2020 Solutions Showcase

ICE's Solutions Showcase enables industry partners to highlight their innovative products and/or services in a more intimate setting than the Innovation Hall. Please consider the following invitations on our industry partners' behalf, and make plans to attend the engaging presentations.

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Tuesday, November 10, 10:45 - 11:45 am ET 

Join Abby Esten, Barry Porter, and Tim Burnett, for a solutions showcase with a twist. Personal, dynamic, and not a PowerPoint in sight.

In this session, members of the fastest-growing community in assessment, Abby, Barry, and Tim, will show and tell the best Surpass Community highlights from 2020. They’ll provide snapshot insights into the latest features being introduced to Surpass, and take a peek into the future, unveiling the latest news on the Surpass development roadmap. Features on show will be the new standard-setting functionality, Technology Enhanced Items (TEI), AI in item development, and the latest authoring management solutions.

The team will be celebrating the successes of the Surpass Community and discussing the surge in community membership, particularly in the healthcare and accountancy sectors. They will also be announcing a test delivery landmark, and looking at why the Surpass team have collected so many awards in 2020 for item banking and business growth, including gold awards for ‘Best Student Assessment Solution’ and ‘Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year’.

Abby, Barry, and Tim, will also be sharing tips and advice provided by expert members of the assessment community on topics such as how to approach test development in the ‘new normal’, and advice for conducting virtual Job Task Analysis and standard-setting workshops.

Following their dynamic presentation, the Surpass team will be available for Q&A in the session or on their virtual exhibition booth.

Tim Burnett

Head of Community & Marketing

Tim joined BTL as a Project Manager in 2006. Since then, Tim has taken on the role of Head of Community & Marketing.

Education is at the core of Tim’s career having graduated as a qualified teacher of Design & Technology. Tim is keen on building positive communities which can work together to improve the learning and assessment process, making it fair, inclusive, and useful.

As well as working with BTL, Tim is an active board member for the e-Assessment Association and contributes to the activities of industry groups such as the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), the Certification Network Group (CNG) and Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB).



Barry Porter

VP, Account Management

Having joined our UK office in 2010, Barry has supported many of BTL’s most prestigious clients in their

adoption of the Surpass platform.  At the end of 2018 Barry and his family relocated to Pennsylvania where Barry now heads up the Account Management function that serves North America.

Barry is well regarded within the Surpass community both in the UK and now in the US and regularly attends and presents at key events such as ICE Exchange and ATP, along with many regional user groups.

It is fair to say that Barry enjoys the opportunity to network with certification bodies and suppliers alike, and has built an extensive network of contacts during his time with the organization.


Abby Esten

VP, Business Development

Abby joined BTL Surpass in April of this year. In this role, she works with potential BTL Surpass clients in North America to strengthen, enhance and streamline their certification programs via BTL’s products and services. Abby has worked in the assessment industry since 2002, holding roles in test development, account management and business development, first at Promisor, then at Pearson VUE, and most recently at PSI. She has also experienced the industry via a client viewpoint whilst holding the role of Credential Manager at the Project Management Institute (PMI). Abby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature with a Philosophy minor from Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania and has completed post-baccalaureate course work in Business from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She holds the Credentialing Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and is active in various testing community organizations including the Performance Testing Council (PTC), the IT Certification Council (ITCC), Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), Association of Test Publishers (ATP) and both the DC and Chicago-area Certification Network Groups (CNG).