TC Camp Gazette #30

Are You Getting Ready to Pack Up, Hitch Up the Wagon, and Head On Out to TC Camp?!

Here are some things you’ll want to bring with you.

Your Ticket Leap confirmation: It’s required!

$3 for parking (in coins or dollar bills): Last year, the Mission College folks waved the $3 all-day parking fee, but be prepared in case they don’t this year. When we know if they will, we’ll post the good news on the venue page.

Ideas: TC Camp is all about you and designed by you on that day. So bring your ideas for topics for the unconference and your challenges for the special panel game show.

Business cards (or something like it): There will be alot of people you’ll want to keep in touch with long after camp.

Smartphone or tablet: You’ll want some way toshout out about how much fun you’re having and all the new information you’re learning. (Yes, there will be WiFi.)

Pen and paper: If you like to keep it old school,then chances are that you’ll want a pad of paper and a pen to write with.

Food and drink: We do a pretty darn good job at having a wide variety of food throughout the day. There will be everything from water to coffee to tea to soda to juice to drink. We provide enough variety in food to meet the needs of just about any diet, no matter if you eat Paleo or raw vegan, or all points in between. If you’ve already purchased your lunch ticket, you’re set. If not and you want to join us for lunch, then bring $4. Otherwise, bring your own.

Your exuberant, fun spirit and your gracious patience and understanding (as always): It’s camp, after all. Chances are we might make a mistake or two.

The Unconference

By Janice Summers

Session topics, how to ….

If you have attended TC Camp in the past, then you already understand how the unconference part of the day works, and how you suggest and vote on session topics.

To suggest a topic in advance: Go to the Logistics and Schedule page and scroll to Leave a Comment at the bottom.

Why I Attend TC Camp

By June Harton, 2013 and 2014 TC Camp attendee

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

TC Camp is a great deal – it’s free! Lunch is only $4. For $35, you can attend a workshop given by a tech comm professional on a very relevant subject. It is held in Silicon Valley. That is always exciting to me because I get to meet people working on the cutting edge of technology and willing to share their knowledge. This will be the third year that I will attend.

What is your favorite part of TC Camp?

Networking – it’s great. I meet new people and refresh old contacts. The face time is very valuable.

Camp Extras!

Tips and tricks for TC Camp participants

By June Harton, 2013 and 2014 TC Camp attendee

Come ready to network, have a good time, and participate. Unlike other conferences with set agendas, attendees vote on the sessions and can actively share their own knowledge and experiences with others.

Trail Mix

SGML: Sounds Good, Maybe Later

XML: eX (used to be) [SG]ML

DITA (1996): Darwin Information Typing Architecture

DITA (2014): Damned Inconvenient Text Abstraction

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 emailing

And now for something completely different!

How’s the New Year Diet resolution going? How about this tempting treat? A donut stuffed with an apple fritter then covered in chocolate and sprinkles! Did I mention the custard?