“Beyond the Bleeding Edge” Call for Proposals, 2011 Summit

Sometime between now and May 2011, might you …

… create online help for an iPhone app?
… create a document containing dynamically customizable content?
… start using Twitter for tech support?
… or do something else that’s bleeding edge and applicable to technical communication?

Many technical communicators are hard-put to keep up with the daily grind, let alone have time to look into emerging technologies. “Beyond the Bleeding Edge,” which debuted at the 1999 annual conference, addresses this by presenting summaries of technologies and methodologies that are too new or unusual to make it into traditional Summit sessions. “Beyond the Bleeding Edge” is now looking for presenters for the Tech Comm Summit in Sacramento.

Is there a technology or methodology that you’d like to discuss?  It can be:

  • New: Are you creating online help that can change its contents depending on the outside air temperature?
  • Existing, but fairly new to technical communicators: like using a help authoring tool as an online output portal for hard-copy documentation.

To be accepted, a “Bleeding Edge” topic should be fairly new as of early 2011. The presentation should be:

  • Short. You’ll have about 20 minutes to cover your topic and take questions.
  • Informal. Attendees prefer handouts but this is at your discretion.
  • Level-appropriate. You can cover a topic at whatever technical level you consider necessary as long as you warn attendees what to expect.

If you enjoy new technologies or methodologies and like to discuss them, we want to hear from you. Send your proposals to Neil Perlin, Hyper/Word Services, by email or call +1 (978) 657-5464 by 18 March 2011. There are only three slots this year and they fill quickly, so don’t delay!

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