Know Before U Go

 STPCon Know Before You GO

Thanks for joining us for STPCon Fall 2018!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA! Below, you will find some tips and reminders that will make your time at STPCon more enjoyable.

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– STPCon Registration & Information Desk – Download Speaker Presentations
– Arriving in Arlington, VA – Parking at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
– Workshop Requirements and/or Prerequisites – Recommended Attire – What to Pack
– Meals Provided During STPCon – Weather During STPCon
– Evening Activities – Have Questions?

STPCon Registration & Information Desk

Please plan on checking in and picking up your conference materials at our on-site registration desk, located on the first floor in the Sessions Rooms Foyer (right off the main lobby) of the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel – look for our signs directing you there. The registration desk is open during the following hours:

Sunday – Certification Course – 10/21 – 7:30am – 9:00am & 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday – 10/22 – 7:30am – 4:30pm
Tuesday – 10/23 – 7:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday – 10/24 – 7:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday – 10/25 – 7:30am – 65:00pm

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STPCon Fall 2018 Presentations

Download Speaker Presentations

Download, print and review speaker presentations now to help you decide which sessions you would like to attend. These handouts are available for immediate download*. For access, go to

This is a protected page intended for registrants of the conference only. Check your email for the “STPCon Know-Before-U-Go – Attendee Information” email – it contains the password to access these presentations. Don’t see this email? Contact us for registration verification and we will provide you the password.

*Note: Not all of the instructors have turned in their presentations to STP. Some instructors will not allow us to post presentations (copyrighted material). If a presentation is marked “pending” we have not received it from the instructor. Please check back.

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Arriving in DC for STPCon

Arriving in Arlington, VA

More than likely you will be arriving at the Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). When arriving, there are a couple of options for transportation to the hotel. The most common, and the easiest, is the free shuttle directly from the airport to the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel.
Note: There are more than one Sheraton Hotels in the area, make sure you get on the shuttle marked with “Sheraton Pentagon City.” You can also ask the driver if there is any confusion.

Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) Shuttle

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel Shuttle to STPConThe Pentagon Sheraton Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) daily from 5am – 12:30am. The hotel is about 5 miles from the airport or approximately 10 minutes.

From Airport to Hotel: Picks up from Terminal A, Door 5 & Door 9 on the 15 and 45 of every hour. First pick up: 5:15am, last pick up 12:15am.
From Hotel to Airport: From 5am until 12:30am the shuttle leaves the hotel every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.

Want to take a Taxi to the hotel?
CDA Taxi to STPConA DCA Taxi Dispatcher is available at designated taxi stands to ensure you are placed with a taxi. Fare to the hotel one-way is approximately $15.

From Terminal A, proceed out the exit doors at baggage claim and turn right. The Taxis are located on the curb closest to the Terminal.
From Terminals B and C, proceed to the baggage claim lower level. Walk indoors to doors 3 or 10. Exit the doors to the curbside. You will find the taxi dispatch locations clearly marked.

Metro Light Rail

DC Metro Map - STPConYou can take the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) to the Pentagon City Station and catch a shuttle to the hotel as well (although the free airport shuttle is easier). From DCA take either the Blue line towards LARGO TOWN CENTER or the Yellow line towards FORT TOTTEN. The ride will last less than 7 minutes. The second stop from the airport is the Pentagon City Station (announcements will be made). Exit the station to ground transportation and hop on the Sheraton Metro Shuttle.

Pentagon City Metro Station Shuttle

The Sheraton Pentagon City also provides a free shuttle to and from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) station at the Pentagon City Mall.

From Hotel to Metro: Shuttle runs weekdays from 6:15am and weekends starting at 7:15am, until 11:15pm. The shuttle leaves the hotel on the 15 and 45 of every hour. The last shuttle leaves the hotel at 11:15pm.
From Metro to Hotel: Shuttle runs weekdays from 6:30am and weekends starting 7:30am until 11:30pm. The shuttle leaves the metro station every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. The last shuttle leaves the metro at 11:30pm.

