TC Camp Gazette #25


The moment you’ve all been waiting for…..

In 2015, TC Camp is returning to Mission College.

Thanks for all the feedback last year. We will be making minor adjustments in the use of space and fine tuning everything to make 2015 even better.We would like to offer a special Thank You to Juniper Networks that so graciously offered us its lovely facility.

Jump-Start Your Mobile Project

by the Roving Reporter

TC Camp Workshop led by Marta Rauch

Fellow campers, you wanted to learn more about writing for Mobile. We listened and sent a call out to the Technical Community to find you an expert to learn from. One name came up more times than I can count: Marta Rauch.

When we asked Marta if she would be willing to donate her time and effort to teaching campers, she said “Yes” without hesitation! If you know Marta, then you know why we were thrilled. If you have never met her, then I strongly suggest that you sign up for her class at TC Camp.

Marta won’t be teaching her workshop alone; she has partnered up with two others. Here is what she and her team will be teaching you:

Get your mobile project off to a good start by developing quick, low-fidelity mock-ups of mobile content. This helps you demonstrate how you’ll meet mobile user requirements and lets you incorporate feedback early in the project.

In this hands-on workshop, you will use paper templates to create quick prototypes of content for mobile apps, including an app for a wearable device.

Here’s a little bit about our workshop leader:

Marta is a fan of mobile usability and UX, and contributed to Joe Welinske’s book, Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps. If you plan on attending her workshop, you may want to pick this up ahead of time as prep work.

We always like to ask our leaders to share a little bit about themselves and something that most people would not know. Did you know Marta is an avid camper, hiker, and backpacker?

I asked her where her favorite place was and while she has many, she enjoys visiting Tahoe and Yosemite. Her favorite Yosemite day hike is to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Here is a stunning picture from one of those hikes earlier this year:

Cindy Church is a Senior Curriculum Developer in the Oracle Server Technologies group and develops instructor-led training, demos, self-studies, tutorials, and mobile-ready instructional videos. Cindy is an animal lover and owns a large collection of lint brushes in various shapes and sizes — which is very handy since where you have pets, you have fur!

Gail Chappell is a writer in a UX group and co-presented a mobile content workshop at the Intelligent Content conference. Her favorite camping trip was sleeping under the stars with her daughters — no tent. She loves campfire food, especially banana boats. I wonder if she’s ever cooked Hobo Stew or Coffee Can Bread?

Why I Attend TC Camp

By Victor Buccieri, 2014 TC Camp attendee

Why are you a fan (or at least an attendee) of TC Camp?

TC Camp 2014 was my first exposure to this creative and innovative way to learn about emerging technological products and services. The Single Sourcing Solutions team (Janice & Liz) assured us that it was worth an investment of our precious weekend time for personal and professional reasons. I have to say, they were right on many levels.

What was your favorite part of TC Camp?

The volunteers, of course! On a professional level, we made wonderful networking connections, gathered insight into many problems and solutions being discussed, and learned plenty of lessons. The experience was invaluable.

Camp Extras!

Tips and Tricks for TC Camp Participants

By Victor Buccieri, 2014 TC Camp attendee

What advice would you give someone attending for the first time?

Get to the cookies first. Be open-minded and know that you are among friends. Please share your ideas and comments without fear of ridicule or retribution. TC Camp attendees are warm and friendly, and are investing their time and money to learn, share ideas, and network. It’s a very comfortable learning environment. And remember: Get to the cookies first!

Trail Mix

Beware of any manual that includes a section called, “How to Use This Manual.” (If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem!)

Help Run TC Camp 2015

Here is your chance to give back to the community! Be a TC Camp Volunteer!!

A lot happens on the day of the event, and we will need plenty of help setting up, organizing, and managing the event. Plan now to help. Let us know that you’ll help run TC Camp 2015 by

And now for something completely different!

I searched high and low for a weird stuff article for this week. Then I found these cute little kitty’s with punctuation marks on their heads – fitting right?!