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SeaStar Quality Conference 2022

Learning. Networking. Lifestyling.

MAY 2023 IBEROSTAR COSTA DORADA RESORT. Dominican Republic.

EXPLORE QUALITY
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4 days of learning with international experts
NETWORK AND PLAY
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fun, games, and sports all day long
LIVE IN LUXURY
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stay in 5 star all-inclusive beachfront resort
ALL THE STARS ALIGNED

Meet the Quality Stars. Welcome to the conference that explores the role of software quality in the context of the modern world.

Discover emergent trends and practices in Agile, DevOps, Software Testing, Information Security and Quality Engineering, lay your hands and eyes on latest technologies and immerse yourself in the thought leadership of others in 4 unforgettable days on tropical paradise island in the Caribbean.

Keynotes, Workshops, Sessions, Discussions, Open Spaces and All-Inclusive 5-star resort Activities Program from early mornings to the late nights. Families welcome.

conference program includes:
6 pre-conference tutorials
2-day conference
20+ speakers
1 free Community Day
3 tracks:Experience, Ideas and Practices, Futuristic
STRATEGY group sessions
Our featured speakers
Tariq King, Chief Scientist at Test.ai
Jenna Charlton, Product Owner at Functionize
Paul Holland, Senior Test Automation Architect at Saks OFF 5TH
Alexandra Schladebeck, CEO & Head Quality at BREDEX GmbH
Marcus Merrel, Vice President of Technology strategy at Sauce Labs
Priyanka Halder, Director - Quality Engineering, Oscar Health
Andrew Knight, The Automation Panda, Director at Test Automation University at Applitools
Nancy Kelln, Test Leadership at Suncor, Co-founder of the Calgary Perspectives on Software Testing Workshop
Robert Sabourin, President at AmyBug.com, Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at McGill University
Lanette Creamer, Technical Program Manager Pyramid@Meta
Eran Kinsbruner, Chief DevOps Evangelist Perfecto at Perforce, Best Selling Author
Erica Chestnut, Head of Quality & Process Engineering at Thrasio, Leadership Coach
Ajay Balamurugadas, Senior Director – QE, at GSPANN Technologies, Inc
Iryna Suprun, Director - Engineering Quality at Xandr
Maros Kutschy – Technical Lead - QA at NESS KE, s.r.o., creator of Jasecu automation testing framework
Mili Saxena, Engineering Manager at IBM
Michael Bolton - Consulting Software Tester, DevelopSense; co-author of Rapid Software Testing
More speakers are announced every day
More speakers are announced every day
AWARDS TIMELINE
AWARDS TIMELINE
NOVEMBER 2022 rules announced and the nominations open
JANUARY 2023 submissions closed and finalists selected
MAY 2023 winners presentations, awards dinner
Announcing Quality Star Awards 2022!
Winners will be invited to present their stories on the conference program
Nominations:
Best DevOps Project of the Year Award
Best Startup Quality Award
Best Testing/QA Project of the Year Award
Best Test Automation Project of the Year Award
Best Vendor of the Year Award
Best Collaboration in Delivering Quality Award
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CELEBRATING THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION
The Quality Star Awards honor companies and teams who have attained significant accomplishments in their field of expertise. By participating, you will be recognized for your great work, your quality mindset and for being a driver of excellence and a role model for the whole industry.
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NOW IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE
Companies from all over the world are welcomed to submit entries across multiple categories. The winners in each category will be invited to present their experience reports during the SeaStar Quality Conference, given a 45-minute session slot on the conference schedule.
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PROMOTE YOUR BRAND AND ORGANIZATION
Make your company, your business and your team visible to the whole world by participating in the ultimate industry event of the year. Celebrate your achievements and get the honors you rightfully deserved. Get your names known to the global community of technology professionals that are passionate about quality.
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LET YOUR PEERS LEARN FROM YOU
Tell your story to the community, celebrate your successes and share the lessons learned. Network with your peers at the finest resort and have the best time of your life!
ORGANIzERS

A Quality Leadership Institute, founded by Anna Royzman (@QA_nna), is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to become the leading advocate for quality in technology through innovative educational programs.

A Quality Leadership Institute develops and supports famous programs such as Test Masters Academy, a provider of high-demand education in software testing and quality.

Our conferences ConTEST NYC and Test Leadership Congress made the annual lists of best software testing conferences starting from 2018.

