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.

Unconference – TC Camp 2019

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

Two days of learning–technology, concepts, and skills with the best technical communicators in Silicon Valley. TC Camp is an Unconference, where techcomm leaders gather to learn and grow.

This is an event for the elite, for the people who want to be known as the movers and shakers. The people in techcomm who want to be the ones who can handle anything–by themselves, through their networks, and through their capabilities.

And they’re all here to work together to make everyone better!

What’s New This Year?

If you’ve never been to camp before, know that this is YOUR TC Camp. TC Camp is what you make of it.

The main event is the FREE Unconference. There is absolutely no cost to attend the main event. See the schedule…

However, if you want a little help getting your brain going early on a Saturday morning, you can add an optional morning workshop — Dawn Stevens (Taxonomy), Jessica Parker (Website Generators), or Mark Thompson (Collaboration) — for only $40. If none of those strike your fancy, you can always attend Matt Sullivan’s Adobe workshop for FREE. Learn more…

If you’re looking to expand your skills in the hottest growing techcomm sub-speciality, you can also add optional the Pre-Camp API Day for only $140 for a full day of training. We have new instructors with a brand new class! Learn more…

Keynote: The Future of Illusions

At most companies, marketing and technical communications rarely unite even though both professions create content. Also, rumors abound that new technologies, such as chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) might reduce the necessity of both roles or increase internal struggles for their funding. Learn how content created by Salesforce is displacing the future of these illusions. 

In this keynote, attendees will learn:

  • How to solve competitive content requirements across teams
  • How to reuse content to build memorable customer experiences
  • Why different teams across a huge company are creating content together
  • Why techcomm professionals should market their knowledge and curtail their quirks

Keynote speaker: Gavin Austin

Gavin Austin, Salesforce

Gavin Austin is a Principal Technical Writer at Salesforce, where he’s been writing a variety of content for over 14 years. He helped Salesforce radically change its content strategy in 2015, and he has delivered a number of highly-rated talks at Dreamforce, Intelligent Content Conference, Information Development World, Write the Docs San Francisco, University of Washington, Blue Shield of California, CA Technologies, Agile2013, WritersUA, LavaCon, and more. In his spare time, he runs (and somehow finishes) 100-mile ultramarathons. He also loves burritos.

The Amphitheater! (AKA Lightning Talks)

Remember when camp was camp, and we had no fear performing in silly skits? TC Camp does. The Amphitheater 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. Learn more…

Dedicated API Track!

Because so many people propose and vote on API topics, we’re going to dedicate one table to those topics. We’ve got someone who will curate and choose those topics, as well. This year, you can get down deep into API doc specifics because you’ll have four sessions dedicated to the topic!

Dot-voting and electronic voting!

Unconference sessions are determined by the attendees on the day of the event. Usually we do this with dot voting during the lunch break. You can vote electronically too — only registered attendees can vote, so don’t worry! You can vote now or vote later…


TC Camp 2019 Sponsors

Without our sponsors TC Camp is not possible! Please help us thank them by visiting their websites. They keep this event free.

Camp Ambassador

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 Leader

Docforce is the platform that enables Writing as a Service. It is an advanced collaborative content creation and consulting platform designed to bring on-demand professional technical writing services to companies of any size on a Pay-As-You-Go or Subscription Basis.

JustSystems is a leading global software provider with three decades of successful innovation in office productivity, information management, and consumer and enterprise software. Since 1999 content developers have turned to XMetaL Author Enterprise for the best combination of easy-to-use authoring and tool customizability.

Comtech has been helping clients produce better technical content since 1978. Comtech strives to answer your information development questions. Whether you’re looking for consulting services or you need to train your team, Comtech can help.

Camp Ranger

Camp Conservationists

Camp Counselors


TC Camp Volunteers

When called to serve, these people jumped to our aide! Without them, there’d be no TC Camp.

Everyone who participates in the organization and planning of this event is an unpaid volunteer. If you value this event and want it to continue to happen, please consider being a volunteer next year.

2019 Organizing Committee
Li-At Rathbun
June Harton
Elaina Cherry
Wendie Ruano
Claire Lundeby
Scott Prentice
Liz Fraley




Unconference – TC Camp 2018

Join our Unconference and use the day to talk about everything techcomm. TC Camp attracts approximately 160 top-tier participants every year!

What Happened at TC Camp 2018

Two days of learning–technology, concepts, and skills–with the best technical communicators in Silicon Valley. TC Camp is an Unconference, where techcomm leaders gather to learn and grow. This is an event for the elite, for the people who want to be known as the movers and shakers. The people in techcomm who want to be the ones who can handle anything–by themselves, through their networks, and through their capabilities. And they’re all here to work together to make everyone better!

Highlights – see pictures, watch the videos, get the slides.

Notes from TC Camp Sessions

Unconference Session Matrix

Raffle Winners

  • Kevin Hufnagle – Bluetooth speaker from Adobe
  • Toni Flores – iPad from XMetaL
  • Will Clemens –  a copy of The Language of Technical Communication from Adobe
  • Claire Lundeby –  a copy of The Language of Technical Communication from Adobe
  • Nathaniel Lim – DITA Flashcards from Comtech Services
  • June Harton – MadPak, including 12 months Bronze Maintenance and 12 months MadCap Central
  • Celine Dion – a copy of “The Language of Localization” from Kit Brown-Hoekstra

Event Agenda

Pre-Camp API Day

Pre-Camp Networking Dinner

Join TC Camp staff, volunteers, and attendees for dinner.

  • Date: Friday, 26 January 2018
  • Where: Pedro’s Restaurant and Cantina
  • Address: 3935 Freedom Cir, Santa Clara, CA 95054 Map
  • When: 6:00 PM
  • Cost: Dinner is not free. You are responsible for paying for your own dinner.

Unconference

  • Date: Saturday, 27 January 2018, 8AM-6PM
  • Venue: Hospitality Management building, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA. Map

Schedule

  • 8:00 AM – Doors Open. Registration. Continental breakfast, networking
  • 8:30 AM – Workshops Start.
    All workshops run from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM and are simultaneous.
    The Ambassador Workshop is free to attend. All other workshops cost $35.00. If you decide you want to attend a different class 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.
  • 10:30 AM – Workshops End; break; refreshments
  • 10:30 AM – Unconference Registration Opens.
  • 11:00 AM – Unconference Begins. The first general session includes:
    • Overview
    • Session Proposals
    • Voting
    • Lunch (with ticket)
    • Sponsor presentations
    • Keynote: Dr Daniel Rosenberg, SJSU
    • Unconference Sessions (4 time slots 6 tables, with title, leader and scribe per session) – Session Matrix
  • 5:00 PM – Summary of Sessions, Raffle, and Wrap up.
  • 6:00 PM – Finished

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

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


Thanks to all the sponsors:
TC Camp 2018!

TC Camp would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. When we reached out for companies to support this Un-Conference, 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

Camp Scout Leader

XMetal by Justsystems

Camp Rangers

Camp Conservationists

Camp Stewards (Green Sponsors)

Write The Docs

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:
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