Mining for Tests

Let’s advance testing by mining other fields for new ideas.

Many advances in software testing come from outside testing, or even software. Heuristics and problem-solving techniques come from science and engineering. Bug Advocacy is influence applied to testing. The separation of testing and checking originates in the work of Harry Collins. Testers consume ideas from all of these fields of study, and then apply those ideas to their work.

This year, we will talk about testing in all the different ways it can occur, in and out of software development. We are looking for anyone that has deep experience with testing and a willingness to share. Testers, linguists, designers, doctors and nurses, developers, attorneys, DevOps engineers, social scientists, members of academic communities, and so on.

Call for Proposals (Closed)

We invite you to share your experiences and thoughts related to our theme, Mining for Tests. We are looking for a broad and diverse scope of submissions.  We strongly encourage and prefer proposals based on your personal experiences.

What are we really looking for?

We are looking for talks that engage people in deep discussions, something attendees would continue to talk about after the session is over.

We also encourage longer sessions which can be very interactive and let the participants be more hands on. We wish to see a great mix of both technical and non-technical sessions of this type.

You don’t need to be a tester to submit a proposal. Perhaps you have stories about how your view of testing has changed from negative to positive? Maybe you have worked with a great tester? We welcome proposals from anyone who feels that they have something to contribute in line with this year’s conference theme.

Types of Sessions

We are expanding CAST in 2 crucial ways this year — where we pull ideas from, and the format in which those ideas are delivered. We will accept proposals in the usual formats — workshops, 1 hour talk / experience reports — but would prefer your ingenuity:

Speaker Defined sessions will be of varying length and formats. Please describe, to the best of your ability, how much time you will need, what sort of resources you will need, and how you imagine you will present your material. If you want to narrate a live testing session, do testing on the beach, hold a mini peer conference, or present findings from a study, this is the place to describe that. Surprise us.

Track Sessions consist of a presentation of up to 40-45 minutes, plus 20-30 minutes of moderated question and discussion time. The best track session is probably an experience report from a real project. Sessions that present teaching material are also common.

Workshops are two-hour long double-track sessions where the speaker will lead a discussion or conduct exercises. We’re looking for workshops that create concrete artifacts for participants to take home such as lists, mind maps, or other findings. Workshops that involve performances of software testing are even better. Please discuss the session, learning objectives, and deliverables created by students in the submission form.


Proposals are to be submitted through PaperCall.IO. You do not need to be a member of AST to submit a proposal or to speak.

Apply here.

Speaker Compensation

The speaker for each Track or Interactive Workshop session will receive $250 in speaker compensation, plus up to $500 in travel expense reimbursement. Accommodation (Tue- Thu) at the venue will be covered by the organizers. As a speaker you receive free admission to the CAST 2019 conference. Paired presenters will split the honorarium and travel expense.

Code of Conduct

All Speakers and Attendees are subject to the CAST Code of Conduct. By applying to speak, you are indicating your willingness to comply with the Code.

Important CFP Dates and People

November 21, 2018 – Call for Proposals Opens

February 10, 2019 – Call for Proposals Closes

March 17, 2019 – Initial speaker selection will be complete. Speakers will be notified shortly afterward.

August 12-15, 2019 – CAST 2019

Conference Chair: Maria Kedemo

Program Chair: Justin Rohrman

We encourage new speakers!

Speak Easy

Speaker selection is hard. One challenge is including known, experienced speakers while encouraging new and diverse voices and creating opportunities for development. AST partners with Speak Easy to help. Please send us any other ideas on balance and speaker selection to