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I went to both the Summit and Lavacon in 2009 and 2010. They are both enjoyable and worthwhile for different reasons. Summit is big (fine, it may not be as big as it was 'back in the day', but it's still pretty big) and had a wide range of sessions on various aspects of tech comm. Lavacon is more focussed, and for the past few years has teamed up with local PMI chapters, so you get interesting cross-pollination in the attendees. Lavacon doesn't tend to cover too much of the basic information; you're not going to find a "What is DITA?" session there, as the focus is on senior tech writers, tech comm managers, project managers, etc.
Information on last year's program is here: http://lavacon.org/2010program
Summit would give a wide range of variety, and Lavacon would give you the opportunity to deep dive into a few specific areas.
Hope this helps,
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I'm looking at both the STC and LavaCon as possible conferences for this
year. The scope and size are definitely different, and each has its appeal.
Has anyone been to both and can comment on the two? Or even if you haven't
been to both, but have information about either one that you would wish to
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