Tester, consultant, and trainer Michael Bolton is the co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a course that presents a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure. Michael is a leader in the context-driven software testing movement with twenty years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. Currently, he leads DevelopSense, a Toronto-based consultancy. Prior to DevelopSense, Michael was with Quarterdeck Corporation. Michael's home page is www.developsense.com.
Simon Stewart is the creator of WebDriver, the Open Source browser automation tool, and is the Selenium project lead. He previously led the build tool team at Facebook, developing the graph-based build tool Buck, and being a strong advocate of monorepos. Before joining Facebook, he spent almost five years at Google, and three at ThoughtWorks. He’s seen a lot of code.
Simon has an interest in byte-for-byte reproducible builds at incredible speed, and describes himself as "undeniably hairy".
Head of crowdsourcing platform Yandex.Toloka and department of human intelligence tasks at Yandex.
Currently is in charge of scaling up and applying crowdsourcing techniques to production processes which require human labour, such as producing the training data for AI, call centers, service support teams, translation, and many others. One of the latest projects was to set up crowdsourcing practices for manual testing at Yandex.
Sphere of research interest — mathematical background of crowdsourcing and subjective human evaluation; author of papers on this subject.
Niranjani is a Senior Software Engineer in Test at Pinterest. She is responsible for developing test automation solutions for the Android platform. She has 8 years of experience and has worked at companies like eBay and Twitter in a similar role. She’s passionate about code and product quality and gets involved in efforts to improve the CI/CD pipeline.
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Anastasia studied at ITMO’s CIT faculty and graduated from Game|Changers program. Interned at Yota Lab, worked at Korus Consulting, i-Free and Documatic. In 2014 joined the VK team as a tester. Since the beginning of 2016, Anastasia manages VK’s QA department and VK Testers program.
Christian is an open source software developer who is programming with Java since 1996. He has a faible for automated testing and joined the core JUnit 5 team in 2017. He lives in Bonn, Germany and works for MICROMATA GmbH.
Sathish works as Mobile QA Automation Lead at Badoo. Since 2013, he is responsible for developing test automation solutions for mobile applications at Badoo. He has 13 years of experience and has worked in various positions from a software developer to a technical lead. He strongly believes the true success of the test automation lies when it is integral part of the product delivery process and meets the needs of it's stakeholders.
Andrey is involved in testing at Amazon Web Services. Previously he has worked in various projects: testing distributed NewSQL database at Yandex, cloud antivirus detection system at Kaspersky Lab, online multiplayer game at Mail.ru, and foreign exchange pricing service at Deutsche Bank. Andrey is interested in testing large scale distributed and backend systems.
Nikolai works as a software engineer in test at Badoo primarily focusing on tooling and iOS infrastructure at the moment. Used to work for 3 years at local search company 2GIS, building both user-facing and internal products, including a system for continuous testing of data packages and an open source implementation of WebDriver for Windows Phone automation.
Java developer for >10 years. Has coded ERP for food and cellular in his youth, later developed LMS in 1C, and ad strategy simulator in Yandex, and nowadays works on pricing strategies in Deutsche Bank. Prefers to code bug-free right from the start, but sometimes uses tests to support his overconfidence.
Founder and CEO of Element34 Solutions. Co-developed Selenium Grid. Ex-eBay Head of Quality Engineering. For more than 10 years Michael Palotas shaped software and test engineering at eBay International as the Head of Quality Engineering. He was key responsible for leading the transformation for eBay International from a waterfall to a highly agile organization employing new paths and approaches especially in the field of engineering practices. Before joining eBay, Michael held lead roles in companies like Ericsson, Nortel Networks, Intel.
Iván is a Software Engineer and Systems Administrator with 14 years of experience. He is a member of the Grails team at Object Computing, Inc. (OCI). He discovered Grails 8 years ago and since then he develops almost exclusively using Groovy. He is the creator of some Grails plugins like PostgreSQL-Extensions and Slug-Generator.
He's also the coordinator of the Madrid Groovy User Group (@madridgug), the organizer of the Greach Conference (http://greachconf.com) and a frequent speaker at conferences like SpringOne 2GX, GR8Conf, Greach, Codemotion, GeeCon, Spring IO, RigaDevDays, JavaCro, and so forth.
Developer at Haulmont since 2016. Works in the outsourcing projects department. Is mostly responsible for the development of a module for scheduling for educational institutions. More than 3 years is engaged in the development and support of resource planning systems. Enthusiast of Kotlin language and problem-oriented languages based on it.
Is in the development and testing industry since 2008, with some break for Ph.D studies and experiments in nuclear physics. Worked with e-commerce platforms, IPTV systems and location-based services. Was involved in supporting the existing test architecture as well as building automation from scratch for backend, UI and mobile applications. Currently works in Berlin's company Signavio and builds automation for backend and UI.
