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November 14, 2019

Once again we'll be at the CTRL Pad in the Gate in the centre of Newcastle, at their brand new venue across the atrium. Packed with retro and bang up to date games and setups, we'll have the place to ourselves after the talks. Over 200 games going back over 30 years across consoles including Sony PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, GameCube, N64, Snes, Xbox and Sega Dreamcast plus HD Low lag monitors and HDTV’s.

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Scott Logic

Please welcome your speakers:

Callum Arkhurst-RyanSenior Test Engineer @ Scott Logic

Elizabeth FiennesLead Test Engineer @ Scott Logic

Testing Progressive Web Apps

How to achieve api-ness

First proposed by Google in 2015, Progressive web apps (PWAs) are now in the infant stage of their development. As with any child, people are curious about which developmental direction the technology will take. A couple of years ago, we entered a programme of work that intended to produce multiple PWAs for the financial industry. Never having worked with them before, we did a lot of research and asked industry colleagues for help in understanding the tech. However, there was little to no help forthcoming on how to test for this type of app as the tech was so new. This meant we had to come up with our own! Drawing on comparable experience, trial, error (lots of error) and some tools, we formulated a series of heuristics, automation, methods and processes for testing which we are here to share. As a part of the talk, we will pull apart the layers of a PWA and define what they are. This will draw out how this approach impacts the testing that needs to be done to prove the functionality of an app of this type.

About Callum
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Callum joined Scott Logic as a Senior Test Engineer in September of 2018 following a varied career in testing in the financial, broadcast, public safety and retail sectors. Having studied psychology at university (specifically the addictive qualities of celebrity worship) Callum has a keen interest in the human factors side of testing specialising in exploratory testing and usability testing. In addition to talking about testing Callum also practices his public speaking by running Dungeons & Dragons games.

About Elizabeth
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Elizabeth has been in testing and QA since 1998 (yes, they had computers way back then). Since then, she has taken some time off for two people shaped development projects of her own. She describes herself as “cat slave” to a very large and opinionated Tuxedo Tom who likes walking across keyboards and spilling tea. Doing talks and writing blogs were not something she was comfortable with so she challenged herself to start doing them in 2018. One of the happiest results of this experiment was making new wonderful friends which is one of the best outcomes of breaking out of any comfort zone.

Colin FergusonGeneral Manager @ Altitude Foundation

Altitude Foundation: Smashing Barriers to Digital and Tech Careers
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This talk will explore how Altitude Foundation, a brand new tech-focused charity based in the North East, will unlock young people's potential to excel in their careers. I will outline the charity's vision, its work in the pilot year, and its ambitions for the future.

About Colin

Colin is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation as it is established and grows. Colin is passionate about education, social mobility and demonstrating evidence-driven impact. His professional background covers university outreach, strategic planning, business intelligence and school governance. Originally from Northern Ireland, he moved to the North East over twelve years ago and hasn’t looked back! When he gets the time, Colin likes to run (a lot) and clean up after his two cats.

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