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.
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.
February, 20; Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv), Israel
MEGAComm combines two related communities, technical communicators and MARCOM professionals, offering sessions and networking opportunities for both.
Developing the best possible user experience for all types of software applications through well-designed interfaces and helpful and accessible support information
Content management and DITA in four conference segments: Management, information design and development, technical solutions, and tools and technology
More than 80 sessions covering all aspects of technical writing, editing, project management, and publication production
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
Latest industry trends, technical developments, and best practice in software user assistance and online help
Talks and interactive workshops for content strategists, web editors, user experience designers, technical writers, CMS developers
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.
Nearly 200 lectures, workshops, tutorials, and discussion groups on latest developments in technical communication and documentation
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.