics carrying the discussions into lightning talks, speaker Q&A, and topical discussion groups. Each year we have worked to identify a location that has a unique profile of technology professionals. This year the conference will be held at the Google office in Zurich, Switzerland on October 21 and 22, 2009.

Submission of Proposals

Please email a detailed and extended abstract (one page at most) to Your submission must include the name of topic, author(s), affiliation, and an outline of the proposed talk. We strongly recommend you to also submit one or two highlight slides of the talk. Submit your proposal before August 1, 2009. We will acknowledge reception within one business day. Where employer or disclosure authorization is needed, authors need to obtain it prior to submitting. The program committee will evaluate proposals based on quality and relevance. All submissions will be held confidentially prior to contacting the selected presenters.

Notification of Acceptance
Notification of acceptance will be sent out on or before August 8, 2009. Authors of accepted proposals will present at the conference and their talk will be made available to the public on YouTube.


GTAC requires authors to present at the conference and permit their presentation to be made available on YouTube.

To ensure active participation and provide a variety of technical perspectives, we select applying attendees. Further information will be published via a call for participation at a later time.

Important Dates
August 1 - Deadline for presentation proposals

August 8 - Notification of acceptance

October 21+22 - GTAC conference (Zurich, Switzerland)


If you have questions regarding the submission process or potential topics please email us at:

We will add more information to the Google Testing Blog as we get closer to the dates.


  1. Hi There I like the way you place you thoughts around software testing it's really inspiring.

    I am new into mobile applications testing and quite honestly I am struggling are there any effective methods that you can help me with to improve my testing.

  2. Last week we began a discussion on Model-Based Testing (MBT) that I'd like to continue each week. Today we have a another Google Tech Talk video to share with you and this one is called Model-Based Testing: Black or White? The presenter in this video discusses how MBT can help to reduce the cost of automated testing and increase its effectiveness. He addresses the big benefit of MBT that we discussed in Using Model-Based Testing As A Rule Set For Automated Testing - instead of designing test cases by hand, MBT allows a test engineer to automatically generate test cases from a model of the system under test.

  3. Hi Sbonelo take a look at this blog
    might be of interest to you


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