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The STAREAST Virtual Attendee Experience

Can't make it out to Orlando? We've got you covered.

This is not just any virtual testing conference. You'll be able to solve existing testing roadblocks or tackle new challenges in the upcoming year with knowledge from our keynotes, sessions, industry technical presentations (ITPs), and live virtual training classes.

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Powerhouse Experts

Our virtual conference is filled with experts from leading companies—Past speakers include standouts from Dell, Netflix, Sony, State Farm, Northrop Grumman, and more!

Leading Industry Topics

From Test Automation and AI/ML to Security and the Cloud, you’ll learn ideas and strategies from leading experts and innovators.


We’re all busy (welcome to tech!), that’s why our virtual content will be available on-demand for six months after the conference.

Explore the STAREAST 2024 Virtual Schedule

* Content is Exclusive to the paid Virtual Pass

Wednesday, May 1

8:30 AM ET


Stacy Kirk
QualityWorks Consulting

KEYNOTE | Fast Not Furious: The Next Era of Test Productivity

The next era of testing is here, and it's crazy fast. So fast, it would no doubt infuriate those who are not ready for it. In this talk, Stacy will discuss how testing professionals should build a responsive culture without sacrificing quality or customer experience to speed. She will detail how automation and AI must be incorporated into the new industry standard. Stacy will address how expanding our impact to areas like Data Quality, FinOps, and Ethics will usher in faster advances for business value. She will define how productivity has been and should be measured so that teams appreciate the tester's contribution. Don’t hit the breaks—learn to accelerate and drive your organization forward with speed and sanity.

10:00 AM ET


Péter Földházi
EPAM Systems

KEYNOTE | Bridging Gaps, Building Connections: A Hungarian Testing Story

The beautiful Hungarian city of Budapest seems to be characterized by bridging gaps and building connections. Two diverse parts of the city, Buda and Pest, are separated by the Danube river, which gave them the opportunity to be connected by the iconic Chain Bridge. Budapest is also the birthplace of one of the most brilliant and influential scientists of the 20th century, John von Neumann. Neumann made significant contributions that “bridged” multiple areas including mathematics, physics, economics and computer science. In the software world, you may have already heard the name “Földházi”. But if you haven’t, Péter Földházi is a Hungarian tester who believes that testers themselves are bridges to many things including successful releases, better collaboration and communication across roles, more diverse teams, and connections between man and machine in the age of AI. Join Péter as he weaves a story that for the first time combines the software testing profession with Hungarian culture and innovation as well as a little splash of imagination.

11:00 AM ET

Break in the Expo - Play the Amazing Race Game

11:30 AM ET



An AI-Partnered Testing Future—It’s Here!

Kevin Pyles, O.C. Tanner


Agile Testing*

The Dark Side of Agile Metrics: Unmasking Hidden Dangers

Ashraya Iyer, BOK Financial


Industry Technical Presentation

The Future of AI-Driven Testing

John Ray, Tricentis


Industry Technical Presentation

Future-Proof Web and Mobile App Testing in the Age of AI and DevOps

Fernando Mattos, mabl


Industry Technical Presentation

Beyond the Code The Strategic Impact of Buying vs Building in Test Automation

Michael Palotas & Lee Walsh, Element34

12:30 PM ET


Industry Technical Presentation

How to Train Your Bots

Kevin Parker, Appvance


Industry Technical Presentation

AI-Enabled Test Management to Scale Quality Rapidly

Saurabh Pisal, Qmetry

1:30 PM ET


Test Automation*

Test Like a Developer, Develop Like a Tester

Filip Hric,


Industry Technical Presentation

Unlock Next-Level Testing and DevOps with Next-Generation AI

Michael O'Rourke, OpenText


Industry Technical Presentation

Legoland of Automation, Reusability at its Peak

Aarti Sharma Pachauri, Rishabh, & Ramanji Konikineni, tsQs Inc.


Industry Technical Presentation

A Practical Guide to AI: Tips to Improve Quality in Software Development

Frank Moyer, Kobiton

2:45 PM ET



Unlocking the Future: Real-World Applications of 3 Open-Sourced ML Powered Tools for Test Automation

Dmitriy Gumeniuk, EPAM Systems


Test Automation*

A Crash Course In Getting Started with Cypress

Anna Patterson, Everfi, a Blackbaud Company


Industry Technical Presentation

Next-Gen QA: Harnessing AI for Breakthroughs in Continuous Testing – Driving Unmatched Quality and Speed

Surya Suravarapu, Perforce Software

3:45 PM ET

Break in the Expo - Play the Amazing Race Game

4:15 PM ET


Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

KEYNOTE | Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. And now, lightning has struck the STAR keynotes. Some of the best-known experts in testing will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and have some fun at the same time.

