Last week, the 12th edition of The Test Automation Days took place in Convention Centre WTC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

CKC Seminars, initiator and organizer of this unique conference, look back on a very successful edition. We are very proud to welcome the highest number of attendees so far in the bustling city Rotterdam. Over the 150 participants on the first day and almost 300 participants on the second day enjoyed the Test Automation Days. We would like to thank all speakers, Founding Partner Squerist, content partners, exhibition partners, participants and communication partners who made this event possible.

This year’s theme is: Challenge Accepted! Across the Spectrum of TA

The challenges for test automation are clear: How can Test Automation (TA) contribute to delivering reliable and high-quality software as quickly as possible? We are part of that fast-changing world: The complexity increases not just in IT, but the systems and tools that support us. We have to manage new technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) which has an impact on TA; to support our testing but also in itself is a technology that needs to be tested. As well as the technology part, you also have to deal with the interhuman part: how do we handle the rising expectations of TA and a myriad of different available tools such as AI? The challenges are all around us, and we need to handle them as quickly as possible.

The participants of the first day are challenged through learning by doing from world’s leading test automation experts.

A masterclass about how to setup a graphql server, a class regarding scriptless GUI testing or an introduction to AI-Driven Test Automation are some of the topics who were covered during one of the three hour hands-on masterclasses. A couple of attendees were challenged during the day to work with Docker and some founded their challenge in playing a game to unlock 9 different outcomes during a fun simulation of an Agile working environment. The day ended with a drink where attendees meet each other, talking about fun and leisure but also on their experiences of the first day of Test Automation Days 2023.

The second day was all about exchanging ideas and tips through keynote lectures, talks and presentations, all presented by test automation professionals from their own work experience.

Chairman of the day, Ard Kramer, kicked off, followed by Jitesh Gosai. He gives us a quit  psychological talk of change and specifically the uncertainty of change. Everyone has to deal with change on a regular basis in daily live but also during their work as a tester. We use testing to handle the uncertainty in software teams. If everyone understand what change is and how to handle change, we can learn how the reduce the uncertainty of it and to optimize testing.

Alex Todorov continues the story of Jitesh through an inspiring talk about his personal experiences. During his talk he shifted away from the day-to-day technology issues and focused on the people that were working in Test Automation.

Melissa Tondi puts everyone on the edge with her talk “Automation, we’re doing it Wrong”. In this talk, she discussed the five misconceptions of Test Automation. There are many mis-conceptions and perceptions around automation as it pertains to software testing, so in this talk, she discussed those and set the record straight on what automation is and, more importantly, what it is not. She shared practical and proven approaches to the audience and challenged them to implement them in their daily business to show valuable results.

During the closing keynote, the stage was for Tariq King. A talk with futuristic video games, with the topic “Testing the Metaverse and Beyond”. Tariq discussed the engineering risks and quality concerns associated with metaverse development and shows the audience where elements of the metaverse are being implemented today. Tariq believes that testing and automation will play a key role in the success of the metaverse and will introduce everyone to promising directions and reasons why we can’t wait to test the metaverse and beyond.

During the parallel sessions best practices and insights are shared and topics like for example UI Testing, Sustainability, Testing what the eye can’t see, Test Automation under pressure and Next Generation Metaverse Testing came up during the day.


Do you want to relive the atmosphere of the day? Or did you miss this edition of the conference and would you still like to get an impression? You will find an extensive impression here:

Save the date for the 13th edition of the Test Automation Days on May 29 & 30, 2024

Do you have suggestions or ideas for next year (theme, speakers, etc.) or do you also want to be present as a partner? Please send an email to Joyca van Essen, or contact us on +31 (0)40-2146200.