Spring OnlineTestConf 2020 - Program


Sessions & Schedule

May 19th

Session are in EDT (USA)

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Alan Page and Brent Jensen have been talking about “Modern Testing” for nearly 5 years.


It began as a way to talk about what they were seeing as they led and worked with software teams – but the stories they told, and the Modern Testing Principles were quickly recognized by many as a name for things that were already happening.


In this talk, Alan will share some of these stories – some will be his own, but most will be from those who have discovered Modern Testing in one way or another and made the most of it when improving their own organizations.



Alan Page has been improving software quality since 1993 and is currently theDirector of Programs for Monetization Services at Unity. Alan spent over twenty years at Microsoft working on a variety of operating systems and applications in nearly every Microsoft division, and also spent two years as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence. Alan blogs at angryweasel.com, rants on twitter (@alanpage) hosts a podcast (w/ Brent Jensen) at angryweasel.com/ABTesting, and on occasion, he speaks at testing and software engineering conferences.


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I work at a unique company, where quality is at the core of our development process. Since we serve the emergency healthcare industry, we can’t afford bugs, as they could be dangerous to real humans. What is our secret to maintaining high quality in a fast-paced start up atmosphere where product areas are broad and include mobile, web, and a public API? Communication. In a healthcare emergency, poor communication can literally mean death. In software testing, poor communication can mean a drastic decrease in product functionality and usability.


Effective communication across teams is key to quality, and I have 3 actionable ways for individual testers to increase communication at their companies which I will be presenting in my session.



Rachael Lovallo is a software tester driven by a passion for using technology to create positive social change. She currently puts her skills to work as a Senior Test Engineer at Pulsara, a software company that connects healthcare teams to improve patient outcomes and bring acute healthcare into the 21st century.


Rachael is a tester to her core, persistently seeking software bugs and bullet-proof steps to reproduce them. She finds daily fulfilment collaborating with Pulsara’s development team to build a healthcare communication system that safely handles patient data, is intuitive to use, and truly improve patient outcomes.

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In the past Olympics, we watched as Michael Phelps did something that no other Olympian had ever managed to accomplish.  He won more gold medals than ever before.  We spent weeks watching as he won gold medals time after time.


It’s easy for someone to imagine that athletes such as Phelps are born winners.  It’s easy to think that it’s in their DNA to experience such greatness.  What many fail to realize is that while Phelps showed us his master skills in swimming for a few weeks, he prepared for these events for many months and years.  He spent day after day practicing, refining his techniques, modifying his strategies, and improving his results. 


Being an expert tester is no different.  While the art and craft of testing and being a thinking tester is something that is built within you, simply going to work every day and being a tester is not always enough.  Each of us have the opportunity to become “gold medal testers” by practicing, studying, refining our skills, and building our craft.


In this presentation, we will evaluate extracurricular activities and practices that will enable you to grow from a good tester to a great tester.  


Key Takeaways:

1. Inputs from the testing community on how they improve their skills

2. Suggestions for online training and materials which should be studied

3. How to leverage social media to interact with the testing community

4. Contributions you can make to the testing community to build your brand



Mike Lyles is a Director of QA and Project Management with over 25 years of IT experience in multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: software development, program management office, and software testing. He has led various teams within testing organizations: functional testing, test environments, software configuration management, test data management, performance testing, test automation, and service virtualization.


Mike has been successful in career development, team building, coaching, and mentoring of IT & QA professionals. Mike has been an international keynote speaker at multiple conferences and events, and is regularly published in testing publications and magazines. His first published motivational book, “The Drive-Thru is Not Always Faster”, was released in 2019.


You can learn more about Mike at www.MikeWLyles.com where you can also find his social media links and connect with him there also.
His book site is at www.TheDriveThruBook.com .

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Lisa, Gitte, Alex and Lena sit down and discuss their different experience regarding how to grow a culture that allows both people, software and business to grow.
Join us for a panel discussion around topics like continuous learning, psychological safety, having a growth mindset and modern leadership.
Discussion will start with a few prepared questions and after that will continue with questions from the audience.



Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons “Agile Testing Essentials” video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole Team” 3-day training course offered through the Agile Testing Fellowship. Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person at Agile Testing Days in 2012. She is a testing advocate working at mabl to explore leading practices in testing in the software community. Please visit www.lisacrispin.com and www.agiletester.ca for more.


Lena Wiberg has been in the IT-industry since 1999 when she got her first job as a developer. 2009, after a decade of code, she found her calling in testing. Since then she has worked in most testing-related roles, from lone tester in a team so building and leading testing organizations. She believes continuous improvement is something we should all strive for by keeping up to date and always challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done.  
She is one of the directors on the board for Association for Software Testing and an avid blogger, speaker and workshop fascilitator.
Lena lives outside of Stockholm, in a big house filled with gaming stuff and books with her family. 
She is currently working as an Engineering Manager at Blocket, Sweden’s largest marketplace.
You can find her at http://www.pejgan.se or on twitter as @LenaPejgan


Alex Schladebeck is a passionate tester whose favourite topics are quality, agility and humans. She is CEO and Head of Quality at Bredex GmbH. In these roles, she supports colleagues, customers and teams on their journey to better quality – be it in products, in processes or in their communication. 

In previous roles, she was responsible for enabling teams and growing quality. Now she enables others to do that work, and works on nurturing a system in the company where everyone can flourish. 

Alex views the world through the curious eyes of a tester and loves learning new things. She shares her knowledge and experience in workshops, coaching sessions and as a speaker or keynote speaker at conferences. 

Find her on Twitter: @alex_schl


Gitte Klitgaard is an agile coach, hugger, friend, and much more. She lives and love agile. She took the oath of non-allegiance. Why fight over methods when we can use the energy to help people? Gitte Klitgaard wants to change the world by helping people. Her preferred tools are listening, intuition, and caring. And: the retrospective. Inspecting and adapting is essential.

She has a great interest in how people function, psychological safety, courage and vulnerability,, how the brain works, what motivates us, how we can feel better about our selves, how to be perfect in all our imperfections.

She is a geek and passionate about a lot 🙂

Find her on Twitter: @nativewired


May 20th

Session are in CEST (EU)

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In this hands-on track, you’ll explore very simple systems to discover surprising emergent behaviours. You’ll find dynamic systems that (under some conditions) resonate, explode, jitter or simply die. We’ll look at the ways that systems produce such behaviours, how to trigger them, how to observe them, and how you might be able to regulate them in the complex systems we build. You’ll find this track useful if your system is more than the sum of its parts.

Bring a device with a browser, and have fun with systems analysis.

Suitable for: anyone who works with systems, and particularly suits those who build or adjust systems.

Take aways 

* direct experience of complex behaviour emerging from simple parts 
* insight into damping and amplification of behaviours 
* recognition that these simple systems are displaying their nature, not a pathology


James Lyndsay is an independent consultant, specialising in systems testing, helping people to make informed and practical decisions about their testing. Teams use him to find surprises, to adapt their approaches, and to keep their testers interested. Organisations use him to build communications between testers and the board.

A regular keynote speaker and teacher at international events, and an active participant in a variety of testing communities, James has written award-winning papers, built the Black Box puzzles, kicked off the TestLab, and run the London Exploratory Workshop in Testing. He received the 2015 European Tester Excellence award.

Twitter: @workroomprds 
Site: https://workroom-productions.com

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Sometimes you’re asked to start testing in a context that is not ideal: you’ve only just joined the project, the test environment is broken, the product is migrating to a new stack, the developer has left, no-one seems quite sure what’s being done or why, and there is not much time. 

Knowing where to begin and what to focus on can be difficult and so in this talk I’ll describe how I try to meet that challenge.

I’ll share a definition of testing which helps me to navigate uncertainty across contexts and decide on a starting point. I’ll catalogue tools that I use regularly such as conversation, modelling, and drawing; the rule of three, heuristics, and background knowledge; mission-setting, hypothesis generation, and comparison. I’ll show how they’ve helped me in my testing, and how I iterate over different approaches regularly to focus my testing.

