The Software Test Professionals Conference is known as the place where testing professionals come to learn, a testing conference, by testers. STPCon specializes in creating a program that showcases new ideas, proven methods and dynamic presenters who face the same day-to-day challenges as our participants and can share their experiences and knowledge with an engaged audience.
Do you have a story to tell, a methodology to share, or a new technique to pass on to your peers? Submit your proposal to speak today. Our practitioner-led program committee would be interested in reviewing your proposal. Submission deadline is November 9th, 2018.
The proposal deadline for Spring 2019 proposals is November 9th, 2018.
3 Tips For Improving Your Chances of Selection at STPCon:
Make your title extremely appealing.
Many attendees will scan through the conference schedule and a strong title will catch their eye and take them further into reading your abstract. Think of creative ways for catching their attention. Numbers usually get them (for example “10 things you can do to improve your testing experience”). Hot topics get them as well (for example “why is everyone using Selenium and why am i not?”). Catchy titles get them to read further as well (for example “How Obama helped me learn to test” or “Angry Birds Testing”)
Catch their attention with an opener that makes them feel like you understand them.
In other words, if you ask a question in the opener or state a fact, it makes them feel a connection. For example “Does your senior management respect your testing team?” or “Do you find it hard in your testing organization to keep your automation scripts updated” or “It has been stated many times that 7 out of 10 people will always miss a simple change in a product – and not test it”. Once you have their attention, then give them specifics on “WHY” they should be there. Imagine yourself reading your abstract and ask yourself “if i knew nothing about this, would i be interested in it”? Then design your description so that when someone reads it, they can’t stop – they are racing from word to word so that they can get to the takeaways and see more and more on this abstract.
What’s in it for me?
Imagine you are the attendee. Imagine you are reading this abstract. What would make you want to come here. What things would you want to see that will be given to you in this session or workshop that would be so useful that you could take it back and use it right away? Make your bullet points sell your product. Guarantee them things you know you can deliver. But don’t overdo it. Don’t say “i will give you the secret to testing and you will know how to improve testing by 500%”. We know we can’t do that. But you could say that one of your takeaways would be “5 tips to improving the communication between your testing organization and the CXO staff”. After you’ve written your 3-5 takeaways, go back through them, and imagine that you’re not the speaker. Would you want to have these takeaways? Would they appeal to you? Attendees will read abstracts, and descriptions, but the takeaways are the appeal. Promise them what you can deliver, and make them say in their mind “I need to attend this – I can use this RIGHT NOW!”
If you are selected to present a conference SESSION, you are awarded a free conference pass to the main conference.
If you are selected to present a 3-hour pre-conference WORKSHOP, you are entitled to a $500 stipend, $400 in travel reimbursement, and 2 nights hotel in addition to a free conference pass.
To all my dear friends old and new at #STPCON this week - I enjoyed every minute of my time with you, sharing my experience and knowledge to your benefit. It is always an honor. Safe travels! See you in Boston!