Wednesday, October 10: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies–Where do Technical Writers Fit In?

Cryptocurrencies are an emerging, unregulated, digital asset that many people are looking to as a new form of money. Blockchain is the technology that supports cryptocurrencies, the “rails” they run on. The world of blockchain and crypto has its own jargon, a growing technology infrastructure, and even some political philosophy behind it.

There can be roles for technical writers in this world. The companies behind the different cryptocurrencies need to train their employees. The technological tools need to be explained to the software developers and others who will use them. Banks and other financial institutions that are exploring the use of cryptocurrencies need help in implementing them. Individuals using or investing the currencies need to understand them.

Kim Nicol will explain the concepts and technology behind blockchain and crypto, introduce you to the history and technical terms used in the field, and talk about the niches that technical writers can find and fill in this field that intersects finance and technology, and that will continue to grow in the next several years.

Don’t forget to buy tickets.

About the speaker:

Kim Nicol is an Executive Coach with a specialty in public speaking and mindfulness.  She’s worked with leaders at Coinbase, Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and more.  Kim is the author of The Beginner’s Glossary for the Emerging Blockchain Landscape, and was invited to give the closing talk at the 2017 ICO Funding Summit in Palo Alto. (“ICO” for “initial coin offering.”)


Event info

Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Location: Highlands Country Club 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Program:
6:00 to 7:00 pm: Networking, conversation & dinner
7:00 to 7:15 pm: Announcements
7:15 to 8:30 pm: Presentation
8:30 to 9:00 pm: Conversation, follow up on job announcements
9:00 to 9:15 pm: Clear the room; move conversations to the sidewalk


Important notes:

  • Ride sharing. Do you need a ride to the meeting? Contact rides@stc-berkeley.org and we will try to match you with someone who is driving or help to arrange a ride from Rockridge BART.
  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings for the regular price.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings at the member price.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings. See the link above for tickets.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.