Frequently Asked Questions

STC’s Technical Communication Summit is the premier conference for technical communication education and networking.

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STC’s Technical Communication Summit is the premier conference for technical communication education and networking. The conference attracts over 600 attendees and 35 exhibitors during a 3 day period and brings together like minded individuals to grow in their knowledge of the technical communication field.

People from all over the world and from all different backgrounds attend the STC Summit! And it’s not just technical writers who attend: project managers, consultants, content architects, web managers, professors, developers, illustrators, and policy writers are just some of the many people you’ll meet at the Summit. If you’re planning to make the trip to the Summit for the first time, click here for some helpful tips for first time conference attendees.

Click here to view the registration fees, as well as what’s included with those fees. Registration opens 3 December with the Early Bird rate. Remember, it is always less expensive to join STC and register for the Summit at the member rate than it is to register alone at the nonmember rate! Take advantage of the many benefits of STC membership while attending one very worthwhile conference.

Yes, onsite registration is available, but it’s more cost effective to register early to secure the lowest rate

All cancellation and refund requests must be submitted via email. Cancellations received prior to 1 March 2019 will be refunded, minus a $150 administrative fee. Cancellation requests made on or after 1 March 2019 will not be refunded. Registrations are transferable to another person, with a $50 fee. Requests to transfer must be received via email by 20 April 2019. No-shows will not be issued a refund. No phone calls for cancellations and transfers, please. Rates are subject to change without notification

Yes. All Summit-related events will be held at the Hyatt Regency.

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Business casual is perfectly fine. You may also want to consider having a light sweater or jacket on hand since meeting room temperatures can vary.

Contact the main STC office at +1 (703) 522-4114 or email and we will gladly add any of these to your original registration.

STC does not offer this service. We recommend that you post a message on your chapter and/or SIG website. This is the best way to find an appropriate roommate.



At high altitudes, everyone is affected to some degree. The effects vary from individual to individual and cover a variety of symptoms. The two main changes in the high altitude environment, not present at sea level, are decreased oxygen and decreased humidity or moisture content. There is approximately 40-45% less oxygen and 50-80% less humidity.

A sudden change in environment from sea level to high altitude can produce symptoms of nausea, insomnia, diarrhea, restlessness, shortness of breath and air hunger. Palpitations or fast heartbeat, headache, nasal congestion, cough, increased flatulence or “gas”, easy fatigue and intolerance to exertion also may be experienced. If the high altitude experience progresses, more shortness of breath and increased cough and edema or fluid accumulation in the lungs may occur requiring medical attention or possible hospitalization.

The initial complaints should disappear as your body adjusts to the lowered oxygen content and dryness. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Upon arrival to high altitude, don’t overdo. Eat lightly. For the first 48-72 hours, avoid alcohol. Alcohol aggravates the high altitude syndrome. Most of all, keep physical exertion to a minimum the first day. Over-exertion before your body can adapt to the lower oxygen and dryness can result in more severe and persistent symptoms. If you are over 35 years old and plan strenuous exercise while in high altitude, it would be best to first check with your doctor. If you have a history of heart, circulatory or lung disease, it’s mandatory to check with your doctor before coming to high altitude. Respiratory infections or pneumonia should be completely resolved before coming to high elevations,since they can be dramatically worsened by the extra strain placed on your body. Pregnant women should seek the advice of their physicians before exerting themselves at high altitude.

Rest appropriately and don’t overdo the first two days. Take a nap when sleepy and get a good night’s sleep after an exhilarating day of skiing or backpacking. Eat lightly and drink plenty of liquids, and avoid alcohol the first 48 hours. If you experience any symptoms noted here, you may be suffering from an oxygen deficit. The symptoms are a caution light to decrease your activity and protect yourself. A day of rest at this time is strongly suggested.