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Result announcement for the awesome 18 testing challenges

Before a month I had initiated a contest for testers where, I talked about 18 contexts and wanted people to give different perspective of what do they think. I was not expecting great number but, out of my personal interest and with personal expenses I published this contest. Most of the participants are known to me from before in the testing community. I have been interacting with these testers at least for more than a year now. Below is the list of participants,


List of participants

Darren McMillan

Parimala Shankariah

Jari Laakso

Monirul Islam

Andrei Cociuba

Ranjith Selvam

Ajith Kumar

Raghavendra Narayanan

Markus Gartner

Deepa Sampath Prasanna


Without much ado, let me announce the results.



1st Prize

Parimala Shankariah, Jari Laakso & Markus Gartner

2nd Prize

Andrei Cociuba

3rd Prize

Monirul Islam


Well, I think you had not thought of the prize distribution like this. Well, the kind of submissions I received, it was a difficult to choose the winners. Even though I have chosen 1st, 2nd and 3rd; I feel everyone is 1st here because there was diversification in the set of answers or comments provided. Some tester did not do well in some contexts and some did very well. For instance: I liked what Markus talked about captcha in terms of how to use it and when to use it. I had difficult time in choosing winners. It was confusion between Parimala, Markus and Jari. Initially, Parimala was in first and Markus + Jari in second. Then, again re-reading it was a big confusion: D I just thought of choosing 1st prize for Parimala, Jari and Markus finally.


In my opinion, there are some points where the participants need to think deeper rather than just throwing out the answer. Some things require deep analysis. Some answers, I saw them as a practice without the context and some answers were provided bounded by context. I enjoyed reading the thoughts and it was fantastic.



When will be the next contest?

I thank all the participants for participating in this contest actively. I’m thinking of having such contests twice a year. See you for the next contest sometime later in this year again. Till then I wish you a happy learning and happy testing.



How do I receive prizes?

Oh, I forgot to mention this. How will you receive the prizes? I wanted to say this, the prizes will be received even by testers outsideIndia.


I need these details,


Your full name

Complete postal address with PIN code

Phone number (Personal – Just in case if the parcel / courier service needs to reach you)


Once you send this I will quickly send you the prizes and notify you all about the sent date and also let you know when you can expect the parcel at your place.


What if I already have the book that you are giving as a prize?

In case if you have any book listed in the prize list then you can write to me at with the name of the book that you already have and I will choose some other book for you.


Astalavista baby!




I have been as a software tester for over 5 years. I am a hands-on tester and I've been winning bug battles & testing competitions across the world. I am a testing enthusiast, who conducts free workshops on security testing across India (Covered locations: Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad & Chennai. Invite him to come to your location), and monthly meets for testers in Bengaluru. I am also an avid testing blogger.

My interests include traveling, driving my SUV, health & fitness and many others. I mentor budding entrepreneurs, testers, teams in any profession.

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  1. Dear Santhosh,

    Thanks very much for the prize. Honored. You can do the honors of giving away the prize to me personally at our office anytime. He he he ;).


    Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink
  2. I hope you’ll share peoples responses, there will be lots to learn from them.

    Sorry I could only find time to reply to one of the questions.

    Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:01 am | Permalink
  3. I understand, Darren :)

    With respect to responses by participants, I would do that if time permits. Very busy at moment. Some of the participants have their responses in their blogs. May be you can read there in their blogs if I don’t publish it here. Next time, I want you to participate completely :)


    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:12 am | Permalink
  4. Sree Lekha wrote:

    Hi Santosh,

    Am a beginner in Testing and visited your blog for the first time today. It is very inspiring and useful. Thank you so much. I need to go through the blog still to know more about testing as am still not clear on this track..

    By the way i saw the 18 testing challeges.I read you mentioned to post even the winners answers. Please post the answers too as that heps us a lot….

    Wiating for the answers :)


    Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink
  5. I am glad that you find my blog inspiring and useful. I have been very busy to post them here. And other thing is most of them have posted the answers / comments / one of the solutions as blog post in their blog. I would better give URL(s) to their respective blog post and you can read them there. I will do it by next week. Thank you very much for being reader of my blog.

    Have a great time ahead :)

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

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