5 Reasons to Attend MadWorld 2014

madworldLogo2014MadWorld, MadCap Software’s two-day technical communication and content strategy conference for technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists returns to the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on April 13-15, 2014.

If the idea of spending a few days in sunny San Diego with some of the industry’s most brilliant minds isn’t enough to get you to the conference, here are five more reasons to attend:

1)  40 Information-Packed Sessions

Not surprisingly, MadWorld 2014 places an emphasis on all things MadCap. From “Turbocharging Your Authoring: How to Write Quickly With Flare” to “How to Properly Prepare and Execute a Translation Project in MadCap Lingo,” there is a variety of sessions to help you get the most out of your MadCap tools.

However, don’t overlook MadCap 2014’s Tools Agnostic track: sessions like “What Do You Measure? Metrics for Technical Communicators” and “CSH Demystified” offer valuable information for technical communicators regardless of the tools used. Check out the full agenda of MadWorld 2014 sessions here: http://www.madcapsoftware.com/events/madworld/agenda.aspx

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2)  15 Expert Speakers from Across the Globe

MadWorld 2014’s roster of speakers will share their experiences, tips and tricks, best practices, and visions for the future of the industry.  With a lineup featuring Certified Flare Instructors, Consultants, Documentation Managers and more, MadWorld 2014 is a great opportunity for you to learn from their years of shared experience. This year’s group of experts and thought leaders includes:

  • Paul Stoecklein, Documentation Manager | MadCap Software
  • Patrick Calnan, Documentation Team Leader | N-able Technologies
  • Jose Sermeno, Product Evangelist | MadCap Software
  • Pam Coca, Certified Advanced Developer for Flare and Documentation Manager | Compressus
  • Paul Pehrson, Certified Flare Instructor and Owner | DocGuy Training
  • Ellis Pratt, Director of Marketing | Cherryleaf
  • Mike Hamilton, VP of Product Evangelism | MadCap Software
  • Peter Argondizzo, President | Argo Translation
  • Kai Weber, Senior Technical Writer | SimCorp
  • Lynn Carrier, Sr. Manager, Technical Publications | Illumina
  • Neil Perlin, Certified Flare Instructor, Certified Mimic Instructor and Owner | Hyper/Word Services
  • Jennifer White, Product Evangelist | MadCap Software
  • Scott DeLoach, Certified Flare Instructor and Author | MadCap Flare Certified Test Review + Developer’s Guide
  • Nita Beck, Nita Beck Communications
  • Thomas Aldous, SVP, Global Operations | Acrolinx

3)  3 Nightly Networking Events

Held at the stylish Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego, MadWorld 2014 will offer several opportunities to share ideas and network with industry leaders, MadCap staff, and your peers. Attendees can join any and all MadWorld networking events: the MadWorld 2014 Kick-off Event on Sunday April 13th;  the Networking Happy Hour on Monday, April 14th; and the Closing Reception on Tuesday, April 15th.

4)  2 Ask the Experts Panels

Bring your questions so you can ask the experts at MadWorld 2014’s two collaborative panel discussions:

Ask the Experts: Social Media and Technical Communication

This session focuses on:

  • The benefits of creating a social layer around your documentation
  • How user-added content saves you time and money
  • How tracking user activity helps you create more useful documentation
  • How companies are using MadCap Pulse to collaborate with customers, employees, and SMEs

Ask the Experts: Translation

This session features the following topics:

  • Creating content with translation in mind (responsive writing)
  • The high costs (and low value) of “wordsmithing”
  • Vendor evaluation (cover key factors for vendor evaluation)
  • How to manage the internal review/QA process
  • Tips for managing and maintaining TM’s and termbases as assets

Check out the entire schedule of sessions here: http://www.madcapsoftware.com/events/madworld/agenda.aspx

5) 1 Hospitality Lounge with Technical Support Staff

Stuck on a project? Need some inspiration or advice? Want to pick the brains of MadCap staffers for a minute? Bring whatever you’re working on to MadWorld’s Hospitality Lounge and sit down with the MadCap technical support team for a one-on-one or group consultation. You’ll also have the opportunity to share ideas with your peers, network with industry thought leaders, and enjoy snacks and refreshments so you can stay energized all conference long.

The Hospitality Lounge will feature:

  • Technical Support staff for one-on-one support
  • Comfortable chairs, snacks and refreshments so you can re-charge
  • Peer networking and discussion tables

Learn more about the MadWorld 2014 Hospitality Lounge here: http://www.madcapsoftware.com/events/madworld/events.aspx

Don’t Miss this Year’s Most Anticipated TechComm Conference

Conference + Hotel and Conference Only registrations are available. Conference + Hotel packages include three nights stay at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Sunday, April 13 – Check-in and registration

Monday, April 14 – Keynote + Day 1 Sessions + Evening Event

Tuesday, April 15 – Day 2 Sessions + Closing Event

Register now to reserve your spot at this year’s most anticipated technical communication conference: http://www.madcapsoftware.com/events/madworld/pricing.aspx

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