Are you a first-time conference attendee?

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

Are you a first-time conference attendee?

The Summit offers all kinds of education, along with the opportunity to meet other people who “speak your language.”

Please take a few minutes to review these tips so that you can get the most from your first experience at the Summit.

  • Use the program to select a first choice session for each time slot.
  • Select a second choice session for each time slot. Your first choice may not be what you expected. It’s o.k. to leave a session.
  • Stay at the Hyatt Regency Denver to be close to the action all day!
  • Visit with the exhibitors in the Expo Hall.
  • Introduce yourself to speakers you really like. They’ll appreciate the positive feedback!

Networking starters…..

  • Hi! I’m (your name) from (city, state, country). Where are you from?
  • This is the first time I’ve been to the Summit—how about you?
  • I’m really looking forward to (session/presenter). What else do you recommend?

ALL THE EDUCATION SESSIONS!

WELCOME RECEPTION

EXPO HALL
-Meet exhibitors and other conference participants

STC ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
-Witness the passing of the gavel and installation of new board

HONORS EVENT
-Celebrate STC’s top award winners

ANY EVENT WHERE OTHER PARTICIPANTS ARE!

  • Wear your nametag where it can be seen. This will help others remember your name, and badge checkers will let you in the special events!
  • Don’t let your cell phone/mobile device annoy others.

Read the program. Lots of good information there.

  • Dress to be comfortable, but remember you’ll be in large meeting rooms where the AC takes a while to adjust.
  • It’s OK to give yourself a break and skip a session.
  • Stop by the Welcome table to pick-up information about fun things to do in Denver. Say “Hello” to our Rocky Mountain chapter members!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS

EFFECTS OF HIGH ALTITUDE ON VISITORS

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.

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.