Know Before U Go

Thanks for joining us for STPCon Spring 2018. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa! Below, you will find some tips and reminders that will make your time at STPCon more enjoyable.

Attendee Information Video


STPCon Registration & Information Desk

Please plan on checking in and picking up your conference materials at our on-site registration desk, located in the Ballroom Foyer of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa – the conference center is in the main hallway just to the right of the hotel front desk, look for our signs directing you there. The registration desk is open during the following hours:

Monday – 4/09 – 7:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday – 4/10 – 7:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday – 4/11 – 7:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday – 4/12 – 7:30am – 5:00pm


STPCon Spring 2018 Presentations

Download Speaker Presentations

Download, print and review speaker presentations now to help you decide which sessions you would like to attend. These handouts are available for immediate download*. For access, go to

This is a protected page intended for registrants of the conference only. Check your email for the “STPCon Know-Before-U-Go – Attendee Information” email – it contains the password to access these presentations. Don’t see this email? Contact us for registration verification and we will provide you the password.

*Note: Not all of the instructors have turned in their presentations to STP. Some instructors will not allow us to post presentations (copyrighted material). If a presentation is marked “pending” we have not received it from the instructor. Please check back.


STPCon Registration Desk Hours

Selecting Your Workshops and/or Sessions In our Registration System

This is always the hardest part of STPCon, selecting your workshops and sessions! There is so much really great content to choose from. Creating your STPCon agenda helps us set up rooms the right way, it also helps the instructor know what to expect as far as attendance in their workshop or session. Most importantly, if you want to attend a session that has special requirements to participate and you do not select it, we have no way of telling about these requirements, you may show up unprepared (current workshop requirements).

Common Questions Regarding Workshop & Session Selections:

  1. Can you print my agenda on-site?
    • Yes! But, watch the video below and learn how to print it before your trip to STPCon!
  2. Do I have to attend the workshops or sessions I selected?
    • No! As mentioned earlier, we do use the selections to set rooms but we do not hold you to these selections, you can come and go as you please.

If you have not already selected your workshops & sessions, please log-in here and do so…

Check out this How-To Video on creating your agenda:


Workshop Requirements

Workshop Requirements and/or Prerequisites

There are a few workshops and certification courses that may require pre-reading, configurations and installation of software to participate. If you are registered for certification or planning on attending the workshops below, please take time to review the following workshop requirements.

Please Note: The STPCon Speakers will submit workshop requirements to the STP Team by March 30th, this section will be updated once this information is received.

ISTQB Test Engineering Foundation Level Training - Rex Black (4/8-4/10)

Here are the items to review prior to your ISTQB Test Engineering Foundation Level Training (4/8-4/10) course.

  1. Prepare for This Course, please read the following: Be Prepared: Your ISTQB Foundation Level Training
  2. Download/Read The Course Outline: Test Engineering Foundation Course Outline (Rev 4.1)
  3. Certification Information, please read: For Those Pursuing Certification
  4. Syllabus, please read: ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus 2011
  5. New! Schedule Your Certification Exam at STPCon Spring 2018

Workshop: Continuous Testing for Mobile Applications and Websites - Leo Laskin (4/9)

{!important;} Workshop Requirements:

This course is taught in Java. Users must have a laptop, IntelliJ as a development IDE, Java SE Developer Kit 8, GIT, and the github repo downloaded. For those users choose to use Eclipse, this course will still work, but all examples are taught using IntelliJ. This is a fast-paced course and users should be prepared or they will have difficulty catching up.

Workshop: Virtualization and Containers for Automating Web Testing - Gene Gotimer - (4/9)

For this workshop, we will not have time to download and install software. If you choose to follow along during the workshop please download and install the following items (the source code will be made available):

  1. Oracle VM VirtualBox:
  2. Hashicorp Vagrant:
  3. Git For Windows:
    • or just Git on other systems
  4. Docker:

In addition, you should make sure that you have all the permissions needed to use those applications and that your computer has the required virtualization extensions enabled in BIOS.

