Press Release

SpeedCon 2014 Press Release
An UnConference on Communication

January 7, 2014 – The Technical Communication Association is pleased to announce our third annual SpeedCon unconference this spring on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. The event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 8 at the Hunt Library.

SpeedCon 2014 is a free event, open to anyone in the community with an interest in communications. Participants of the conference generally include writing and communication students, faculty, and alumni from NC State and other universities and colleges, members of local professional organizations with a focus on communications, and other local communication professionals.

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.

SpeedCon is an unconference—meaning it is participant driven and we won’t know the exact topics of presentations until that day. At the start of the unconference, participants pitch their ideas to the group.
Some participants come with just an idea or outline for conversation. Other participants may have a fully prepared presentation (including visuals). Once the ideas are presented to the group, the most popular sessions will be scheduled for presentation. Attendees are encouraged to lead sessions, but everyone is welcome regardless; we need listeners just as much as we need speakers!

The unconference format allows for the most up-to-date information about tools, research, and real-world experiences to be shared and discussed. Some of the topics presented in the past include:

  • MOOCs
  • WordPress
  • Wikis
  • Web accessibility and usability
  • Infographics
  • Writing and Personality Types
  • Communication Metrics
  • Creating an E-Pub
  • Non-traditional resumes
  • Control from the Crypt: End of life documentation
  • 21st Century Challenges for Technical Communication
  • Strategies for Simplicity

Previous attendees were universally complimentary, saying, “I liked the energy…, as well as the variety of knowledge domains represented.” Also, “I am a person who likes things planned and orderly, but because of the incredible job by the people facilitating the day, I never felt like things were out of control or chaotic.” And finally, “I liked the aspect of the unconference that allows for areas of interest that just ‘pop up’ to be incorporated into the schedule.”

SpeedCon 2014 is a free event and includes lunch; however, registration is required for the event. Please visit our website to learn more about the event and our sponsors, to register, or to submit a talk for early consideration: https://speedcon.wordpress.com.

More about our keynote speakers:

Dr. 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: http://cenblog.org/terra-sigillata/ and Take As Directed http://blogs.plos.org/takeasdirected/ and Forbes contributor http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/)

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.

Contact Information:
Telephone: 919.807.1536
Email: jmriehle@ncsu.edu; seegan@ncsu.edu

Calendar announcement:
Saturday, 2/8/12, 9:30-4:30, NC State Centennial Campus Hunt Library
SpeedCon 2014– Announcing the third annual SpeedCon, an “unconference” for anyone interested in communications! Come with a topic you’d like to talk about, pitch it to the group, and if there’s interest it gets added to the schedule. It’s free, but registration is required. For more information, past topics, to submit a talk for early consideration, or to register, visit https://speedcon.wordpress.com.


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