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Team “Cesar Brazil” Complete Team Ranking

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    Alessandra Cursino

    Test Engineer at CESAR

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    About Alessandra

    Location: Recife, Brazil

    Age: 34

    Hobbies: TV Series, games and play with my 2 kids

    Biography: Graduated in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (2004) and Specialist in Computer Science (Quantum Computing) from the same university (2006). Has over 8 years of experience working with Software Testing. Currently works as a Test Engineer at CESAR.

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    José Carréra

    Test Engineer at CESAR

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    About José

    Location: Recife, Brazil

    Age: 30

    Hobbies: TV Series, soccer, reading and traveling.

    Biography: Graduated in Computer Science from Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (2007) and Master Degree in Software Engineering from CESAR.EDU. Currently works as a senior test engineer, as a team leader at Recife's Center of Advanced Studies and Systems, and as a professor at CESAR.EDU. Has over 8 years of experience working mainly with quality assurance in mobile, desktop and web projects.

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    Melissa Pontes

    Test Engineer at CESAR

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    About Melissa

    Location: Recife, Brazil

    Age: 36

    Hobbies: Save homeless animals and get them up for adoption. Reading books. Iranian and Argentine films.

    Biography: Graduated in Computer Science from Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (2002) and Master Degree in Software Engineering from CESAR.EDU (2009). Currently works as a senior test engineer, as a team leader at Recife's Center of Advanced Studies and Systems (CESAR). She is also a trainer in software testing, software engeneering and database, working on CESAR.EDU and Universidade Rural of Pernambuco - UFRPE (as a distance learning teacher). She has articles published in digital magazines and presentations about software testing around the world.

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    Rodrigo Cursino

    Test Engineer at CESAR

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    About Rodrigo

    Location: Recife, Brazil

    Age: 33

    Hobbies: TV Series, soccer (play and watch), reading and play with my 2 kids

    Biography: Rodrigo Cursino is B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Pernambuco. He has over 10 years of experience in information technology, 8 of them with emphasis on Software Testing and Agile Methodologies. He is CTFL/ISTQB and ScrumMaster certified, worked for companies such as CIn/Motorola and ThoughtWorks. He is currently a Senior Test Engineer at CESAR. He is also a trainer in software testing, working on CESAR.EDU, Qualifico.com and GoÁgil.

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Team “The Annunciation” Complete Team Ranking

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    Joshua Uriele

    Test Analyst/Professional Traveler

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    About Joshua

    Location: Nomad, New Zealand

    Age: 24

    Hobbies: Archery, Biking, Reading, Coding, Designing, StartUps, Saving the world.

    Biography: Born in Northern Ireland to an English dad and German mum. Immigrated to New Zealand at age 16 and finished high school in sunny Hawkes Bay. Studied Design for Technology (BAppSc Hons - First Class) at the University of Otago for 3.5 years. Joined Tait Communications and tested embedded software in radio terminals used by public safety and utilities all around the world. Experimented with StartUps, became obsessed with Social Entrepreneurship and is now traveling the world meeting Changemakers.

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    Joseph Walker

    Test Analyst at Tait Communications

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    About Joseph

    Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

    Age: 24

    Hobbies: Gaming, Reading, Travel, Robotics, Programming, Craft beer sampling

    Biography: I was born in New Zealand in 1990. My parents are dairy farmers, so I grew up milking cows until I left to study physics at Otago University in Dunedin, NZ. I first discovered and took up testing as a profession at Tait Communications in 2012. During my two years of working under an excellent mentor and with a great team I've grown to love testing, especially exploratory testing and test automation.

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    Henry Ashton-Martyn

    Test Analyst at Tait Communications

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    About Henry

    Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

    Age: 24

    Hobbies: Craft beer, cars, programming

    Biography: I grew up in Christchurch I studied Computer Science at the University of Canterbury because none of the other subjects sounded interesting to me. I started at Tait Communications in 2011 as an intern developing one of the automated test tools which we've been using ever since. I was fortunate to be kept on after my internship finished, which was super exciting for me because I was loving the work I was doing and the team I was working with.

