Maria promotes software testing as a cognitively complex activity that requires critical thinking and effective communication. She also advocates a whole team approach to quality. She has a vast experience from different industries and roles in software development. Maria is a teacher, a coach and consultant in software development with a focus on testing. She spends a lot of her time learning from and contributing to the testing community through speaking at conferences and blogging sporadically at https://mkedemo.wordpress.com/. She is also Executive at Large in the board for Association for Software Testing (AST), a non-profit organisation which focus on testing as a skilled activity. Maria is the founder of Black Koi Consulting which offers training, coaching and consulting in software testing and agile methodologies.
Today, digital products and companies are not just changing the way we live our lives, but also playing an increasingly influential role in public policy and governance. We have reached a point where consumer goods produced by technology industries are beginning to reshape what it means to be Human.
This year, we are going to explore advances in biohacking and transhumanism and their implications for humankind. Will they be to our benefit, further enhancing quality of life? How mindful should we be of the potential social and ethical pitfalls whilst we transform?