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Spectrum 2017: Optimizing Your Role in an Evolving Profession

March 26, 2017 - March 28, 2017

Spectrum 2017, STC Rochester’s 58th annual regional technical communication conference, begins Sunday, March 26, 2017 with Leadership Day, followed by a reception for speakers and attendees. Monday, March 27, 2017 brings unique presentations, demonstrations of exciting new technologies and services, progression sessions, and lightning talks. On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, we will be offering workshops.

This year’s theme is Optimizing Your Role in an Evolving Profession.

To quote Bob Dylan, “the times they are a’ changin!” Our workplaces and roles are changing rapidly. The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) has brought new challenges and opportunities. User Experience (UX) design is becoming more and more important. All of these changes bring a host of questions.

  • How do we transition to supporting the vast array of inter-networked computers and devices?
  • Is there still a role for the traditional technical writer?
  • What skillsets do we need to keep pace and stay employed?
  • Are there soft skills we need to develop?
  • Do we need to learn how to develop apps?
  • Is knowledge of DITA or content management systems important?
  • What are the new opportunities and challenges?
  • Should we be interested in the Certified Professional Technical Communicator credential from STC?

Come to Spectrum 2017 to discuss these questions and more. Learn from amazing speakers. Network with techcomm leaders locally and internationally. Discover new tips and techniques.  Learn tips and techniques you can start using today.

We are the preeminent regional technical communication conference. Enjoy the same quality speakers who present at international conferences. Meet these same speakers and have in-depth conversations with fellow techcomm practitioners and thought leaders.

Attendees include technical writers, editors, managers, illustrators, content strategists, instructional and usability designers, researchers, students, and career transitioners.

For more information, see the Spectrum website.


March 26, 2017
March 28, 2017


STC Rochester Council


Rochester Institute of Technology
CIMS Building, 111 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, 14623
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