CASTx18 – Call for Proposals (CLOSED)

Testing in the Spirit of Burke & Wills

Modern Australia was built on the back of pioneers, from the early European migrants to the explorers like Burke & Wills. These pioneers paved the way for the development of the country into the great nation it is today. They took risks and discovered ways to adapt to the new environments they found.

The world of IT has its own history of pioneers too. Agile, DevOps, IoT and machine learning are just a few of the influences that are changing the way IT systems are built, delivered and consumed.  A pioneering spirit would seem to be beneficial in this fast-paced world of change.

Why then is the software testing industry so entrenched in old ideas that serve to keep it standing still rather than breaking the new ground we need to keep pace with the constant technological changes around us?

We want to hear your stories and experiences of being a pioneer within your organization. How are you breaking new ground, trying new approaches, trailblazing and inspiring others to do the same? Which innovative approaches have worked and which haven’t? Share the good, the bad and the ugly and what you’ve learned along the way.

Join us at our second AST conference in Australasia – not just to drink great coffee in Melbourne – but also to share these stories and inspire a new generation of testing pioneers.

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Call for Participation (CLOSED)

We invite you to share your experiences and thoughts related to our theme, Testing in the Spirit of Burke & Wills. 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.


Proposals are to be submitted through this Google Form (CLOSED). 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 November 13, 2017, and final revisions by January 15, 2018.

Speaker Compensation

Tracks and Interactive Workshop Speakers receive free admission to the CASTx18 conference.

Important CFP Dates

August 12, 2017 – Call for Proposals Open
October 15, 2017 – Call for Proposals Closes
November 8, 2017 – Initial speaker selection will be complete. Speakers/Paper Authors will be notified shortly afterward.

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 CASTx18, please click here.