Not my first testing conference - I’ve attended Agile Testing Days, STPCon, PNSQC, CAST, as well as some more general tech conferences.
I definitely miss the actual hallway sessions, the socializing, and exploring a new locale, and I’ll admit I had low expectations coming into this. OnlineTestConf didn’t wow me, and I’m curious to see Techwell’s take on online conference as they’re going virtual with STAREAST. On the other hand, O’Reilly’s taken this as the opportunity to cancel all future in-person conferences, which seems bonkers.
In any case, this event’s greatly exceeded my expectations. While I think there’s a lot of filler to pad this out to 24 hours, I think the hosts have done a fantastic job at making this feel engaging - it’s super crazy to think they’re dealing with 20 second lag as well as no real feedback, but they’re killing it, all in their own unique way.
I do wish the “hallway” session was a bit more focused - having Crowdcast’s chat, the Club, Twitter, and Slack seems like it fragments things. Narrowing this down a little might help (and it might be time for MoT to start paying for Slack so they can archive out conversations and preserve them).