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    Mark Tokumaru

    Test Analyst at Adscale

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    About Mark

    Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

    Age: 25

    Hobbies: Gaming, Music, Game Development, Snow Boarding, Mountain Biking

    Biography: Mark was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1989. His father is Japanese and mother is a New Zealander. Mark has had a passion for technology since the age of 7 when he began taking computers apart. He studied Computer Science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ . His testing career began at Tait Communications, testing radio solutions for public safety services and utilities. Test Automation is his most favourite aspect of testing. It encompasses challenging elements of both testing and software development, another discipline Mark is interested in.

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    Ileana Brodeala

    Quality Assurance Engineer at Hewlett Packard

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    About Ileana

    Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Age: 31

    Hobbies: watching and playing team sports

    Biography: After getting a degree in Automation and Computer Science from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, I spent some time working as a hardware engineer at Siemens VDO Automotive in Timisoara. I have always been focused on quality and extremely attentive to detail, so moving into the quality assurance field seemed like the natural choice, even though I only discovered my “test breaking” skills upon returning to Cluj-Napoca. I’ve been bug hunting for more than 4 years now in 3 different companies and I’ve enjoyed and learned from every one of those experiences. I’m dynamic and communicative, I prefer team work to going solo and I’m pretty good at steering the ship when things get out of hand.

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    Lavinia Cazacu

    Quality Assurance Manager at Hewlett Packard

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    About Lavinia

    Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Age: 34

    Hobbies: Gardening, Gaming

    Biography: Lavinia has been searching for bugs since 2001. What started as a temporary QA job while studying computer science, turned into a solid career choice, one that reveals exciting opportunities each day. Over time she played various roles, exploring different aspects of software testing. Lately she specialized in process improvement, but still believes that being hands on is the way to go.

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    Sanda Cristina Pop

    Quality Assurance Engineer at Hewlett Packard

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    About Sanda Cristina

    Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Age: 28

    Hobbies: swimming, reading, archery

    Biography: Sanda has an M.Sc. in Telecommunications and Information Technology from the Technical University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was in the middle of a Computer Networks lab that she got the phone call that informed her: "You are going to be an HP QA engineer". That was five years ago, and since then, the bugs in HP Software have had a rough time. For the first three years she specialized in the integration between Server Automation and Operation Orchestration, which sharpened her investigation skills. She then switched to OS Provisioning, a dynamic field, where she got to use, maintain and enhance a Python based test automation framework. Sanda is most passionate about breaking software and so far few pieces of code resisted her tests.

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    Irina Savescu

    Quality Assurance Engineer at Hewlett Packard

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    About Irina

    Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Age: 30

    Hobbies: reading, riding, running

    Biography: I’ve lived and studied all over the world and I got a degree in Linguistics out of it and a reputation for being a nosy mouse. I’ve been proofreading and editing for most of my professional life, ensuring that guidelines and standards were followed to the letter. After years of overwhelming others with my nitpicking habits, I finally moved to full time software testing and have absolutely no regrets about it. What I like most about my job is that it both pushes me to constantly learn new stuff and that it allows me to get creative in finding new ways to look at the product I’m testing, anticipating both its use and abuse.

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Team “QuadCore” Complete Team Ranking

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    Shivani Handa

    Software Test Specialist at BlackBerry Ltd.

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    About Shivani

    Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    Age: 25

    Hobbies: Traveling, Exploring, Software Testing

    Biography: Raised in Baroda, India, Shivani brings her passion for Software Testing to BlackBerry where she currently works as a Software Test Specialist. After completing her undergraduate degree in Digital Enterprise Management with Honors, at University of Toronto, Shivani then proceeded to hone her technical skills by working on several test projects at BlackBerry. She is the test prime for Skype, Android premium apps, Share frame work and Bluetooth testing for android player. Before coming to BlackBerry, Shivani had the opportunity to work with various prestigious companies such as Larsen & Toubro, Aadharshila Brand Solutions and Oil and Natural Gas Corp. From her early years, Shivani has been passionate about traveling and exploring. She is always ready for an adventure and takes deep interest in learning about different cultures and cuisines. Shivani eats, sleeps and lives Software Testing. Her out of the box thinking finds bugs that you can only dream of. Test her, she’s a Tester.

