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.

We are planning an entirely virtual 2021 Technical Communication Summit & Expo to accommodate an all-remote audience as we did for 2020. We will provide regular updates and will communicate as planning progresses.

By holding an entirely virtual conference, we can ensure the safety and comfort of all Summit attendees.

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 fees will be announced soon.
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.

The cancellation policy will be announced soon.

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 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 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!

If this is your first time attending the Summit (or your first time in a long time), take part in the first-time attendees’ session to make connections with other first-time attendees and get advice from seasoned pros.
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:
  • 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.

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.

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