Frequently Asked Summit Questions

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 4-day period and brings together like minded individuals to grow in their knowledge of the technical communication field.

The 2022 Technical Communication Summit & Expo will be an in-person event. All Summit sessions, events, and exhibits will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

There are several factors that contributed to the decision to not host another fully virtual or hybrid Summit. First, we received a lot of feedback that people miss the in-person conference experience. Second, the cost of cancelling our contract with the hotel would be $305,800. Last year, hotels were willing to make concessions based on the status of the pandemic. However, with rising vaccination rates and the latest scientific information about COVID, many hotels are, in general, unwilling to waive such terms in contracts.

The STC Summit will offer more than 60 concurrent sessions between Sunday and Wednesday. Creating and formally supporting any fully virtual or hybrid meeting of STC’s size is more complicated than using a laptop and locating a Wi-Fi signal. It involves equipping every in-person session room with microphones, speakers, projector, screen, video camera, and computer. In addition, a paid technician and additional staffing resources would be needed to run a virtual platform and operate the equipment in each session room. Internet access, which is managed and controlled by a contracted firm at the Hyatt, must also be purchased to wire each room with sufficient bandwidth to host video streaming. The total cost of making the Summit fully hybrid would exceed $500,000, more than double the cost of a typical Summit. Beyond cost, bandwidth capabilities at the hotel are simply not sufficient to support a virtual conference of our size and STC does not have the personnel or volunteer resources to run two Summit events (in-person and virtual) concurrently.

STC is monitoring the guidelines from the State of Illinois, the CDC, as well as the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. STC will provide Summit attendees with a comfortable conference environment. This includes how education session rooms are set, how food and beverage items are served, and cleaning policies of the hotel. This is a fluid situation that continues to change. STC will post updates and send direct communications to all Summit registrants. For full Covid-19 considerations and requirements, please refer to the Policies and FAQs page.

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, content strategists, developers, illustrators, and policy writers are just some of the many people you’ll meet at the Summit.

Registration rates are available on the Summit website.
Remember, it’s less expensive to join STC and register for the Summit at the member rate than it is to register at the non-member rate! Take advantage of the many benefits of STC membership while also attending the premier technical communication event of the year.

All cancellations and/or transfers must be submitted in writing via email to summit@stc.org. Registration cancellations received by 28 February 2022 will be refunded, minus $125 USD administrative fee. Cancellations received 1 March or later will not receive a refund. A registration may be transferred to another person with a $75 USD administrative fee. The fee is due at the time of the transfer request. Transfers must be received by 30 April 2022.

Contact the main STC office at +1 (571) 366-1914 or email and we will gladly add any of these to your original registration.

The STC Summit is an excellent place to network and collaborate with other practitioners, students, faculty, and researchers working in technical communication and other related fields. Here are some tips for first-time attendees:

  • We encourage attendees to stay at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare to be close to the action all day! (STC’s room block closes on 15 April.)
  • Use the conference app. It is an excellent source of information.
  • Plan to attend all the networking events:
    • All the education sessions (you already have something in common with the person sitting next to you)
    • Say hello to people during the refreshment breaks in the Expo Hall
    • Welcome Reception on Sunday in the Expo Hall at 5:30 PM – This is included in your Summit registration.
    • Honors Event on Tuesday at 5:30PM – celebrate STC’s top award winners – This is included in your Summit registration.
  • Dress to be comfortable, but remember you’ll be in large meeting rooms where the AC takes a while to adjust. Bring a sweater and/or jacket.

For more details download the First Time Attendee presentation.

One of the biggest benefits of the conference is the networking. Take advantage of the time to connect with other like-minded professionals and set a goal for yourself to meet a few new people. Here are some tips:
  • Using the conference app  that will be released a few weeks before the Summit you can find out who is attending the Summit before arriving onsite. Reach out to a few people and schedule a time to meet with them during the conference.
  • Figure out which companies will have people attending the conference – either as speakers, attendees, or vendors in the expo hall. If you see a company, or specialty area of technical communication that you’d like to know more about, you can talk to employees and subject matter experts at the social events, or in the exhibit hall.

There’s a ton of great information here – listen and take notes!  If you have a question during a talk, make a note of it and use it as a conversation starter with the speaker. After or during a talk, feel free to tweet about it with the hashtag #STCSummit so others can learn from the sessions, even if they couldn’t attend.

Yes, attendance at the Summit provides 8 CEUs toward CPTC currency. CEUs apply only to those who are certified; they cannot be counted retroactively.

Most likely, you can. We know that the Project Management Institute (PMI) has approved PDUs for both Summit attendees and speakers in the past. Check with the certifying organization to be sure.

Yes, all Summit attendees are required to comply with the STC Summit Code of Conduct. Please review the code here.