Feedback from attendees:
Angie Jones
@QA_nn you've really outdone yourself this year!!! The workshops, talks, activities, fellowship, and food were all outstanding! Congrats on a successful event! 🎉 Thank you so much for including me 🙏🏽
23.11.19
Joel Montvelisky
I wanted to thank @QA_nna @DevOpsQA and the rest of the team for the great #ConTESTNYC event! Excellent sessions and an overall great learning and sharing atmosphere.
23.11.19
Lauren
Thank you to all my new QA-and-beyond friends (and @TestMastersAcad ) for making me feel so welcome as a newcomer to this professional community. Hope to see y'all again soon!
17.11.18
Yada Tyni
Already back to Finland from NYC but I feel like I still want more of #ConTESTNYC Thanks to @Qentinel & @TestMastersAcad for making this experience happened! It doesnt matter which continental you are in, we do share the same thought, pain &inspiration on QA🖤
28.11.19
Stay in the 5-star Iberostar Costa Dorada resort in Caribbean shore, the Dominican Republic
$85-$128 per night
Beachfront All-inclusive hotel with the private beach and 3 pools
All-inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner in several restaurants; coffee and drink bars
$85-$128 per night
Special rate for the conference attendees and guests. Stay as long as you want.
Free WiFi everywhere on the territory, ideal for remote work
ACTIVITY
TIME
ACTIVITY TIME

Archery, Latin dance lessons, diving, bingo, water sports, workouts, tennis, contests and competitions during the day

Live entertainment, karaoke and disco at night

Tours and Local shopping

Kids Camp

SCHEDULE
SCHEDULE
TUTORIALS
MONDAY
08:00 – 10:00 Activity time
07:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Tutorials
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 18:00 Tutorials
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner
20:00 – 24:00 Activity time
CONFERENCE
TUESDAY&WEDNESDAY
08:00 – 10:00 Activity time
07:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Conference sessions
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 18:00 Conference sessions
18:00 – 22:00 reception, games, party
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner
20:00 – 24:00 Activity time
COMMUNITY DAY
THURSDAY
08:00 – 10:00 Activity time
07:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Open Spaces and Strategy Sessions
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 18:00 Open Spaces and Strategy Sessions
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner
20:00 – 24:00 Activity time
WHO IS COMING
  • IT specialists
  • Engineers and Developers
  • Software Testers and QA
  • IT Managers
  • InfoSec professionals
  • Tech Leads
  • DevOps engineers
  • Technical coaches and consultants
  • Designers
  • Automation Engineers
  • Scientists and academic scholars
  • Coders and Testers
  • Business owners and Outsourcing Companies
  • Technology Evangelists
PACKAGES
LEARN
  • Strategy coaching session at Community Day (groups)
  • Choice of tutorials
  • 2 day conference
  • Networking
  • Activity Time
  • Free WiFi
  • Reception and afterparty
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Unlimited Drinks
  • Good coffee
  • Open Spaces
    on Community Day
  • Valid for resort guests only! Book your rooms for the number of nights desired. Link to booking is provided in your ticket.
Pre-sale
Early Bird
Full Price
SKILLS UPGRADE
  • Strategy coaching session at Community Day (groups)
  • Choice of tutorials
  • 2 day conference
  • Networking
  • Activity Time
  • Free WiFi
  • Reception and afterparty
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Unlimited Drinks
  • Good coffee
  • Open Spaces
    on Community Day
  • Valid for resort guests only! Book your rooms for the number of nights desired. Link to booking is provided in your ticket.
Pre-sale
Early Bird
Full Price
STRATEGIC
  • Access to VIP Strategy coaching sessions at Community Day
  • Choice of tutorials
  • 2 day conference
  • Networking
  • Activity Time
  • Free WiFi
  • Reception and afterparty
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Unlimited Drinks
  • Good coffee
  • Open Spaces
    on Community Day
  • Valid for resort guests only! Book your rooms for the number of nights desired. Link to booking is provided in your ticket.
Pre-sale
Early Bird
Full Price
Make it a team day!
Make it a team day!

Attend with other colleagues in your organization and save money with the group ticket discounts.

Enjoy the same group savings with the members of your community, your friends, school or professional association.

You organize a group – we give you promocodes!

Special offer to Managers
Your team worked hard, some remotely. This year, treat them right. Bring your team to form strong bonds, enhance collaboration and cohesiveness, reconnect and celebrate their achievements, while learning, relaxing and reviving with us!
Free WiFi is covering the whole resort territory and guest rooms; it’s the perfect environment for remote work.
We offer group discounts for the teams, and a special white glove service for your agenda
Book a conference room for the team meeting
Get a coaching or strategic session for your team with our experts
Schedule a teambuilding activity or a party-special just for the team
PARTNERSHIP WITH TECH COMMUNITIES
PARTNERSHIP WITH TECH COMMUNITIES

In the most conferences, the participants will have the opportunity to give feedback on speakers and sessions. We are reverting this.

We invited tech communities to vote for the best speakers and topics for program selection, and help us to build the greatest, community-loved conference program.

Partner with us, and in return we offer:

the group discounts – the same that we give to any company
community showcase in the media and during the conference
the drawings on free conference tickets and vacations for participating communities
INVITATION FOR SPONSORS
Engineering leaders are looking for solutions
Partner with SeaStar Conferences and reach the audience of senior decision makers in technology. SeaStar Tech works with sponsors to integrate them into the event in a way that augments the delegates’ experience and advances each sponsor’s goals
We deliver on a wide variety of goals, including:
Thought leadership, VIP client treatment, generating borrowed interest via media (print, digital, social), introductions to individual delegates, product demo or showcase, branding, use of conference content or content generation, media relations or other objectives
F.A.Q.

