Excited about tcworld India 2016

I’m delighted that I’ll be attending tcworld India 2016, on 25-26 February in Bangalore. This is an annual conference organised by tekom Europe and TWIN (Technical Writers of India). Let me know if you’re planning to come!

This will be my first trip to India, and of course my first time at tcworld India. I was lucky enough to attend the related tcworld conference in Europe in 2012, where I learned a lot, met many technical writers, and caught up with friends I’d previously met only online. I’m expecting tcworld India to be at least as great. 🙂

At the moment, I’m having fun putting together my two presentations for the conference. I’ve been invited to give the keynote at the beginning of the conference, which is a huge privilege. In addition, my proposal was accepted to present a session on API technical writing.

Keynote: The future *is* technical communication

Preparing the keynote presentation in particular is a lot of fun. I’m exploring the march of technology, the way we deal with it, and in particular how it’s affecting the way we communicate. Here’s the introduction:

Over the past few years there’s been quite a bit of discussion about the future of technical communication. Now let’s look at the world in a different light:

The future *is* technical communication.

People’s understanding of the world is based on technical communication, and getting more so by the minute… (join me at tcworld India to hear the rest!)

Later presentation: API technical writing

Later in the conference I’ll speak about APIs and API documentation. APIs are a hot topic in our field, and technical writers with the skills to document them are in high demand. Have you ever wondered what API technical writers do and how they go about it? I’ll demonstrate some easy-to-use APIs, examine examples of API documentation, and give some ideas on getting started in this exciting and rewarding area of technical communication.

The conference program for tcworld India 2016 is looking good. I’m looking forward to meeting the speakers, organisers and attendees. And I’m looking forward to exploring Bangalore!

About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 7 November 2015, in technical writing, Tekom tcworld and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler

    You will love Bangalore (and tcworld India). I attended a few years ago and it is one of my fondest memories. I’ll share my notes with you from my keynote speech at tcworld International Dinner (just before I DJ the dance party). The theme: The future of technical communication isn’t what you think it is. Still working out the talk. It’s only 15 minutes and no slides.

    Hope you are well. Thanks for all the great work you do.

    • Hallo Scott
      It sounds as if you and I are on the same page when it comes to keynotes. I’m looking forward to reading yours, and hope you’re having a great time at #tcworld15! (Wish I was there. 🙂 )

  2. Sarah, you are welcome to India. As Scott wrote above, international guests often love being in India whenever I meet them at tcworld India events, including Scott, Sarah O-Keefe, Stefan Gentz, Jang Graat, Tony Self, and many others

    Tom Johnson too loved it and he shared his experience at http://idratherbewriting.com/2015/03/22/some-thoughts-on-attending-tcworld-india-2015/ though I missed the event and could not meet him in person.

    I am also speaking at tcworld India 2016, and will look forward to meeting you! 🙂

    • Hallo Vinish
      I noticed that you’re on the speaker’s list, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting you at the conference! I’ve read Tom’s post with great interest. Thank you so much for your welcome to India. 🙂

  3. Great news, I can’t wait to hear the keynote. It looks like we will be in the city for some business then, so will definitely come along.

    My first trip to India was in 2012 when Red Hat sent me to build up the technical writing team there. It was an incredibly enjoyable time living in the region and unleashing the new technical writers into our internal ecosystem. I loved how familiar everyone was with the art and science of technical writing as a career – the training moved so much quicker for it (and I probably learned as much in turn).

    I spoke at the STC India conference in Bangalore on the lessons we were learning while building the PressGang CCMS. Which is fun to look back on, as it directly influenced our experience spinning out to create Corilla. I wasnt able to make it to the tcworld that year, but look forward to it now.

    I tried to capture some concrete observations of the state of technical writing in India at the time, and penned a few for the STC Australia chapter.


    That’s going back a few years now, so I look forward to hearing about your experiences. Just as I can’t wait to get back to see everyone and the writing community in Bangalore!

    • Hallo David
      It’s great that you’ll be at tcworld India in Bangalore. I’m looking forward to catching up! Thanks for the link to your post. It’s a very good read, with valuable insights.

  4. Sarah,

    I’ve been to India twice (apart from the fact that I come from India originally) to the tcworld conferences, once as an attendee and as a presenter the second time.

    The kind of vibe you get from a room full of tech writers anywhere is terrific any ways.

    In India, everything is magnified – the eagerness, the passion, the hunger to learn.
    Bengaluru is a very very busy place, and admittedly, I didn’t get to see much of it, but it’s a good starting point as any for your first India trip.

    Have fun.


    • Hallo Swapnil 🙂

      Thanks so much for posting those links. It’s great when people post detailed summaries of conference sessions as you’ve done, because it gives such a good impression of the conference as a whole.

      A few people have remarked how busy Bengaluru is. I guess it’s busy. 😉


  5. Sarah, why don’t you extend your travel plan to New Delhi? I can arrange an STC learning event in the capital city of India. Due to some personal issues, I will not able to attend tcworld 😦

  6. Above post is posted by Rahul Karn

    • Hallo Rahul,
      This trip is all booked and finalised, but I’d love to visit New Delhi some time, and attend an STC event. Maybe next time I’m in India. (I’m thinking that after this first trip I’ll want to come again.)

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