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    Shuman Ip

    Software Test Specialist at BlackBerry Ltd.

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    About Shuman

    Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    Age: 26

    Hobbies: Public Speaking, Puzzles and Riddles (e.g. Escape the room), Board Games, Singing, Watching musical and movies

    Biography: Shuman Ip is a member of Team QuadCore, the North America Champion of the Software Testing World Cup 2014. Shuman was born and raised in Hong Kong. At age 15, he decided that it was time for a change and moved to Toronto for high school. After years of diligence, Shuman received his Bachelor of Computer Science (Software Engineering Option) from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Upon his graduation, he accepted an offer from BlackBerry Ltd. for a Software Test Specialist position. With 2 years of hard work and dedication, Shuman is now managing the entire testing aspect (both manual and automated testing) of 3 applications - Story Maker, Video Editor, and FM Radio. His passions are developing test strategies as well as overseeing and coordinating the complete software development cycle. For his personal growth, Shuman is interested in learning more about leadership and management. During his leisure time, he enjoys playing board games, solving puzzles and riddles. Shuman can be contacted at ShumanIp (at) gmail (dot) com.

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    Persis Newton

    Software Test Specialist at BlackBerry Ltd.

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    About Persis

    Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    Age: 24

    Hobbies: I like to draw and Paint

    Biography: I was born in Lucknow, India where I studied from grade two to twelve in the army school. While focusing on sciences in my upper years, I also developed an appreciation for art, and still enjoy painting as a hobby. I pursued my undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at McMaster University, Canada. After my 3rd year in university I took up an internship at Research In Motion and then joined them back for full time after my graduation. I am a keen observer and an aggressive tester; from my time at BlackBerry I was a part of delivering BlackBerryOS 6.0, 7.0, 7.1 and BlackBerry10. I worked with the Java Conformance team, primed the Internationalization testing project and test the Contacts application.

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    Richard Bouffard

    Software Test Specialist at BlackBerry Ltd.

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    About Richard

    Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    Age: 39

    Hobbies: Richard plays soccer and plays video games on his computer

    Biography: Richard Bouffard is a Software Test Specialist for BlackBerry in Waterloo, Canada. He was born on May 10, 1975, in Kitchener, Ontario to Marie Lemieux and Raymond Bouffard. Richard received his first computer at the age of ten, an IBM XT. Over the years, Richard dove into the world of computers, added new parts to it and learning to use software like MS-DOS. He knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a career in technology and computers. Richard went to Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, and received his diploma in Computer Programming. A few years later, Richard was hired as a Software Test Specialist for BlackBerry. He enjoys being able to try new software before anyone else and was able to tap into that passion by being able to test the Android Player Runtime before it was first released on PlayBook . In his spare time, Richard plays soccer and plays video games on his computer. In the future, Richard wants to continue diversifying his skills in the technological sector.

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Team “teststar” Complete Team Ranking

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    Nicole Niu

    Senior Test Engineer at Shanghai Hewlett-Packard Co., LTD

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    About Nicole

    Location: Shanghai, China

    Age: 32

    Hobbies: Traveling, Sports, Music

    Biography: I’m Nicole from Shanghai. I have nearly 9 years work experience in software testing, familiar with software development life cycle and software testing procedure, mastering various testing tools, and have some test management experience. In addition, I have got AIS HP0-M46 certification.

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    Humphrey Chen

    Software QA Leader at Mary Kay Cosmetics Company

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    About Humphrey

    Location: Shanghai, China

    Age: 29

    Hobbies: Traveling, Programming

    Biography: I'm Humphrey from Shanghai and have been working as a tester for nearly 7 years. I have testing experience in both hardware and software and now focus on global e-Commerce projects which cover functional test, automation test, performance test, etc. In addition, I am an ISTQB certificated tester and a gold tester of uTest community which contributes a lot on my way to be a real testing expert.

