First Annual TC Camp

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Come to TC Camp

TC Camp is an Unconference focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators.

The purpose of TC Camp is to provide a local bay area conference for technical communicators that is driven by the members of that community–writers, editors, designers, and the people who support them.

Why TC Camp?

From: Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Whenever I go to a conference, I find that the best conversations happen between sessions. It's at those times, when I'm talking with the other attendees about the implications of what we just heard--when I'm relating the new information to my own work--that I get the best return on the conference sessions.

When I get back, I always wish I'd had more time with the speaker, or with other attendees, and that I had really had enough time between sessions (between new ideas) to process and really wrap my arms around what I need for success.

Introducing TC Camp (, the first Unconference for content creators, strategists, publishers, and the people who support them!

An unconference is an event where users suggest topics, get together and discuss them in detail. Anyone can suggest a discussion session. Want to brainstorm your project challenges with experts? Trying to get your arms around an idea, a strategy, an approach, or a tool? Want other people to compare notes with, then come to TC Camp.

At traditional conferences, the most productive moments often occur in the corridor between meetings; at unconferences, attendees like to say, it’s all corridor. — –business 2.0 magazine (

When: Saturday 26 January[masked]:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Silicon Valley Cloud Center Directions (
URL: (

Events of the Day

Workshops General Session including Panel of Experts Suggest session topics Vote topics into the agenda Go to discussion sections Summary session Be sure to attend the summary session at the end of the day to hear about the sessions you couldn’t attend

Panel of experts

Sharon Burton Catherine Lyman Marta Rauch Rebekka Andersen Michael Hahn Scott Prentice Moderator: Scott Able, The Content Wrangler ( List of available workshops

All classes run from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM and cost $30.00.

If you decide you want to attend a different class than the one you signed up for on the day of the event, we will allow you to switch to the new class, as long as there are seats available.

To sign up, click the link of the class you want below:

Author and Review Cycle with Adobe Tech Comm Suite 4 and HTML5 output ( taught by Maxwell Hoffman, Adobe What if we're all doing the same thing? ( taught by Sharon Burton, Collaboration Strategies and Tools for Success ( taught by Rebekka Andersen, UC Davis XML 15 Years Later - WTF? ( taught by Michael Hahn, Alphabetical By Author PDFs from DITA without Compromising Quality and Control ( taught by Scott Prentice, Leximation Thinking like a librarian - Applying categorization strategies to technical content ( taught by Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for a Legacy Conversion Project ( Linda Morone and Rhonda Wainwright, DCL Authoring and Publishing Using MadCap Flare ( Michael Hamilton, MadCap Software What Do I Spy With My Little Eye? Why, It’s HTML5 ( Jean Kaplansky, Aptara Corp Choose a Class and Buy A Ticket now! (

Potential afternoon session topics

Content for use on devices- going mobile, how, challenges, tools, , mobile applications, cross-platform/multi-browser web output Content architecture and design - how to organize, how to plan authoring in a distributed model Keeping a handle on your reuse, reuse strategies, thinking like an architect Single-sourcing for business leaders, product managers, marketers and profit center owners Developing metrics to justify resources, projects, tools Doctypes – DITA, Docbook, S1000D, MILSPEC, Custom doctypes, how to choose, when to specialize/customize, benefits and drawbacks Integrating SEO into web content Working with outsourced teams, best practices, process improvement Jobs, job search, how to break into a new industry, hot markets, looking outside the techdoc box Portfolios – how to construct them, best practices, strategies for getting a wow Localization – writing for it, publishing it, managing localized content, process engineering, best practices Technical editing fundamentals, using checklists, efficient editing best practices Your favorite tools: FrameMaker, Arbortext, Author-It, XMetaL, SDL, Word, Sharepoint, RoboHelp, MadCap, wikis, etc. Bring your project challenges to brainstorm on current projects with experts (discussion) Bring your business problems and data for a “techcomm coopertition hackathon” (data analysis) See more on the website (