The big event of the tcworld event calendar, the tcworld annual conference, was held last month in Wiesbaden, Germany from October 18 to October 20. I had to deliver two presentations and conduct two tutorials. Thanks to an extremely disciplined and curious audience, those five hours turned out to be a rewarding experience for me. And when some of the attendees wrote back to share a few nice words … (by now, you must have guessed that I am no jetsetting ‘conferencer’).
More importantly, the three days gave me a chance to meet scores of technical communication and localization professionals. In the course of Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and informal chats, I learned about perspectives that usually come from working on different projects in different geos.
The content strategy track on the second day was a big draw for all of us who have been reading up about this trendy topic and even implementing it in some form or the other. The track, anchored by Scott Abel (Twitter: @scottabel), ran the entire day and as expected (see his Twitter bio), Scott was marvelous as the anchor.
In between my two presentations scheduled that day, I could catch the panel discussion and the presentations by Rahel Anne Bailey (Twitter: @rahelab) and and Joe Gollner (Twitter: @joegollner). Tekom has uploaded some of the presentations on the tekom-WebPortal. I strongly recommend checking out their slides.
On the last day, I randomly chose a presentation titled The Rhymes and Rhythms of Multimedia Localization and was thoroughly surprised. The presenter Maria Azqueta from Seprotec shared insights from a project in which she worked with more than 40 translators and reviewers to localize videos in 3 key languages and 4 dialects. I loved the audio samples and the quality of her presentation. Maria’s slides are also available on the tekom-WebPortal.
Next tcworld annual conference
October 23 to 25, 2012 same place
Wiesbaden is a small picturesque city where the old and the new coexist beautifully. The conference venue was a stone’s throw from the hotel where I stayed. My stay was brief, and the days were spent in the conference. But the weather and the clean wide sidewalks were ideal for long walks, and I seized every opportunity to walk down to the city center.