June 2015

Event Report

ETC 2015 draws technical communication professionals to Sofia

On June 19th 2015, the sixth edition of the Evolution of Technical Communication conference opened its doors to welcome nearly 120 participants

03/20/16

ETC 2015 draws technical communication professionals to Sofia

On June 19th, 2015 the sixth edition of the Evolution of Technical Communication (ETC) conference opened its doors to welcome nearly 120 participants. Started by a small group of tech writing professionals in 2010, ETC is the annual gathering event of all technical communicators in Bulgaria with a strong focus on trends and innovations in developing documentation for the software industry.


For the first time the conference organization was driven by tekom Bulgaria. The newly formed country organization, backed up by tekom Europe, transformed ETC into an engaging international event. To name a few of the ETC successes in 2015:

 

  • Conference participants doubled by number.
  • Conference sponsors tripled by number.
  • Spotlight on industry leaders: Charles Cooper, VP of The Rockley Group, co-founder of the Intelligent Content Conference; prof. Sissi Closs - a specialist for topic-based structuring and DITA pioneer who did the first DITA implementation in Germany; Sebastian Göttel, VP of SCHEMA; Laura Bellamy - the Director of Information Experience at VMware.
  • Rich and diverse agenda topics covered key aspects of technical communication like Information Architecture, usability of technical documentation, case studies, success stories and innovative approaches to developing content.

 

The extended reach of ETC 2015 is the first step to cross boundaries and bring the event to a larger international audience. tekom Bulgaria are more than willing to take the lead and grow ETC to become an international platform for technical communication in the software development industry in Eastern Europe.

 

The agenda was packed with useful information, but there was time for networking and fun. One of the highlights was the contest for a creative elevator pitch for the technical writer profession in not more than 140 characters. Here are the winners:

  • 3 hours of intense thinking, 2 hours of confused blinking, 1 hour in calls and meetings, and finally: 2 hours of fearless keyboard hitting.
  • I am a writer. My books are translated in 12 languages and are read in the millions.
  • When you plan to travel abroad, do you read a travel guide, watch a video or ask someone who's been there? I provide the same aids for IT.

The successful day ended with a glass of wine and the signature ETC cake.