STX Next at TestingCup 2018—The Biggest Software Testing Competition in Europe

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Are you a software tester?

Looking to hire software testers?

Want to know where to find the best software testers in Europe?

If you responded “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in luck. Mark your calendar and don’t miss out—the eyes of the entire European software testing scene will be turning to Łódź on May 28–29.

Why, you may ask? That’s when TestingCup 2018 takes place.

TestingCup 2018

TestingCup is not only the biggest national software testing event, but also the most prestigious testing championship, both in Poland and in Europe. Hosted in a different Polish city every year, the 2018 edition of TestingCup will be held in Łódź.

This year, TestingCup has officially reached an international status, being open to foreign teams and run in English for the first time. The venue for the event is the Vienna House Andel’s Hotel in Łódź, located inside the Manufaktura shopping, arts, and leisure complex.

The crème de la crème of Polish testers will gather in Łódź to compete in the championship, as they have since 2012 in different cities. It goes without saying that STX Next wouldn’t miss it for the world.

But this year is not the first time our company has been involved in TestingCup. In 2015, STX Next had 3 testers take part in the competition, to outstanding results: Dorota Wróbel-Mirowska took 2nd place, Paulina Walawko came in 7th, and Joanna Baranowska finished 20th. STX Next was also one of TestingCup’s Silver Sponsors that same year.

But that was then, and this is now. Let’s take a look at what goes down during the Championship.

The Championship

The rules are simple: it’s all about the number of reported errors, error criticality, and quality of reporting. The Championship consists of testing software against the provided specification, finding defects and flaws in it within 3-4 hours.

The competition is divided into two categories: Individual and Team. Each team is made up of 3 members, 1 of them being the team captain. Unlike 3 years ago, this year STX Next is represented by 1 team of 3 testers, as opposed to 3 individual testers in 2015. The 2018 edition of the event will see 250 contestants compete against each other.

There were 3 rounds of registration:

  • Round 1: 22–29 January
  • Round 2: 19–26 February
  • Round 3: 19–26 March

The registration was carried out on a first-come, first-served basis. Just to give you an idea of how high the interest was, the 1st round was done after 5 minutes. STX Next managed to make Round 2, which also lasted around 5 minutes, but the 3rd and final round was open only for all of 20 seconds. That’s right. A pretty tight race if you ask me, and not just among Polish testers, but foreign ones, as well!

It is precisely this high interest in the event that makes TestingCup so valuable to companies like ours. Coveted prizes await the winners of the Championship, as they have since its 1st edition, but you can’t put a price tag on prestige and recognition.

The Conference

TestingCup is not just a software testing competition, though. An equally important part of the event—and its main international aspect—is the 2-day Conference, where top specialists from all around the world are invited to speak on various subjects. Many of them are acclaimed authors of renowned testing publications.

Even if you don’t take part in the Championship, you are still free to purchase a ticket for the Conference and watch the competition live.

The tagline of the 2018 edition of TestingCup is, “The Future Is Here.” The hosts’ intention is to present Łódź as a place of growth for people professionally dealing with new technologies.

This year, the TestingCup Conference will host over 30 keynote speakers, including Michael Bolton, Henrik Emilsson, and Rikard Edgren.

The Special Guest Speaker will be Aleksandra Przegalińska, a world-class expert on the study of artificial intelligence. She will share her extensive knowledge on the ways new technologies influence our everyday lives.

Aleksandra Przegalińska
Aleksandra Przegalińska

We’re very excited to attend the keynotes of these distinguished guests, as they’re all leading authorities in their respective fields. Hearing what they have to say is bound to be both highly educational and deeply entertaining.

And now let’s move on to who will be representing our company at this year’s Championship.

Our team

Here is the lineup of STX Next’s team of testers for TestingCup 2018:

  • Robert Kazuła

Team captain and manual tester. Founder of the Łódź QA Community (community of practice). His greatest joy in life is sharing knowledge with others. In his own words, “My life is one big, endless standup.”

  • Adam Kowalczyk

Automated tester. Avid soccer fan. In between soccer games, he writes code, line after line. Beyond that, he’s the go-to guy for asking difficult questions—especially during recruitment.

  • Bartosz Kazuła

Full-stack developer. Plays a video game in his free time. Not just any video game, though, but a browser game he had co-authored, building it from scratch. The only thing he collects in life are new IT skills.

Orły Wolnego

The informal name of the team is “Orły Wolnego,” but officially they’re known simply as “STX Next Łódź.” They named themselves after the Service Delivery Manager of the Łódź branch of STX Next, whom they respect very much.

The team is purposefully made up of a manual tester, an automated tester, and a full-stack developer to bring together 3 different perspectives and 3 different modes of thinking—all to achieve the best results possible.

All 3 members of the team have had an opportunity to work together before, building a highly complex and layered app, infamous at the Łódź branch. Our employees there have a saying, “You don’t know life if you haven’t worked on... (the app’s name is confidential, sorry).”

STX Next Łódź

“Orły Wolnego” have been hard at work preparing for the competition for a while now, both together and separately, sharing knowledge and training on apps from the previous editions of the event. Robert Kazuła, the team captain, hopes that the team’s past collaborative experience will translate into a better performance, and by extension better results, during the Championship.

Also noteworthy is the fact that both for the team as a whole and for each of the 3 members individually, this is the first time competing in the Championship. It is also the debut of the Łódź branch of STX Next at TestingCup.

What’s the big deal?

It is a big deal. Obviously, we’d love nothing more than for our team to win, but it goes beyond the personal success of “Orły Wolnego.” Though, admittedly, it would be a huge achievement for the 3 testers representing us.

A win for the team is a win for the company.

The event is a huge networking opportunity, which is why a strong performance from the competing teams holds great value for the companies they represent.

Positive word-of-mouth and prestige like that are hard to come by. Testers talk among themselves, and their companies are the centerpoint of discussion either way.

It’s not all about winning, though; ranking anywhere within the top 10 teams is something to be proud of and talk about.

So, to conclude...

Good luck!

On behalf of everyone at STX Next, we wish “Orły Wolnego” the very best of luck at TestingCup 2018 and hope they come in first! May 28–29, let’s all keep our fingers crossed for the team!

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Adam Stempniak

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Robert Kazuła

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