CASTx17 – Call for Proposals


Quality in an Alternate Reality

Alice looked through the looking glass and entered a different world, an alternate reality. In Doctor Who, the Doctor accidentally enters a parallel universe while attempting to repair the TARDIS console. Dorothy arrives in a magical country called Oz thanks to a cyclone.

With the rapid pace of change we are currently experiencing it can often feel that we are living in some alternate reality. New technology has impacted not only what we test, but how we test it. Trends such as the internet of things, microservices, continuous delivery/deployment, devops, mobile, and cross functional teams demand that we constantly re-invent our testing approaches and update our technical capabilities. Agile, with its cross functional teams, challenges us to collaborate beyond testers.

For CASTx17, the first AST conference in Austra99lasia (a place considered by Europeans to be alternate reality until 250 years ago) we think it’s fitting to look at some of these almost fantastical technologies and ideas. We want to hear your stories and experiences of implementing these concepts and technologies. What worked? What failed? What tools did you use and why? We’re also looking for experiential sessions from testers and non-testers alike that either introduce people to these ideas or deepen their existing knowledge and understanding.

We’d like to extend our invitation to those in other communities such as the agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery/Deployment, Microservices, BigData and IoT communities. We’re interested in your ideas on testing, and how we can learn from them. We’re accepting proposals from within Australasia and overseas.

Please join us for our 1st CASTx Event, CASTx17, at the Grace Hotel in downtown Sydney, Australia, 21 February 2017.

Call for Participation (CLOSED)

We invite you to share your experiences and thoughts related to our theme, Quality in an Alternate Reality. We are hoping for a wide scope for submissions,  we strongly encourage and prefer proposals based on your personal experiences.

We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme in these formats:

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. Other formats might be debates and panel discussions.

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 Key Takeaways of the submission form.

Tutorials are educational sessions held the day before CASTx. The selection process for Tutorials will be announced separately.


Proposals are submitted through a Google Form. You do not need to be a member of AST to submit a proposal or to speak. You will be asked to provide:

  • Speaker name, email address, and phone number
  • Twitter and Skype handles (optional)
  • Title and type of session (Track Session, Workshop)
  • Abstract – 100-300 words describing your topic
  • Key takeaways summarized in 3-5 bullet points
  • Speaker bio – 100-150 words summarizing your relevant professional background, and qualifications to speak on the proposed topic
  • Has this presentation been given at other conferences? Which one(s) and when?
  • Whether you will write a paper about your topic for peer review

We encourage (but do not require) speakers to write a paper supporting their proposalAt submission time you need only indicate your willingness to write a paper. Drafts of the papers are not due until Nov 13, and final revisions by January 15, 2017.

Apply here.

Speaker Compensation

Tracks and Interactive Workshop Speakers receive free admission to the CASTx17 conference.

Important CFP Dates

August 2, 2016 – Call for Proposals Open
October 15, 2016 – Call for Proposals Closes
November 8, 2016 – Initial speaker selection will be complete. Speakers/Paper Authors will be notified shortly afterwards.

A Final Word

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 Thank you!

To register for CASTx17, please click here.