TC Camp Gazette #34

Your Feedback, Please: TC Camp Morning Workshops

Your TC Camp day starts with optional workshops. Vote here to help TC Camp organizers choose the workshop topics for TC Camp 2016.

I Am a TC Camp Volunteer

by Cherie Woodward

I travel pretty far to go to conferences and must prioritize worth vs. time away from home. TC Camp was my first unconference. The thought that I could influence hot topics presented in the afternoon session was titillating. I wasn’t disappointed. The afternoon sessions selected by popular demand were so inspiring, I felt it important and SO worthwhile to attend the next two TC Camps.

After the second TC Camp, it just felt right volunteering at the 2015 TC Camp. It was an opportunity to really get to know many of my peers to whom I’ve nodded at this, that, and the other conference. Being recognized by folks I met that day has been a boon for getting contracts. Networking is a big draw for me. You never know where it may take you.

It was also an opportunity to connect with star personalities of technical communication who were there presenting or plugging products. And too, helping folks get where they needed to be or chat with them when I thought they looked lost and seeing relief cross their faces was rewarding. I haven’t even mentioned the relief that crossed the coordinators’ faces that they could count on one more person to pitch in when more ice was needed, signs needed posting, or for a traffic director to guide folks to ticket-free parking.

Even though I was a busy volunteer, I did not miss out on cramming my brain full of tools and trends such as how a development team was implementing Agile and its impact on the technical communicator in their group, and how SDL turned a doc team into corporate rock stars.

I now live in the Sierra Foothills, and appreciate a good webinar. Since I’m a contractor, I attend many to stay on top of my game. I am active in my local STC chapter, have attended several STC Summits in the last three decades, and presented at the 2012 AMWA Conference. I want to know the next trend in technical communication as soon as possible. I want gigs where interesting technology is being developed. So you see, my enthusiasm runs rampant.

Maybe this is why I enjoy getting in there and helping out the good folks who run TC Camp. I want TC Camp to succeed for my own selfish reasons:

  • To expand my toolset, knowledge, and marketability
  • To network and maintain contacts
  • To be informed about TC developments

It also makes me happy to be the smiling face a colleague sees when they arrive!

About Our Sponsors

TC Camp is looking for sponsors for 2016, and we need your input. Who would you like to be a TC Camp sponsor?

Some of our sponsors are given air time to address all attendees in the general session. What would you like them to talk about? What topics? How would you like them to present it? For example, last TC Camp we had one sponsor present a series of skits. Did you like this, or would you prefer some other form of presentation? Remember this is camp, so be creative.

If you have an idea for a sponsor or what they should present at TC Camp, contact Nathaniel Lim at In addition to the company name, a sponsor’s name with their contact information (phone, email) is preferred.

About TC Camp

TC Camp is an Unconference – a single-day event of learning and sharing knowledge among technical communication professionals.

TC Camp 2016 is currently scheduled for January 30, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay area.

TC Camp, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

We Need You Now

We’ve begun planning for TC Camp 2016, and there’s lots of work to do. Join one of our virtual volunteer teams and help us make the next TC Camp the best yet. You can contribute to a team that updates our website, manages our social media presence, or creates newsletter announcements. To volunteer, email

TC Camp Gazette #33: 2016 Kick-Off

We’re on Our Way!

TC Camp 2016

Looking Forward

TC Camp is an Unconference – a single-day event of learning and sharing knowledge among technical communication professionals.

At TC Camp 2016 we’ll do it again. We’ll focus on the issues, skills, challenges, and tools that interest you most.

Save the Date!!

Mark your calenders for Saturday, January 23, 2016. We’re still in the process of reviewing locations in the San Francisco Bay area, but the date has been set, so mark your calendars now.

TC Camp 2016 Needs You Now!!

Yes, we’ve begun planning for TC Camp 2016, but there’s lots of work to do. Join one of our virtual volunteer teams and help us make the next TC Camp the best yet. As a Virtual Volunteers, you’ll share tasks for more flexibility. You can contribute to a team that updates our website, manages our social media presence, or creates newsletter announcements. To volunteer, email

Sponsor TC Camp 2016!

TC Camp would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact

Unconference – TC Camp 2016

Join Our Unconference and use the day to talk about everything techcomm. Our Camp had nearly 200 participants!

Unconference Logistics

  • Date: Saturday, 23 January 2016
  • Time: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Venue: Hospitality Management building, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA
    • WiFi will be available, you can twitter, live blog!
  • Bring: curiosity, business cards, portable (for notes, blogging, etc)
  • Questions, feedback, coordination? Send an email your camp counselors

Unconference Schedule

This is an approximate schedule of the day’s events:

  • 8:00 AM – Registration opens, continental breakfast, networking
  • 8:30 AM – Hands-on Workshops – All workshops run from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. 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.  We have four workshops lined up!
  • 10:30 AM – Workshops End/Break, refreshments
  • 11:00 AM – Unconference Begins.  The first general session includes:
    • Overview
    • Session Proposals
    • Voting
    • Lunch (with ticket)
    • Sponsor presentations
    • Expert Panel or Keynote
    • Session Matrix Posted (3 time slots 6 tables, with title, leader and scribe per session)
  • 2:00 PM – Session 1
  • 3:00 PM – Session 2
  • 4:00 PM – Session 3
  • 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!


Folks from the TC Camp community have posted pictures of the event. If you took pictures and want us to include you, please let us know what to post!

TC Camp 2016 Flickr Gallery

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TC Camp Thanks our 2016 West Sponsors!

Camp Ambassador (Platinum Sponsor)

Adobe Systems The future of TechComm is here! With increased globalization, digitization and mobile device penetration, the technical content we deliver has to be contextual and easily available. Adobe’s tools and services are focused on creating ground-breaking content, deploying it across devices, and achieving greater business success. Our award-winning software have set the standard for communication and collaboration for more than 25 years. And now that the future of TechComm is here, Adobe is here as your partners-in-success!

Camp Scout Leaders (Gold Sponsors)


easyDITA accelerates creating and delivering content. It is a complete DITA authoring, publishing, and component content management system (CCMS). easyDITA’s users can create, share, reuse, localize, and deliver information faster and easier than ever before. We pride ourselves on delivering a complete approach to content development. From authoring to publishing, we’re there every step of the way. Visit us at


MadCap Software, Inc. is a trusted resource for the thousands of companies around the globe that rely on its solutions for single-source multi-channel authoring and publishing, multimedia, and translation management. Our services include product training, consulting services, translation and localization and an advanced developer certification program.

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.

Camp Rangers (Silver Sponsors)

Synergistech SimplyXML
dakota SDL_logo_strapline_GCEM-01_GreenBG

Camp Conservationists (Bronze Sponsors)

Miramo DesignScience Bluestream XML Content Solutions

Camp Stewards (Green Sponsors)

East Bay STC Chapter
stc-sac Silicon Valley STC Chapter
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:

Single-Sourcing Solutions Single-Sourcing Solutions specializes in everything related to dynamic product information creation, publication, and delivery.
leximation-300x88 Increase your efficiency with our tools and solutions. Leximation creates targeted solutions that specifically fit your needs.
Group Wellesley provides writing, publishing, and information management solutions.
CoolText Senior-level Tech Comms expert, who loves learning new technologies and keeping up with current tools and trends.