How An Unconference Works

The TC Camp Unconference is focused on the issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by content creators, publishers, and distributors, and those people who support them.

Suggest a Topic

The conference agenda is created on the day of the event by the attendees during the general session first thing in the morning. Anyone can suggest a topic by writing a short description on the topic suggestion sheet or submitting a topic early through the website. Each topic is voted on separately.

Vote Topics into the Agenda

Those topics that are voted into the agenda are given a designated room and time slot.

Session Topics You Propose

They can include one or more focus topics such as:

Content architecture and design – how to organize, how to plan authoring in a distributed model, keeping a handle on your reuse, reuse strategies, thinking like an architect

Best practices: Writing, formatting, design, localization, publishing, process engineering, change management, collaboration, reuse, specializing or customizing, benefits and drawbacks, going mobile

Tools/Processes: Commercial, public domain, libraries, doctypes (DITA, DocBook, S1000D, custom)

Skills: Working with other content consumers and producers, growing your influence, Developing metrics to justify resources, projects, tools

Help me: I am stuck on… I need guidance… How do you…? (Suggest a topic of general interest)

Session Requirements

Before a session can be scheduled, two requirements must be met:

Volunteer to be the Facilitator

One attendee must volunteer to be the facilitator who will lead the discussion.

The facilitator need not be the same person who suggested the topic or the subject matter expert for the session. This advice from Scott Berkun on how to run a good session can help make the Unconference great for everyone–including you!

Volunteer to be the Scribe

One attendee must volunteer to be the note taker. The note taker is responsible for sharing what was discussed in the final session of the day. The note taker cannot be the same person as the facilitator.


Once the agenda is set, find the sessions you want to go to and participate!

TC Camp is a way to bring together people in the who work with the people who create, publish, and deliver content and who have a shared interest or who want to work together on something.

Unconferences aim to break the barrier between speaker and attendee — so everyone can contribute to the discussion.

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