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Unconference – TC Summer Camp 2017

Join our unconference and use the day to talk about everything techcomm!

Unconference

  • Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017
  • Time: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • VenueDistrict Architecture Center (DAC)
  • WiFi will be available, so you can Tweet and blog!
  • Bring: Curiosity, business cards, portable device (for notes, blogging, etc), and a laptop if you’re attending a workshop.
  • Suggest and Vote on Topics: After you’ve registered, you can suggest topics of interest!
  • Questions, feedback, coordination? Email your camp counselors

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Unconference Schedule

This is an approximate schedule of the day’s events:

  • 8:00 AM – Registration opens – Continental breakfast, networking, and registration!
  • 8:30 AM – Hands-on Workshops – Workshops run from 8:30-10:30
  • 10:30 AM – Workshops end – Break, refreshments, and more networking!
  • 11:00 AM – Unconference Begins.  The first general session includes:
    • Overview
    • Session Proposals
    • Voting
    • Lunch (with ticket)
    • Sponsor presentations
    • Expert Panel/Keynote
  • Session Matrix Posted (3 time slots 6 tables, with title, leader and scribe per session)
  • 2:00 PM – Session 1
  • 3:00 PM – Session 2
  • 4:00 PM – Session 3
  • 5:00 PM – Summary of Sessions, raffle, and wrap-up.
  • 6:00 PM – Finished

Thank you in advance for your notes and summary to everyone who volunteers as note-takers and session leaders!

Camp organizers invite any help in picking up after the free unconference. Help keep this event free!


Thanks to all the sponsors:
TC Summer Camp 2017!

TC Camp would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. When we reached out for companies to support this unconference, these pioneering spirited companies said YES without hesitation!

Special thanks to our Ambassador, our Scout Leaders, our Rangers, our Conservationists and our Stewards!

If you see a sponsor in the wild, be sure to thank them for being a TC Camp Sponsor!

Camp Ambassador (Platinum Sponsor)

adobe-tc

Adobe’s Technical Communication group delivers best-in-class tools, systems and services aimed at facilitating the end-to-end process of creating ground-breaking content, managing content effectively and efficiently using cutting edge systems, publishing content seamlessly across media and devices, and achieving greater business success. Adobe’s tools and solutions help deliver contextual, consumable and actionable content while offering highest return on investment. With the convergence of marketing and technical content across enterprises – Adobe’s new-age solutions will empower your organization to create valuable experiences that build your brands, drive demand, and extend the reach and ROI of customer-facing content, pre-sale AND post-sale.

Camp Scout Leaders (Gold Sponsors)

easyDITA

easyDITA accelerates creating and delivering content. It is a complete DITA authoring, publishing, and component content management system (CCMS). easyDITA’s users can create, share, reuse, localize, and deliver information faster and easier than ever before. We pride ourselves on delivering a complete approach to content development. From authoring to publishing, we’re there every step of the way. Visit us at easydita.com.

Camp Rangers (Silver Sponsors)

Camp Stewards (Green Sponsors)

Camp Counselors (Assistant Camp Organizers)

TC Camp Inc is a 501(c)(3).  All donations are tax deductible.These companies sponsor members to the TC Camp Board and help make TC Camp happen:

Single-Sourcing Solutions Single-Sourcing Solutions specializes in everything related to dynamic product information creation, publication, and delivery.
leximation-300x88 Increase your efficiency with our tools and solutions. Leximation creates targeted solutions that specifically fit your needs.
Group Wellesley provides writing, publishing, and information management solutions.
CoolText Senior-level Tech Comms expert, who loves learning new technologies and keeping up with current tools and trends.

Structured Authoring Workshop – TC Summer Camp 2017

Structured Authoring for Beginners

Are you new to structured authoring and topic-based writing? Are you more comfortable with unstructured desktop publishing applications and apprehensive about moving to XML or some other structured authoring environment?

This workshop is for you if you want to know the how, why, and what it is about structured authoring that has other companies pursuing something like DITA, even if, right now, you don’t have to do it yourself.

Get the basics of structured authoring and topic based writing in this gentle, but experiential workshop.

When: Saturday 9 September 2017, 8:30-10:30 AM

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Workshop leader: Janice Summers, Single-Sourcing Solutions, specializes in helping people who’ve only ever used unstructured desktop publishing applications learn structured authoring. She’s been successfully transitioning Word users to XML authoring for the last 15 years and hasn’t lost anyone yet!

 

Effective Collaboration Workshop – TC Summer Camp 2017

Use your unique strengths to engage content collaborators

Does this sound like you? You need to engage with diverse professionals and personalities on authoring technical documentation, but find it hard to engage with people that generalize, jump to conclusions, make changes without reasons, and race the clock? You are not alone. 14% of knowledge workers had felt like striking a coworker in the past year but didn’t, and 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • 12 unique strengths you need on your content team
  • 3 causes of stress, strain and conflict in collaborative authoring
  • 1 exercise to increase synergy between writers, editors, developers and SME

You will leave this workshop with concrete action items that strengthen your effectiveness on your authoring eco-system. It’s a getting-started guide to making it natural and easy to work with you.

This TC Camp workshop will challenge you. At the core is advice on how to connect and communicate more powerfully with your authoring team.

Participants have greatly increased their ability to implement new learnings by taking an optional Kolbe A Assessment before the workshop. Bringing your individualized Kolbe A assessment will enable you to define concrete action items during our time together at the camp. Registrants will have the option to purchase a Kolbe A assessment at a discounted price in advance of the workshop.

When: Saturday 9 September 2017, 8:30-10:30 AM

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Workshop leader

Andrew Lawless, Rockant Inc

Andrew Lawless is a best-selling author, performance coach, educator, and consultant. He is razor sharply focused on inspiring and priming professionals for success. He uses a time-proven and scientifically verified approach to boost team performance. Andrew helps you uncover your strengths and hidden talents so that working together will be easier and more productive than ever before.

Andrew brings a unique blend of experience in behavioral sciences, publishing, localization, and education. He served as a trainer and consultant to the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit where he helped analyze the mindset of hostage takers. Andrew presented his successes with improving global marketing teams to the US White House and testified before the US Senate on the importance of professional development in localization to the US economy. He is adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.

UI/UX Workshop – TC Summer Camp 2017

User Experience from Insights to Action

In this interactive workshop, you will learn the “Why” of UX (user experience): Why placing emphasis on the users is fundamental. You will understand users and types of user research. We’ll examine the UX lifecycle from insights to an actionable prototype and to a very useable product or experience. We’ll survey a variety of key UX artifacts such as personas, empathy maps, customer experience maps, journey maps and more.

Workshop leader: Vera Rhoads, Senior Managing Consultant UX at IBM, Adjunct Lecturer at University of Maryland iSchool

Vera Rhoads has been teaching at the University of Maryland iSchool in the MIM program since 2004. Her focus has primarily been usability and user experience. She has been working on optimizing web solutions for large-scale Fortune 500 companies and non-profits (Fannie Mae, AARP, IMF) for 19 years. Vera’s specialties include web strategy and operations, next-generation website evolution, usability, branding, multi-lingual globalization, web content management and search implementations. She is PMP, ITIL and SCRUM master certified and works on enhancing process methodologies into the web development lifecycle.

When: Saturday 9 September 2017, 8:30-10:30 AM

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