The takeaways from this talk will be a distillation of hard-won, hands-on experience that has given me

* an expansive, iterative view of testing
* a comprehensive catalogue of testing tools
* the confidence to start testing anything from anywhere

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As testers, we typically focus on metaphors from Engineering and Manufacturing and learn from the related disciplines, yet there is so much to gain by learning about other industries and Disciplines.


The Aviation industry recently has had a lot of bad press yet it still much we can learn from in terms of Quality Culture. Aviation has a history of continually learning and improving through the use of checklists, black box recorders, blameless culture, cockpit re-design and Crew Resource Management (CRM).


In this talk, the stories of the origins of these innovations will be shared based on the findings from two significant Books that have focused on the Aviation Industry, The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, and Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed.


– The Relationship between Culture and Quality.
– Willingness to learn from other Industries and Disciplines, and apply the lessons learned.
– Keys Learnings from the Aviation Industry that you can apply in your testing role



Conor Fitzgerald is a Quality Advocate with 15 years of experience. He is passionate about whole team testing and working with teams on quality improvements. Currently, he is working as Head of Testing for Poppulo in Cork, Ireland. He has spoken at a number of conferences in recent years, including SoftTestDublin, TestBash, and RebelCon.

Conor is an active member of the test community and is a Co-Founder of the Ministry of Testing Cork.

Previous positions included Test Consultant, Test Lead/Manager and SDET. These positions were held in a wide variety of industries from embedded systems to financial systems with companies ranging from startups to large multinationals such as Intel.

Occasionally blogs at conorfi.com

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How can we improve our testing, automated or not, by looking at trends and patterns?

We’ll look at some interesting findings and how root cause analysis could make the impossible feasible


– Insights from looking at your test results over time
– Common anti-patterns
– Trends to look for and what to do about them



Lena Wiberg has been in the IT-industry since 1999 when she got her first job as a developer. 2009, after a decade of code, she found her calling in testing. Since then she has worked in most testing-related roles, from lone tester in a team so building and leading testing organizations. She believes continuous improvement is something we should all strive for by keeping up to date and always challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done.  
She is one of the directors on the board for Association for Software Testing and an avid blogger, speaker and workshop fascilitator.
Lena lives outside of Stockholm, in a big house filled with gaming stuff and books with her family. 
She is currently working as an Engineering Manager at Blocket, Sweden’s largest marketplace.
You can find her at http://www.pejgan.se or on twitter as @LenaPejgan


May 21st

Session are in AEST (AUS).

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In this session, Jason details the existing quality challenges and problems at Freelancer, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace.


He will present 3 main strategies that transform quality engineering in the organisation, and elaborate on them using case studies. Attendees will leave knowing how to apply the 3 strategies for changing the quality engineering mindset and culture within 30 days.Audience will learn and identify key initiatives in transforming quality engineering in the web domain organisation.


Audience will also learn the challenges faced when rolling out these transformation strategies in the organisation and how to overcome them. Finally audience will be able to apply the THREE strategies in transforming quality engineering in their workplace within the short period of time – 30 days.



Jason Lee has been practising in the software testing field for more than 14 years, both on the research and industry sides. He started his career as a Software Test Engineer with Motorola Technology and iWOW Pty. Ltd. He then took up a PhD research scholarship to further advance his passion in software testing at The University of Melbourne. His PhD thesis focused on spectral debugging, a white-box testing technique that uses test coverage information to help programmers locate bugs effectively.

He joined Dolby in 2011 and involved in leading QA effort and hands on test automation development. He worked in mobile application and embedded software testing especially in setup boxes for Amazon and Google.

He recently joined Freelancer as Director of QA overseeing the quality transformation for the organisation. He leads a team of 26 quality engineers across the organisation. He actively provides quality and testing best practices to development, products team and all the key stakeholders.

