Being in two places at one time may not be a problem much longer, thanks to an innovative program beginning during the Technical Communication Summit, 3-6 May, in Atlanta, GA.
For years, attendees have struggled with choosing which of the concurrent sessions presented in the Final Program to attend. With six or more sessions offered at one time, choosing the most relevant one to attend has been a perennial problem. Conference evaluation forms have documented the frustration of members who wished they could benefit from all the sessions. Printed proceedings offer some value, but they do not capture the energy or dynamic interaction of the presentations or the important questions and answers that follow.
STC’s solution is to capture the content (audio and visuals) of almost every session and make it available to attendees at no additional cost. The massive file of content, to be named Summit-at-a-Click (SUMMIT@aClick), will be stored online. With the addition of SUMMIT@aClick, attendees who normally would be able to physically attend only eight to ten sessions during the conference will now be able to reap the benefit of more than 100 sessions at their convenience. STC’s Summit is the only meeting in the technical communication field that offers this added bonus. A few sessions, such as roundtables or progressions, will not be recorded because of the level of quality necessary. After the conference, STC will sync the audio with the presentations and make them available (by passcode) for attendees on the STC website.
"I am delighted that STC is able to do this," explained STC President Mark Clifford. "I can now ‘attend’ all those sessions I missed. SUMMIT@aClick also allows me to revisit the ones that I did attend and to refresh my memory of the fine points made by the speakers. It enormously increases the member’s experience, and it adds real value to the conference package."