Event: Competition Celebration and Online Help Keynote

Event Summary

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 6-8:30 p.m.
Guapo's Restaurant Washington, DC, 4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Judges, Entrants, Competition Committee, and Chapter Volunteers: $20
Chapter Members: $30
Nonmembers: $40

Keynote Presentation

Content is King, but adding a measured dose of interactivity to your help will increase readability and usability, as well as make it more compelling. Our speaker, Nicky Bleiel, will demonstrate a number of simple ways to improve your help in a single-sourcing environment. We will:

  • Discover the options available for interactivity, including expanding/collapsing text, image maps, glossary popups, Google Maps, and more.
  • Learn how to implement these interactive options.
  • Discuss how structure contributes to successful interactivity.

Why Attend?

We offer you four great reasons to come to this event.

  • View the winning entries in our annual competition to get ideas for the technical information we craft every day in our jobs.
  • Network with others to discover solutions to challenges and build relationships.
  • Listen to our keynote presentation from Nicky Bleiel, an online help expert. This is an abbreviated version of the presentation she will deliver at the STC Summit.
  • Enjoy a fresh and delicious Mexican buffet dinner at Guapo's DC location, less than a block from the Tenleytown Metro and in the American University neighborhood.


6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-7:30 Keynote
7:30-8:00 Awards ceremony
8:00-8:30 Networking


Photo of Nicky Bleiel

Nicky Bleiel has been a technical communicator for 17 years, with extensive experience writing and developing information for software products in the documentation, media, industrial automation, simulation, and pharmaceutical industries. She has presented talks at the STC Summit, WritersUA, tcworld, CIDM, and LavaCon on many topics. She has been published in STC’s Intercom (her new column is called “The Essentials”), Tieline, STC conference proceedings, tcworld magazine, TechCom Manager Newsletter, and the WritersUA and Content Wrangler websites. As the Lead Information Developer for Doc-To-Help at ComponentOne, she focuses on providing information that improves the user experience but is still efficient to produce. Nicky serves on the STC Board as a Director-At-Large and is currently a candidate for Vice President.

STC 2012 Election — Meet the Candidates

STC Elections 2012The 2012 STC Election will take place Friday, 2 March, through Friday, 23 March. The 2012 STC Ballot is not yet available. When the election opens, a link to the online Ballot will be posted here.

Find out more about the election, get to know the candidates, and pose questions by visiting the STC Election web pages.

photo of Nicky BleielNicky Bleiel—STC Candidate for Vice President

Find out more about Nicky Bleiel by visiting her website and by reading her Newsletter Article [no longer available, 2018] about the election and her vision for the Society.

Some of us will remember Nicky for her encouraging and enthusiastic participation in the Virtual Town Hall meeting on January 25, 2012. Nicky will be the featured speaker at our awards celebration on March 21st (new date), so we can meet her in person during the election cycle.

Ray Gallon, candidate for Director

Ray Gallon—STC Candidate for Director

Ray is an independent consultant specializing in the convergence of content strategy, content development, and usability. He is currently in his second term as president of STC France. Before that, he was the chapter's education outreach manager, and guided STC France's mentoring programme.

Ray will be posting specific articles about important issues on his personal blog, related to his strategy of Radical Persuasion. Join him there, and leave your comments, or raise the issues that concern you the most.

As we hear from other candidates, we will be posting updates on our Chapter blog, so stay tuned as we prepare for the 2012 elections.

Good luck to Nicky, Ray, and all the STC candidates.