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What’s the testability?
Why should you consider testability?
Why is it difficult to improve the testability on your application, especially E2E testing automation?



Takuya Suemura is a speaker, blogger, and testing automation specialist at Autify, the E2E testing automation platform. He is passionate about getting rid of the complexity from an E2E testing and its cross-browser testing as much as possible and helping all agile teams to automate their acceptance level tests from day one of their development.

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So the mantra goes, in today’s development world testing is the responsibility of the whole team. But for 90% of organizations (or more) this does not really translate into practice and testing is still mostly the responsibility of the testers.


There are many reasons for this but one of the most common is that people who were never testers (in the present or past) do not really know how to test. Even when they want to test, they still need someone to manage the process, guide their testing work, and orchestrate the testing process for the project or team.


Testing can be everyone’s responsibility, but Test Management still needs to be the responsibility of a Test Architect or Test Specialist.

In this session Joel will review some of the main responsibilities and differences between managing testing in a traditional team versus the work needed on a whole-team-testing-approach.

– How to create testing artefacts for the different types of team members
– Differences in infrastructure needed to facilitate whole-team-testing

– Recommended practices for ensuring testing tasks are done by all team members

– Common pitfalls of all-team-testing and how to work around them



Joel Montvelisky is the chief solution architect and QA manager at PractiTest, where among other things he works with hundreds of organizations worldwide to improve their testing and most importantly their testing results. During the past twenty years he has been a tester, QA manager, and consultant/trainer for companies in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Joel is the cofounder of a number of cool testing-related projects such as the Annual State of Testing Report and the OnlineTestConf, and publishes his thoughts on QA and testing on his QABlog.practitest.com.


Have you ever thought of flipping your corporate desk and going solo? Choosing your own hours, your own clients, and not having to answer to anybody? Maybe making some of that sweet consulting money while funding your very own startup?
That’s what I did, and I did it for three years. I started work as a consultant and also became an artist, a designer, a business analyst, an app developer, an entrepreneur, a trainer, a speaker, an evangelist, a salesperson, a marketer and so many more things. There were times when I thought this was the easiest job ever, and times when I was scared to look at my bank account. It was a time of epic wins, colossal failures, plenty of hustle, a side of romance, and a lot of valuable lessons learned.
Let me tell you my whole story, and the lessons that have stayed valuable to me to this day.


Trish Khoo is a technologist working as an engineering manager at Clipchamp in Brisbane, Australia. She has worked in software for more than 20 years, including Google and Microsoft. She has a global reputation of expertise in software testing technology and practices and delivers keynotes, talks, training, and mentoring to other technologists around the world. When not doing stuff like this she’s doing a million other things, but mainly she’s taking pictures of her cats and putting them on the internet.

Learn more about Trish at her website: http://trishkhoo.com

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Strategies for Establishing an Effective Testing Center of Excellence (TCOE)

Explore the establishment and administration of a Testing Center of Excellence (TCOE), aimed at elevating the efficiency and quality of software testing within your organization.

Throughout this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop a comprehensive grasp of TCOE principles, strategies, and industry-leading practices.
  2. Acquire practical insights into effective leadership, standardization, and collaborative approaches.
  3. Recognize the significance of metrics and the continuous improvement process within the TCOE framework.
  4. Learn to maintain a customer-centric focus while implementing cost-effective test management solutions.

About Mohita Prasad

Mohita is a Senior Principal Consultant at AST. She leads the Testing COE team for her organization and is responsible for end-to-end test management of AST projects across multiple business units of AST.

Mohita lives in Chicago and has been in AST for over 4.5 years. She has been responsible for standardizing the testing process across the organization.

She holds an MBA in Information Technology and Finance from Mumbai, India. She is passionate about testing, and standardization.

She enjoys speaking at testing conferences and likes to bring the best of testing from the tech world to AST.

