ISTC London Group – Gamification: The New Black, with Galyna Key, 5th March 2015

The ISTC London Group invites you to meet with Galyna Key to learn about Gamification: The New Black! on Thursday 5th March 2015 at 18:30.

In this presentation Galyna will talk about what gamification is and why this idea is so popular right now. She’ll explain why technical communicators should be interested in gamification, how to start thinking like a game designer, and what are the core game elements you should include in your design toolbox.

We’re meeting once again at The London Canal Museum, which is 5 minutes walk from King’s Cross rail and underground station (directions). Free tea and coffee will be available (and we’ll probably all head out for a drink afterwards!) There is no charge for this meeting but space is limited, so please book early to reserve your place.

Southern Area Group Meeting – 10th February 2015, Winchester from 7pm

Lessons for Technical Authors from the field of Software Engineering

By Marjorie Jones

It seems fitting that our first presenter this year, is the outgoing Southern Area Group Leader, Marjorie Jones, who is Technical Author at Exony.

This talk is a repeat of the presentation she gave at TCUK14. It will look at the software lifecycle and the parallels with the modern structured authoring process. There will be practical examples of how best practices and techniques borrowed from software development can help organise and structure document components, avoid errors and ensure quality, efficiency and maintainability. There maybe time to include a little more detail in some places if anyone is interested, and hopefully it will be slightly less formal and more interactive, given the venue.

Venue Details

The venue is the Royal Oak, entrance on Royal Oak passage (between High Street and St Georges Street) and also on St Georges Street (postcode SO23 9AU). We have reserved the lower bar (which is supposedly the oldest bar in Winchester).  Food is available for those who wish to eat.

If you would like to attend, please would you register your interest using the following link to Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/istc-southern-area-group-winchester-tues-10th-february-2015-7-10pm-tickets-15444886070

Thames Valley Group Meeting – 3 February 2015

The next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at the Bird In Hand Pub Knowl Hill, Reading at 19.30.  Food is available for those who wish to eat.

We will be discussing foreign languages (we have Russian, Mandarin and Polish speakers in the group) to see how we can improve our writing with regards to foreign language speakers.  For example, many languages do not have an equivalent concept of definite and indefinite articles.

All are welcome but if you would like to attend it would be helpful if you could please register your interest by following this link to Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thames-valley-area-monthly-meet-tickets-14224244097

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ISTC London Group Social, 11th December 2014

The next ISTC London Group event will be a social evening, at the Two Chairmen Pub, (in the upstairs bar), near Trafalgar Square, on Thursday 11th December 2014 from 18:30 onwards. As usual this meeting is open to anyone interested in meeting up with other technical communicators, whether they are ISTC members or not.

There is no cost for this event but please book a free ticket so we know how many people to expect.

We look forward to seeing you at our last event for 2014. If you can’t make it this time we hope to see you in the New Year!

Best wishes from the ISTC London Group team – Galyna, Bridget, and David

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