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InfoDevDC: DITA, Lightweight DITA, Markdown: Why? And How?

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Tech The Halls 2017

Please join us for DC’s MEGA tech holiday party – The 6th Annual Tech The Halls 2017 presented by DCWW!


Make merry as we celebrate all forms of DC innovation: Tech Inclusion, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.


Tech The Halls 2017 continues the tradition as multiple tech-focused organizations come together and rejoice all that is the DC tech community!


Held at ISL in midtown Washington, DC, Tech The Halls brings together designers, developers, marketers, entrepreneurs, founders, strategists and more to network.


There will be drinks, cocktails, appetizers, photobooth, DJ, raffle prizes and more!!


Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @techthehallsdc


#TTH17


Must be aged 21 and over to attend this event.


*** December 8 is the last day for refunds. All sales are final after 12/8. *** 


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Interested in sponsoring Tech The Halls 2017? Visit our sponsors page to see how you can become a sponsor.

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STC Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter Happy Hour/Trivia Night

Join the STC Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter for a warm evening of catching up with WDCB members, or making new friends. The happy hour will kick off at 7 PM, followed at 8 PM by bar trivia hosted by Team Trivia. 


Information about Bracket Room is at:  http://www.bracketroom.com/


Information about Team Trivia is at:  http://www.teamtriviawashingtondc.com/



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STC Speakers: Clay Spinuzzi

What’s the value proposition? Making research useful to the researched.

Academics know why they want to conduct industry research and what they’ll gain from it. But they are often not as good at identifying how research can benefit prospective participants—both individuals and organizations. That is, they don’t always express a value proposition, a claim of value for their participants. And if prospective participants don’t get something out of the research, why should they play ball?

Drawing from his 20 years of experience in research, in this talk Clay Spinuzzi will discuss how researchers can treat their participants as stakeholders, designing research that will bring clear relational (not just transactional) value to individuals and organizations while still ethically reaching the researchers’ goals. Drawing especially from his book Topsight, Spinuzzi will discuss actual examples and concrete principles for making research projects valuable—and welcomed.

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email Meg Cantwell at email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information. If you reserved a Remote Call-In Ticket, you will need to contact Meg for the phone number and conference code. Please do so by Friday, October 27th.

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InfoDevDC: DITA, Lightweight DITA, Markdown: Why? And How?

Do you DITA? Even if you don’t, you might one day. And even if you won’t, you can certainly benefit by learning the thinking that goes into structured authoring.

In this InfoDevDC Meetup, Alan Houser will provide a whirlwind overview of DITA, the in-progress Lightweight DITA specification, and Markdown for technical communication. We will focus on why companies deploy DITA, barriers to deployment, and how the DITA Technical Committee is addressing those barriers. Whether you are currently working in DITA, or are interested in XML and structured authoring, you will find something of value in this session.

After the meetup, we will migrate to a watering hole where we will continue to imbibe the goodness of structured content, among other goodnesses.

6:30 meet and mingle
7:00 talk followed by q&a
8:00 or 8:30 migrate to beerful places tbd

Alan Houser is a technical publishing consultant, trainer, and occasional developer. Alan is a past president and Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and sits on the OASIS DITA Technical Committee and Lightweight DITA Subcommittee. In his spare time, he enjoys engaging his Amazon Echo voice assistant.

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