STC Summit this year was a great experience. It was my first Society-level conference (I attended a Region 7 Conference back in the day that they did regional conferences), and I had a great experience. I’m already committing to attend Summit next year in Sacramento, and I’ve actually already started working on a potential presentation topic for next year’s conference.
This was my first conference since the Twitter revolution changed how attendees interact with conference presenters. I loved using the conference hashtag (#stc2010) for my tweets, as well as for searching other tweets about the conference. Twitter was such a handy way to share short tidbits of knowledge we were gaining at the conference, it served as an instant feedback method for presenters, and it was a great way to connect with other people at the conference for evening social activities.
If you want to see a list of tweets about the conference, go to Twitter and search for the #stc10 hashtag, or just click here (I did the “hard” work for you).
One of my favorite parts of the conference was meeting, in-person, people from the tech comm profession that I have seen or interacted with online. I really enjoyed meeting everybody at the conference, and it adds a new dimension to the online conversation when you’ve actually met somebody.
I attended lots of interesting sessions. The presentations, by an large, were fantastic. Kudos go to the STC conference committee for picking such great presenters and presentations. For every session of the conference, there were literally 3 or more sessions I wanted to attend. What is great about Summit is that conference attendees can go to the STC website and view Summit @ A Click, where you can see almost all of the presentations from the most recent conference. This isn’t up yet for this year’s conference, but it will be in the next couple of weeks, and I’m looking forward to that.
As an almost-chapter-president, I thought the conference was inspiring, and it energized me for the coming year. I’m excited to serve the Intermountain chapter as the incoming president, and I think we are going to have a great year.