Silicon Valley Technical Documentation Management Forum – Oct 9

On Oct 9, 2017, join the Silicon Valley Technical Documentation Management Forum for a roundtable discussion amongst technical documentation management about content delivery challenges in the age of chatbots, voice interfaces, and machine learning. Come prepared to learn what others are doing and to discuss approaches required to meet the content needs of both humans and machines.

Brought to you by The Content Wrangler and Content Rules.

Register now!


Renew or Start an STC Membership Today

It’s membership season at the STC!

Renew or start an STC membership to get access to:

  • best-in-class technical communication education
  • publications
  • CPTC Certification
  • career development
  • professional networking opportunities
  • other exclusive member benefits

When you purchase a membership, don’t forget to add the San Francisco Chapter as your chapter membership. Your support allows us to continue offering monthly meetings to our community.

You can only purchase an STC and chapter membership at

2017 Touchstone Deadlines Approaching

Touchstone is the Northern California Technical Communication Competition. It is a regional competition, sponsored by the Bay Area STC chapters. Proceeds from the competition benefit the Kenneth Gordon Scholarship, which supports technical communication students at local colleges.

Submitting an entry is a good way to obtain valuable reviews by your peers and recognition of your good work. Submit entries by October 7th, 2017. Winners are announced in January 2018.

Looking for another way to help out? Volunteering to judge puts you in touch with local technical communicators whom you might never meet otherwise, and it gives you access to some of the best work going on in our field.

Find out more on the Touchstone website.


UX Awards: Enter Now!

Society for Technical Communication San Francisco Chapter is proud supporter of the 6th UX Awards, the top independent global awards for UX that honors exceptional people, products, process in digital experience. 2017 judges are senior design and UX executives from Cooper, Intel, LG, IDEO, Oculus, PayPal, Amazon, Smart Design, X (Google X), Phillips and more.

Submit your best work for this year’s event by 7/31/17 (6/15 early bird) at: (and use our code TECH for 15%% off).


The UX Awards celebrate and showcase the most innovative people, products, and processes of next-generation digital product, customer experience, interaction, service, integrated industrial-digital and experience design. We inspire technologists to create human-centered products that solve real problems.

The 6th UX Awards Summit will be in Palo Alto, CA November 8-9 2017. Anyone can enter any digitally-focused product, experience or service from May 25-July 31, 2017. Our 2017 theme, “The Future of UX”, focuses on celebrating outstanding UX for both current and emerging technologies, environments and societal challenges.

Looking for Chapter Leaders

It’s been my sincere pleasure to organize the monthly meetings for the STC San Francisco Chapter for several years. However, myself and other current volunteers are unable to continue volunteering next year.

Without a core group of volunteers, we won’t be able to offer monthly meetings to our members. Without this, the chapter may need to combine with other local STC chapters.

That’s where you could come in. 🙂

I’m asking for volunteers to continue running the chapter. Next year, we would need a fresh roster of volunteers in two groups.

Elected (must be a STC member):

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President
  • Secretary

Non-Elected (doesn’t need to be a STC members, but crucial to the chapter)

  • Program coordinator
  • Event coordinator
  • Communications coordinator (website, social media, emails)
  • Membership coordinator

If you are interested in giving back to the technical writer community and have a few hours to spare a month, please reach out to me via our chapter email, I’d love to hear from you and discuss how you would like to help the chapter.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know!

Thank you very much,

Leah Scampoli
STC SF Chapter President

Field Trip to the Bay Model: June 3

Mark you calendars! All Bay Area STC Chapters are organizing a trip to the Bay Model. The excursion is sponsored by Berkeley and Eastbay Chapters of the STC. It is open to all STC members and friends, but please RSVP, as the size of the guided tour is limited.

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2:00 pm to 5:00. Guided tour at 3:00 pm.

Where: Bay Model in Sausalito, CA

Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway

What: Tour of the Bay Model Visitor Center, which is a fully accessible education center administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which hosts a working hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta System.

Price: Free admission and parking.

How to Register: Please RSVP to Patrick Lufkin,

Full Announcement

Visit one of the Bay Area’s hidden treasures, the San Francisco Bay Model in Sausalito.

The Bay Model is a three dimensional, working model capable of simulating the complex tides, currents, and flows of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Built in 1957 by the U.S. Corps of Engineers to study the region’s water flows, the facility’s research played an important part in our economy, and in efforts to save the Bay.

With its core mission since transferred to computers, the facility now educates the public on the natural and cultural history of the Bay and its watershed.

About the size of two football fields, the facility is a marvel. Pumps move the tides up and down on a regular cycle. The model is fully labeled and detailed. You can circumnavigate the bay and delta, walk over parts of it on bridges, and become aware of out-of-the-way places most of us have never visited.

To educate and inform, the facility marshals a full range of technical communication techniques. It uses dioramas, posters, signage, and more. There is a small theatre. There are audio stations with head phones. And of course, there is the Model itself, and the guided tour we will be taking.

There is also a room dedicated to ship building on the Bay during the “Rosie the Riveter” period of WWII.

The Bay Model is easily accessed from either the Richmond or the Golden Gate Bridge.


Tech Writing Students Need Your Help

Every year, we partner with the Technical and Professional Writing program at San Francisco State University to help the students with their research papers. Each student needs to write a white paper on a technical writing trend. As part of this, they need to interview someone knowledgeable about the trend.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to talk to a student about one of these topics, please let us know at

  • Freemind mind mapping software
  • Lightweight DITA
  • Slack collaboration tool applications for grant writers
  • Content marketing analysis/automation tools
  • Use of video blogs for training
  • Motion in web design