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    Eva Hao

    Mobile Application QA at EF English First

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    About Eva

    Location: Shanghai, China

    Age: 26

    Hobbies: Traveling, American TV series and so on

    Biography: My name is Eva Hao, from Shanghai, China. I am a traditional Chinese girl, like traveling and American TV series and so on. I work in EF Education First, EF focuses on English education. Our job is to develop English learning apps on mobile devices, both Android and iOS, both phones and tablets. It is very lucky to participate in STWC and even luckier to join the finals in Potsdam Germany. Thank you very much to have such a amazing STWC for us.

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    Harris Wei

    Senior Business Analyst at Mary Kay Cosmetic

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    About Harris

    Location: Shanghai, China

    Age: 30

    Hobbies: Travelling, Singing, Programming

    Biography: I am Harris from Marykay China Cosmetic in Shanghai, I have nearly 5 years Business Analyst and 2 years software developing work experience. Currently, I mainly focus on business requirement analysis and user experience about e-Commerce site. Also, I take part in project management and is PMP certified.

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Team “Open Box Software” Complete Team Ranking

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    Andrew Thompson

    Quality Analyst at Open Box Software

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    About Andrew

    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    Age: 25

    Hobbies: Squash, Tennis, Running

    Biography: I was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where I grew up and did my schooling. When I was 18 I moved to South Africa to study Information Systems at Rhodes University. After graduating with Honours with Distinction, I started working as a QA at Open Box Software in Cape Town where I am currently based. I enjoy being active and playing social sports, as well as running and gym. My interests are around mobile application and web based testing.

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    Carin Eaton

    Quality Analyst at Open Box Software

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    About Carin

    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    Age: 26

    Hobbies: I love music and attempt, on occasion, to play the guitar. I enjoy sports - my favourites being horse riding, soccer and karate. Since moving to Cape Town I have started participating in various running and adventure racing events. I also love the water and have braved the ocean to go surfing on sunny days.

    Biography: Carin embraced student life, and obtained both a Management Honours (cum laude) and Information Systems Honours (cum laude) at Rhodes University. After having interned at Open Box Software in 2012, she knew that the software industry was where she wanted to begin her career. Carin is a quality analyst, and her testing is mainly focused on SharePoint solutions at present. Her interests include user-experience and user-interface design, SharePoint and mobile testing. As a member of the Events Committee, Carin loves being involved in the planning and organizing of fun events for the company as well.

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    Delicia Oliver

    Quality Analyst at Open Box Software

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    About Delicia

    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    Age: 36

    Hobbies: Swimming, spending time outdoors with my family, reading, socialising and listening to music

    Biography: Born and raised in Cape Town, Delicia Oliver matriculated in 1995 and started working as an Administrator at International Colleges Group in 1997. In her 12 years at the company, she steadily worked her way from Registration Clerk to a Business Analyst position in their IT Department. Wanting to learn more and yearning to grow, she applied for a Business Analyst position at Datacentrix and then a year later applied for a position as a Quality Analyst at Open Box Software. If she’s not at the office, you’ll find her spending time outdoors with her seven year old son, Liam and four year old daughter, Mika.

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    Ryan Hill

    Project Manager and Head of the Centre of Excellence at Open Box Software

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    About Ryan

    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    Age: 29

    Hobbies: Slotcar racing, trail running, tabletop and video gaming.

    Biography: Ryan Hill was awarded his MCom (cum laude) in Computer Science and Information Systems at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth) in 2009. After completing his masters, he joined Open Box Software, a Cape Town based software development consultancy focused on the real estate industry. Ryan has served multiple roles with Open Box from quality assurance to project management and is currently head of the Open Box Centre of Excellence. Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys slotcar racing, trail running, tabletop and video gaming and is a classically trained musician. His interests include mobile development, user-interface design and emerging technologies.

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