Back in 2015, when Testlio was only 3 years old, the first company gathering took place in a cottage near Viljandi, a small town in Southern Estonia. It was a humble gathering of 14 people from Estonia and the US.  Today, there’s hundreds of us – and trying to fit everyone into a small cottage wouldn’t even be possible.

Enabling human possibilities company-wide

LionFest gives us TestLions a chance to connect with each other in various ways: one on one, within our teams, and as a whole company. On each of those levels, there are topics to discover, problems to tackle, and ideas to share. This year, we started each day together, be it a session to meet one of our investors or tackle a company challenge.

People are gathered around the table, discussing something

Sometimes, we’re so involved in our own work that the many nuances that make Testlio stellar are overlooked. All of our stakeholder groups: full-time and part-time people, our freelance network, investors, users of our customers, customers and their product/engineering/quality teams, and our communities. This year, we met one of our investors Jeff Williams and picked his brain about business, investing, and the future of tech.

Testlio's CEO Steve and our investor Jeff in armchairs on the stage, talking

Improving the experience of our stakeholders

In one of our activities, TestLions were divided into groups and each got to pick a piece of feedback from one of our stakeholders (freelance tester, investor, partner, etc.) and create an initiative that would improve their experience and record a video introducing the idea. These are then evaluated by our Learning and Development team to envision how those seeds can continue to grow.

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Seeing testing through the eyes of our freelancers

Supporting communities beyond our offices

Three people in armchairs and one person in a wheelchair on on the stage, talking.

Letting our TestLions knowledge and talents shine

LionFest is not a top-down event with executives standing on stage and delivering speeches. It’s an opportunity to create a platform for TestLions to share personal skills or show off their hidden talents. We hosted an event called The Unconference (which we’ve done for many years), where people hold an hour-long workshop session about a topic close to their heart. We’ve had Romil hold a discussion about running, Tim take us on a hike in Louisiana with the hopes of seeing alligators, and Oksana shares techniques on becoming more self-aware in our day-to-day life.

“Hosting the unconference session was a baby step in practicing what I’ve learned during my first year at Gestalt Institute of Scandinavia with a group of safe and awesome people. It gave me confidence that I can manage. It gave me assurance that one doesn’t need to be a psychotherapy client in order to participate in the events of a type. It gave me the inspiration to think further on how I can improve the people’s mental well-being in the IT industry.”

Oksana Lang, Quality Assurance Strategist

In addition to all of the conference sessions, we threw a party! A jungle-themed party with fun videos, a photo box, live trivia session, and an open mic. Who would have known that we’ve got so many TestLions who create music and dance like pros? Did you already take a look at the short video compilation above of the party? 👆

Working from home, we don’t always see how multifaceted and interesting the people are at Testlio. LionFest is a great way for us to come together and build connections with each other for who we are – an empowered TestLion Pride that is enabling human possibilities.

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