Unconference Agenda – TC Camp 2019

Friday, 26 April 2019

Be sure to bring: business cards, portable device, and your laptop!

Time   Pre-Conference Activities
8:30Registration
9:00API Training Class
Location: MLK Library, Room #255
(Venue Information, Parking and Campus Maps)
6:30Networking Dinner
Location: Flames Eatery
Across from the library below the 4th Street Garage

Once inside the Library: Go up the escalator. Make a slight right and proceed forward to the glassed-in area. That is where you will find the registration table and room #255.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Be sure to bring: business cards, portable device, and your camp spirit!

Once inside the Union: Go to the 2nd Floor and follow the signs to the Ballrooms. The registration desk will be outside the door. If you signed up for a workshop, we’ll direct you to the right room after you check in.

Time   Unconference Activities
8:00Morning Registration and continental breakfast
Location: SJSU Student Union, Ballrooms A,B,C
(Venue Information, Parking and Campus Maps)
8:30Morning Workshops
Adobe Ambassador Workshop
Ballroom A
Collaboration Workshop
Room 3A
Taxonomy Workshop
Ballroom C
Website Generators Workshop
Room 2A
10:30 Unconference Registration and break
Location: SJSU Student Union, Ballrooms A,B,C (Venue Information)
11:00

Unconference General Session and Keynote with Gavin Austin of Salesforce.
Ballrooms A,B,C
There will be 4 time slots.
Each time slot has 6 tracks
Session Matrix TBD
Amphitheater Track #1
API Track Track #2
Unconference Track #3
Unconference Track #4
Unconference Track #5
Unconference Track #6
5:00

Closing
Ballrooms A,B,C
Camp Minimalist
Raffle
TechComm Bowl
5:30

Thank you, closing, and wrap up
Ballrooms A,B,C

Note: If you decide you want to attend a different workshop than the one you signed up for on the day of the event, we will allow you to switch to the new class, as long as there are seats available.

Amphitheater – TC Camp 2019

Remember when camp was camp, and we had no fear performing in silly skits? TC Camp does. 

This year, we’re testing a new Unconference track that will provide short speaking opportunities. We’re calling it: The Amphitheater

The Amphitheater (cAmphitheater?) is an informal opportunity to get up in front of your peers and try something new, share your expertise, and gain confidence as a speaker.

We’re hoping to get a mix of veteran and first-time speakers, and think it’s a great way to let us hear more from each other.

The Amphitheater track has 5 and 20 minute speaking slots and will run alongside the regular Unconference sessions.

Speaker selection will be first-come, first-serve or chosen by lottery from all the entries. Start brainstorming what you could bring to camp!

Don’t miss out!

Pro tip: you aren’t strictly limited to traditional techcomm topics!

Taxonomy Workshop – TC Camp 2019

Sort it out! What Legos and Information Taxonomies Have in Common

Looking for a single piece of content on a web site is often compared to digging in a giant bucket of legos for a single unique piece – an often frustrating and futile endeavor.

If those legos are sorted by certain distinguishing attributes, such as color and size, the odds of finding a particular piece increase dramatically. As a result, companies often take a “lego-block” approach to their information taxonomies.

However, the sorting of lego blocks is child’s play, compared to the intricacies of sorting technical content – the distinctions are not always as visible as color or size and attributes that are that obvious may not be very useful in a search. Nevertheless, there are lessons we can learn from the “lego-block” approach.

In this workshop, Dawn Stevens draws parallels between sorting legos and sorting technical content and provides suggestions for going deeper when the Lego model falls short.

When: 27 April 2019, 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Workshop Leader: Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services

Dawn Stevens is the president of Comtech Services, specializing in information development, instructional design, and management consulting. With 28 years of experience, including 17 years at Comtech, Dawn has practical experience in virtually every role within a documentation and training department, including project management, instructional design, writing, editing, and multimedia programming. With both engineering and technical communication degrees, Dawn combines a solid technical foundation with strong writing and design skills to identify and remove the challenges her clients face in producing usable, technical information and training.