March 2015

tcworld India conference 2015: Putting the spotlight on Indian technical writers and translators

The tcworld India conference 2015 has continued its successful path with the 5th international conference held in Bangalore from March 12–13, 2015. More than 300 participants took the opportunity to learn from an impressive line-up of internationally renowned speakers.

The event was organized by tekom Deutschland e.V. in collaboration with the Technical Writers of India (TWIN). Topics ranged from core skills for technical communicators and industry-specific challenges to working in a multinational environment and creating content in various languages and for multiple markets.

"For the first time in the history of any Indian technical writing conference, we witnessed presenters from Korea and the Czech Republic, and participants from Poland and Italy," said Akash Dubey, TWIN Community Head. The hands-on workshops strongly emphasized the conference’s interactive nature and offered real ROI to attendees.

Among other tracks, the tools track offered participants practical knowledge. "There is a sea of technology and tools to be learned and used. tcworld India 2015 has inspired me to learn and to further my career," commented one participant.

Organizers and participants alike once again praised the translation track –running alongside the numerous lectures on technical communication.

"tcworld India has done something that has never happened on this scale and with such international participation before: it has brought the long overdue spotlight to the Indian translator and to the Indian translation industry," remarked Jayaraj Samuel, who has extensive experience in the Indian translation industry and helped to organize the track.
"The translation industry is still in its infancy in India and will require some encouragement and international support to realize it potential."

This year, the encouragement and support came from many places: Presenters, sponsors and visitors from Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, but also from Israel, South Korea, Germany, Italy and the US – to name just a few – made the conference a truly international event.

Preconference workshops were available on the Internet as real-time streams. Day one kicked off with an opening ceremony, which was presented by tekom’s CEO Dr. Michael Fritz, TWIN’s founder Akash Dubey, and program manager Sandhya Ranganathan.

Tom Johnson, creator of the blog I’d Rather Be Writing, gave an insight into Innovation in Technical Communication in his keynote speech.

Highlights of the second day included the translation track as well as hands-on workshops by international experts, a debate on content ownership, and strategic panel discussions with technical communication and localization leaders.

The huge success of the event and the enthusiasm of participants and sponsors call for the return of tcworld India in 2016. "We’ve already received enquiries from sponsors for next year’s event," says Christine Keller, international program manager at tekom. "With the high demand for further networking and learning opportunities, we are even thinking of expanding the program in 2016."