I just received confirmation for my reservation to this year's STAR West at the DisneyLand Hotel in Anaheim, CA in October. Anyone else planning on attending this year? Perhaps an SQA Forums beer session should be convened.
The best way to catch in on the after hours conference talks is to hang out at the Disney Hotel bar. There are always people there having great discussions on testing and lots of games to test your cognitive powers. I got more of an education in the afterhours than I did sometimes in the track sessions.
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