STC 2021 Onsite & Virtual Technical Communication Summit & Exposition

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STC's Technical Communication Summit is the premier conference for technical communication education and networking. The Summit attracts over 650 attendees and 40 exhibitors during a three-day period and brings together like-minded individuals to grow in their knowledge of the technical communication field.

In 2021, STC is excited to offer both onsite and virtual options to meet the ongoing educational needs of technical communication professionals across multiple time zones.

About the Onsite Summit

The onsite Summit 2021 will take place Sunday, 6 June through Wednesday, 9 June in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Sunday, 6 June Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Monday, 7 June—Wednesday, 9 June: Education Sessions

About the Virtual Summit

The virtual event will offer a smaller set of live sessions that will be available at times that are friendly for technical communicators the world over. By adding the virtual event, we will be able to expand the reach of the Summit to participants outside of North America, and provide a virtual-learning option for all participants who are unable to travel. Virtual Summit dates:

  • Friday, 4 June—Sunday, 6 June: Preconference Workshops
  • Monday, 7 June—Wednesday, 9 June: Education Sessions

Summit Overview

STC is committed to offering a robust conference experience in both formats, including education sessions, preconference workshops, keynotes, vendor showcases, and networking opportunities. While other conferences may be narrowly focused, the STC Summit is broad – its depth and breadth reflect the diversity of our profession, our members, and our attendees. Summit attendees will learn about new techniques and trends, as well as grow their skills and competencies.

The STC Summit includes the following opportunities and more:

  • Education sessions in the following areas: Content Design and Delivery; Tools and Technologies; Management, Leadership, and Career Development. See Tracks and Topic Ideas for more information. The program will include presentations, tutorials, and workshops at several experience levels.
  • The Expo Hall, where numerous vendors demonstrate products, services, and technology in the world of technical communication.
  • The Honors Event, where the best and brightest in the industry are honored by the Society.
  • Additional evening social events

Attendance at the 2021 Summit provides 8 CEUs toward CPTC currency. CEUs apply only to those who are certified and cannot be counted retroactively.

STC 2020 Virtual Technical Communication Summit & Exposition

Logo for the 2020 virtual conference event May 17-20.

STC's Technical Communication Summit is the premier conference for technical communication education and networking. The Summit attracts over 650 attendees and 40 exhibitors during a three-day period and brings together like-minded individuals to grow in their knowledge of the technical communication field.

Under this year's theme "Career Vision 20/20", the Summit's content is focused on information to help you stay in control of your career and your professional goals. STC is committed to offering a robust conference experience, including education sessions, keynotes, vendor showcases, and networking opportunities in support of your technical communication career.

Advance your technical communication career at the STC Summit!

Virtual Summit registration rates are available through the 17 May start of the 2020 Technical Communication Summit!

Don't miss the opportunity to explore 100+ educational sessions and networking events online.

Register at the Virtual Summit Registration page.

More info is in our Virtual Summit post.

STC WDC Wins Community of Distinction Award

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Congratulations to our entire chapter for being such a vibrant community of professionals! For the first time ever, the STC Washington, DC chapter has won a Community of Distinction award, the most prestigious level in STC’s Community Achievement Award program!

Below is an excerpt from the notice we received from Rachel Houghton, Member STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee (CAAEC).

.. the STC Washington, D.C. chapter has earned the Community of Distinction award for 2008-2009. The citation on your certificate will read:

For your collaboration with related organizations, your unique membership promotion, your use of social networking to increase community visibility, and your extremely accessible website transformation.STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee

Your community will be recognized during the Leadership Day event on Sunday, May 3, at the Tech Comm Summit in Atlanta…

In addition, the STC Washington, DC community will be recognized at the Honors Banquet on Tuesday, May 5. At that event, all STC Washington, DC members will be welcomed on stage to receive congratulations from the STC president, Cindy Currie, and Immediate Past President, Mark Clifford.

The judges praised the high caliber of our volunteers, the way we used Cvent for a unique membership promotion this past January, our new accessible website design and the valuable resources on that website, the many ways we communicate with our members, the way we use LinkedIn to increase our visibility, and Cynthia Lockley’s redesign of several STC logos. Cynthia is also our webmaster and we have her to thank for our excellent website.

Though the judges didn’t specifically mention it, we all also know that our annual Technical Communication Competitions are consistently well run and result in internationally-recognized professional work. Thanks for taking the helm for the past two years, Lina Scorza!