Compiler engineer at Azul Systems. For the last 4 years is into optimizing JIT compilers for virtual machines. Since 2017 works on Zing VM, actively commits to LLVM. Before that used to work with ART and Dalvik virtual machines at Intel, along with contributing to Android Open Source Project.
Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn't like to give in easily. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany where he has discovered his passion for typography, writing and design. After working as a freelancing designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, one of the largest online magazines dedicated to web design and development. Vitaly is the writer, co-author and editor of both Smashing Books. He is now working as the editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine in the lovely city of Germany, Freiburg.
Works in web app testing automation for more than 8 years. Has worked in different teams and occupied different positions up to the head of automation testing group. Has a vast experience with popular tools (Selenium, HtmlElements, Allure, Jenkins). Codes mostly in Java and Groovy.
Started on the client side of different web applications, then moved to the backend and now mostly works on CI, infrastructure and automation topics. AWS user since 2010. Gopher since 2015. Contributor to open source projects. Truly (and very passionately) believes that testing is not about bugs and reports, but about the overall improvement of quality, speed, and engineering productivity.
Has been doing software testing for more than 11 years. For the last 5 years, helps improve the quality in Toptal, the largest fully distributed high-skilled workforce in the world. Contributor to Mozilla. Developer of Watir. Selenium committer, maintaining its Ruby part.
Kapil’s in depth and highly informative talks on Test Driven Development have been getting selected at International Conferences like DroidCon Beijing 2017, Android makers 2018, DroidKaigi Tokyo, Developers Conference Mauritius.
He has also spoken on emerging Android technologies at Google Devfest India, Google Developer Days Extended, the Great IndianDeveloper Summit and other conferences in India and has got an overwhelmingly amazing response.
He is currently working at BlackBuck which is redefining the logistics landscape of India, making it reliable and efficient.
An experienced engineer focused on building reliable quality processes for Java platforms. Started to work in this area during his employment with Oracle where he was responsible for JavaFX testing. Last few years works for Azul Systems on quality of their custom JDKs.
Also, Sergey enjoys sharing his experience: he presents on various Java conferences, gives lessons, and answers on stackoverflow.com
Stanislav has been developing since 2008, mainly in Java. He loves testing and code quality. At some point, he began to get involved in the optimization of processes and switched to CI/CD activity in 2013. He was never totally pleased with the AQA, and so in 2015 switched to testing to prove that everything is possible to be done much better. Stanislav proved it and went into business intelligence.
Has got over 10 years of experience in manual and automation testing. The experience includes a set up of processes for manual and automated testing at different companies, like ITAR-TASS. Used to work with mobile, desktop and web applications. Through his career, has developed several frameworks for frontend and backend test automation and practiced in different automation frameworks.
Since July 2017 works with blockchain technology in Waves company.
During the last year, Igor works with automated testing in the Uptick startup. Mainly writes tests using Python for UI (Web + Mobile) and API (REST + GraphQL), a little bit .NET for Component and Integration tests. Before that Igor worked in New Cloud Technologies, where he gained experience in writing and supporting over one thousand web tests on Ruby, Watir, Cucumber.
Has been working in GameDev QA for six and a half years. Started growing as a professional at Gaijin Entertainment, after that managed to work in such major GameDev companies as Glu Mobile, Crazy Panda, and several startups. At the moment takes the position of QA Lead in Zeptolab.
Works in IT for about 10 years so far. Started in analytics, switched then to running projects as a project manager, but the craving for beauty won and several years ago Dmitry concentrated all his attention and efforts on developing and automation testing on Java. Most part of his career was devoted to the EDI systems, but the hunger to gain unique experience moved him to work for post-startup PropellerAds, where a lot of processes, including QA, needed to be built from the zero level.
Dmitry truly believes that simple tests could be written for complex systems, and doesn’t really think that testing automation is less exciting than development.
Is into the development and automated testing of real-time applications. Is convinced that in the modern world the ability to write a testable code is an important skill of a qualified developer. Is interested in quality assurance issues using automated testing methods.
Has been working in testing for more than 6 years. Started as a manual test engineer for browser games, then decided to proceed with test automation and moved to Yandex, where he's still employed. Has switched projects and tasks several times. Has got extensive experience in API and UI Java-based test automation.
Has been working at Bazis-Center Ltd. since 2006 as a software engineer. The team develops CAD for automation of furniture production. From the very beginning of his professional career, Alexey solves issues of software licensing and its protection against illegal use. Recently, the problems of code quality have been added to the list. Knows how to write in assembly language and how errors look like at the deepest level.
For the last ten years has been searching for vulnerabilities in web applications. Participated in many Bug Bounty programs. Most of all likes business logic's issues when an application works as coded, but not as developer wanted. Here at SEMrush works at Security Team, responsible for product security, work infrastructure safety and many other things.
IT specialist. Worked in such large companies as IBM, Dors, Paragon Software. Worked his way up from a system administrator to the product owner. Now takes the position of Quality Assurance Manager in Zeptolab company and is into the implementation of innovative solutions.