SeleniumConf Chicago 2023 Speakers Announced
As many of you know, the Selenium Conference returns to an in-person event next March 28-30, 2023 in Chicago, IL. The Program Chairs & Committee, as well as the Extended Program Review Committee, have been hard at work putting together an outstanding lineup of speakers and workshops, and we’re close to releasing the full agenda and a completely re-branded conference website - stay tuned! In the meantime, we wanted you to be among the first to know who will be presenting, announce a new, additional pre-conference workshop, and provide you with some important updates. Here we go!
There will be four plenary keynote presentations across the 2-day conference. Selenium Core Committer Diego Molina will open the conference on Wednesday with the “Selenium: State of the Union” presentation, followed by Quality & Leadership Coach Erika Chestnut presenting “Bigger Than The Box”, where she shares how she has crossed the aisles to elevate and expand the role quality in the organizations that she has worked for. Day 2 kicks off with Mark Winteringham, Ministry of Testing OpsBoss, presenting “What Exactly Do You Do In Test Automation”. The final keynote session will be a Q&A with the Selenium Committers panel.
Confirmed Track Session Presenters
Following the opening keynote presentations, there will be two separate track sessions running in parallel. Here are the confirmed speakers to date and the presentations they will be giving:
- Anand Bagmar, Software Quality Evangelist, Essence of Testing - Metrics to Make Your Quality Practices Effective
- Andrew Knight, Developer Advocate, Applitools - Managing the Test Data Nightmare
- Benjamin Bischoff, Test Automation Engineer, Trivago N.V. - Identifying Code Smells
- Bijoya Chatterjee, Director, Software QE, Sony Playstation - Using A Proxy To Create A Full Stack Automation Suite
- Boni García, Staff Software Engineer, Sauce Labs - Selenium Manager: Automated Driver & Browser Management for Selenium WebDriver
- Christian Bromann, WebdriverIO Project Lead | Software Engineer, Stateful - Component Testing with WebdriverIO
- Corina-Adina Pip, QA Lead , Deloitte Digital - What’s New and Good in Selenium
- David Burns, Selenium Core Committer | Head of Open Source Program Office, BrowserStack - Why Browser Engines ≠ Real Desktop Browsers ≠ Mobile Browsers
- Dmitriy Gumeniuk, Head of Testing Products, EPAM Systems - Building Quality Gates and Automated Decisions in CI/CD Pipelines. Lessons Learned with 200,000 Regressions.
- Eric Frankenberger, DevOps Engineer, Genesys Telecommunications - Deploying a Large Selenium Grid with Video Recording and Autoscaling When Docker Swarm & Kubernetes Are Not an Option
- Ibironke Yekinni, Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer, Testify Limited - Solving Unemployment in Africa with Testing and Selenium
- Jan Molak, SerenityJS Project Lead, SmartCode Ltd - Creating Faster and More Reliable Web Tests with Blended Testing
- Jason Huggins, Jason Huggins, Creator of Selenium | Founder, Tapster - Testing With Real Robots Over the Internet: What Could Go Wrong?
- Josh Grant, Developer Advocate, Code Intelligence - Selenium in the Clouds: Using Cloud Service Providers with Selenium WebDriver
- Liza Ivanova, Principal Software Engineer, Salesforce - Declarative UTAM Page Objects
- Maksim Sadym, Software Engineer, Google - WebDriver BiDi + Selenium. Why and How?
- Michael Mintz, Creator of SeleniumBase | Director of Automation, iboss - Python Selenium: Fundamentals to Frameworks (with SeleniumBase)
- Robin Gupta, Associate Vice President, Provar - Do You Use Selenium Only for Test Automation?
- Roger Abelenda, CTO, Abstracta - Evolve Your Selenium Scripts Into Performance Scripts
- Shi Ling Tai, CEO, UI-licious - UNTestable: It’s Just Pressing a Button, How Hard Could it Be?
New Workshop Added - State Model-Based Testing Using Selenium
We’re pleased to announce a new addition to the optional pre-conference workshop day, State Model-Based Testing Using Selenium, led by Ru Cindrea, Managing Partner and Senior Test Consultant, Altom Consulting & Alex Rotaru, Co-owner, Altom Consulting. If you haven’t yet heard of State Model-Based Testing (SMBT) is a testing technique that allows testers to visualize their applications and to generate and automate test flows by using different models of the application under test, thus obtaining a large number of test scenarios. When certain paths of the application are changed, the benefit of using SMBT is that you will only have to modify the states and transitions that apply to that change.
This workshop rounds out the core pre-conference workshop offerings, which include a Selenium Deep Dive session led by Selenium Project Core Committer, Titus Fortner; Driving Observability with Selenium Grid 4, led by Manoj Kumar, VP, Developer Relations at LambdaTest and Selenium Project Leadership Committee member, and Advanced Appium 2.0, with Srini Sekar & Sai Krishna, Lead Consultants at Thoughtworks and long-time Appium workshop instructors.
Workshops are one of the most popular offerings at any SeleniumConf and because class sizes are limited they invariably sell-out. Early Bird ticket sales have closed, but you can still find openings for any of these awesome day-long sessions. Register today and make sure you get a seat at the Conference + Workshop session of your choice.
Wait, Wait - Where is the Fix a Bug, Become a Committer Workshop?
If you’re a long-time follower of past Selenium Conferences, or just happened to attend the July, 2022 virtual SeleniumConf, you may be familiar with the long-standing workshop offering “Fix a Bug, Become a Committer”. This workshop is a bit different in that the goal is to both enhance your own Selenium experience while offering the ability to contribute back to the project. With this, it’s not a learning session, per se, but more of a doing session, and we thought we’d take a different approach this time and make it available at no-charge (other than buying a conference ticket) to a limited number of applicants. If you are familiar with Selenium and want to extend your conference experience an extra day we encourage you to apply. Scholarship applicants (more below) are also welcome to apply.
Announcing the SeleniumConf Chicago 2023 Scholarship Program
The mission of the Selenium project is to educate the QA and developer communities about Selenium, the importance of quality assurance, and automated testing in general. Both the Selenium project and the SeleniumConf organizers very much want everyone to be able to attend the conference, but we know that not everyone’s personal or financial circumstances make this possible - so, we’re setting aside a number of free tickets, and covering travel expenses, as part of our SeleniumConf Chicago 2023 scholarship program.
The program aims to support individuals from underrepresented groups in tech and those facing economic or social hardship so they have access to SeConf content and networking opportunities. If you’re an aspiring software professional looking to use Selenium, or a current one without access to the funds to buy your ticket, you should apply. We will award tickets to people who can show that the knowledge gained will be useful for their ongoing career. The application form will be posted in January, 2023.
Ready to Go, But Your Manager Needs More Convincing?
You’ve now seen the keynotes, the current roster of speakers, and the awesome hands-on workshop descriptions, but you still need more to convince your manager? Download this “Convince Your Boss” email template and tailor it to your specific rationale using the details you’ve gleaned from this post. We’d really like to see you next March in Chicago - so register here!