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Technical Communication 2019 Summit Conference & Expo

Overview

About STC:

The Society for Technical Communication is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication. The Society’s members span the field of the technical communication profession from students and academics to practitioners and managers. Our members represent every industry segment and many countries around the globe.

In a rapidly changing field, STC support the development and dissemination of technical communication knowledge and skill. The Society’s award-winning publications, Intercom and Technical Communication, are widely read by practitioners and academics in the field, and the STC annual conference is one of the most-attended technical communication events of the year. The STC also offers the Certified Professional Technical Communicator program that validates knowledge, competency and currency in the field through professional certification.

The Society, its geographic Chapters, and its Special Interest Groups produce a wide array of educational events throughout the year designed to advance the knowledge of members and promote technical communication education, managerial techniques and tool skills. Career advancement is also supported by the STC through an annual salary survey, job board, mentoring and networking.

The STC Summit, which celebrates its 66th anniversary in 2019, features top-notch presenters to discuss key trends, issues, and cutting-edge solutions in technical communication. The Summit also provides networking opportunities with colleagues and thought leaders in the field.

While other conferences may be narrowly focused, the STC Summit is broad — its depth and breadth reflect the diversity of our profession, our members, and our attendees. Summit attendees will learn about new techniques and trends, as well as grow their skills and competencies.

Talks at the STC Summit will showcase the following areas: Content Design and Delivery; Tools and Technologies; Training Development and Delivery; Project Management, Leadership, and Career Development. For the types and levels of sessions offered, see Session Types and Audience Experience Levels.

Content Design and Delivery:

Sessions targeted at technical communication professionals, students, and educators, encompassing the creation, design, refinement and delivery of content, regardless of medium.

Possible topics include:

Content strategy
Writing and editing
Visual design and layout
Illustration, graphics and photography
Video/film production
Podcasting/audio production
Usability and user experience
Web/mobile/digital design
Translation, internationalization and localization
Style guides
Plain language
Legal and ethical issues
Indexing
Results of academic research on topics in this track

Tools and Technologies:


Presentations and demonstrations of tools and technologies that you use to develop or improve your information deliverables, as well as techniques and approaches for working with and documenting new technologies.

Possible topics include:
New ways to deliver user assistance:

API documentation
Structured authoring, markup languages, DITA, Markdown
Integrating documentation into development workflows (docs as code)
Adapting content to chatbots and voice applications
Documenting “smart” objects and workflows (Internet of Things, Information 4.0)
Demonstrations of tools that you find invaluable in your work
Results of academic research on topics in this track

Training Development and Delivery:

Sessions on the training industry as a whole including synchronous onsite and online classes and the creation of effective eLearning. Presentations cover the tools, tactics, strategies, and techniques needed to deliver robust courses that enhance the learner experience no matter the pedagogy.

Possible topics include:

Learner retention
eLearning Techniques and tools
Teaching Live, Online Classes: Tactics
Effective Online PowerPoints
Writing Training Documentation
Writing eLearning Scripts
Creating eLearning Storyboards
Creating eLearning Voiceover Scripts
Online Training Platforms and LMSs
Preparing Traditional Classroom Materials for Use in an Online Class
Results of academic research on topics in this track

Project Management, Leadership, and Career Development:

Sessions targeted at project delivery professionals working the spectrum of approaches – from predictive (or waterfall) to cutting edge Agile methodologies; those in or wanting to move into management and other leadership roles, and ways to set personal career goals and create a plan that you can achieve.
Possible topics include:

Possible topics include:

Nuts and bolts of managing projects (all types!)
Advanced project management techniques (traditional and Agile)
Emerging trends and practices in project management
Transitioning to working in an Agile environment – how-to case studies, how work is different, and how you managed the change for yourself, or team, or your organization.
Agile project management – how it differs from traditional project management and the role of the Agile Project Manager.
Leading teams and team building
Breaking into management/Changing or expanding your career – how-to case studies
Emerging trends and practices in management and leadership
Personal career planning and management
Industry certifications – what you could pursue to help achieve your career goals.
Results of academic research on topics in this track

Why exhibit or sponsor?

8518_STC2015Expand your visibility and customer base. Exhibiting and face-to-face connections are much more effective than cold-calling, and offer more opportunities to meet the potential customers.

Get in touch with decision-makers and top influencers. Summit attendees come to the conference from more than a dozen countries from around the world and include technical writers, usability specialists, documentation managers, web designers, illustrators, managers, educators, translators, and other communicators. This means that you have a greater chance of getting in front of the people that matter most at a company.

Get inspired by like-minded individuals. Since the Summit Expo Hall is considered the premier event to unveil and demonstrate new and exciting products, services, and technology, you’re sure to be among the very best in the business. You may even walk away inspired yourself!

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