Quest for Quality 2020 Conference Successfully Held Online
POSTED ON 17.11.2020
First virtual edition of Quest for Quality (Q4Q) Conference was successfully held on 27th & 28th of October. So vibrant and live, the event gathered professionals from across the globe in the field of AI, QA & Software Testing.
Structured with keynote and breakout sessions, enriched by team games and roundtable discussion, Q4Q2020 left us all in a good spirit and with fresh knowledge about hottest topics in the industry.
Together, we demystified AI through variety of interesting sessions, from test architecture for global platforms, chronicles of testing AI and ML applications to talks about language models, and how AI is used – the hype & reality.
First day magnificently started with the opening keynote from Tariq King, Chief Scientist at Test.AI. Tariq occupied our attention by going beyond functional automation with AI! He spoke about software testing community that has readily embraced AI and ML technologies, with many startups and industry practitioners recognizing its potential to transform test automation. During the last decade, we have seen a new wave of AI-based test automation tools. However, most of the focus has been on functional test automation with some performance bench-marking. In his talk, Tariq addressed where do we go from here with AI for testing.
After couple of great sessions, it was a perfect moment to relax a little bit and play! We dived into Virtual Scavenger Hunt game, and here is an absolute winner who found all items on the list – Timothy Livesey, our attendee from UK!
In the middle of the day, we had a great opportunity to listen to keynote session named Keeping It Real In An Artificial World, where Raj Subrameyer, owner and CEO at ChaiLatte Consulting took us through a journey of discovery. He debunked some of the myths surrounding AI and discussed how AI model training works with real life examples. Then, he highlighted the current state of AI and how it is impacting humans and technology. Finally, he addressed the impact to software development and testing, and discussed if AI research is headed in the right direction. This talk helped us get a basic understanding of developing and testing AI based systems and highlight key factors to consider to ensure these systems do not have a negative impact on humans.
We closed our first day with the discussion led by our colleagues from Comtrade Digital Services, Dejan Ćušić and Boris Cergol, where we touched the future of work with AI as a main driver.
At the beginning of the second day, Miljan Kuveljić, Head of Quality Engineering at N26, held an amazing opening keynote! The word was about Test Architecture for Global Platforms, where Milan provided an overview of testing layers, including the tech stack and how everything fits in region-agnostic ecosystem. Building a global platform presents some incredible technical challenges, a platform with the core product that operates globally while also ensuring that user data is isolated in its respective region; this is a big challenge to implement, and even bigger when designing test automation strategy.
In Milan’s session, we learned about the main problems that can occur when you are designing and maintaining tests and frameworks for the same back-end micro-services and client applications serving products across different regions. In addition, some tips & tricks were shared on how to deal with test data, test execution, CI/CD and test-ability.
Session in, session out and then again, we were ready to play! Only this time, there was new game ongoing, but we had the same winner, Tim!
An then, an amazing keynote was held by Davar Ardalan, Founder and Storyteller in Chief of IVOW AI. The future of civic life and commerce will be driven in large part by conversational interfaces like speech-based personal assistants, chatbots and AI-powered customer support services. Nonetheless, the current tools available to customers and brands lack the sophistication to engage users with cultural richness. This diminishes the return on automation investment capital and weakens the potency of brand engagement. Davar shared her insights on the future of cultural intelligence in AI. In an age of hyper-personalized marketing and its emphasis on first-party data, Ardalan talks about why novel solutions and tools in AI as applied to audience and culture research are more valuable than ever.
To conclude this second day, our keynote speaker Nishan Chelvachandran, who is a founder and CEO of Iron Lakes, reviewed where we are at in terms of what and how AI is used, the hype & reality, and how we need a holistic paradigm shift to how we solve actual problems with AI and tech.
Nishan helped us understand the importance of innovation & novelty, and put the light on reframing problems or shifting the way we see them, with the aim to find radically better solutions.
This is how Q4Q2020 went! Stay with us to see what 2021 will bring!