Announcing speakers and talks

Announcing speakers and talks

We’re writing today with an update on the next virtual Portland conference.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve finalized our speakers for the event! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send us a pitch – we literally wouldn’t have an event without you!

Full speaker line-up

Every year, we look to bring a wide range of voices to the Write the Docs stage. Because the role of “documentarian” looks so different to each of us, we aim for a line-up that spans a good mix of practical, philosophical, and technical topics – with the odd whimsical one thrown in for good measure. We’re really excited about the presentations we’ve got this year – we hope you are too!

  • Kassandra Dhillon, Erin McKean – Measuring Documentation Success in Open Source: Findings from Google’s Season of Docs Program
  • Kumar Dhanagopal – Don’t trust the numbers!
  • Lana Brindley (she/her) – From Me to Us: Building a docs team from the ground up
  • Kate Mueller – Beating the Virginia Blues: Thru-hiking strategies to help you survive your next big project
  • Anna Gasparyan – Don’t shoot yourself in the foot with content reuse
  • Ben Perlmutter – Unit Test the Docs: Why You Should Test Your Code Examples
  • Chris Ganta – Peer writing and beyond - An experimental approach to a sustainable open-source projects
  • Liani Lye (she/her), Gretchen Maciolek – All together now: Turning technologists into documentarians
  • Alastair Dallas, Shane Diven – Lessons Learned from Cloud Ops: Writing Docs for High-Stakes Situations
  • Marcia Riefer Johnston, Dave May – One AWS team’s move to docs as code: what worked, what didn’t, what’s next
  • Erin Dees – Code Cowpokes and Word Wranglers: from Mutual Admiration to Solidarity
  • Nicola Yap, Tina Ornduff – Sponsored workshop: Technical Writing for Accessibility

Head over to the Speakers page to see the full abstracts. We hope there’s something there for everyone to enjoy, and also something that will broaden your horizons a bit.

Tickets are going fast!

If you don’t have your ticket yet, now’s a great time to snap one up. Conference tickets have sold out for the last several years, and they go faster along with the speaker announcement, so if you’re planning to come, don’t leave it to the last minute.

We will close registrations around one week before the conference, to give folks enough time to set up their Hopin credentials.

Buy your tickets here!

Thanks to our sponsors

We are so grateful to have our sponsors help in bringing these events to life every year. Thanks sincerely to the following companies for supporting the Write the Docs community:

Head over to our sponsorship prospectus for details on how your company can get involved! We have several types of sponsorship available, including tables at the job fair that we’ll be hosting on Tuesday.

And that’s the latest on the Portland conference. We hope you’re all getting as excited as we are! Stay tuned for more details.

The Write the Docs Team