Impressions of Evolution of TC 2017
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Experts in the field of technical documentations, technical editors and translators, information architects and consultants gathered in Sofia for the eighth edition of Evolution of Technical Communication. This year the event was attended by over 120 participants from countries such as Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, India, Ireland, Poland, USA, Hungary, France, Czech Republic and Switzerland.
The conference was opened by Vanya Kiritzova – Senior Manager "Technical Documentation", VMware and a member of the tekom Bulgaria Initiative Committee, as well as Desislava Mihaylova, Technical Documentation Author, Progress and a member of the tekom Bulgaria Initiative Committee. They spoke about the organization’s new initiatives aimed at including the job position "Technical Communicator" in the National Classifier of Occupations, as well as promoting it in the IT communities all over Bulgaria. Up until now, events in which university students were able to learn about the job position were held by tekom Bulgaria in Plovdiv, Vratsa and Veliko Tarnovo. Similar events will be held in Varna, Burgas and Ruse. Another news coming from tekom Bulgaria are the partnerships with BAIT (Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies) and the NGO Women Who Code.
Vanya and Desislava also shared interesting facts about the tech writers in Bulgaria. The job is a good way for people with good foreign language and technical skills to start a successful career in IT without technical educations. According to data from a survey conducted by tekom Bulgaria in 2016, people with diverse professional backgrounds, including journalism, public administration, finance, web development and more, are very successful in this career path.
Vanya Kiritzova addressed the audience: "Evolution of Technical Communication is an annual meeting of professionals in the field of technical communications in Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe. It is dedicated to innovations in technical documentation, the latest trends, as well as the tools we use in our job. But more so, this conference is dedicated to the people with different occupations, who share the same goal – to provide the customers with an opportunity to work seamlessly with their products. This conference is for you."
Afterwards, Leah Guren spoke about "The Power of Words”, giving examples from around the world of mistakes in technical texts and their consequences. During her presentation, she highlighted the importance of having a good product with a good accompanying documentation, with which the users can take full advantage of its functionalities.
The first conference day continued with topics such as "State-of-the-art UA: Seamless, Interactive & Intuitive User Assistance", "Dynamic Content Publishing – Your content… it’s alive", as well as interactive sessions.
The second day was dedicated to workshops, which included tips for graphical representation of different types of documents, as well as planning, shooting and editing of video content.
Sponsors of Evolution of Technical Communication 2017 were Adobe, SAP, VMware, Progress, Axway, Xeditor, Oxygen.
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