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 nathaniel@tccamp.org. 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 counselor@tccamp.org.

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 counselor@tccamp.org.

Sponsor TC Camp 2016!

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

TC Camp Gazette #32

TC Camp 2015

Another Great Year! 

by Lori Meyer, TC Camper

Affordable, top-quality workshops…invigorating discussions…exhibits…great prizes…It all added up to another successful TC Camp experience on January 24. Once again, TC Camp combined the best of a formal program and user-driven learning.

This year, we had four well-attended morning workshops. Maxwell Hoffman talked about using the Adobe Technical Communication Suite v5 to produce enriched content for online delivery. Marta Rauch of Oracle discussed jump-starting your mobile projects. Steve Anderson of Salesforce.com provided insights about creating documentation portals. And Tom Johnson of 41st Parameter explored API documentation in changing environments and new technologies.

At midday, we had some game-show fun with Camper’s Feud, where two teams — the Dangling Participles and the Serial Commas — challenged each other to give the best answers to four TC-related questions.

The afternoon unconference included 18 facilitated discussion sessions in three slots, covering a wide range of topics that you voted for in the morning. Examples of popular topics included keeping up with industry trends, HTML5, job search techniques, reuse strategies, and search issues. Then, it was on to Camp Minimialist to hear end-of-day summaries on the afternoon sessions. A representative from each session table was challenged to summarize their session in 60 seconds or less to get a reward. We wrapped up the day with drawings for great prizes, including an iPad Air.

Thanks for another great TC Camp, everyone…and we will see you in 2016!

A Great Big Thank You!

We want to thank our sponsors for making it possible for us to put on this event — at no charge to you!

Camp Extras!

Notes, slides, and pictures posted!

Thanks to our invisible transcribing and posting team workshop pages have been updated with slides and notes.

Check out the main TC Camp 2015 page for links to the individual workshop pages as well as to the Session Matrix. The Session Matrix will show you the full TC Camp 2015 Agenda and have links to the notes for all the sessions.

Here’s a short link to the TC Camp 2015 Page:
http://wp.me/p2GX0I-12d

And Hey! Did you see that the slides from the Mobile workshop by Marta Rauch, Cindy Church, and Gail Chappell were selected as SlideShare Slides of the Day?

Talk to us!

Complete the 2015 TC Camp Survey!

We’re looking ahead to making TC Camp 2016 the best ever! To do that, we need your feedback. If you haven’t completed the TC Camp 2015 survey yet, take a few moments now to do so. Your feedback can help us plan an event that works for YOU!

To take the survey, go tohttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCCamp2015Feedback

TC Camp is on YouTube!

by Scott Prentice, TC CEOWe’ve set up a YouTube channel and started uploading videos from the event in January.

So far we have interviews with a few attendees and most of the sponsors, as well as some other fun items. We have many more videos to upload, socheck back in the coming weeks. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified when new videos are posted.

If you attended camp this year, you should enjoy reviewing these videos. You will likely see and hear things that you missed while you were busy elsewhere at the event. If you didn’t make it to camp, perhaps these videos will encourage you to join us next year!

Loved TC Camp?

Volunteer in 2016!

A big part of TC Camp’s success is its hardworking and talented volunteers. If you loved TC Camp this year and plan to come back in 2016, consider volunteering! We lots of opportunities to help, so there’s sure to be something that matches your interests and schedule. Here are some examples:

  • planning workshops and finding presenters
  • writing and editing articles for TC Camp Gazette
  • finding sponsors
  • publicizing TC camp through social media
  • greeting and checking in attendees
  • helping set up and serve food
  • counting votes for unconference sessions
  • serving as scribes and facilitators at unconference sessions
  • cleanup at end of day
  • …and more!

If you’d like to volunteer, email us at counselor@tccamp.org and tell us what you’d like to do. Many thanks!

And now for something completely different

Skyliner put together this video about how to get from Narita Airport to Downtown Tokyo super fast. It’s a fantastic example of great documentation – And it’s all in English!