The ASTQB Software Quality Summit: software testing & quality 1-day event

Thanks to everyone who attended the sold out ASTQB Summit! Below is information about the conference for your records.

Solving Your Toughest Testing Problems and Being the Hero.

Software Testing Conference – September 15th, 2017 – Irvine, California

The ASTQB Summit software testing conference was one day that will make your software testing life easier:

  • Solve challenges caused by tight software testing schedules and budgets.
  • Meet software testing leaders who will give you unique testing and career tips.

Our instructors have spoken on software testing around the world.

Get practical tips, and real solutions to time and budget challenges. Need to persuade your boss that you should be in beautiful Southern California on a Friday? See 3 reasons below to convince your boss that you need to be at this software testing conference.

Why attend? The ASTQB Summit software testing conference helps you find software testing / QA solutions when you don’t have enough time or resources.

You’ll learn about:

Everyone should attend:

  • Software Testing
  • Software QA
  • Software Engineering and Development
  • Software Security
  • Software Test Management
  • IT and QA


This all-inclusive one day conference will provide opportunities to talk one-on-one with the guest presenters, and discuss your challenges with other testers during the regular breaks and post-conference evening reception.

The ASTQB Summit testing conference is suitable for all professionals who have an interest in software testing, and anyone looking to advance their technology career.

Get insights and practical software testing solutions you can’t find at any other software testing conference.

  • Hear our keynote address from Nate Shapiro, CTEL-TM Full, Test Manager for Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm.
  • Enjoy 3 breakout sessions from 6 choices in key software testing / business analysis areas.
  • Get to know your fellow testers during lunch.
  • Dive into an interactive, in-depth workshop that provides practical hands-on solutions.
  • Laugh and learn with lightning talks that will amaze and delight you.
  • Chat with your fellow software testers and our expert speakers at the cocktail / social hour.

Who are your fellow attendees? You’ll meet software testers, managers and QA pros from the following areas:

  • Automotive
  • Banking Services
  • Biomedical
  • Business Consulting
  • Communications
  • Computer Hardware
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Federal Agencies
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Gaming
  • Governmental Contractors
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial Services
  • Information Management
  • IT Services
  • Management Consulting
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing Services
  • Pension Systems
  • Real Estate Services
  • Software Development
  • Software Testing
  • State Government
  • Technical Staffing
  • Technology Consulting
  • Training
  • Transportation

See the schedule, list of topics, and great speakers below!


The ASTQB Summit software testing conference registration includes continental breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break and evening cocktails.


8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast Buffet – Dining Room

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome – ASTQB President Debbie Friedenberg – Auditorium

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Nate Shapiro, Test Manager II, of Blizzard Entertainment – Auditorium

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

First Breakout Session (choose one)

  • Mobile Testing – Huntington Room
  • Business Analysis – Newport Room

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Break – Atrium

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Second Breakout Session (choose one)

  • Test Automation – Huntington Room
  • Security Testing – Newport Room

Noon – 12:45 p.m.

Third Breakout Session (choose one)

  • Agile Testing – Huntington Room
  • Performance Testing – Newport Room

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch – Dining Room

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Workshops (choose one – subject to change) – rooms TBD

  • Mobile Testing/Security Testing
  • Test Automation/Performance Testing
  • Agile Testing/Business Analysis

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Break – Atrium

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lightning Talks – “Real stories: How testers triumphed when they were short on time, budget and support!” – Auditorium

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cocktails / Social Hour – Atrium


Optional Exam Registration – Saturday, Sept. 16

We will also offer exams for any of the ISTQB, ASTQB, and IQBBA certifications at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Separate registration is required, so email us at for more information.


The ASTQB Summit software testing conference features internationally acclaimed speakers who will help you solve your real world software testing problems.

Software Testing Keynote Speaker: Nate Shapiro


“Quality Assurance as a Profession”

Nate Shapiro, Test Manager II, Blizzard Entertainment

In order to be successful in Quality Assurance, one must look to become a master of your craft. Unfortunately, the 10,000 hour rule doesn’t always apply. Studies have shown that you need to practice your craft deliberately to become a master and evolve with the industry. Time alone does not work. In this talk, Nate will talk about how Blizzard Entertainment approaches making QA into a profession and how we’ve evolved with the industry.

Nate Shapiro, CTEL-TM Full, started his career in the gaming industry in 2007. He’s spent the majority of his career at Blizzard in a Quality Assurance related role. Nate is currently the Test Manager for Heroes of the Storm overseeing all Quality Assurance operations for the product. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton and his MBA from University of California, Irvine.


Click on the topics below to learn about the morning breakout and afternoon workshop, as well as a little bit about each speaker.

Testing Conference Speaker: Taz Daughtrey

Taz Daughtrey

Security Testing

Testing Conference Speaker: Andrew Pollner

Andrew Pollner

Test Automation

Testing Conference Speaker: Randy Rice

Randall W. Rice

Mobile Testing

Testing Conference Speaker: Tauhida Parveen

Tauhida Parveen, PhD

Agile Testing

3 reasons your boss wants you to attend:

1) You will learn to test faster, with fewer resources.
2) You will know how to increase the value of testing with management and clients.
3) You will be able to teach co-workers the great new testing ideas you discovered.

To ensure you have quality time to speak with the presenters, registration is limited. Software testing conference registration includes continental breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break and evening cocktails.


The ASTQB Summit software testing conference takes place at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering on the UC-Irvine campus, 100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617.

This is a Friday-only conference, so learn more about the nearby attractions and beaches from this USA Today feature.

We do not have a hotel block given that this is a one-day software testing conference event, but there are many hotels near the Beckman Center.

If you are not familiar with Irvine, it is in the heart of Orange County, approximately midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. You will find spectacular scenery, excellent hotels and restaurants, and a variety of fun and interesting things to do.