The future of Test Management: What You Should Know

Today, we approach testing differently than we did 5 or 10 years ago. The way we test 5 years from now will also be different from today. What will change? Our tools, how we interact with our development peers and especially our users, the way we deploy software, how we fix things in production, and the list goes on…

In this session, we’ll discuss what the future holds and understand how these changes will impact both the challenges and requirements of testing. Armed with these insights, you’ll be able to begin preparing for the future, improve your virtual skill toolbox, and ensure you’ll be ready to meet new testing challenges head-on.

About Joel Montvelisky

Joel Montvelisky is the Co-Founder and Chief Solution Architect at PractiTest. Joel has been in testing and QA since 1997, working as a tester, QA Manager, Director, and Consultant for companies in Israel, the US, and the EU. Joel is a Forbes Council member and popular blogger. He consistently leads webinars on a number of testing and quality-related topics.

In addition, Joel is the Founder and Chair of the OnlineTestConf, the Co-Founder of the State of Testing Survey and Report, and a Director at the Association of Software Testing. He is a seasoned conference speaker worldwide, including the STAR Conferences, STPCon, JaSST, TestLeadership Conf, CAST, QA&Test, and more.

Transforming QA With AI-Driven Test Management

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, the role of Quality Assurance (QA) is more critical than ever. This presentation delves into the transformative power of AI-driven Test Management, exploring how cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies are reshaping the QA process.

About Ido Tandy

Ido Tandy is the director of product management in PractiTest.
He has an extensive product experience from various sectors.
Ido started his career in development and managed both developers and testers.

Fast-Tracking Project Delivery: Tips from a Recovering Perfectionist

Software testing can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be. In this engaging workshop, you’ll gain invaluable insights into revolutionizing your software testing process.
You’ll walk away with new strategies on:
  • Making it easier for testers to find bugs and report them in a way that’s clear and concise, so developers can get back to work faster
  • Giving developers the ability to see what the next steps are when a bug is reported, so they don’t have to waste time hunting for information
  • Tracking all bugs and fixes in one place, so you don’t lose sight of anything
  • Giving all project stakeholders – testers, developers, QA managers, and more – access to the same information, so they all “speak the same language”
Take it from a recovering perfectionist. Smoother, faster, and more efficient software delivery is right around the corner.

About Antony Lipman

Antony Lipman is the Customer Success and Training Manager at PractiTest. He has over 20 years of experience in managing customer relationships across a variety of industries. Antony provides customers with continuous training aimed at sharpening their testing expertise to help maximize their PractiTest value. Prior to joining PractiTest, Antony held positions in adult education, consulting, and the nonprofit sector, eventually transitioning into the technology space. He enjoys meeting customers face-to-face and helping them find unique solutions to complex challenges.

Bad Tests Running Wild: Concurrency, Test Data, and Low Human Interaction in Test Automation

Think running concurrent automated test scripts in a CI/CD pipeline is as easy as just clicking that run-in-parallel checkbox? If so, you’re likely in for a struggle. Join us to hear about data, threading, and low human interaction considerations that can help you be successful when parallelizing.

About Paul Grizzaffi

As a Senior Automation Architect at Vaco, Paul Grizzaffi is following his passion for providing technology solutions to testing, QE, and QA organizations, including automation assessments, implementations, and through activities benefiting the broader testing community. An accomplished keynote speaker and writer, Paul has spoken at national conferences and meetings. He’s a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance (STQA) at UT Dallas where he is a frequent guest lecturer. When not spouting 80s metal lyrics, Paul enjoys sharing his experiences and learnings from other testing professionals.

API Testing within CI/CD

API Testing has been a challenge for Testers and tools like Postman have made this task easier thanks to the manual creation of request collections. But how can we set up API automated tests using Postman and launch these tests in containers? Not only that but integrate them into our CI/CD pipelines.

In this workshop, you will explore 3 key points in automating API tests with usual tools like Postman: that is, the creation of automated tests from Postman, how to run your request collections and their automated tests using Docker as well as the appropriate containers for them and how API tests are integrated into a CI/CD pipeline in a simple way using GitlabCI.