Thursday, May 2

7:30 AM ET


Bonus Session

No Test Left Behind! Steps to Employ Early-Stage Performance Testing in an Agile Development Lifecycle

Param Chopra, Tricentis

8:30 AM ET


Ken Johnston
Ford &

KEYNOTE | The Art of Testing Cars and Delighting Drivers

Welcome to the era of rolling autonomous death machines, also known as the era of the software-defined autonomous vehicle. As companies like Tesla have proven, modern car buyers value software driven experiences at a growing rate. No longer are cars just about horsepower but are now really about personalization, entertainment, and comfort. They are also all becoming at least semi-autonomous with level 4 autonomy coming within the decade. In this new world, continuous deployment and deep learning AI will change the user's experience with the modern vehicle. Even today, all modern cars receive software updates multiple times a year, sometimes to fix bugs and sometimes to ship improved features like automated lane change for autonomous mode. Ken will share how Ford invests in big upfront testing but still leverages Minimum Viable Quality with Testing in Production as methods to safely release and measure the quality of all updates. Complexities of extreme heat and cold, continuous vibration, and dealing with regulatory compliance, along with the risk of injury and actual death, play complex roles in test automation and regression testing strategies. Combine this with a big auto company challenging itself to compete with smaller, faster startup competitors like Tesla, Lucid, and Rivian and you will find established companies like Ford going through massive skill and culture change. Autonomous vehicles are coming quickly. Continuous Deployment and Continuous Integration are required to compete in the future. Getting software quality right is the next big challenge!

9:45 AM ET


Managing Teams*

Small QA Team Survival Strategies

Amanda Ellison, Auction Edge


Test-Driven Development*

Test-Driven Development in Agile/DevOps

Stephanie Laingen, TapHere! Technology


Industry Technical Presentation

End-to-End Continuous Test Automation - The Real Picture

John White, Avo Automation

10:45 AM ET

Break in the Expo - Play the Amazing Race Game

11:15 AM ET


Test Data*

Managing Test Data in Enterprise Environments

Blake Norrish, Slalom, Inc.


Industry Technical Presentation

'Does It Work?' to 'How Could It Be More Resilient and Work Better?'

Shivangi Dubey & Niraj Hutheesing, Cygnet Digital

12:30 PM ET


Industry Technical Presentation

AI-Driven Testing

Nikolay Advolodkin, Sauce Labs

1:30 PM ET


Security Testing*

Streamline Cloud Testing of Cybersecurity Features in Mobile Apps

Karen Hsu, Appdome


Performance Testing*

Stressed About Performance Testing? Simulate It!

Grigori Trofimov, Parasoft


Industry Technical Presentation

AI-Assisted Testing: Using GitHub Copilot and Other Tools to Accelerate QA

Jeffery Payne, Coveros


Industry Technical Presentation

Accelerate Your Testing Cycle: AI Integration Tips for QA Pros

Stacy Kirk & Dimitri Harding, QualityWorks Consulting Group

2:30 PM ET

Break in the Expo - Play the Amazing Race Game

3:00 PM ET


QA Organizational Success*

Elevating Software Quality: Strategies for Qualifying Products Used by Millions

Vijay Lathia, Bose Corporation


Test Metrics*

From Raw Data to Actionable Insights: Mastering Testing Metrics for Effective Decision Making

Cholette Voehl, Discover Financial Services

4:15 PM ET


Lisette Zounon
Zsquare Solutions, Inc.

KEYNOTE | Supercharge Your Confidence As a Tester in the DevOps and AI Era

In software development, particularly in the DevOps and AI era, the role of a tester is both crucial and challenging. WE need to aim to empower testers with strategies to excel in this environment, ensuring they deliver the highest quality applications. In this keynote, you will learn how to manage expectations and instill confidence in your team along the software delivery process. Join Lisette to explore effective communication techniques with stakeholders, establishing trust and demonstrating value from the project's inception. Discover how to continuously leverage key performance indicators to elevate product quality and align with user needs. It is important to understand how artificial intelligence can be a game-changer in testing, enhancing productivity, and forecasting potential issues. Get equipped with actionable insights and tools to bolster your confidence in software delivery and DevOps processes. Finally, leave with the knowledge to drive success in your current projects as well as shape the future trajectory of your organization's software testing practices.