SpeedTalk: Mixed Reality Night 3/3/17 at 7pm

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Join TCA for a SpeedTalk, a night of informal learning and collaboration on a topic of interest to the technical communication / user experience field.

About the Mixed Reality SpeedTalk

This SpeedTalk will be on Mixed Reality. Learn how trends in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are intersecting with traditional skills and concerns of Technical Communication. Practice making AR instructions! Get free food and prizes!

Students, faculty, alumni, practitioners, interested community members…all are welcome! NC State students, led by 2nd year and TA Rachael Graham, will lead the introduction and workshop portion. Following will be a chance to network and play with a mixed reality “petting zoo.” You are more than welcome to bring a technology to share–it can be loosely related to mixed reality or TC.


Meet us at Caldwell Lounge on Friday, March 3rd at 7pm.

RSVP by filling out this form here. A calendar invite will be sent shortly afterwards to confirm your registration.

Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to a great event!


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Registration for SpeedCon is now open! Join us Saturday, October 22nd from 9am-3pm.

Use the Register page, or this link here

Learn more about the event here


SpeedCon 2016

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We are pleased to host SpeedCon again on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 9am-3pm at Tompkins Hall on NC State’s North Campus.

SpeedCon 2014 Recap

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Another SpeedCon in the books and it was a good one! We had a bunch of great presentations including two highly entertaining keynotes, and a yummy lunch and sweet door prizes provided by our vendors. Thanks again to everyone who came out and helped make SpeedCon 2014 possible, whether by presenting, sponsoring, or just being there to take it all in. We’re so grateful!

Two follow-up items to address. If you were a presenter and you had some slides or some helpful notes that you wouldn’t mind sharing please email them to us (Sarah Egan Warren or Jen Riehle) so we can add them to the website. We’d like to make these resources available for anyone who’s interested!

We also love to get feedback on our event. What worked, what didn’t, what was missing, what did you totally love?? We’ve made our evaluation available online; please go fill it out and give us some thoughts on what to aim for next year!

Thanks again to all our participants and we look forward to seeing you again next year!


Thanks to our Sponsor: Timely Text

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SpeedCon 2014 is grateful for the support from our silver sponsor, Timely Text, one of the top 5 employers of Technical Writers and Instructional Designers in the Triangle area.

Without Timely Text’s support, SpeedCon 2014 could not happen! Timely Text’s sponsorship allows us to keep SpeedCon a free event. THANK YOU.

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Timely Text provides instructional designers, technical writers, marketing communicators, corporate communicators and communication project managers on a contract basis to Central North Carolina clients in a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, software, and banking. Their clients include ABB, Applied Research Associates, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cisco, Elster, Novo Nordisk, Progress Software, Quintiles, RBC Bank, Tipper Tie, and Transenterix.

TimelyText is led by Ronnie Duncan, Founder and President/CEO. With more than 30 years’ experience in business operations, sales, and technology.

We look forward to Ronnie Duncan’s presentation at SpeedCon. His unique perspective on area companies and the skills needed for technical communication positions is sure to be of interest to our current students, alumni, and area professionals.  

Keynote speakers for SpeedCon 2014

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SpeedCon 2014 will feature two keynote speakers.

  • Dr. David Kroll will kick off the event with a presentation immediately following the session pitches.
  • Dr. Wade Newhouse will wrap up our day with a presentation at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Kroll and Dr. Newhouse are kind enough to return to SpeedCon in 2014. Dr. Kroll presented a well-received session in 2012 about Wonder Drugs from Nature. We are excited to have him start SpeedCon this year! Dr. Newhouse gave a funny and thought-provoking closing session in 2012. If you missed it last time, be sure to make plans to see him wrap-up SpeedCon this year!

Dr. David KrollDr. David Kroll is the Director of the Science Communications at the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center. Currently, he is also an Associate Professor in the English department and is teaching Writing for Health and Environmental Sciences.  He received his BS in Toxicology from  Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science and his PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics from the University of Florida.  He is a science writer and blogger  (Terra Sigillata here:  and Take As Directed  and Forbes contributor

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Dr. Wade NewhouseDr. Wade Newhouse is an Associate Professor of English at William Peace University.  He received a BA in English Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his MA in English here at NCSU, and his PhD in English from Boston University.  He has published articles and book chapters on such authors as Sir Walter Scott, William Faulkner, Ambrose Bierce, and Neil Gaiman.  An actor and improvisational comedian, Wade is the Assistant Director of the local improv comedy troupe Raleigh’s Village Idiots, and he has appeared in several William Peace Theatre productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cabaret.  At Peace he teaches composition classes, as well as courses in Law and Literature, Southern Literature, Children’s Literature, and American Hauntings.

For more information see:!/126-wade-newhouse