All papers submitted are treated the same. Members of the community, we usually end up with about 30-50 volunteers, are invited to anonymously review the abstracts by giving them a grade:
Ministry of Testing and the co-organisers will then use that information to help us create a shortlist of papers for the programme, which we then scrutinise and debate over until we have the final line up.
It would be irresponsible to the community for us to not factor diversity into a software testing conference programme, the last thing anyone wants to see is a line up of white middle-aged men.
Unlike some organisations, to us diversity is not a synonym for race or gender, it’s bigger than that. We look at the person behind the submission. Is the person from an underrepresented group? This could factor in characteristics such as gender, race, age, disability, or even a person’s location, or maybe it’s someone with little to no speaking experience but a lot of ambition! We look to give people opportunities.
We believe a good conference programme needs a balance of current topics covering all important aspects of software testing from a range of voices. It is imperative to us that new and underrepresented voices get heard.
If your abstract is successful you'll get an email from us stating so and requesting some additional information as well as stating some terms of acceptance. These are mostly around acknowledging our speaker expenses policy and the fact that all talks are recorded. The additional information is around your bio, social channels and a picture of you for the event page. We'll also give you an opportunity to made amendments to your abstract.
If you abstract is unsuccessful you'll be notified via email. You'll be asked if you'd like feedback on your abstract which we aim to get to you within six weeks as well as the option to remove your abstract from future consideration.