location_city Chicago schedule Mar 30th 02:45 - 03:25 PM CDT place Sauganash East

A little history .... Dan Cuellar was selected to speak at Selenium Conference 2012 in London about an entirely different topic. As part of his presentation, he showed off iOS Automation using Selenium syntax to demonstrate writing platform-agnostic tests that use separate platform-specific page objects with a common interface. To his surprise, the cool test architecture would take a backseat to the spectacle of iOS tests running like WebDriver tests. Several people suggested that he give a lightning talk later in the conference to explain exactly how it worked.

On the second day of the conference, Dan stepped up on stage to give the lightning talk. Jason Huggins, co-creator of Selenium, moderated the lightning talks. Dan experienced technical difficulties getting his presentation to load, and Jason nearly had to move on to the next talk. At the last moment, the screen turned on and Dan jumped into his presentation. He explained the details of his implementation and how it worked, begged for contributors, and in five minutes it was over. The crowd applauded politely, and he left the stage.

If we look at how Appium came into existence, lightning talks are a very important part of this journey. Continuing the tradition at SeleniumConf Chicago 2023, we will be offering a Lightning Talk track session. Each presenter will be given a maximum of 5 minutes for their talk. Here's how it works: on the first day of the conference there will be a sign-up board for any attendee to write down their topic and contact information. All attendees will be encouraged throughout the day to stop by the board and add a tick mark to upvote the talk(s) they'd like to hear. Once voting has ended, the organizers will track down the top 6-7 vote getters and provide additional details to help them prepare for their talk.


Outline/Structure of the Presentation

  • Introduction and overview of how lightning talks will work - 5 mins
  • 6-7 most upvoted submissions will get 5 minutes to present their topic - 35 mins
  • Huzzahs and congratulations will reverberate throughout the venue

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