Earlier in the year, TechCrunch published How reinventing software testing can transform your business — and change the world. In this article, Todd Pierce (former Chief Digital Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) made an impassioned case for how software testing can help scale innovation to create a world that is healthier and more equitable.
This holiday season, we’d like to highlight a few ways that Tricentis supports organizations who are working to change the world for the better.
Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Most of us recognize that people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) think differently than the majority of the population. However, far fewer realize that this difference is a tremendous asset in many contexts. For example, people diagnosed with ASD are often great software testers because they tend to find aberrations and mistakes that others miss.
Yet, despite these strengths, between 60-80% of adults with autism are unemployed. Organizations such as Specialisterne have made it their mission to change that:
Tricentis has been partnering with Specialisterne for a number of years to help people with an ASD diagnosis learn about, and prepare for, careers in software testing, For example, the Tricentis consulting team recently delivered “Test Automation Specialist” certification courses to people who have been diagnosed with ASD and are struggling to find appropriate employment opportunities. Specialisterne then helps the participants identify job opportunities, accompanies them to interviews, and provides on-going support as participants start their new job.
The “TestingPro” segment of this Specialisterne training program was co-developed by Tricentis and Nagarro. As a follow up to that recent training session, Specialisterne, Tricentis, and Nagarro held a joint event in Vienna: The People Factor: Agile, Digital, Social? The event included an open discussion with Tricentis Founder Wolfgang Platz and Hannes Färberböck from Nagarro.
Supporting High School Hackathons with Tyson Foods
As Tyson undergoes its own transformation from analog to digital, they’re looking to develop local tech talent by hosting hackathons like the recent one at Springdale Don Tyson School of Innovation: a technology-rich STEM School that embraces flexible and blended learning to promote student success.
Students from Springdale High School, Har-Ber High School and the Don Tyson School of Innovation took part in the inaugural Hack-a-Thon competition hosted by Tyson Foods.
Students got to show off their recently built applications focused around the student lunch menu.
Team members from Tyson Foods’ Information Technology group tested, judged and named three winning teams.
“It’s a way for each of the students to get used to what technology is all about and see if they want to pursue that further in their career. This helps us because it’s our community, it’s local,” said Amber Woods, IT vice president, Enterprise Applications.
Students also got to network with multiple software testing companies who sponsored the Hack-a-Thon.
Once Tricentis learned about this event from Tyson Foods’ IT department, we committed to sponsoring it, donating software testing tools, and contributing to scholarships for the winners. TTC, one of our Premier Partners, also supported the event.
Improving Access to Computer Science in Schools
Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world.
This year, software testing leaders from Perfecto, CloudBees, Tricentis, Appium, Test.ai, Testim.io and more all joined forces on a project that benefitted Code.org: Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals. Eran Kinsbruner drove the project, coordinating and editing contributed chapters, adding several of his own, and taking the entire project from idea to reality.
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