Oct 122016
This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series 2016-17 Program Chronicles

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We’ve heard a lot about the mobile revolution in recent years. Everyone seems to have a mobile device, or several. But techcomm itself has only barely moved beyond traditional print and online help.

Come to STC New England’s first program of the year, at the MathWorks in Natick, Massachusetts on October 19th, to hear Neil Perlin discuss past paradigm shifts in our field and then look at the changes we need to make to adapt to a mobile world that needs mobile technical information.

Neil will start by looking at past tech comm paradigm shifts, like the adoption of word processing in 1980 and the shift to HTML in 1997 and their effects. He’ll then look specifically at:

  • Defining mobile
  • The increase in technical rigor and authorial simplicity needed to move into mobile
  • Changes in writing
  • The anticipated loss of institutional tech comm knowledge
  • The need for new business models like iFixit that might take tech comm from a cost center to a revenue generator

… and more.

You’ll probably leave this presentation with no specific answers but a lot to think about.

Program Details

The program is Wednesday, October 19, 2016, starting at 6:00 pm, at the MathWorks, 1 Apple Hill Drive, Natick, MA.

Registration Information

This program will not be offered as a webinar. We look forward to seeing you in person. The following ticket prices (USD) include the presentation:

  • STC New England Chapter member: $15
  • STC student member: $15
  • Non-member: $20

Register here for the program.

About Our Speaker

Neil PerlinNeil Perlin

Neil Perlin

Neil Perlin is an internationally known consultant, strategist, trainer, and developer for online content ranging from help to mobile. He is Madcap Certified for Flare and Mimic, Viziapps Certified for the Viziapps Studio app development platform, and Adobe Certified for RoboHelp. He is the author of multiple books, most recently Advanced Features in MadCap Flare 10 and Creating Mobile Apps Without Coding.

Neil wrote the “Beyond the Bleeding Edge” column for Intercom from 2000 to 2015 and is a popular speaker, most recently as a keynoter at TCUK 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. You can reach him at nperlin@nperlin.cnc.net, @NeilEric, or www.hyperword.com.


About the New England Chapter of STC

The New England Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The New England Chapter serves technical communications professionals in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The chapter sponsors monthly programs, informal social events, and InterChange, an annual regional professional conference.

STC New England was formed in 2011 when the Boston Chapter and the Northern New England Chapter merged to form the New England chapter. The Boston Chapter, incorporated in 1953, and the Association of Technical Writers and Editors in New York City were founding chapters of the STC.

For more information, visit stcnewengland.org.

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