The annual Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration and chapter volunteer recognitions event is the highlight of the STC Washington, DC-Baltimore (WDCB) chapter's events calendar. This year's event was a standout dinner event, combining outstanding food and hospitality, a great speaker, and awards.
On April 18th, the WDCB chapter held its annual awards celebration at Il Positano Ristorante in Bethesda. Il Positano provided impeccable hospitality, delectable Italian food, sumptuous desserts, plenty of wine, and space for competition awardees to display their work. The writing team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, who won the 2017-18 competition's Best of Show for Defining Innovations: A History of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, discussed their book, the years of effort that went into its creation, and how it was created. The book is an outstanding technical achievement.
Wendy Wagner-Smith from the U.S. Dept. of Treasury wowed with her keynote about how technical communicators are all plain language warriors. Her talk inspired everybody in the room to go forth and use plain language in their professional lives.
The dinner provided a great opportunity for competition awardees to display and discuss their respective works, including challenges faced and overcome. Attendees discussed job opportunities, career paths, new software, caught up with friends, or made new friends. The students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology impressed everyone with their knowledge and poise, and with their journal, Teknos, which won an award in the chapter's technical communication competition.
The evening concluded with the WDCB chapter giving out its chapter awards in recognition of volunteer services, including the President's Award to Ugur Akinci for his meritorious contributions to STC and the WDCB chapter.
It was a great night, and we hope to see you at next year's WDCB Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration in 2019.