Let’s be honest, it’s been a tough year for conferences everywhere, so we are super excited to present Selenium Conf 2020 in September. It will be the only official Selenium conference anywhere this year and you guessed it, it’ll be a virtual event. The move online means this can be a truly global gathering Selenium enthusiasts.

Before the main event next month, we’re delighted to announce SeConf Preview – a free, virtual mini-conference with provocative and engaging sessions to sharpen your test automation skills and cast your eyes to the future of testing. Jason Huggins, the creator of Selenium will be opening this event.

SeConf 2020 Preview includes the following sessions:

  • Are Robots the Future of Testing? Keynote by Jason Huggins (Selenium creator)
  • Prepping your Checklist: Things to Consider Before Implementing Continuous Testing by Sneha Viswalingam
  • Death of Integration Hell using Qontract for Contract Testing by Anand Bagmar
  • Test Automation is a Whole Team Responsibility by Parveen Sultana
  • How to Overcome 5 Common Obstacles to Adopting Open Source Automation by Kevin Dunne
  • Value of Testing User Journey by Scott Davis

Expand your network with opportunities to mix and mingle with other Selenium experts and enthusiasts from the global community.

When is SeConf 2020 Preview?

Monday, 31 August from 7:00 – 9:30pm IST
Starting 9:30am EST / 3:30pm CEST / 11:30pm AEST

Click here to register

SeleniumConf Chicago is a two-day conference for test automation professionals on October 18 & 19 preceded by a full day of workshops on October 17. You can look forward to inspiring and practical talks, in-depth Selenium training workshops, fantastic networking opportunities in the ‘hallway track’, and so much more.

This year’s official SeleniumConf in the US is taking place in the Windy City at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North.

  • Address: 350 West Mart Center Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60654

Please note: there are a number of Holiday Inn hotels in Chicago. The conference is taking place at Mart Plaza River North hotel only. For more details please see the Selenium Conference website: seleniumconf.us

In case you missed it, here is the Selenium 3.0 Webinar:

The very first code for Selenium RC was pushed in November 2004.
The first code for WebDriver was released in January 2007.
Selenium 2.0 shipped in July 2011.
In 2016, the Selenium Project is working hard to (finally!) ship 3.0.

Watch this webinar with Simon Stewart, and discover:

  • What will this release contain?
  • What impact will it have on your test runs?
  • How can you preserve your existing investment in tests using the Selenium WebDriver APIs, and your even older RC tests?
  • Looking forward, when will the W3C spec be complete?
  • What can we expect from Selenium 4?

If you ever come across the need to select an option in a drop down list when you only have some of the text here is how you can select a particular option oin a drop down list using a partial text selector. In this example the drop down list would be populated with strings formatted as follows: FirstName LastName – Address. eg “John Smith – 1001 Main St”. For the test we only have the person’s name available to us.


IWebElement ddlList = driver.FindElement(By.Id("ddlList"));
string strName = "John Smith";

ddlList.FindElement(By.XPath(string.Format("./option[starts-with(text(), '{0}')]", strName))).Click();
See also: How to select a value in a drop down list