Resolution for 2011: Attend a conference!

Attending a conference is the perfect professional new year’s resolution for us tech writers: Regardless of what other plans for improvement you (or your boss) have, tech comm conferences are the perfect platform to exchange ideas, learn about new methods and tools and generally recharge your enthusiasm!

If you’re a manager: Sending your tech writer to a conference is one of the easiest and best ways to motivate her or him and to ensure that your documentation is in step with trends and developments! See my previous posts about conferences for insights and raves.

Alan Houser at tekom 2010

(Alan Houser at tekom 2010, photo by jophan).

To start you off, here are some of the pivotal conferences in the US and in Europe – with one “write-in” conference in Israel added by commenters. The list had great help from Linda Urban who suggested most of the events in response to a twitter query. Thank you, Linda!

The list is sorted by date; the quotations are taken from the event web sites. If you have any advice about events listed or missing, help us all out and leave a comment below.

MEGAComm

February, 20; Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv), Israel

MEGAComm combines two related communities, technical communicators and MARCOM professionals, offering sessions and networking opportunities for both.

WritersUA

March, 13-16; Long Beach (Los Angeles), CA, USA

Developing the best possible user experience for all types of software applications through well-designed interfaces and helpful and accessible support information

CMS/DITA

April, 4-6; Baltimore, MD, USA

Content management and DITA in four conference segments: Management, information design and development, technical solutions, and tools and technology

STC Summit

May, 15-18; Sacramento, CA, USA

More than 80 sessions covering all aspects of technical writing, editing, project management, and publication production

Congility

May, 24-26; Gatwick (London), UK

Content Integration: Leveraging Content Standards to Improve Customer Experience; reducing cost of content and translation; implementing XML, DITA, reuse and dynamic publishing; applying content standards and best practices

UA Europe

June, 16-17; Brighton, UK

Latest industry trends, technical developments, and best practice in software user assistance and online help

CS Forum

September, 05-07; London, UK

Talks and interactive workshops for content strategists, web editors, user experience designers, technical writers, CMS developers

Technical Communication UK

September, 20-22; Oxford, UK

Technical Communication UK is the annual conference that aims to meet the needs of technical communicators, their managers and clients, from every corner of the industry.

tekom

October, 18-20; Wiesbaden, DE

Nearly 200 lectures, workshops, tutorials, and discussion groups on latest developments in technical communication and documentation

DITA Europe

November 7-8, Prague, CZ
Technical writers, IT professionals, information architects, publications managers meet publications professionals who have implemented DITA in their organizations and hear from representatives of key tools vendors who are actively supporting the DITA community.
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5 Responses

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Alan Houser, Julio Vazquez and Technical Comms. Technical Comms said: Resolution for 2011: Attend a conference! http://bit.ly/gsd17q via @techwriterkai […]

  2. Hi Kai,
    Don’t forget about MEGAComm 2011, a large, one-day technical writing conference held in Israel. This year it will be held on February 20, 2011 at Kfar Maccabiah (Ramat Gan).

  3. Hi Gil,

    Thanks for adding MEGAComm – those who are interested can learn more by writing to me or viewing the information on the Techshoret website. We already have over 150 people registered to attend. Keynote speakers include Jeff Pulver and Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon as well as several international speakers coming just for the conference!

  4. Gil and Paula, thank you for pointing out MEGAComm, I have added it to the main post!

  5. Thanks! Nice to see so many taking place in Europe.

    Vici in Vienna, Austria

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