About Fran Guerrero

Fran is an Agile ISTQB-certified specialist with more than 12 years of experience in the Quality Assurance field. He implements testing processes, QA strategies, and innovative tools, and builds strong relationships across all teams.

From time to time, Fran enjoys speaking at QA-related forums on topics that include Agile Testing, Test Automation, and DevOps CI/CD methodologies.

The Path to Stable Mental Health

Discover the keys to heightened productivity and well-being in this workshop. In our hectic lives, managing work and personal responsibilities often leads to burnout and a lack of accomplishment. Distractions at work and home contribute to this struggle.

Drawing from personal experience, I’ll share practical mindfulness techniques and productivity hacks to break the cycle of demotivation and exhaustion. Learn how to navigate unnecessary meetings, manage emails efficiently, and employ strategies like the Focus Funnel and Deep Work for optimal performance. This workshop offers real-life examples and videos to guide you toward becoming your best self both professionally and personally. Prioritize your mental health now to avoid burnout – let me show you how.

About Raj Subrameyer

Raj Subrameyer is a Senior QA Manager and Certified Tech Career and Leadership Coach helping people to land their dream job and become successful leaders. He is passionate about guiding professionals to maximize their opportunities and discover their zone of genius. He has given multiple TEDx talks and is a sought-after speaker at various conferences and has been featured in numerous TV news segments, podcasts and publications, including CBS, BBC, FOX, NPR, NBC, Entrepreneur, CEOWorld Magazine, CIO and Authority Magazine, Career Addict, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success and The Good Men Project. His areas of expertise include career advancement, leadership, motivation, productivity, mental health, diversity & inclusion, and entrepreneurship. In his spare time, he loves traveling and enjoying craft beer.

How to fast generate your API Test with OpenAPI Tools and Rest-Assured

API testing is, nowadays, a common activity for any team. Some still use record-and-play or tools that provide an IDE because it accelerates the test creation at the beginning, but in the mid to long term, it does not scale. Most of them have reasons: lack of programming skill, patterns, or simply time to do it.

In this workshop, you will learn how to speed up the API test automation using Java and Rest-Assured while the OpenAPI tools will create all the standard code to deal with the HTTP requests.

About Elias Nogueira

Elias is a Principal Engineer at Backbase with a background in software engineering, consulting, agile coaching, and tech lead. He helps software engineers to develop their quality mindset and deliver bug-free software. He specializes in Quality Engineering for backend, frontend, and mobile technologies. He’s a writer, and blogger, and loves to help the community by running meetups and sharing knowledge by giving presentations worldwide.

He’s also an Oracle ACE for Java, DevOps, and Cloud Native, Java Magazine NL editor, TDC Rockstar, and BrowserStack Champion.

The hunt for Bigfoot: A fully automated testing process (Spoiler Alert, it doesn't exist).

Fully automated testing is like Bigfoot. Everyone thinks they’ve seen it… But all they’ve seen is a blurry picture off in the woods. Automation has come a loooooong way, but you’ll always need some humans involved in your QA process.

Let’s discuss when to use automation, when to double down on manual testing, the top tools available today, and how to maximize your testing team’s strengths.

About Jay Aigner

Jay’s experience in software across almost all verticals, platforms, and ecosystems — paired with his unique experience in development, quality assurance, and product management — allows him to provide cutting-edge QA solutions for modern software platforms and teams. He founded JDAQA, an award-winning software quality assurance agency with over 60 high-caliber QA engineers and growing.

In 2016 he founded JDAQA to help startups with their testing. Today it’s grown into a software testing powerhouse elevating software quality across the US and internationally.

The fusion core of his life is his wife Amanda, their 5 children, and their dog Molly. He is also an avid astrophotographer, student pilot, electric skateboarder, and fisherman. He also hosts a podcast called The First Customer where he interviews founders about their business and how they got their first customer.

His company is part of the Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PACT, and Philly Startup Leaders. He also speaks somewhat regularly about becoming an entrepreneur at TechElevator, a programmer bootcamp in Philly and Wilmington, Delaware.