Sackler Colloquium on Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity

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When: March 13-14, 2018

Colloquium (open to public with advance registration)
Tuesday, March 13 – Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Student Symposium (by application only)
Monday, March 12, 2018

Where: The Mall, Washington, DC, at the beautiful old building of the National Academy of Sciences:

National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20418

What: The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is offering a colloquium on Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity.
This Sackler Colloquium will explore ways that art/design and science/engineering/medicine research can yield productive partnerships that address the grand challenges of our times. It is an invitation to think different, to be ambitious, and to collaborate using powerful technologies and innovative social mechanisms. The colloquium features a remarkable set of speakers who are committed to making sustainable changes to research, education, government, and business, as described in the summary on the registration page:

Organizing Committee: Ben Shneiderman, Maneesh Agrawala, Alyssa Goodman, Youngmoo Kim, and Roger Malina

Our ambition is to redirect the history of ideas, restoring the Leonardo-like close linkage between art/design and science/engineering/medicine. We believe that internet-enabled collaborations can make more people more creative more of the time.

National Academy of Sciences

Keynote speaker: Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton

Agenda and Speakers:

Registration Fee

Registration is now open with a fee of $200, but we have arranged for funding to allow registrations at $50 to the first 100 people who request this subsidy: artists, students, and others without funding.

  • Public Registration: $200.00, payable by Visa or MasterCard online. (No American Express)
  • Subsidized Registration: $50.00, (sponsored by Science Sandbox – a program of the Simons Foundation) There are a limited number of subsidized registrations for early career researchers or artists without funds for conference registration.
  • Elected NAS/NAE/NAM members: $0.00 Registration Fee
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#TCCamp is only 4 weeks away

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Greetings STC Member!

The 2nd annual TC Summer Camp, the techcomm unconference, is coming up in 4 weeks!

What’s an unconference?

It’s an intense day of learning that’s totally relevant to you! Sessions topics are defined by the attendees on the day of the event. There are no presenters, no juried presentations. Instead, you can join together with other like-minded people to discuss topics that interest you!

We start the day with a selection of 2-hour workshops which are run by techcomm luminaries and are designed to get your thinking going, first thing in the morning. After the workshops, the unconference begins! We start with an overview of how it all works, followed by a keynote, lunch, and unconference topic voting. In the afternoon are the unconference sessions, followed by a session wrap-up and raffle!

What hands-on workshops do we have lined up this year?

All this for only $35 (including lunch)!

TC Summer Camp is a day of unmatched, intense, learning, sharing, and networking for techcomm professionals. This is a great opportunity to get information on the latest trends and technologies, learn how your colleagues solve problems, and have a focused discussion with your tool vendor about important issues.

Join us Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the District Architecture Center in downtown Washington DC. This is YOUR TC Camp!

Find out more at:

P.S. Watch video highlights from January’s conference on YouTube.

Michelle Chin shows us how to make a professional portfolio


At the #UserFocus2014 conferenc on October 17th, Michelle Chin made a presentation about building a professional portfolio that all technical communicators should see.

Highlights from this presentation include
• Let it go
• Inventory your work
• Show the process
• Create a project
• Design it well
• Tell a story
• Be unique
• Less is more

Have a portfolio to share? Come to Speed Mentoring and Portfolio Review on October 29th, show us your work, and get feedback from your fellow communicators.

Many thanks to our friends at