TestBashX Edinburgh 2020

A new TestBash software testing conference experience is being launched in Scotland; let us introduce you to TestBash X!

TestBash X is an authentic, hands-on, active learning experience that will take place on 30th of October at the Central Hall in Edinburgh.

As always, Ministry of Testing is closely collaborating with local testers and this time all-around awesome community member Craig Wylie is working with us to bring this innovative event to you.

What's With the X?

The X stands for experience, which we know starts with an “E” but “X” sounded way cooler! TestBashX is designed to be an active learning experience that’s all about getting hands-on and doing some testing! The day will consist of an opening and closing talk, but sandwiched in between is a learning circus. 

A learning circus is an active, cooperative learning approach that involves groups of people moving around a space, visiting several learning stations and completing authentic collaborative tasks. Put simply, it’s loads of mini-workshops that you will complete with fellow testers.

The TestBashX Circus will be made up of several learning stations with carefully crafted testing challenges for you to complete in small groups. Each station will be run by a software testing expert and will focus on different testing topics. As an attendee, you'll then visit each station to ensure you get the most out of the day.

So What Should I Expect?

Two awesome talks from two accomplished international speakers in the testing community. We are so lucky to have them take part in this new, innovative event!

After the opening talk, you will be grouped up with fellow testers and you’ll stay in this group for the duration of the day while you complete circus activities. This grouping is essential to the learning circus approach and we are confident you will learn just as much from your fellow testers as you will from the testing experts running the stations. 

At the end of the day, you’ll walk away brimming with new knowledge and skills that you can implement at your workplace.

Sounds Great, What Else Should I Expect?

  • A fabulous MC to host the day,
  • lunch,
  • prizes,
  • notebooks,
  • some kick-ass tunes,
  • 99-second lighting talks,
  • a welcoming pre-TestBash X meetup,
  • a nourishing post-TestBash X warm down,
  • and of course, there will be some awesome swag!

Amazing! How Can I Purchase a Ticket?

Our Pro Members get free access to TestBashX. 

Not yet a Pro Member? Then you can sign up for only £249 for the year. Pro Membership will grant you free access to TestBash X, discounts to other TestBash conferences, training events and access to all the content on our site to accelerate your learning!

Already a Pro member? Just click “Register For Free” and we’ll see you there!

Not interested in Pro Membership but still want to attend? General sale tickets are £99 (inc VAT), but for an extra £150 you'll get so much more with Pro MoT.


Want to sponsor our warm down or one of our learning stations? There are only limited spaces available, check out the brochure below for more information


Do I need to bring a laptop?

No. All equipment for the activities will be provided by the station.

What if I don’t want to go into a random team?

Part of the goal of TestBash X is to meet new people and make new connections to help you with your learning long after the event has passed. It is also beneficial to learn from those that have an entirely different experience from you. TestBash X was designed around this. However, if you do not please let us know in advance if you want to pair with a friend or colleague. 


Emma Keaveny

Emma Keaveny

Software Test Engineer

Circus Ringmasters

Circus Ringmasters


Vera Gehlen-Baum

Vera Gehlen-Baum

Learning Consultant & CEO


October 30th 2020 08:00 - 18:00


Life in testing is great, I enjoy every day I come into work, even on the days when it seriously messes with my patience levels. But I haven’t always been testing, honestly, I have only been testing for 5 years; so, what the hell was I doing before and how did I get into testing?

In this talk I am going to talk about me (well, let’s face it I can be a little bit vain!) and my journey from a manufacturing background (which became a world of pain) into the wonderful world of testing (a breath of fresh air!). I hope to pass on some guidelines, tips and almost ‘sure fire’ ways to get your butts into this amazing world of testing, if you aren’t in it already. Now I understand my way might not work for all, but I aim to highlight the many pathways and opportunities that are out there and to be a soundboard for those who want to ask as many questions as possible.


Some things I hope you can take away with you (plus many more on the day):
  • Its not always that scary to change careers
  • Recommendations of places/communities to meet likeminded people
  • Pro’s and Con’s to the testing lifestyle
Emma Keaveny
Emma is a Software Test Engineer

TestBashX is all about getting hands-on, and we are going to achieve this by working in small groups and rotating around 'learning stations'.

Each learning station will have a testing challenge for you to solve, or work on until the time is up. When the time is up, you and your team rotate to the next learning station. The focus of each station will be different.

Each station will be led by either; testers from our sponsors, an MoT team member or by a member of the community.

Points will be awarded at each station, and at the end of the day, prizes will be handed out to the lucky winners!


  • Collaborate on solving testing problems and activities
  • Connect with other testers from your local community
  • Complete multiple testing challenges
  • Share your testing knowledge with other community members
  • Discover lots of useful testing resources
  • Learn from other members of the community
  • Use numerous testing techniques to solve the testing problems
Circus Ringmasters
Our learning stations will be designed and hosted by testers from our sponsors, members of the community and team MoT.
Many companies apply a rather classical learning approach. A team-lead is going to talk with each team-member - e.g. testers- about the planned achievements of the next year. Together they have a look at a priorly evaluated catalogue of training and decide what kind of training the team member is going to participate in. This approach supports the team-leads in supporting their team members as well as in planning competences throughout the team. But what kind of impact does this kind of learning have on the team-member itself - the team - the company or even the industry? What happens, if the learner has the free choice to decide what he or she likes to learn? How could this, perhaps even combined with a learner supporting role, change the impact testers have? What does this role, what we call the agile learning coach, exactly do? In this talk, I will talk about how different kind of training could lead not only to different learning outcomes but also might influence the impact of a development team.


Attendees will:
  • Get more information about why we learn in organizations like we learn today
  • Learn what a more agile approach could look like
  • Learn what the impact of an agile approach to learning is and how could that change with different learning and teaching methods
Vera Gehlen-Baum
Hi - I am Vera and I am a learning consultant and CEO at QualityMinds. I try to improve the learning process, especially for testers, for a couple of years now. Therefore I take a closer look on how people learn and what kind of, scientifically proven, methods would help them with their individual learning. To get a better understanding of my learners, I worked as a tester, product owner and Scrum Master in different projects.