Announcing Portland conference speakers

Announcing Portland conference speakers

Our Portland conference is happening in just under 3 months, and we’re excited to see everyone again in Portland. Now is a great time to start booking your tickets and travel, and we hope to see you soon.

The biggest announcement today is our speakers and talks for the conference. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send us a proposal; we literally wouldn’t have an event without you!

Full speaker line-up

Each year we bring a wide range of voices to the Write the Docs . 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:

  • Dan Grabski: Zen And The Art Of Automanually Creating API Documentation - An Inquiry Into Process
  • Caitlin Davey: The visuals your users never saw…wait that’s most of them
  • Linda Ikechukwu: Myths, Mistakes, and Missed Opportunities: Lessons learned from a year of interviewing technical writers.
  • Jennifer A Swallow: Winning Over Coworkers, Collaborators, and Customers to a New Knowledge Experience
  • Scott Truelove: Navigating the Future of Technical Writing in a Rapidly Evolving Tech Landscape
  • Kari Halsted: GREAT BIG ENGINEERING ORG; itty bitty docs team
  • Ryan Young: Is it (layer) cake: Thinking in content levels
  • Adam Altman: From resistance to adoption: navigating the challenges of docs-like-code
  • Daniel Murphey: Release-ready Docs: How a 2-person team keeps a help center consistently accurate
  • Ashleigh Rentz: Trauma-Informed Documentation: Taking empathy and inclusive language to the next level
  • Sarah Greene: Did You Read the SOP? Procedure Writing for the Laboratory

We hope there’s something there for everyone to enjoy, and also something that will broaden your horizons a bit.

Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help out at the conference and provide support with a variety of tasks: registration, A/V and tech, unconference, speaker support, and anything else that may come up.

Each individual who volunteers for two or more shifts receives a free ticket to the conference. Shifts range from 3-4 hours in length with a break during the shift.

Application will be open until we have enough volunteers signed up for the conference. This is typically mid-March.

Opportunity Grants close on March 1

Applications for our Opportunity Grant program close on March 1st. This program is open to anyone who would otherwise have difficulties attending the conference, and we’d love to have more folks applying.

Buy your tickets soon

If you don’t have your ticket yet, now’s a great time to start the process to attend. Conference tickets have sold out in the past, and tickets sell faster after the speaker announcement, so don’t leave it to the last minute.

Please remember to book your travel only after you purchase a conference ticket. With the conference returning to in-person this year, we are working hard to make sure that our attendees have a safe and comfortable experience. This means we have capacity limits and can’t guarantee late-registration tickets if you book travel without a conference ticket.

Thanks to our sponsors

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

If your company is interested in sponsoring, you can find all the information in our sponsorship prospectus.

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 in the coming weeks about the conference.

The Write the Docs Portland Team