Conference Program Updates & Other News

Preliminary Program Updates

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The STC Live Learning Center database of sessions, speakers, and descriptions is updated frequently as information is received almost daily. You can view the most current listings for sessions within each of the six tracks, or choose to view those that are offered as part of the preconference certificate programs or workshops and tutorials. Log in to My Account to access or purchase content.

Remember, this is where you will also be able to get recordings of the full conference sessions.

For questions regarding the preliminary program, please contact Lloyd Tucker, STC Director of Education, at email hidden; JavaScript is required or +1-571-366-1904.

Summit At-a-Glance

View the overall structure of each day’s offerings. (.pdf)

What to Do in Atlanta

The Atlanta Host Chapter offers tips on what to see in Atlanta, where to eat, and places to visit.

International Attendees

STC conference planners offer general information about visas for entering the United States.

Also check out the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for information about allowed items in baggage and carryons, traveling with a disability, acceptable luggage locks, and more:

STC Extends Early Bird Conference Registration for Members

STC is sensitive to the impact of a downward economy on members’ ability to attend the 2009 Technical Communication Summit, 3-6 May, in Atlanta, GA. As part of its own economic stimulus plan, the Society will extend the Early Bird discount rate for members until 21 April.

"I am so proud of our Finance Committee for approving this extension," exclaimed STC Executive Director Susan Burton, CAE. "This will keep the registration rates affordable and, in effect, give a $200 credit to every member who missed the original deadline and wants to attend the conference." The Early Bird discounted rate is $200 less than the standard rate of $995 that was originally effective 18 February. Member Early Bird registration rate for the conference is $795; the onsite registration rate for members is $1,095. Conference room rates at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta are also affordable at $174 for single or double accommodations, 21 percent less than last year’s room rates.

The Summit is comprised of more than 100 education sessions organized into six tracks: Applying Research and Theory to Practice; Designing and Assessing the User Experience; Designing and Developing Content; Developing Your Skills and Promoting Your Profession; Managing People, Projects, and Business; and Producing, Managing, and Delivering Content.

Top practitioners, academe, consultants, and researchers in the field of technical communication will present new material on cutting-edge technology, trends, and issues, mixed in with the staples of solid communication techniques and topic areas.

A Preliminary Program is available on the STC website in PDF form, as well as a live database of titles, speakers, and descriptions for all sessions being presented. Members who wish to have their company pay for their professional development may find the document Help in Justifying Your Attendance beneficial.

Complete details about the conference schedule, registration rates, hotel information, and registration can be found on the STC conference website.

NEW: More Summit Details Earlier Than Ever

STC’s Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce the debut of STC’s Live Learning Center, a convenient way to review the details of the Technical Communication Summit presentations before the meeting. “This is a live database of information on session titles, descriptions, tracks, institutes, speakers, and more,” explains Phylise Banner, conference chair. “It puts up-to-date information in the hands of members more accurately and further out from the conference than ever before.” Located on the STC website under the Preliminary Program menu tab, the Live Learning Center also includes information on preconference sessions, such as the certificate programs and tutorials, including learning objectives. For members who wish to see everything at a glance, STC has posted a PDF of the Preliminary Program on the website. The Live Learning Center will also be the entry point for attendees to access SUMMIT@aClick, the password-protected, captured content of more than 100 sessions following the conference.