Scott Logic spearheads software testing careers with latest event

The benefits of a career in software testing were brought to life for Newcastle’s students at Scott Logic’s latest event this weekend.

The inaugural Bug Hunt, held on Saturday (March 18th) at Newcastle University, was the first event of its kind for the firm, as part of its 2017 focus on software testing and the expansion of its test practice.

The experience-driven event, held in association with the university’s computer and technology Society NUCATS, saw teams work together against the clock to find as many hidden bugs as possible within a specially created piece of software. Scoring was based both on the number of bugs found, and the quality of the reporting information captured.

The day was won by Team Theta, who although didn’t log the most bugs, did find 15 valid bugs, netting themselves 112 points and some Amazon vouchers; only two bugs and five points ahead of their closest rivals, Team Epsilon.

Following the prizegiving, competitors were treated to some refreshments while they got to know the company’s volunteers, taking advantage of the chance to quiz them about their day to day roles.

Lead Test Engineer at Scott Logic, Wullie Trimble, who helped organise the day, said: “Our aim was to create a fun experience that was not only worthwhile for organisers and attendees, but also raised awareness of software testing as a career and what it entails.

“Teams followed different approaches to emulation and made good use of browser developer tools to provide a meaningful level of diagnostic detail. It was also pleasing to see teams making use of their knowledge of heuristics to target specific areas of the application with different levels of test, especially around the interaction of CSS and HTML.”

Scott Logic Recruitment Manager John Wright said the event was such a success that it will now be rolled out to other universities across the country. He added: “Many of the students attending, who mainly study computer science, told me they don’t cover much in the way of testing on their courses, so this had been a really useful way for them to find out more in a fun environment.

“Hopefully, we’ve whetted a few appetites and many may now consider software testing as a potential future career. It certainly seemed to bring it to life for them as we’ve had some fantastic feedback.”

Participant Kerry Lewis said: “Thoroughly enjoyed the Scott Logic Bugathon! A fantastic way to find out more about testing in the software industry, and to top it off our team managed to place third overall. Many thanks to all involved, it was a really well delivered event!”

Chris McQueen, whose team came third, said the event was, “really well delivered!”, adding he: “Would recommend future events for any fellow programmers.”

Finally, Mitchell Adlington added: “A really fun and rewarding experience which was extremely well put together.”

Scott Logic is eager to hear from both experienced software test engineers and those looking to embark on their testing career. For more information on Scott Logic and its vacancies and services, visit scottlogic.com.

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