“HANDS-ON” - That is the theme of this year’s Conference for the Association of Software Testing to be held August 8th and 9th in San Diego, California.

That is it. That is the entire theme. “HANDS-ON”. We don’t want to bore you with a long-winded theme statement that points out many ways the theme can be interpreted or provide multiple examples of topics that apply to the theme. We have intentionally left the theme open to anything hands-on that has to do with improving context-driven testing in any way.

The two-day conference is going to be packed with tutorials and hands-on workshops where participants will be able to practice the skills that they are seeing. Instead of just being shown new ideas or concepts, at CAST 2022 you will be able to immediately apply what you are learning - which will help solidify the lessons and allow you to apply them more effectively once you return to work.

The first day of the conference will be full of learning opportunities. You will have a selection of four different five hour long tutorials. These sessions will introduce concepts and allow hands-on activities to help you practice what was covered. Then, after a break, there will be a five hour long test-a-thon where the tutorial instructors, along with other speakers, will be in the room and available to help you apply your newly learned skills.

The second day of CAST 2022 will have keynote talks, workshops and track sessions that will focus on hands-on testing skills that you will be able to apply in your daily work.

Other CAST events:

CAST 2020
3–6 Aug 2020

Thee Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST) 2020 is headed to Austin, TX, USA. The conference will be held August 3-6, 2020, at the Hilton Austin.

What makes CAST unique?

  • For testers, by testers
  • We strive to advance and improve the science of software testing
  • We share, discuss, and question
  • Network with peers, and experts
  • Reasonably priced, high ROI

Who should attend CAST?

  • Software Testers, Practitioners, and Managers
  • Developers
  • Scholars and Researchers
  • Students

The core mission of The Association for Software Testing (AST) and CAST is to help build an active community of software testing scholars, practitioners, and learners who can in turn positively influence and advance the practice of software testing.

CAST is more than a conference, it’s a unique opportunity to learn and discuss not found anywhere else. Each scheduled session is split into two parts. Half of the session is a presentation by a speaker, however the balance of the time is a facilitated “open season”. This open season allows attendees to question, discuss, and test the presentation.

What makes CAST truly unique is what takes place in the hallways, at receptions, during meals, and at Lightning talks. For many the true value of CAST is the ability to discuss topics you are interested in with peers, experts, and academics that are leading change in the industry. At CAST you are among friends…let’s confer!

Mission and Style of CAST

The conference is designed not only to allow but also to encourage a high-level of interaction among presenters and participants. Flexibility is built into the schedule to facilitate productive brainstorming and impromptu debates. The conference organizers are observant and responsive: when this interaction builds the interest and energy for a particular topic, the flow of events and allocation of time to topics will be fine-tuned. Trained, seasoned moderators will help ensure that discussion sessions are productive.

CAST is free from thinly veiled sales pitches and offers up fresh content:

CAST sessions are about experience, practice, and ideas — not just products. All sessions are related to the conference theme to enable in-depth exploration of each topic. Most of the presentations and tutorials at CAST are first-run content. We’ve assembled a cast of practitioners and thought-leaders with interesting stories and provoking ideas.

CAST is accompanied with unique tutorials:

AST lines up unique interactive full-day tutorials — each led by recognized thought leaders in their areas of expertise.

Our hope is that CAST helps you advance the understanding and practice of testing — at your organization and around the globe. You’ll have opportunities to share your ideas and learn from thought-leaders, trainers, authors, and peers. CAST is a participatory conference where everyone is encouraged to participate and enjoy.

CAST puts CONFER back into Conference:

What makes CAST unique is that we focus on the confer part of the word conference over anything else. Each scheduled session consists of a presentation followed by facilitated discussion about that presentation. Unless instructed otherwise, you may only ask clarifying questions while a speaker is presenting. Once a speaker is done, it becomes Open Season – at which point the floor is opened for discussion.

Past event
CAST 2019
12–15 Aug 2019

The Association for Software Testing (AST) is an international non-profit professional association with members in over 50 countries.

AST is dedicated and strives to build a testing community that views the role of testing as skilled, relevant, and essential to the production of faster, better, and less expensive software products. We value a scientific approach to developing and evaluating techniques, processes, and tools. We believe that a self-aware, self-critical attitude is essential to understanding and assessing the impact of new ideas on the practice of testing.

This year, we will talk about testing in all the different ways it can occur, in and out of software development.

We are looking for anyone that has deep experience with testing and a willingness to share. Testers, linguists, designers, doctors and nurses, developers, attorneys, DevOps engineers, social scientists, members of academic communities, and so on.