I am absolutely delighted to be working with the lovely folk at the Ministry of Testing and some of the top local testers in the community (Heather and Hugh) in helping bring their flagship brand of testing conferences, TestBash, to Belfast, and indeed Ireland as a whole, for the first time ever.
The event is scheduled for May 18th and we’re working hard at the moment to secure a very interesting lineup of speakers that hopefully will tempt some of the top local engineers to participate in whatever way they can. This TestBash will come in the form of MoT’s TinyTestBash, but don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing Tiny about this.
Take a look at the MoT announcement for the event here.
I’d like to share a few personal opinions and thoughts on the conference coming to Belfast and what it ultimately means for the testing community here but before I do that, I have to give a huge thank you to Rosie and Richard over at MoT for getting this to happen, but also Heather Reid and Hugh McCamphill for being stalwarts of the Northern Irish testing world and helping this happen.
It was less than a year ago that I had looked to set up the Belfast Tester’s Meetup and never did I imagine that as part of that process and as we continued to build a kick ass community that it would lead to hosting a Test Bash in our city. For me, it speaks volumes to the community that we currently do have and to the potential that this community has. However, it’s easy to sit and pat ourselves on the back but as far as I’m concerned and I’d be 100% sure the community would agree with me, this is only really the beginning. In my opinion, Belfast and again the whole of Ireland, are a good bit behind the rest of the UK and Europe in terms of building up their testing community. The work the meetup owners across Ireland have done hasn’t even brought us level with some of the other burgeoning communities for testers. TestBash is only the beginning of this.
My thoughts on this always culminate in a challenge. To you. To the community. Mostly to myself. What’s next? We haven’t really accomplished anything yet. I’ve been as guilty as anyone for not doing much with this blog for example, yet it isn’t as if I don’t have any ideas. So you can expect to see more of me blogging, for one.
The Meetups will continue into the new year and we will look to go back to the root of what started it in the first place – the community. What do we, as a community, want to achieve? What do we want our careers to be shaped as? How do we want to be represented in the industry?
As far as I’m concerned we’ve only really scratched the surface of what we can achieve as a tech community in Northern Ireland. Let’s achieve more.