UKSTAR Keynotes for 2017 Announced!

Just three months to go to the very first UKSTAR!

Earlier today we announced the lineup of keynotes for the 2017 UKSTAR Conference in Westminster, London next February.

We’re really excited about UKSTAR – we’re bringing a software testing conference to the UK for the first time in 6 years and this time we plan to make a permanent home with this new event.

Already we’ve announced three fantastic options for half-day workshops – hosted by Dorothy Graham, James Lyndsay and Declan O’Riordan. We’ve also confirmed that keynote James Whittaker will also host a half-day workshop on “The 7 Stages of Creativity: Developing Your Creative Self“.

Keynotes for 2017!



Paco Hope returns to speak at a EuroSTAR event a little over a year after he presented a keynote and tutorial on security testing at EuroSTAR 2016 in Maastricht.

Paco is Principal Consultant in Security, Risk, and Compliance for Amazon Web Services and can be found on Twitter @pacohope.

His keynote at EuroSTAR is entitled “Forecast: Cloud with Testable Security” and Paco will talk about the limitations of traditional security testing techniques and tools in modern day security testing and will show how cloud-native services automated and assist in security testing after deployment.




Kristian Karl is Test Manager at Spotify and began his testing career in 1994. In 2013 he spoke at EuroSTAR, sharing his experiences on test automation at Spotify and has spoken at a number of international events since – you can follow Karl on Twitter for occasional tweets @kristiankarl.

His keynote talk is ‘Fearless Development’ – Karl offers a path for your team towards feeling confident before any release! The promise of no more blame games, no more angry email threads and a great feeling of confidence and security each time you release a new version of your product.






Maaret Pyhäjärvi & Llewellyn Falco will present a keynote called ‘Amplify your impact with Mob Testing’ – Maaret & Llewellyn have been experiment with new ways of working together by actually working together. This talk will look at the concept of mob testing: working as a group on testing tasks or testers joining a group working on bits of production code.

Maaret is a tester extraordinaire specializing in breaking illusions about software and a renowned conference speaker. Llewellyn is a brilliant developer with a skill for facilitating group work!

If you are a tester, a developer or anyone involved or interested in improvinh cross-functional collaboration this talk is not to be missed.



Last but by no means least is James Whittaker – the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. That was the start of a distinguished career which has seen him work for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco, Microsoft and Google before returning to Microsoft in 2012. You’ll find him on Twitter @docjamesw

James’ keynote at UKSTAR will look at the Future of Tech – an entertaining and thought provoking jaunt into the future – a future coming a lot faster than most people imagine.

This will be James’ second keynote on a EuroSTAR stage following his keynote address at Manchester in 2011 – How Google Tests Software – which led to an eBook for EuroSTAR in 2012 – An Introduction to Google Software Testing (our most popular download ever!)


For a limited time you can get 2 tickets for the price of 1 for this conference – there are a limited number of tickets remaining and the final deadline for the offer is 25th November! Get yours – before there is none left! 


One Comments

  • Sherlin M 17 / 11 / 2016

    Interesting keynotes for UKSTAR 2017!!
    The 7 Stages of Creativity: Developing Your Creative Self“. Creativity truly is the magic sauce required in all fields . The learning mentioned in the write up will definitely be very useful ! Security Testing is another area drawing attention across projects .

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