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If you’re looking to level up your QA career, redefine your testing strategy or just make a few friends in the industry, heading to one of the QA industry conferences can be a great way to kickstart your goals. But it can be hard to decide which ones will provide the most value. Here are a few of our picks for conferences in the next few months to attend to kick off 2019 right.

Want to get the most bang for your conference buck? Check out Rainforest CTO Russ Smith’s guide to getting the most out of AWS re:invent for tips on how to make any conference visit a more useful experience!

SaaStr Annual

February 5-7, 2019 – San Francisco Bay Area, California

While not specifically a QA conference, SaaStr Annual is heavily focused on growing and scaling businesses. If you’re part of a growing b2b organization, SaaStr provides a wide range of speakers and AMAs from industry execs with a wealth of knowledge to share.

Don’t wait too long — SaaStr kicks off next week in San Francisco!

Some highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • “Building Consumer Grade Enterprise Products,” featuring product & design pros from Google Maps, Box & InVision
  • 1:1 “Braindate” networking sessions with SaaS industry experts

QA or the Highway

February 19, 2019 — Columbus, OH

Your team is busy, and sometimes taking a week away from your work to travel to a big QA conference doesn’t make sense. QA or the Highway is a one-day regional conference that provides a solid roster of speakers at an affordable price point. QA professionals in the Midwest shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity to network at this event!

Some highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • Rainforest’s Melissa Tondi on “Supporting DevOps the Smart Way”
  • Looking for a career boost? Check out Jeff Van Fleet’s session on “Increasing your Value: Moving from testing to quality”

STPCon Spring

April 1-4, 2019 – Burlingame, CA

STPCon brings testing leaders together to discuss the cutting-edge technologies, tools and trends that QAs need to know about. As this conference features tons of workshops and ISTQB certification courses, STPCon provides a great opportunity to hone your skills and learn from some of the best minds in the testing space.

Some highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • Workshops with Rapid Software Testing (RST) co-founder Michael Bolton
  • ISTQB Test Engineering Foundation Level Certification Courses
  • Melissa Tondi’s sessions on “The Don’ts of Testing” and “Supporting DevOps the Smart Way”

STAREAST 2019

April 28 – May 03, 2019 — Orlando, FL

STAREAST is one of the highlights of the QA conference calendar for 2019, and it’s full of great opportunities to build your QA knowledge. TechWell’s STAREAST is a valuable conference to attend whether you’re just starting out your testing career, or are in a leadership role. Can’t make it? STAREAST’s West Coast counterpart, STARWEST, is in Anaheim from September 29 through October 4th, 2019.

Some highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • An exclusive Leadership Summit to help you lead your team into the future of testing
  • Specialized tutorials courses throughout the conference to dive deep on testing best practices
  • Pre-conference courses on Agile Tester and ISTQB certification (and more) to help you get the most out of your conference learnings

Agile + DevOps West

June 2–7, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV

As software delivery moves faster and faster, it’s essential for QA teams to keep pace. Agile + DevOps West is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest news, trends and training on QA at the speed of agile development.

Some highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • Certification courses and multi-day tutorial sessions for Agile Testing and other valuable skills
  • Victoria Guido’s session on Non-technical managers leading technical teams, for insights on bridging the gap between the various disciplines on your team

Planning for the rest of 2019?

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to build your testing skills, network with other QA pros and learn about innovations in the industry. Want to find an event near you? Here are a few more great conferences and events to check out this year:

Head of Content for the Marketing team @ Rainforest. Loves to find and share great QA and dev team stories!