Workshop: Model Based Testing - Fitzpatrick & Gunther - (4/10)

Take some time before the workshop and read the full instructions for getting set up in our demo repo at:

We will be using the simulato-demo repo to conduct our workshop.

Workshop: Becoming a Quality Engineering Leader - John Ruberto - (4/10)

Some questions to think about before attending the workshop:

Leading Change: What is one thing that you wish was different in your
organization? Choose something in your team, or teams that directly interact with
your team. We will discuss how to frame the change so that it resonates with
different sets of stakeholders.

Product Advocacy: Bring in some customer feedback for your product. App store
ratings, customer comments, whatever source that you have. If you are working
with an internal tool/product, get some feedback from your users.

Discover Newport Beach at STPCon

Discover Newport Beach!

From sunset cruises to surf lessons, wine tastings to harbor-front promenades, Newport Beach offers more things to do and more ways to spend your stay. Come a little early and relax, unwind and enjoy picturesque views of California’s sunrise and sunsets.

With the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, there are ten miles of extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities.

Newport Beach CANewport Beach has a lot to offer, the folks at have provided a few pdfs below for you to consider. Arrive at STPCon a little early, or stay a little late, what ever you choose to do, make sure you enjoy what they like to call paradise!

Discover Newport Beach!


What TO Wear - STPCon

Recommended Attire – What to Pack

All attendees are encouraged to dress business casual. Hotel meeting rooms are generally kept a little cool, so a sweater or light jacket can be useful during the workshops and sessions.

STPCon Meet & Greet Reception – Tuesday 4/10 – 4:30-6:00pm: Attire for the reception is business casual. The reception will be held outside on the Skyview Terrace.

STPCon Welcome Reception & Sponsor Showcase – Wednesday 4/11 – 5:00-7:00pm: Attire for the reception is business casual. The reception will be held outside in the Rose Garden.

Plan Your Meals - STPCon

Provided Meals During STPCon

STPCon Spring 2018 will provide the following meals during the conference:

  • Sunday, 4/8: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks (Certification registrants only)
  • Monday, 4/9: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks (Workshop registrants only)
  • Tuesday, 4/10: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks (Workshop registrants only) + Meet & Greet Reception (all speakers and attendees)
  • Wednesday, 4/11: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks + STPCon Welcome Reception
  • Thursday, 4/12: Breakfast, Lunch & Beverage Breaks


STPCon Newport Beach Weather

Weather During STPCon

Newport Beach, CA weather is generally very predictable yet pleasant at this time of year.  Please check the 10 Day forecast prior to leaving your home to gain an idea of what to expect. Historically, the average highs are in the mid 70’s and lows in the mid 50’s to 60’s.

STPCon Spring 2018 - Newport Beach, CA

Arriving in Newport Beach, CA

More than likely you will be arriving in Newport Beach at the John Wayne Orange County (SNA) Airpot. When arriving, there are a couple of options for transportation to the hotel. The most common is a Taxi Service from the airport to the hotel. A taxi will cost about $22.00 one way. Lyft and Uber are two other popular options. Each will cost roughly $12 depending on demand. The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle so be prepared…

Hotel Address:

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660
+1.949.640.4000 (Hotel)
+1.877.622.3056 (Reservations – Reference: Software Test Professionals Conference)
Note: This hotel does not provide airport shuttle service.

Parking at STPCon Spring 2018

Parking at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Local Attendees: Will you be driving and need to park during the day? On-site outdoor and garage parking is available. Garage clearance is 6 feet 8 inches.

Parking Fees:

  • Self Park – 29 USD daily
  • Valet parking – 36 USD daily

STPCon Help

Is There Anything We Can Assist You With?

If there is any assistance we can offer prior to the conference to make your experience as enjoyable and worthwhile as possible, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Center:

Software Test Professionals
Phone: +1.877.257.9531

We look forward to seeing you soon!