The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM US Eastern on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Call for Proposals

The 2020 call for proposals is open. Submit a proposal to the 2020 Technical Communication Summit & Expo!

Thank you for taking the time to consider submitting a proposal to the Society for Technical Communication’s 2020 Technical Communication Summit Conference & Expo – Career Vision 20/20!

STC is looking for top-notch presenters to engage our attendees in discussions around key trends, issues, and cutting-edge solutions in technical communication.

Your participation as a presenter will help our attendees increase their professional competence, improve their leadership skills, and understand career growth opportunities; provide an exchange of ideas and solutions; and foster many networking opportunities to meet colleagues and thought leaders in the field.

In this way, STC, along with the presenters who are selected, will create a community of learning that helps all technical communicators improve the quality of technical communication for our users as we strive for excellence in doing what we do: simplifying the complex, clarifying the confusing, organizing the chaotic, and managing the content that enables our modern civilization to function.

Timeline

After all submissions are reviewed, the track teams will provide their recommendations to the Conference Committee Chairs and STC staff for final consideration. In October, the Society will notify submitters whether their submission has been selected.

The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM US Eastern on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

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.

Who attends the Summit?

Our attendees are professional technical communicators. Most are full-time employees; some are independent consultants or owners of small businesses. They work at all levels, from beginners to experienced veterans. Occupations include: technical writers, editors, illustrators, managers, information designers, architects, content strategists, instructional designers, usability and user-centered design practitioners, researchers, professors, and students. When submitting a proposal, consider topics that will appeal to a range of interests, backgrounds, and experience levels.

Proposal Template

The Conference Committee suggests that you prepare your proposal in its entirety before entering it into the official Summit proposal online form and submitting it. Download the template to get started. Make sure to save this document for your records.

Proposal Submission

We suggest you prepare your proposal in its entirety before completing this submission form. Once you have completed your proposal using the template, submit your official Summit proposal through the online form!

Tracks for the STC 2020 Technical Communication Summit

Do you have 20/20 vision on your career? Our goal is for every technical communicator to have a clear vision for their future development and career growth. Whether you’re just starting out in the profession or are an experienced practitioner or educator, the STC Summit will help you focus on tech comm practices, tools, and techniques that will help ensure your future success.

Talks will showcase the following areas: Content Design and Delivery; Tools and Technologies; Training Development and Delivery; and Project Management, Leadership, and Career Development. For the types and levels of sessions offered, see Session Types and Audience Experience Levels.

For more information about each track, see Summit Tracks and Topic Ideas. 

There are several types of sessions, so please consider the presentation type that best fits your topic and your presentation style. There are also several audience experience levels to consider; more advanced topics (Practitioner and Expert levels) are welcomed.

We welcome all proposals to create the most relevant and comprehensive program available.

Content Design and Delivery

Content Design and Delivery

Sessions targeted at technical communication professionals, educators, and students, encompassing the creation, design, refinement and delivery of content, regardless of medium.

Tools and Technologies

Presentations and demonstrations of tools and technologies that you use to develop or improve your information deliverables, as well as techniques and approaches for working with and documenting new technologies.

Tools and Technologies
Project Management, Leadership, and Career Development

Project Management, Leadership, and Career Development

Sessions targeted at project delivery professionals working the spectrum of approaches – from predictive (or waterfall) to cutting edge Agile methodologies; those in or wanting to move into management and other leadership roles, and ways to set personal career goals and create a plan that you can achieve.

Training Development and Delivery

Sessions on the training industry as a whole including synchronous onsite and online classes and the creation of effective eLearning. Presentations cover the tools, tactics, strategies, and techniques needed to deliver robust courses that enhance the learner experience no matter the pedagogy.

Training Development and Delivery
REGISTRATION

Full Summit registration includes access to all education and keynote sessions; Welcome Reception; Honors Reception; Expo Hall; continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings; as well as refreshment breaks. Attendance at the 2020 Summit provides 8 CEUs toward CPTC currency.

SCHEDULE

Summit AttendeeHub app will allow you to create schedules, network and setup appointments with other attendees, provide feedback, and share announcements in the newsfeed. When the app is up, all registered attendees will receive an email announcement.

HOTEL

Stay on Seattle’s Eastside in the heart of Bellevue’s Shopping, Dining and Entertainment district, The Bellevue Collection. With its small-town charm and big city convenience, Bellevue, Washington is a modern oasis with endless activities and cultural attractions sprinkled in.

EXPO HALL

Get in touch with decision-makers and top influencers. Summit attendees come to the conference from more than a dozen countries from around the world and include technical writers, usability specialists, documentation managers, web designers, illustrators, managers, educators, translators, and other communicators.

About STC’s Technical Communication Summit

The 2020 Summit takes place 15-18 May, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, WA. The Summit kicks off Friday evening with the Opening General Session and Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall.