October 6, 2015

Event Report

TC Experts Meet at the tekom Europe Roadshow in Five Countries

Kiriaki Kampouridou

On September 15-29, experts in technical communication came together to present and discuss current industry trends in five European countries. The tekom Europe Roadshow took place for the 3rd time in a row.

The Roadshow seeks to spread information on the latest developments in technical communication. The conference offered participants a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and exchange ideas regarding technical communication standards, processes and intelligent information, which was the main topic of the conference.

In Focus: “Intelligent Information”

“Intelligent information” has been developed as part of tekom’s “Intelligent Information Initiative – in³”. Michael Fritz presented the main theme at the conference and explained that the dynamic provision of user information based on use cases is the future of technical communication: Individualized information at the right time in the right place, in the medium of choice.   

                                                   
Many international TC experts presented on topics such as DITA, the Internet of Things, component content management systems (CCMS), terminology and localization.

Many Opportunities for Exchanging and Networking

During the interactive sessions, participants discussed in small groups topics such as “Content management” and “Mobile documentation” as well as the “Internet of Things” or “Project management in international teams”

At the end of the conference day, the participants presented their results from the interactive sessions:

In general, the participants’ feedback was very positive regarding the chance to discuss current and future topics in technical communication with their peers. The coffee breaks also offered a good way to exchange and network with TC professionals and experts. 

For tekom Europe, it was a great opportunity to meet the tech comm community that has grown over the years and is still growing in these countries. 

The tekom Europe Roadshow took place in Copenhagen, Denmark (September 15), Zurich, Switzerland (September 17), and Linz, Austria (September 22) as well as in Bologna, Italy (September 24) and Bucharest, Romania (September 29).