Dec 182013

In 2013, STC New England brought back InterChange, the chapter’s professional conference as a one-day session at the UMass Lowell conference center. This year, we’re doing it again, and going bigger and better — we’re Moving Forward.

The conference theme this year is “Moving Forward,” and we’re taking a cue from a quotation by Lucy Larcom, on the Lowell National Historic Park (close to where InterChange will take place) website because is nicely sums up where we are in Technical Communications:

All was expectancy. Changes were coming … nobody could guess what.

Interchange 2014 will open on Saturday March 29, and continue through Sunday March 30 and will be held in the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

InterChange 2014 has two tracks: Core Concepts and New Directions.

Core Concepts will focus on the aspects of our profession that remain enduring and constant. No matter what the subject matter, our goal is still to deny the reader the right to misunderstand. What are the best ways to do that?

New Directions will look toward the future: both in terms of the tools and techniques that we use as well as the subject matter we will be writing about. After 20-some years of writing that has been dominated by software and the web, we’re moving into a new era of mobile apps, SpaceX, robotics, and (yes, literally) flying cars.

Cindy Currie-Ciifford

Cindy Currie-Ciifford

Our keynote speaker will be InterChange founder and former STC President Cindy Currie-Clifford.

The deadline for submissions for presentations at InterChange 2014 is midnight on January 31, 2014. Please be sure your presentation synopsis and requirements are emailed to by the end of Friday, January 10th.

Interchange dates back to the 1990s, and was originally organized by STC Boston and STC Northern New England. It established a forum for local presentations of topics and ideas that were relevant to a constantly changing profession. Although the conference had a hiatus of several years, the profession still needs the opportunity to present concepts and talk about trends in a setting that can accommodate a large number of people and presenters over a two-day period. We’re planning for 200, and hope we get more.

The UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center is in the heart of historic Lowell, Massachusetts. The Inn & Conference Center features more than 200 seasonal hotel rooms, 31 year-round Inn-style rooms, and a full-service restaurant and lounge. It is within walking distance to the Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and many shops, restaurants, and historical attractions (Jack Kerouac’s house, for example). And there’s a commuter rail line into Boston if you’d like to go on an urban field trip.

Lowell MA was founded in 1820 and is the fourth-largest city in Massachusetts. The city was conceived as a textile manufacturing zone that would use water power from the Merrimack River, and is considered the cradle of the industrial revolution in the United States. Notable people born in Lowell include writer Jack Kerouac, artist James McNeill Whistler, and performers Bette Davis, Ed McMahon, and Michael Ansara.

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