2016 Call for Proposals - STC Technical Communication Summit

Call for Proposals

The 2016 call for proposals is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal. Expect to hear in December whether or not your proposal was selected.

The Technical Communication Summit fosters industry-leading technical communication by stimulating information exchange, cultivating research, and serving as the primary source of education for professional technical communicators.

Who attends the Summit?

Our attendees are professional technical communicators at all levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans. This includes technical writers, editors, illustrators, managers, information designers, architects, content strategists, instructional designers, usability and user-centered design practitioners, researchers, professors, and students.

Who can submit a proposal?

Anyone with experience in the latest communication techniques, technologies, approaches, and solutions is invited to submit. You are not required to be an STC member to submit a proposal. There are several types of sessions, so please consider the presentation type that best fits your topic and your presentation style. Don’t forget to check out these tips for how to set your proposal apart from the rest.

What happens after I submit my proposal?

As the Conference Committee receives proposals, they are sorted into general tracks. We welcome and review all topics and ideas to create the most relevant and comprehensive program available. For the 2015 Summit, the following tracks were used to group similar proposal topics:

  • Art, Design, and Visual Communication
  • API Documentation
  • Consulting and Small Business Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Tools and Technology
  • Training and Research
  • Writing and Communication

Track assignments depend on the topic and keywords provided by the submitter, as well as patterns and trends observed throughout all of the submissions. After the deadline, the track teams review the proposals, taking the following into consideration:

  • Is the topic timely and of interest to our attendees?
  • Is the topic important for our industry?
  • Does the abstract grab the reviewer’s attention and make an immediate case for reading more about the session?
  • Does the session proposal demonstrate a solid direction and purpose for the session?
  • Is the proposal clear, concise, and well-written?

The track teams then provide their recommendations to the Conference Committee Chair and Program Manager, who review the proposals and the teams’ recommendations. This committee will meet in late October to finalize session selections and identify additional speaker and topic needs. In mid-November, the Society will notify submitters of proposal status.

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee (stcsummit AT gmail dot com) for more information.