World's largest congress for technical communication at the ICS until 2017From 2014, tekom – the professional association for technical communication – will be holding its annual conference at the ICS International Congress Center in Stuttgart. This is in response to the wishes of its 8,500 members. For more than 10 years, the event has taken place in Wiesbaden.
ekom feels that the main reason for this decision lies in the economic structure of the region. "Many of our members and their potential customers are located in or around Stuttgart", explains Dr. Michael Fritz, Managing Director of tekom. This is confirmed by the significant potential highlighted by the cluster strategy that the Guest Events division has recently pursued.
"The tekom annual conference fits perfectly into our portfolio", says a delighted Stefan Lohnert, Division Director Guest Events. "It ties in with our numerous IT events and complements our main focus on the automobile industry." Vehicle and engine manufacturing as well as software and hardware are among the most important sectors for technical communication, and both are strongly represented in the economic region of Stuttgart.
Another argument in favour of the ICS is the great versatility that its facilities provide. With around 7,000 m2 of exhibition area as well as workshops and presentations in more than 20 conference rooms, the tekom annual conference has high standards. "We want to make it as easy as possible for participants to find their way around", says Fritz. The ICS satisfies this requirement in every respect. Added to this is the region's superb hotel infrastructure. Both Stuttgart itself and the surrounding areas have sufficient numbers of overnight accommodation facilities in all price categories with excellent public transport links to the exhibition grounds. For 2014, tekom is also planning a shuttle service to and from the event location.
tekom is the largest European professional association for technical communication. It supports the global exchange of information and knowledge, and promotes training and advanced training for technical writers. It also advocates the continuing
professionalization and increased importance of technical communication in companies.
Typical areas in which technical communication is found include user manuals for industrial goods that are in need of explanation, online help for consumers and business users, as well as localisation of software interfaces.