TestBash Manchester Open Space / Unconference

Testers of the world will (re)unite on October 21-22nd 2016 in Manchester (UK) for the most awesome, friendliest and jam packed software testing conference ever!

This is the page for our Open Space / Unconference on Saturday October 22nd.

Date: Saturday 22nd October

Time: 9am – 5pm

LocationLateRooms OfficeThe Peninsula, Victoria Place, Manchester, M4 4FB


Open Space registration is currently open for those who book TestBash Manchester tickets.

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The Open Space is sponsored by LateRooms who have kindly offered their office space for us to use.

So what is this Open Space?

This will be the first TestBash Open Space and we’re seeing it as an initiative to get people talking more, and perhaps go a bit deeper on some topics. Those topics could be anything, even what what you may have heard at the conference. By deeper we mean many things, such as discussions and debates. Plus more hands on things such as tool demos, coding and some actual testing. It could be anything.

So the TestBash open space will essentially take the form of an unconference. There will be no schedule. Instead we, and I really do mean we, all attendees, will create the schedule in the morning. Everyone will have the ability to propose a session, in doing so though, you take ownership of facilitating said session. Once everyone has pitched their session ideas, we will bring them all together on a big planner and create our very own conference. Depending on the number of attendees we expect to have 4-5 tracks, so lots of variety.

If you’re not familiar with the idea of an Unconference / Open Space, you can read more about the format and approach. Unconference / Open Space.

Open Space is the only process that focuses on expanding time and space for the force of self-organisation to do its thing. Although one can’t predict specific outcomes, it’s always highly productive for whatever issue people want to attend to. Some of the inspiring side effects that are regularly noted are laughter, hard work which feels like play, surprising results and fascinating new questions.

Michael M Pannwitz

It really is a fantastic format, it truly allows you get to answers to the problems you are really facing, whereas with conference talks you are always trying to align the speakers views/ideas to your context, with this format you get to bring your context to the forefront.

Now we like to do things a little differently at the Ministry of Testing, so the TestBash Open Space won’t be completely unscheduled. We’ve invited some awesome people to talk and host sessions. These include Gem Hill and Simon Bennetts. Gem is the host of the ‘Let’s Talk About Tests Baby‘ podcast. Simon is heavily involved with OWASP and is the project lead on OWASP Zap Attack Proxy. He will be giving an introduction to the tool during the day. We will probably add one or two more people in due course. We’ve also had several of the conference speakers confirm they will be attending, including James Bach, Huib Schoots and Helena Jeret-Mäe.

The Open Space event has awesomely been sponsored by LateRooms, and it will be hosted at their office which is right next to Victoria station in Manchester city centre. The event will take place on Saturday, 22nd October 2016.


Open Space registration is currently open for those who book TestBash Manchester tickets.

Register now