Ambassador Workshop – TC Camp 2018

Earn Your Content Preparedness Merit Badge

TC Campers are often first responders in content emergencies because they possess the discipline and planning needed to react in tenuous content situations. Earning your Content Preparedness Merit Badge prepares you for content emergencies. In this merit badge course, you will learn the skills and actions that are needed before, during, and after a content emergency.

In this session you will:

  • Triage your own content production, identifying critical issues impacting the health of your content
  • Work together in small teams to apply First Aid to your content and content production techniques
  • Explore alternate ways of presenting and delivering content to your user
  • Produce a Content Preparedness plan to ensure long term content success at your organization

In this session, Matt Sullivan, Eagle Scout, founder of Tech Comm Tools, and an Adobe Technical Communication Partner, will guide you on a true merit badge-based experience. You’ll get your very own merit badge requirements handbook and a workbook to help you complete the requirements. You’ll want to keep track of the steps you complete because you can actually earn a badge in this session! Along the way you’ll participate in group discussions, evaluation activities, and team exercises.

There will be plenty of Adobe FrameMaker tips and techniques to help you boost your content creation, and sure to be a lot of fun!

When: 27 January 2018, 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Workshop leader: Matt Sullivan, Tech Comm Tools and Adobe Technical Communication Partner

Matt is Adobe’s Ambassador for TC Camp 2018. He is a content experience strategist who helps both large and small organizations deliver exacting content to their audience. He is a real world Eagle Scout and still uses the skills and knowledge he learned a few times a month. His daughters recently asked him to take them backpacking, but he’s pretty sure they’ll back off when they find out why backpackers need to carry a 6” trowel with them.

And, just in case you’re not sure of Matt’s qualifications, this photo from his Eagle Scout days should ease your mind!



Pre-Camp API Training – TC Camp 2018

Documenting RESTful APIs Using Swagger and the Open API Specification

The most common type of web API uses REST, and the most popular way to document RESTful APIs is to use the Open API Specification, so that tools like Swagger can automatically generate interactive, web-based documentation. This course covers the YAML data format, how to document RESTful APIs using the Open API Specification, how to use the Swagger editor, and how to publish documentation using SwaggerHub.

Some understanding of REST and JSON are required. This can be through work experience, Peter’s 2017 TC Camp course, or Peter’s online classes at Udemy. JSON and REST will be will be reviewed, but the assumption is that you will already have had exposure to them.

About the workshop leader

pgruenbaumPeter Gruenbaum is the president of SDK Bridge, which specializes in API documentation. He founded the company to bring together his love of technology and writing. He has worked as an API writer to describe APIs for eCommerce, automobile traffic prediction, electric utilities, cameras, tractors, and cat humor sites, just to name a few. He has published four online courses on writing API documentation on the Udemy platform. Peter received his BA in Physics from the University of Chicago and his PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University.


Date and Location:  Friday, 26 January 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

Cost $125. Lunch is provided.

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.


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


  • 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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