NWEWT #4 Sponsors

NWEWTs Mission

One of the goals of NWEWT is to lower the barrier of cost learning in order to provide a seat at the table for those who want to share & learn, not just those who can afford it.

As such, we look for financial help each year to help fund our event.

This year we are proud to announce that we have 3 fantastic organisations providing support for this years NWEWT!



AST logoAssociation for Software Testing

The AST Grant program has been a constant throughout each & every NWEWT – their generous support means that the meeting room costs of the weekend are largely covered.

This means we have somewhere to meet, coffee to drink & lunch to eat.

About AST

The Association for Software Testing (AST)  is an international non-profit professional association with members in over 50 countries. AST is dedicated and strives to build a testing community that views the role of testing as skilled, relevant, and essential to the production of faster, better, and less expensive software products.

The Association for Software Testing is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the science and practice of software testing according to Context-Driven principles.


LCR Activate

LCR Activate logoLCR Activate

LCR Activate are supporting us by sponsoring local businesses to help with our mission of reducing the cost of learning & sharing.

This means that we can expect a more diverse crowd at this years NWEWT & with this diversity we can expect a whole new melting pot of ideas to further the craft of software testing.

Our many thanks go out to LCR Activate for their support & we are keen to see how we can reciprocate their generosity!

About LCR Activate

Activate is a support & funding programme that helps digital & Creative businesses in the Liverpool City Region.

Activate is a knowledge transfer programme providing practical, hands-on support and funding help innovative digital, creative & createch businesses in the Liverpool City Region grow. 


testagility logoTestagility

There in background, Testagility supports the peer conference with organisation & fills some financial gaps where needed.

About Testagility

Testagility offers bespoke software testing training for those who treat software development as a craft & appreciate the value great testing has to offer.


Thanks again to all our sponsors – we couldn’t have done it without you!



NWEWT #4 – Testing the Future is nearly here

Before this year hurtles into April, Liverpool will host the 4th installment of the NWEWT!


This year the theme is “Testing the Future” – how will testing keep up with the mind-blowing future applications of software engineering?

The application of software is far reaching & it’s adoption into new & exciting domains is ever-accelerating.

As we find new & exciting problems to solve with software, how do we ensure that testing of the software remains appropriate & sufficient?

We’ve asked attendees to explore the predictions of future applications of software & share with us your thoughts as to what the testing of that software may look like.

Of course, some of them are already living in the future & pushing the boundaries of software engineering! We’re looking forward to hearing their experiences of how their testing strategy has had to be modified in order to remain effective & relevant.

Some inspirations that sparked this theme


We have invited a broad range of thought leaders from various domains, including enterprise business, start ups, individuals & university research groups – all of which are pushing the boundaries of software application & are facing fascinating testing challenges!

NWEWT #3 Finito Est

The 3rd iteration of NWEWT is over & the grey matter has had a chance to recharge.

I’ve been trying to unpack all that I learned over the weekend, to try & make sense of it & put it into context.

Once again, the attendees outdid themselves, the content was rich & varied & the discussion went deep.

As usual, we ran a few experiments – this time with the format – to see what would happen. One experiment included not using the K-cards for a session that didn’t lend itself to that style of facilitation. The session was deemed a success!

The retro was also REALLY good this year – we’ve got some great feedback & fantastic ideas to try out in the future. High level ideas include helping increase diversity, variations on format & reducing the afternoon sugar crash…

Apologies, no picture this time, but here are this years attendees:

Ash Winter “Shift Testability
Chris Chant
Gwen Diagram
Ian Smith “AI: friend or job stealer?”
James Hattersley-Dykes “Testing Asynchronous APIs with Postman”
Jit Gosai “Defining DevOps”
Marc Muller “Surviving the 4th Industrial Revolution as a Tester
Matt Bretten
Matt Parker “Experiences in Mobbing”
Mike Van De Waal “VR Testing at PlayStation”
Patrick Prill “Discussion on the Modern Testing Principles
Timothy Fretwell “Testing & Continuous Deployment”
Vernon Richards

Thanks to everyone for the time & effort you committed – it really is appreciated.

Also a massive thanks to our sponsors Association For Software Testing & Testagility

NWEWT #3 – Innovation in Testing is on like Donkey Kong!

Once again, thanks to the Association For Software Testing the 3rd instalment of the North West Exploratory Workshop on Testing (NWEWT) is on!

This year NWEWT is focused on the ever changing future of software development & what innovative ideas in testing are needed in order prevent testing falling behind. So we are considering 3 questions:

  1. What do you think are the next big ideas in testing?
  2. What challenges to effective testing are you facing in your current role?
  3. What testing related experiments are you trying to keep up with the changes in software development?

Please check out the AST grant programme to see if & how they can help you!

Thanks as well to our micro sponsors Testagility!

NWEWT #2 – Growing Testers is a go!

So NWEWT #2 is this weekend – how did that happen?!

We’ve set a challenge to our guests this year; we’ve asked them to share their experiences of implementing their models they use to help grow testers.

This is the invite the guys received:

There isn’t a software testing degree yet, so the majority of software testers manage their training on-the-job.

  • As a Tester, how do you grow to keep up with the current trends in testing & development?
  • As someone responsible for leading Testers, how do you help Testers grow?

We want to hear your thoughts, experiments & top 5 ideas / models for growing Testers!

How would you respond?


Once again, we’re very grateful for the support from