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The theme for CAST 2013 is “Old Lessons applied and new lessons learned: advancing the practice and building a foundation for the future.” What we learn from our experiences helps shape us as human beings. What we learn from the experiences of others can give us new insight and new perspectives.

The industry we work in is multifaceted and the technologies we work with are rapidly changing. Some testing truisms stand up over time. Some fall into obsolescence as others rise to take their place.

At this year’s conference speakers will share with you the lessons that they have learned in Software Testing, as well as how these lessons influence the way that we approach testing both now and in the future. These sessions will be filled with real-world experiences, stories, thoughts, observations, and demonstrations. Join us this summer for our eighth annual conference in beautiful Madison, WI August 26-28.

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Call For Participation

We invite you to share your experiences, stories, thoughts, observations, demonstrations around the lessons that you have learned in Software Testing, as well as how these could influence the way that we approach testing in the future with your fellow testers at CAST 2013. How have the changes in the technologies we test affected you? What have you done to adapt and continue to provide value?

We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme for either a presentation of up to 45 minutes, with 20 minutes of question time, OR a workshop of 2 hours. The theme is broadly set to provide a wide scope for submissions, however we do request that proposals be specifically about your experiences in the field.

Important CFP Dates

December 1, 2012 – Proposal process open.
February 1, 2013 – Submission deadline for track session proposals.
February 18, 2013 – Notification of program acceptance or rejection for track sessions.

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Conference Chair

Benjamin Yaroch is a context-driven tester who views software testing as a skilled craft and his chosen career. He is currently the President of AST and he is also a software test manager at WTS Paradigm in Madison WI. Benjamin has been actively involved in the planning and marketing of CAST the last 3 years and hosted “CAST live” the last 2 years, he is looking forward to making CAST 2013 the best conference to date.

Program Co-Chairs

Ben Kelly is a software tester living and working in Tokyo, Japan. He has done stints in various industries including Internet statistics, insurance and most recently online language learning. When he’s not agitating lively discussion on other people’s blogs, he writes sporadically at and is available on twitter.

Louise Perold is a passionate believer in context-driven testing and has been enthusiastically breaking things for over 10 years. She first attended CAST in Seattle in 2007 and this year will be her 6th time at CAST. Louise leads and mentors test teams within the Financial services industry in Johannesburg, South Africa.