TC Camp Gazette #9: Michael Hamilton

TC Camp Gazette

TC Camp is almost here and we need your help!

TC Camp is only 2 weeks away. We are doing our best to to make sure that there are interesting people to network and converse with, but we still need your help! Unconferences are run by the attendees, so the more we have the better it will be. Help spread the word and invite the people in your network to come to TC Camp. Invite your professional network on LinkedIn. Invite your friends on Facebook. Share the Meetup group

TC Camp NewsAn interview with: Michael Hamilton

Finally! See Flare the way you want to see it! No pitch and no hype just an open and unstructured tour. I had a great chat with Mike about his up-coming session at the TC Camp. He is taking the spirit of the Un-Conference into his morning session by “free forming” an in depth tour of Flare.

“I really want to keep the session open and let the audience direct the learning. I want to break out of the norm and that’s why I want to stay intentionally vague. It’s more interesting for everyone,” he said. “At MadCap we have fun with what we do! We have no desire to rule the world so we aren’t threatened by others. Our job is to make the life of writers easier. As long as we do that we are doing our job!”

Why the TC Camp Un-Conference? “This is my very first! I thought it was intriguing and about time the attendees got to direct things! Too many conferences are about what people want to share vs. what people want to learn. It’s about time people get to say what they are looking for without regard to scripted talking points.”

What can attendees expect to gain from attending your class? Mike plans on conducting a true “show and tell” session for both the tools and techniques so no matter what you are using now or plan on using in the future. This is your chance to see the newest software architecture in the industry when it is un-scripted and unstructured.

He told me: “It’s a chance to look under the hood and see what we are doing that makes our software so unique. It’s exciting and fresh with a brand new code base that is unfettered by the past.”

You can join Mike for a free form session exploring Flare the way you want to see it by joining his class in January, “Authoring and Publishing Using MadCap Flare”.

Oh! And by the way… during his workshop, if you can answer one of his trivia questions correctly, you can win a free calendar of his photography from the Canadian Rocky Mountain range: Why is the product named Flare? Who was the previous tenet of the MadCap headquarters?

Michael HamiltonMichael Hamilton is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys camping, hiking and backpacking. His favorite area is the Eastern side of the Sierra mountain range. Recently his travels took him to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He traveled from Banff to Jasper and all points in-between. With camera in hand he created a stunning calendar the chronicles his adventure.

Improve your survival skillsSurvival Skills: Improve your skills through a workshop

#1 recommendation from the camp counselors? Check the class description page

Check the class description page to see if the instructor wanted you to bring anything specific with you to class. Some classes have some recommended reading; some have some recommended set-up steps, so you can follow along in real time with your own data. Check in early, so you’re ready to jump right in!

Bring your gearPrep Steps: What are you bringing with you?

This week’s #1 recommendation from the camp counselors is to bookmark the TC Camp website We retain new knowledge is if We all learn better when we have a way to solidify our learning. One of the best ways to do this is to talk through new concepts and relate them to our own needs, environments and experiences. Someone who can be our sounding board. Someone we trust.

We hope to have a great and diverse group of theater professionals for you to network and converse. Bring a friend with you to camp.

  • Share your participation on Meetup, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!
  • Invite interested friends and family!
  • Promote to your co-workers at your team meetings!

Momentum is everything. Let’s all work together to grow our networks and make the camp the best it can be. Remember an unconference is run by the attendees, so the more we have with the more diverse networks, the better it will be. See you there!

Mystery SpotMystery Spot

Come to camp, earn a merit badge! TC Camp attendees are rewarded for the roles they assume in camp participation. Current Badge Report:

  • Camp Counselor
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Instructor
  • Discussion Leader (Facilitator)
  • Discussion Reporter (Scribe)
  • Attendee (I came!)
  • Volunteer
  • Mystery Badge!

What other badges can you earn? Watch this spot!

Sign up for camp newsTick Tock! This month’s camp special

If you want the Tick Tock Deal, you’ve got to subscribe to the camp news.

From the Cat HoleFrom the cat hole: Brain teasers, oddities, and fun stuff

This week’s question:

In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

Last week’s answer: There is no dirt in a hole.

Email your guess to for a chance to win a special merit badge! Each correct answer from eligible entrants will result in one entry in the drawing. Drawing will be held at TC Camp during the general session. Winners must be present during the drawing at the camp to win. Eligible contestants must be fans of the TC Camp Facebook page, TC Camp LinkedIn page, and be subscribers to this newsletter at time of submission. Entries for today’s question close at midnight 1/25/2012.

2 Replies to “TC Camp Gazette #9: Michael Hamilton”

Comments are closed.