Well, for the slim chance that there is anyone reading my blog who hasn’t heard of this already, the European Testing Conference has opened a call for collaboration. If you have ever even remotely considered presenting at a testing conference, this one is for certain one of the better options out there, if not the best.
I assume that reasons for submitting a call are different for each and every one, so I want to give my personal reason for wanting to speak at a testing conference (and particularly on this one – I’ll submit an initial proposal once I’ll muster my guts) – I have so far attended exactly one testing conference, which was the previous ETC. For me, the experience was amazing – feeling the energy around and getting to meet some cool people, not to mention a whole bunch of interesting ideas I got exposed to.
When the conference was over, I noticed an odd thing – almost everyone I had a conversation with (or rather, everyone but one exception) was a speaker at the conference (and in most cases I did not know this before we somehow ended talking). So, I don’t really know what is it that made the speakers at the conference to stand out like that, but I kinda want to join this group – both to have a chance to speak with some of them a bit more, and to check whether it’s the personality who makes the speaker, or the speaking that have an impact on the person (with myself as a guinea-pig).
So, go submit your proposals! If you have never done such a thing yet and feel the need for some help, try contacting SpeakEasy, they’re great (and I’ll write a more detailed post about it in the future)