STC WDCB Joining Regional TechComm Competition

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Starting this fall, our chapter is joining forces with several other STC chapters to deliver our annual technical communication competition, which we have been running consistently since 1962. Since 2012, when the New York Metro chapter joined with the Philadelphia chapter to create the STC Regional TechComm Competition, other chapters have joined their federation. We now join the Atlanta, Houston, New England, New York Metro, Philadelphia, and Rochester chapters, making our title of “regional” a fairly loose definition.

STC discontinued the International Summit Awards (ISA) after the 2016-2017 competition cycle. Until that year, local chapters submitted their highest award winners to the ISA for another round of judging. Winners of that award were proudly displayed at the STC Summit conference for all to see. Since the discontinuation of the ISA, chapters such as DC’s ended their competition cycles without offering that additional matriculation option. Despite this disheartening change, our volunteers continued to work countless hours to pull off the organized and fair competition our chapter is known for throughout the world.

The new regional approach allows the DC-Baltimore chapter to benefit from the online forms and mature processes that the regional competition team, under the leadership of the New York Metro chapter, have created to run the competition. We benefit from shared volunteer labor and ideas. Although we expect and encourage our local judges to apply to judge in the regional competition, given the larger numbers of entries and judges in the new federation, our entrants will likely be exposed to evaluations from new judges. We expect the larger judging pool will provide a fresh perspective to our entrants while still maintaining the same standards STC has always held. Besides this possible change to evaluations, we expect that that entrants will notice the change to the entry process, with a simple, online form. Judges will notice a more streamlined approach to receiving entries. Here in the DC area we will still hold a competition awards celebration in the spring to celebrate our local winners like we always have. It all seems like a win-win proposition to me and I hope you agree!

An exciting event is coming up on OCTOBER 15, 6-8 PM EDT to inspire you to enter the competition called the Virtual TechComm Roadshow. This online event is FREE but you must register to get the web conferencing information. During this event, some top winners from STC competitions around the country, including DC-Baltimore, will show their work, discuss their backstory, challenges, learning, and planned improvements. We hope you will attend!

The STC Regional TechComm Competition’s entry deadline is December 6, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT. While the link to enter the competition will eventually be on the DC chapter’s competition site and the New York Metro chapter’s site, I encourage you to sign up to receive email updates as they arise.

We hope you are excited as we are to join such a distinguished group of chapters, along with their passionate volunteers, to produce our competition going forward. STC chapters are no longer in competition with one another for the most entrants or even the most members. Everyone wins when we unite our efforts to promote the advancement of our profession of technical communication.

Computer Animation Showcase-Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

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When: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: FREE Reservations are not required
Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to host a Computer Animation Showcase. The Computer Animation Showcase represents some of the most dazzling and innovative animations from students and professionals around the world. Several of the animations were screened at the 2019 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.

For those who have not had the opportunity to attend a SIGGRAPH conference, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, a highlight of the conference, is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a “Best Animated Short” Academy Award.

Please join us on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we showcase some of the best examples of computer animation from around the globe.

Location

Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-838-4565
URL: http://torpedofactory.org/

Directions

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria
http://torpedofactory.org/visit/directions/

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information: https://www.dashbus.com/Trolley

Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

Computer Animation Festival Showcase Encore – Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

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When: January 25, 2018

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (directions below)

What: The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is presenting an encore showing of the Computer Animation Festival Showcase. If you missed the show at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, this is your chance to catch it again. The Computer Animation Festival showcases some of the most dazzling and innovative animations from 2016-2017, many of which were presented at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival. We will also discuss our upcoming events for 2018.

For those who are not familiar, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a "Best Animated Short" Academy Award.

Please join us on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we showcase some of the best examples of computer animation from around the globe.

Location:

The meeting will be held at the

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Remsen Building
400 Dulany Street (1st floor conference room)
Alexandria, VA 22314

We are located 2 blocks from the
KING STREET METRO station (BLUE/YELLOW Lines)
https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/stations/king-st-old-town.cfm

Walking Directions
http://goo.gl/maps/UW6p0

Parking

Street Parking
$1.75 per hour, 2 hour max
Free after 9pm

Hoffman Town Center Garage
206 Swamp Fox Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional paid parking garages are also available in the area.

Contact ACM SIGGRAPH Washington DC