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The Defectives Spring Fling

In March, over 50 university students from across the North West braved the snow to attend ROQ’s infamous testing event – The Defectives – at its test lab in Chorley. 

The Defectives is a series of fun competitions founded by ROQ eight years ago. The objective is to introduce the career of software testing to students that are currently working towards degrees in a wide range of disciplines – mainly from STEM subjects. It feeds into ROQ’s outstanding graduate programme in a fun and unique way. ROQ has invested heavily in its graduate programme over the last 5 years and this year it has attracted over 270 student applications to join the company in July.

The event itself had a ‘Spring Fling’ theme and the test lab was decorated with an abundance of flowers, bunting and beach balls.

Teams from Bolton, Edge Hill, Salford and UCLan universities all attended the fun-packed event designed to give an insight into the world of software testing and to pit their undiscovered “defect-finding” talents against each other. Once sufficiently armed with pizza and beer, the teams worked together to find defects on specific websites in an attempt to win spot prizes and the highly coveted Defectives University Challenge Trophy!

The evening began with an introduction to testing from Test Consultant, Maz Hutchinson; who joined ROQ as a graduate back in 2014. She shared some of the exciting opportunities available when working with some of the world’s largest organisations.

During the evening, ROQ’s Head of Innovation, Ian Smith, delivered an inspirational talk around the future of testing and why the world needs testers. This was closely followed by Zahid Tapas, a former Salford University Student who joined the ROQ team as part of last year’s graduate intake. Zahid wooed the Defectives faithful with his story and what his ROQ journey has been like so far.

After a tense build up and what must have seemed like a lifetime for the Defectives hopefuls, the results were in! The victors were Edge Hill who put in an amazing performance and the silverware made its way home on the bus back to Ormskirk!

Sarah Barlow, ROQ Head of Talent said “It’s always great to have such a fantastic turn out at these events. It just goes to show how important software testing is and that students enjoy taking part in challenges involving testing and healthy competition.”


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