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.

We Mourn the Passing of Austin T. Brown, Former STC and STC WDCB President

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Austin T. Brown

Austin Thomas Brown, past STC WDCB Chapter President (1981-1982), Director-Sponsor of STC’s Region 2 (1982-1986), STC President (1988-1989), and STC Fellow, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2019 at the age of 86.

In the 1990s, our chapter renamed its high school science writing contest to honor Austin, who had managed the contest for many years. The contest was first started in 1964 and provided an award and scholarship money to the top three winners of a competition open only to high school students in the Washington, DC area for the best technical papers. Austin joined STC in 1967 and took a special interest in the competition. We now call it Austin T. Brown Technical Communication Award, though is currently without a manager. We hope a new volunteer who is interested in managing a student competition will step up in the future. In lieu of this, the chapter began giving awards in 2009 for the best student entry in our Technical Communication Competition.

Not only did Austin provide exceptional leadership to STC and the Washington, DC-Baltimore chapter (then just the Washington, DC chapter) over many years, but his family named our chapter as the suggested recipient of financial donations in lieu of flowers in his obituary. Please read the obituary in his funeral program to learn about Austin’s illustrious career and fascinating life, and see several photos of him and his wonderful family.

We mourn the passing of Austin T. Brown and are thankful for his many contributions to our chapter and to the profession of technical communication.