WriteTheDocs Europe 2016

A couple of weeks ago I already wrote about the writing day at WriteTheDocs Europe 2016, but I totally forgot about writing about the conference that followed it. Not writing about a documentation conference would be a shame, so here we go 😉

The main session room also offered some tables to get some work done while listening to the talks!

What amazes me again and again with WTD events is how welcoming and diverse they are. Pretty much every part of the industry (and industries) needs well-made documentation on basically every level, and that’s also where all the people you meet there are coming from. Developers, technical writers, managers, founders, … you name them. That also reflected in the talks, which were once again great! From tips on how to get better learning foreign languages, over getting inspiration from literature and how documentation and support can better work together all the way to handling documentation in huge communities.

Honestly, this time I really can’t pick my favorite talk, so I’ll just post a link to the speakers page here, where you can also get to the talk recordings.

The venue, this time around, was a bit outside the touristy part of Prague right next to the central station. This made it far easier to reach but also a bit less spectacular. Something that was corrected during the conference party which once again took place at Klub Lávka, right below Charles Bridge. Basically anything around the conference was very well organised. There was even excellent breakfast and I finally got a place at one of the front-tables on both conference days! The session slots were also just of the right length as was the programme for each day.

This way Ulrich, Martina, and I could even do a bit site-seeing while there was still daylight. There wasn’t a chance to get into the castle buildings but St. Vitus Cathedral was also from the outside amazing! And we found some great restaurants and bars along the way (Las Adelitas and Lokál Hamburk in Karlín). One of the things we didn’t get around, though, shopping at a Captain Candy 😉

Getting back to the conference, perhaps the only thing that wasn’t amazing was the WiFi but that’s whining on a high level 😊 A big Thank You again to the organisers for all their hard work! I’ll definitely be back. In fact, I already started preparing for WriteTheDocs US 2017 😉

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