My chance to give something back…

2014 was epic for me in so many different ways, on the kick starting my testing career front – I joined Rob Lambert and his team at NewVoiceMedia, finally fulfilling my goal of being an actual software tester rather than some bloke with a massive obsession for the craft. I attended both TestBash and Agile Testing Days during the year and focused all my efforts in to providing valuable information to my new feature team and sharing whatever I could with our test team at NVM.

From a personal point of view I got engaged and started to plan a wedding for Feb 2015 (Arh crap, that’s this month!). In January 2014 I set myself, at the time, an achievable goal of writing about my military experiences and how I think these relate to software testing….basically I epically failed to meet that goal! I put all of my focus and attention on learning my new role and giving everything I could to support my team at NVM.

I feel much more settled now and I WILL pick these part finished posts up again and publish these this year!

So why am I writing this post?

TestBash 2015 is nearly upon us, this will be my third year in a row helping out Rosie, Simon and the team down in Brighton. Honestly, I bloody love it there, I’ve had some great laughs and awesome chats at the pre conference meet ups and at the conference itself. I’m in the very lucky position of getting a free place at TestBash for helping out, I kind of feel bad for the guys and girls that really want to attend but can’t get the funding, be it through self funding or through their companies. I was in that place in 2013 and it was horrible.

This year I wanted to change that for someone, as soon as I saw that you could sponsor a ticket for some lucky person to attend, I just knew I had to buy one. Last year Emma Keaveny (@EmJayKay80) was a breath of fresh enthusiastic air, it’s very hard not to like her, she’s awesome! I’d love to see someone with that visible passion for the craft win my sponsored ticket and get to be amongst, in my opinion, some of the best testers in the world.

The speaker line up this year is epic, I’m very much looking forward to hearing what they all have to say and also the great mini conversations that happen during the breaks and at the meet ups. I’m especially looking forward to meeting the person who has won the ticket and hearing their story and reasons for wanting to be there.

Also, I’ll be looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting many more!

See you there!

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