2020-2021 Upcoming TechComm Conferences

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January 2020

  • January 21–22, 2020
    European Meeting of International Society for Medical Publication Professionals theme is precision communication achieving clarity, reach, and value.
    Location: 155 Bishopsgate, London, UK

March 2020

  • March 13–21, 2020
    2020 SXSW (South by Southwest) Conference & Festivals
    Location: Austin, Texas

April 2020

  • April 20–24, 2020 switched to Virtual
    29th International World Wide Web Conference (IW3C)—The Web Conference
    Location: Virtual
  • April 22–23, 2020 CANCELLED
    tekom Conference 2020 Frühjahrstagung in German
    Location: Würzburg, Germany
  • April 23–26, 2020 CANCELLED
    Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) Annual Conference
    Location: Warwick Denver Hotel, Denver, Colorado

May 2020

  • May 17–20, 2020 switched to Virtual
    67th Society for Technical Communication Summit
    Location: Virtual
  • May 17–20, 2020
    American Society for Training and Development 2020 International Conference and Exposition (ATD 2020 #ATD2020)
    Location: Denver, Colorado
  • May 27–28, 2020 CANCELLED
    Evolution of TC 2020 — Innovations in Software Documentation
    Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

June 2020

  • June 8–11, 2020 switched to Virtual
    The 14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-2020)
    Location: Virtual

July 2020

  • July 13–16, 2020 CANCELLED
    NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition 2020
    Location: Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, New York
  • July 20–22, 2020 switched to Virtual
    IEEE International Professional Communication Conference 2020‐ProComm 2020
    Location: Virtual

August 2020

  • August 3–7, 2020 switched to Virtual
    EduWeb Digital Summit
    Location: Virtual
  • August 9–11, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Write the Docs Portland 2020
    Location: Virtual
  • August 17 for On-Demand material and presentations August 24–23, 2020 switched to Virtual
    SIGGRAPH: Special Interest Group: Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Conference—Think Beyond
    Location: Virtual

September 2020

  • September 2–4, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Clarity2020: A design systems community conference. Evaluate your skills .inclusion, empathy, technology, creativity, and collaboration.
    Location: Virtual

October 2020

  • October 2–4, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Communication Central 15th annual Be a Better Freelancer®; conference in a continuing partnership with the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) and An American Editor as a lead sponsor.
  • October 2, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) 2020 Annual Conference
    Location: Virtual
  • October 3–4, 2020 switched to Virtual
    SIGDOC 2020 "Broadening the Boundaries of Communication Design"
    Location: Virtual
  • October TBD, 2020 switched to Virtual
    American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) 2020 Medical Writing and Communication Conference
    Location: Virtual
  • October 18–20, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Write the Docs Prague 2020
    Location: Virtual
  • October 21–24, 2020 switched to Virtual
    American Translators Association (ATA) Conference ATA61 with 1,600 attendees from more than 60 countries
    Location: Virtual
  • October 23, 2020
    Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit 2020 of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) DC Chapter
    Location: venue TBD
  • October 25–31, 2020 switched to Virtual
    LavaCon UX: A Virtual Content Strategy Conference with a New Orleans Flare
    Location: Virtual conference

November 2020

  • November 2–7, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Conference 2020
    Location: Virtual
  • November 3–5, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Innovate Learning 2020 Summit of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
    Location: Virtual
  • November 3–5, 2020
    tcworld Conference 2020
    Location: Stuttgart, Germany

February 2021

  • TBD, 2021
    TC Camp 2021. The technical communication unconference.
    Location: TBD

March 2021

  • March 280–31 2021
    Madworld 2021 Technical Communication and Content Strategy Conference.
    Location: Fairmont Austin, Austin, Texas

April 2021

  • April 19–23, 2021
    30th International World Wide Web Conference (IW3C)—The Web Conference 2021
    Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • April 13–18, 2021
    Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) Annual Conference
    Location: St. Louis, Missouri

May 2021

  • May 23–26, 2021
    American Society for Training and Development 2021 International Conference and Exposition (ATD 2021 #ATD2021)
    Location: Los Angeles, California
  • May TBA, 2021
    Evolution of TC 2021 — Innovations in Software Documentation
    Location: TBA

June 2021

  • June 6–9, 2021
    68th Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit
    Location: Atlanta, Georgia

July 2021

  • July TBD, 2021
    NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition 2021
    Location: Spokane, Washington

October 2021

  • October TBA, 2021
    Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) 2021 Annual Conference
    Location: TBA
  • October TBA, 2021
    Communication Central 16th annual Be a Better Freelancer®; conference in a continuing partnership with the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) and An American Editor as a lead sponsor.
    Location:St. Louis, Missouri

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.


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

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


The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria

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.

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

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King Street Trolley in Old Town Alexandria

Hoffman Town Center Garage:
206 Swamp Fox Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314
Additional paid parking garages are also available in the area.

Trolley Information: King Street Trolley: service discontinued until further notice during COVID-19 pandemic (October 2019 update).

Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

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Meetup is a wholly owned subsidiary of WeWork Companies Inc.

ACM Washington DC is a non-profit professional group that meets regularly to discuss diverse topics in computer science such as predictive analytics, applied machine learning, statistical modeling, open data, data visualization, user experience, user research, and artificial neural networks. Meeting topics are varied and range from tutorials on basic concepts and their applications, to success stories from local practitioners and academic students, to discussions of tools, new technologies, and best practices. All are welcome to attend, to meet others, and to present their work.

ACM Washington DC is officially a part of the ACM Local project (https://local.acm.org) of Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.