What do I need to know about Dominican Republic?

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Dominican Republic is a very friendly, most visited tropical country in the Caribbean region. It is a favorite tourist destination and is very safe for visitors. The population speaks Spanish; English and German is frequent. Read more HERE>

What is the weather in May here?

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The typical May weather in the region is 26 C (79 F), with highest 31 C (88 F) and lowest 20 C (68 F), and occasional rainfalls: check it HERE

What are the entry requirements to Dominican Republic?

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Most countries don’t need a visa to entry, only to fill out free digital E-Ticket before boarding the flight. Check entry requirements for your citizenship HERE
Fill the e-Ticket HERE (it’s free!)

Tell me about the hotel. How to get there and what’s included?

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The 5-star all-inclusive luxurious beachfront hotel is 20 minutes from the Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperon International Airport . You can arrange for transfer after booking your rooms with the hotel. Find out more HERE

How do I book the rooms with the special conference rate?

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After you buy the conference ticket, we send you the link where you can book your all-inclusive stay at the resort’s Double rooms.

The special conference rate prices are $85 per person per night for multiple occupancy, $128 for single occupancy (taxes are included in the prices). The maximum number of guests per room is 2 adults + 2 children (3-12 years old) or 3 adults + 1 child (3-12 years old).

This rate implies a special cancellation policy, that you find on the booking page.

ROOM TYPE
RATE (US$)
Double occupancy - per person per night
$85.00
Single occupancy - per person per night
$128.00
3rd Person - per person per night
$51.00
1st & 2nd Child (3-12 years old) (with 2 paying adults in the room)
$42.50

I got a conference ticket. I want to use my own discounts and specials or upgrade the rooms. Can I book a room in the Iberostar Costa Dorada resort on my own?

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Yes, you can! If you stay in the hotel on the dates of the event, you can attend all our programs. Just show us the ticket at the conference registration table.

Can I bring family or friends to stay with me?

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Yes, you can! Use the special link to book the rooms and register your guests. The resort has a wonderful activities program for the kids of many ages. For adults too!

Can I stay few days before or after?

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Yes, you can! The special booking price rates are available 3 days before and 3 days after the event dates. Take your time to enjoy your vacation to the fullest!

Do I need currency exchange?

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The country’s official currency is the Dominican peso (DOP). Many establishments accept American dollars, but you will generally get a better rate when paying in pesos. You can pay with credit card in many places as well. The hotel has an ATM machine.

How much spending money do I need in the Dominican Republic?

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Can I stay elsewhere and attend conference only?

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The conference venue is located inside resort, and all resort amenities are open to attendees. The program includes the resort dining and activities. There is a limited number of day and night passes available, but they cost more than a daily room rate. We cannot guarantee you the passes, and you cannot enter the resort without it. Book your room before they expire.

Is my ticket refundable?

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We will refund tickets if the event is canceled for any reason. In all other cases, we refund the full price less the ticket platform fee until 30 days before the event.

What is the conference dress code?

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We are in tropical paradise; you can relax and attend in Resort Casual! What is it? Find out more

What health guidelines you have?

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Please get familiar how Iberostar cares about your health at the resort, and what measures are taken to make your trip as safe as possible How we care | Iberostar

My team wants to come. What do you have for us?

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With the free WiFI on the whole resort territory, you can enjoy relaxed lifestyle and work from “home away from home”. Even on the beach. It’s the perfect remote work setting and a team building place. We can arrange a strategy session, a tour, or a team building activity for your group. Contact us for details.

WHAT IS A VIP STRATEGY SESSION?

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It’s a group coaching session for the Strategic ticket holders, that allows the attendees to maximize their conference experience and come home with the solid Action Plan in the area of their interests. The Strategy session are facilitated by our expert coach speakers.

Will offer several sessions on December 14th, the Strategic ticket holders can attend the sessions they want. There will be several topics: Testing Strategy, Personal and Career Development Strategies, Test Automation/CT strategy, Team/Process Leadership and Management Strategies.

Strategy ticket holders can pick which sessions to attend. We will publish the topics in the full schedule, so you can plan ahead.

Also, your team can book their own Strategy Session. Contact us for details.

What is the Community Day?

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It’s a free post conference day where discussion circles, Open Spaces, Birds of Feathers, games, and other activities are organized for the attendees throughout the day. The topics will be selected and voted by the attendees at the conference.

When do I see the whole program?

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See our timeline HERE.

Can I get an online ticket?

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We don’t offer online tickets. Come to experience the event with us!

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL TAXES AND FEES?

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What you see is what you get.

All the taxes and fees are included in the prices that are published on the website. Also, all the meals included as well. You can compare your overall trip price to the other leading conferences and see the advantage to attend SeaStar Quality 2022 this December! Make your choices wisely.

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