Online Conferences for Technical Writers 2021

Posted by
Elmira in TechComm Career Path on 2/3/20215 min read

The realities of modern life demand constant learning of new trends and tools almost in every profession. Nowadays, conferences are a part of such knowledge acquiring. So, if you want to stay relevant as a professional in tech comm, you should definitely visit some of them. Keeping in mind the unprecedented situation of 2020, many events have decided to shift to virtual. This comes as no surprise, particularly considering that over 90% of event marketers plan to invest in digital experiences in the future.

We have performed small-scale research in our Telegram channel for technical writers to find out what tech writers think about such online conferences. According to this study, 27,5 % of respondents like to visit online conferences, another 27,5 % prefer offline format, for 38,5 % it doesn’t matter as long as they’re free of charge, and a small amount of 6,5 % consider any conference as a waste of time.

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Conferences and events are places with numerous opportunities for an attendee, so research and plan well before you attend any event.

Time-Sheet for the Conferences and Events to Attend in 2021

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February 2021

UX Writer Conference, Feb. 9-10, is aimed at those tech writers who have made “UX Writer” emblematic of their core career interests. UX writing takes up its own place in the tech industry.

It is certainly different from the experience of a physical event. The organizers promise to do their best to make this event more than a series of Zoom connections. It will include breakout sessions, one-on-one networking, and unconference activities, all within a single, secure, password-protected space.

The world’s largest developer conference and event series Developer week 2021 will host 8,000+ online attendees for 250+ keynotes, workshops, conference sessions, and a 2-day Virtual Expo, Feb. 18-19.

March 2021

SaaStock is a global community of software as a service (SaaS) founders, executives, and investors.

Join thousands of senior marketers online at MarTech that’s going to take place on March 16-17, for a FREE expert-led training experience that tackles critical marketing and marketing operations challenges. Actionable tactics to leverage data and informed decisions that drive leads, conversions, and revenue while delivering exceptional customer experiences.

April 2021

Write the Docs conference coming up on April 25-27, 2021, online in Portland. This conference is dedicated to the craft of documentation in a positive and inclusive environment.

For everyone who embraces API documentation as a crucial aspect of a great developer experience, API the Docs Virtual is an online event series. API the Docs switched its format to virtual in April 2020, and the team intends to continue the format in 2021 as well. Four LIVE events are planned this spring, starting in April, all focusing on state-of-the-art API documentation. More details will be announced soon.

May 2021

The Content Strategy Conference, Confab, is an event for people who care about making content better for their users and organizations. And no, you don’t have to be a content strategist to attend! If you plan, design, build, or manage content, Confab is where you belong.

June 2021

Evolution of TC is the annual gathering event for all technical communicators with a focus on innovations in software documentation and is the only conference for technical communication in southeastern Europe. Here, all professionals in the industry come together – technical writers, information developers, technical editors, and translators mainly with a software background. It is the ideal platform to exchange knowledge and grow your network.

Attend keynotes with Q&A and watch video presentations from agile and scrum supporters at Agile and Scrum Online Conference 2021. Log in from June 3 to September 5 on your computer or mobile device. Connect with attendees in the Networking Lounge, meet sponsors in the Exhibit Hall, download slides, and more.

September 2021

At NORDIC TechKomm international experts convene to share best practices and present current ideas on User Experience. The conference is aimed at professionals in the field of technical communication who would like to learn and share their knowledge and experience. Here you’ll meet international participants from a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds ranging from technical writers, information designers, and technical communication managers to content architects and many more.

November 2021

This year's tcworld conference will take place as a hybrid event. It offers a technical program with more than 120 lectures plus tool presentations, meetups, evening events, and much more over five days, as well as plenty of time and space for professional exchange.

Date Is Not Set Yet

ASTC 2021 Conference is planned. Usually, their conferences are around October-November, so no exact date is known by now. But at least keep it in mind and check for the updates.

Virtual Working Summit features short audio interviews with inspiring virtual leaders, at a time to suit you, one per day, it also gives you the chance to interact with the other participants from more than 70 countries around the world online. With them, you can listen to five brilliant speakers and send your questions. Register now, ask your question, and wait for the start. There is no charge to register to listen in to each speaker via the web each day. The summit is a unique, virtual way for you to develop your skills, without hassle.

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Conclusion

The opening month of 2021 is officially over. So it’s high time to review your plans for the year. And if you still have a space in your personal organizer, we gave you something that you’d want to add. Or maybe you already scheduled these events, then check the dates. Such gatherings are well spread in the tech comm community and they help: learning new stuff, understanding the industry trends, finding out about new tools and features, and most importantly being in a warm company to schmooze even in online format :)

Good luck with your technical writing!
ClickHelp Team
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