Ideas and Notes from STC WDCB Summer Vision Day 2014

Photo of a spot at the beach with a chair, sunglasses, coconut drink with an umbrella

The recording for Summer Vision Day 2014 in in our list of podcasts in the sidebar.

Download the Summer Vision Day 2014 PowerPoint Slides (3.2 Mb .pptx).

During the meeting, we asked members to post ideas and needs for future events. Please use our WDCB website as a forum for sharing ideas.

  • What kinds of events would you like to see in the coming months?
  • What kinds of topics should we cover?
  • For what kinds of speakers should we look?

We asked to hear from you, the membership, and we mean it. What’s on your mind? What do you need?

Please share your thoughts here.

Local-Level and International-Level Competition Winners Lists

Links to the winners lists

Chapter-Level Competition

STC international summit awards logo

On 7 February 2013, we announced the 2012-2013 Technical Summit Competition Winners of our Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter’s local-level Technical Summit Competition: The page for the Winners List given in that post was updated to show which winners went on to win at the international level.

A gold star small Gold star marks the winning entries in the International Competition. Six entries from our chapter won International Competition awards this year!

New award ribbons with the chapter’s new logo on the ribbon are also shown on this page. Winners of our WDCB Chapter Technical Summit competition awards may freely duplicate our chapter award ribbons in resumes or company publications, and on Web sites or copies of the winning piece.


International Competition

On 22 May 2013, we announced the chapter’s winning entries that went on to win at the international level:

New STC award ribbons for the international-level competition are available for downloading at Winners of the international level competition may use the STC international award ribbons in resumes or company publications, on websites, or on reproductions of the winning piece. The international ribbons can not be used for chapter-level award winners.


STC Technical Summit 2010 Call for Proposals Deadline Nears

The following is from the STC Office on 21 September 2009

The deadline for submission of prospective proposals for Technical Communication Summit '10 is fast approaching! All proposals must be submitted by 10:00 AM EDT (GMT-4), Monday, 5 October 2009, and must be submitted through our online submission system. The initial Call for Proposals is republished below:

The Society for Technical Communication invites you to contribute your ideas, studies, experience, and expertise at our Technical Communication Summit 2010, the 57th Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Communication.

The Society advances the theory and practice of technical communication across all user abilities and all media. Consequently, the core content of the Summit’s education program will be based on tracks that span the profession. Those tracks are detailed in this call for proposals. The work you are doing and have done is an important element in the education process, and we invite you to share it with Summit attendees.

The Summit is scheduled:
Dallas, TX, USA
2-5 May, 2010

Please see the Call for Proposals website for general information about the conference, descriptions of the individual tracks within the education program, descriptions of session formats and required supporting materials, answers to key questions, and a checklist of issues to address before submitting your proposal.

Europe and International SIGs to do a joint progression at 2010 Technical Summit

The following announcement is from Jennifer O'Neill, Europe SIG Manager.

For the second year running, the International Technical Communication SIG and the Europe SIG are going to do a joint progression on international issues related to technical communication.

If you're interested in presenting a topic related to localisation, internationalisation, cross-cultural/cross-language communication, working abroad, legal issues related to international communication, or another topic related to international or specifically Europe (or indeed EMEA – Europe, Middle East and Africa) drop me a note and I'll start organising some ideas.

For the moment send your ideas to me (email hidden; JavaScript is required). I'll gather them together with Tracy Nathans-Kelly of the International SIG and we'll post a list so that everyone can see what they could contribute.

I've done a few progressions at the annual conferences and they are fun and stimulating. A very interactive way to discuss a topic.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 5 October 2009. So there's not too much time left.

Manager, Europe SIG

Managing Successful Web Seminars

Carolyn Kelley Klinger ked a session during Leadership Day at the 2009 Technical Summit in Atlanta called “Managing Successful Web Seminars”. Thanks to some live blogging by Lisa Pappas, we have a link to the transcript of Carolyn’s session: [Scribblelive is no longer active.].

Carolyn Kelley Klinger makes a point in her session during Leadership Day.
Carolyn Kelley Klinger makes a point in her session during Leadership Day.

Recording of Similar David Pogue Keynote Found

David Pogue, the Keynote speaker at the STC conference, gave one of the funniest keynotes we’ve ever had. It was a shame that it wasn’t recorded. However, I found a recording of a similar keynote address he gave to TED last year. The first half is similar to the one he gave to us and the second half contains two more songs. The recording is at Talks David Pogue: “When it comes to tech, simplicity sells” :

There is also a video on YouTube of his closing song, iPhone: The Music Video:

New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology’s worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.

David has a brief bio on his site at

David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column, an online video and a popular daily blog, "Pogue’s Posts."

David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and he appears each week on CNBC with his trademark comic tech videos.

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes over 100 titles.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Shenandoah Conservatory.

He’s been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives with his wife and three young children in Connecticut. His web site is