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Monday 19th September 2016
On Thursday we held our third tech meet up in our Tech//Connect series.

This event was a special edition in the series, exclusive to Women who specialise in software testing. 

The evening, titled “HTTP API Testing – Explore, Automate, Reverse!” (held at Duke Studios in Leeds City Centre) saw over 20 female Testers across The North come together for a presentation and test demonstrations by Test Specialist Gwen Diagram. And we’re delighted to say the evening was a great success!

About the event…
Gwen gave an engaging and detailed presentation about how HTTP API testing can be implemented into testing operations, which also included a live testing demonstration!

Using a BDD style approach, Gwen took us through the automation of APIs, including how to explore an API and what checks to make to expose the dreaded 500 errors that we should be looking for. We also saw a live demonstration of using Postman to explore key tests. 

What Gwen had to say…

“The Women in Tech event for Tech//Connect was a fantastic night and a night I was definitely looking forward to since Penny and Georgia asked me to speak. It was so fantastic to see 30 women in Testing at the event - and I spoke to a lot of women I hadn’t spoken to from companies all over Leeds with varying experience in the Testing world, from 2 years to 30 years. I’m really looking forward to more events like these, it was such a welcoming space from the venue to the organisers and especially the attendees.”

What the attendees thought...

We’re extremely pleased that our attendees of the evening had some really positive feedback for us. Many of the attendees were delighted to meet so many other women in test that share the same technical queries and challenges as each other. Attendee feedback has also provided us with some great ideas and suggestions for other testing events that we can’t wait to get you involved in.

Penny, a Senior Consultant here at Amsource specialising in the Software Testing market organised the event. Here are some of her thoughts on the evening…

“I'm really happy that the Women in Test event was a success! Ultimately our Tech//Connect events are all about connecting tech professionals but we really strive to do things a bit differently to all the other networking events that are out there at the moment, and given the industry trends at the moment it made sense to have a Women In Test exclusive, and for the topic to be technical. Hopefully the ladies learnt something that they could bring back to their own work or knowledge-share with their team. For me personally, it was really interesting to see some live tests being demoed!”

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended the event! We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did and we look forward to seeing your faces again at future Tech//Connect meet ups.

 What's next?

Our next event is already in the pipeline and will be focussing on the industry buzzword of the moment – DevOps! Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for upcoming updates on how you can get involved in this event or future ones.

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