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.
We are very much hoping to be able to host an onsite event in 2021, but if COVID-19 restrictions worsen or the situation changes, we will scale the virtual event to accommodate an all-remote audience as we did for 2020. Even if we hold the onsite event in 2021, based on what we know today, there will be social-distancing restrictions impacting room capacities, and room sanitizing practices in place for which we need to plan. We are working very closely with the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, and we will plan and schedule the education program based on these restrictions. We also will provide regular updates and will communicate if plans change.
We are working in close communication with the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, and are tracking current health and safety guidelines. We want to ensure the safety and comfort of all Summit attendees, and our current planning takes guidelines for social distancing into account. Reduced capacity at all events, seating that allows socially distanced space, mask guidelines, and altered catering options are a few of the changes that we have in the works. We will provide a list of safety precautions and changes that we expect to have in place before we launch registration.
In 2021, STC will be offering both onsite and virtual options to meet the ongoing educational needs of technical communication professionals across multiple time zones. These are two separate events, with separate registrations, and separate programs and speakers, but they may share some general session opportunities. We are committed to offering a robust conference experience in both formats, including education sessions, preconference workshops, keynotes, vendor showcases, and networking opportunities.
The onsite Summit 2021 will take place Sunday, 6 June – Wednesday, 9 June in Atlanta, GA:
- Sunday, 6 June: Preconference Workshops
- Monday, 7 June – Wednesday, 9 June: Education Sessions
The virtual event will offer a smaller set of live sessions that will be available at times that are friendly for technical communicators the world over. By adding the virtual event, we will be able to expand the reach of the Summit to participants outside of North America, and provide a virtual-learning option for all participants who are unable to travel. Virtual Summit dates:
- Friday, 4 June – Sunday, 6 June: Preconference Workshops
- Monday, 7 June – Wednesday, 9 June: Education Sessions
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.
The cancellation policy will be announced soon.
The platform we are using for the virtual Summit is designed to offer high-quality learning experiences and networking opportunities. Education sessions and workshops will be delivered using web broadcasting software, collaboration tools, and chat features to enable interaction and conversation. Attendees will be able to ask questions and interact with presenters and other attendees.
Virtual sessions will be broadcast using webinar technology, and will be available within the Virtual Summit application on desktop and mobile devices. Workshop participants will need to have a webcam and microphone available and enabled. Workshop participants will be contacted individually to test their system functionality.
Our current plans are to record all virtual sessions and have them available for playback, similar to Summit 2020. At this point, we do not have plans to record the onsite sessions.
The STC Summit – both onsite and virtual – is an excellent place to network and collaborate with other practitioners, students, faculty, and researchers working in technical communication. We are committed to making sure that all first-time attendees are informed and welcomed into the STC Summit community. We will host special events for first-time attendees of both events!
- Find out who is attending the Summit ahead of time. See who’s posting about attending the Summit on LinkedIn, follow the @STCSummit account on Twitter, and review the list of speakers at summit.stc.org.
- Figure out which companies will have people attending the conference – either as speakers, attendees, or vendors in the expo hall. If you see a job post for one of these companies that you’d like to know more about, you can talk to some of their employees at the social events – both onsite and virtual.
- Make a list of a few people you would like to meet and write down some questions for them. If you can find contact information, email them before the conference and see if they’ll meet you for a cup of coffee or 15-minute web chat!
There’s a ton of great information here – listen and take notes! If you’re attending the virtual event, learn about the virtual tools in advance to engage more closely with the speaker. 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 #stc21 so others can learn from the sessions, even if they couldn’t attend in real time.
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, attendance at the 2021 Summit provides 8 CEUs toward CPTC currency. CEUs apply only to those who are certified; they cannot be counted retroactively.