Bug Battle: Software Testing Competition
The uTest Bug Battle is a quarterly software testing competition where thousands of testers from around the world compete to find bugs in today's most popular web, mobile, desktop and gaming applications. In the fourth and final Bug Battle of 2010, the uTest community will compete to find bugs in three specialty e-tail applications:
UPDATE: The results of the latest Bug Battle can be found here. Here's how the competition works: Testers are given one week each quarter to search for the most compelling bugs within various software applications (see below for previous Bug Battles). Once the competition is over, testers then fill out a detailed survey, ranking each application in terms of usability, intuitiveness and other criteria. From there, a panel of uTest judges evaluates each submission, and awards thousands of dollars in prizes for the following categories:
- Top overall tester
- Best web bugs
- Best mobile bugs
- Best feedback
To get a better idea of how the competition works, here are recaps of our Bug Battles to date:
- Battle of the Career Sites - Bug searching on the job searching sites, Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and SimplyHired.
- Battle of the Check-In Apps - Testers searched for location-based bugs in Foursquare, Brightkite and Gowalla.
- Battle of the TV Networks - The ratings wars get a bit more interesting, as we test ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.
- Battle of the E-Tailers - For the holiday shopping season, our community tested the sites of Target, Amazon and Walmart.
- Battle of the Search Engines - In one of our most challenging Bug Battles, testers searched the search engines.
- Battle of the Desktop Twitter Apps - Hundreds of testers competed to find bugs in five of the most popular Twitter apps.
- Battle of the Social Networks - We asked our testers to evaluate Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn.
- Battle of the Browsers - In our first Bug Battle, our testers evaluated the beta versions of IE 8, Firefox 3.1, and Google Chrome.
If you have questions, of if you'd like to suggest a software application for future Bug Battles, be sure to let us know.