If you have additonal questions about the shuttle you can call the hotel at +1.703.521.1900 or visit their website.

Hotel Address:

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel

900 South Orme Street
Arlington, Virginia 22204
+1.703.521.1900 (Hotel)
+1.800.325.3535 (Reservations – Reference: Software Test Professionals Conference)

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Parking at STPCon Spring 2018

Parking at the Sheraton Pentagon Hotel

Parking is available in a covered self-parking facility.
On-site parking, fee: $15 USD discounted daily for STPCon Attendees with validation (Standard parking fees $30/day).

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Workshop Requirements

Workshop Requirements and/or Prerequisites

There are a few workshops and certification courses that may require pre-reading, configurations and installation of software to participate. If you are registered for certification or planning on attending the workshops below, please take time to review the following workshop requirements.

Please Note: The STPCon Speakers will submit workshop requirements to the STP Team by October 12th, this section will be updated once this information is received.

Workshop: Quality Data Visualization – Creating a Dashboard - John Ruberto

A letter from your instructor, John Ruberto:

October 3, 2018
Subject Preparation for our Workshop: Quality Data Visualization

I'm looking forward to our time together at the workshop. This one should be pretty easy to prepare, but I do have a favor to ask.

We will be building a dashboard in this workshop, and covering how to think about software metrics. You will need access to a JIRA instance to do the hands-on portion of this workshop. Ideally, you should access your JIRA instance at work, so that your dashboard will be ready & waiting for you when you return. All of your work will be saved and useful on your first day back.

If you don't have access to your work JIRA, I do have a JIRA server with test data that you can user. I will give you the URL and login credentials at the workshop. If you need this, please drop me a note at to let me know. That will help me prepare the appropriate number of licenses.

Besides having access to your work later, using your work JIRA will be beneficial because every JIRA instance has customizations on workflow, fields, and how fields are used in that project. My test instance of JIRA is pretty close to the default implementation, I've added very few customizations. Using your work JIRA, we can tweak the filters and dashboard to fit your situation, instead of the generic implementation.

So, please bring a laptop and necessary stuff to login to your work JIRA (VPN, etc.) or drop me a note so I can prepare.


John Ruberto

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What TO Wear - STPCon

Recommended Attire – What to Pack

All attendees are encouraged to dress business casual. Hotel meeting rooms are generally kept a little cool, so a sweater or light jacket can be useful during the workshops and sessions.

STPCon Meet & Greet Reception – Tuesday 10/23 – 4:00-6:00pm: Attire for the reception is business casual. The reception will be held in the Session Room Foyer.

STPCon Welcome Reception & Sponsor Showcase – Wednesday 10/24 – 5:00-7:00pm: Attire for the reception is business casual. The reception will be held  in the Galaxy Ballroom, 16th Floor.

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Plan Your Meals - STPCon

Meals Provided During STPCon

STPCon Fall 2018 will provide the following meals during the conference:

  • Sunday, 10/21: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks (Certification registrants only)
  • Monday, 10/22: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks (Workshop registrants only)
  • Tuesday, 10/23: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks (Workshop registrants only) + Meet & Greet Reception (all speakers and attendees)
  • Wednesday, 10/24: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks + STPCon Welcome Reception
  • Thursday, 10/25: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks

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Local Weather - STPCon

Weather During STPCon

The weather in the DC Metro area during STPCon is expected to be a bit moist.  Please check the extended forecast prior to leaving your home to gain an idea of what to expect. Historically, the average highs are in the mid 60’s and lows in the low 50’s.

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STPCon Evening Activities

Free Evening Activities

We have a number of evening neworking receptions and activities happening during STPCon.   Please check the Free Evening Activities at STPCon Fall 2018 page for a detailed description of each. These activities are included in your STPCon Regsitration but space is limited in the Software Testing Bowl, walkins are welcome…

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STPCon Help

Is There Anything We Can Assist You With?

If there is any assistance we can offer prior to the conference to make your experience as enjoyable and worthwhile as possible, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Center:

Software Test Professionals
Phone: +1.877.257.9531

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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