TWT Pune Offline Conference (Feb 3, 2024)


Tech Writer’s Tribe invites all tech writers from Pune and nearby areas to attend the third offline conference of Technical Writers organised by TWT Pune Team.

After the first conference in 2022 (Sept 17) and two conferences in 2023 (March 4 and July 22), the 4th offline conference on Feb 3, 2024 is another opportunity for networking and learning for the tech writers from the Maharashtra region.

Let us join hands again and make it a bigger success to yield better benefits for the tech writers of Pune and nearby areas.

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About the Conference

The Schedule

The Experts and their Sessions - 1

Saurabh Kar and Sunita Vyas

The Topic

A Practical Approach to Video Creation for Writers

About the Session

In our year-long journey, we successfully integrated video creation into our daily workflow as technical writers. Initially hesitant due to workload concerns, we:

  1. Strategically collaborated with the marketing team.
  2. Utilized tools like Lumen5, Camtasia, Wellsaid labs, Snagit, and incorporated AI or ChatGPT for creating video scripts.
  3. Adopted a standardized approach to streamline the video creation process.
  4. Leveraged Nimble application for project management to efficiently track and manage video projects. 

Key Highlights:

  • Share invaluable insights and lessons learned during our journey.
  • Describe the process to overcome initial reservations and establish a streamlined process for video creation, including the use of AI or ChatGPT for script creation.
  • Highlight key strategies, tools, and collaborative methods that seamlessly integrated video production into our toolbox.
  • Inspire and equip our community with practical knowledge to navigate the evolving landscape of technical communication with confidence and efficiency.

About the Presenters

Presenter 1: Saurabh Kar
Current Role: Lead Technical Writer, NimbleWork Inc.

I’ve nearly 16 years of IT industry experience. Specifically, I’ve spent more than 10 years as a technical writer, specializing in creating multimedia content. From e-learning to technical writing, I’ve collaborated with 6+ companies, refining my skills in user manuals, video creation, and diverse documentation styles. Currently leading the Content and Communication team at NimbleWork. Outside of work, I love trying my hand at cooking various dishes and exploring new places through travel.

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Presenter 2: Sunita Vyas
Current Role: Senior Technical Writer, NimbleWork Inc.

I hold 9 years of experience in content creation, technical writing, and video production. Outside the professional sphere, I find delight in the harmonies of music, the rhythm of dance, the allure of new places, and the artistry of storytelling.

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Co-Presenters: Apurva Bhide and Ashwin Mehendale

The Topic

Vaccinate your docs against bugs

About the Session

How technical writers create content is determined by the toolchain used for authoring and publishing documentation. The toolchains range from full-featured GUI authoring tools with click to publish, to more get your hands dirty with markup and do your own version control ones.

With Docs-as-Code emerging as a trend in technical writing, it is important to get familiar with the latter especially to ensure your documents are bug-free.

Keep your docs bug-free by using the following options:

  • IDEs or editors: enhancing authoring experience by choosing the best one
  • Anger management: resolving Git conflicts
  • DocOps: creating previews of your docs using pipelines
  • Pre-script-ion: generating templates, preview the content, and lint the language

Presenter 1: Apurva Bhide

I graduated from Pune University, where I earned my Bachelor’s in Engineering degree, specializing in Information Technology. My professional journey began at Red Hat as a Technical Writer intern, and today, I proudly work as a Senior Technical Writer, leading the documentation efforts for my team. I am a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) with 6+ years of experience in the technical writing field.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to present at numerous events, including Red Hat’s QEcamp in Bangalore, the Summit at Sites APAC level, and various “Lunch and Learn” sessions. Outside of Red Hat, I was honored to speak for the lightning talk at the WTD Australia conference. When I’m not working, you’ll find me capturing moments with my camera, exploring new cuisine, or enjoying hockey matches while remembering my days as a hockey player.

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Presenter 2: Ashwin Mehendale
I hold an MSc degree in Computer Applications from Symbiosis International University (SIU). I’ve been a technical writer with Red Hat for just over five years. My contributions have primarily been in middleware.

I am a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA). I am passionate about technical writing in general and Docs as Code in particular. I also like to dabble in coding from time to time. I also love to go on long cycle rides.

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The Presenter: Kedar Kulkarni
Current Role: Associate Manager, Rocket Software

The Topic

No Manager is an island

About the Session

There comes a stage in everyone’s professional lives when you deal with a question.

  • Should I become a manager?
  • Will I get the opportunity?

I’m experienced and senior maybe it’s the right step for me.

As writers, we have certain skills that we bring to the table, while there are others that we can learn and then apply. The logical next step after being in this role for a decade or more is – to be a manager.

But how does one become a manager overnight? Is there a special skill that one needs to have? Can we watch a movie like Glengarry Glen Ross and become the best? Should we read Atomic Habits and then start winning our lives?

Then the other existential questions – Will I be successful as a manager? What if I chose to not be a manager? Is that an end of the road then? Or a road with limited lanes?

Questions without any straightforward answers! Now that’s the most important skill to learn to be a manager.

Let’s interact about our experiences in this role.

  • What it takes to get there and are we there yet?
  • How can we get better?
  • What are the flags that can help us navigate our journey?
  • And many more!


About the Presenter

I became an associate manager after 14+ years as a technical writer. I’m still learning and thought of sharing my experiences and maybe getting some answers!

I’m a writer who has dabbled in technology in the early days of my adolescence. So much so that I moved from the field of Environmental Sciences and Biology to IT. After completing 14+ years as a writer, I’m now a writer + manager. Let’s see where that leads me!

On the personal front, I love to read. I like obscure humour. Same applies to TV shows as well. I chase the music I like and in return it keeps me running. I also like to trigger endorphins by working out and hanging out in the gym.

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The Experts and their Sessions - 2

The Presenter: Sohil Koppikar
Current Role: Senior Technical Writer at LogicMonitor

The Topic

SEO Demystification

About the Session

– Why SEO?
– Types of Search Intent
– SEO Concepts
– SEO Best Practices
– Live Examples of Improving SEO Ranking

About the Presenter

I have led the SEO initiative in my company and the company and management received it quite well.

I have been in the technical writing field for almost a decade now.

During this time I have worked on PLM, ALM, CAD, IOT, Cloud Backup and Recovery, and Observability and Monitoring products. I have also done a little bit of instructional designing as well for a reputed university. During this time, I have created documentation sets from scratch, created videos and gifs, UX writing, restructured content, and much more.

I have a passion for cooking, which was developed by my pastry chef wife. I also am into music and play the flute.

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The Presenter: Sharmilee Sarkar
Current Role: UX Writer, Coditas

The Topic

Crafting Tomorrow’s UX – Collaboration of UX Writers and AI for a Better Tomorrow

About the Session

This session will explore the intricate balance of consciousness, communication, soft skills, and the rise of AI in shaping the future of UX writing.

This will include:

  • Consciousness: Delve into the intentionality behind UX design decisions, highlighting the role of consciousness in shaping user experiences and the creative process of UX writers.
  • Communication and Soft Skills: Explore effective communication strategies, emphasising the importance of soft skills like empathy and collaboration in crafting meaningful narratives.
  • The Rise of AI: Examine AI’s current impact on UX writing, discussing opportunities, challenges, and the transformative possibilities for content creation.
  • The Power of Collaboration: Showcase successful collaborations where AI and human creativity converge, demonstrating the synergy that results in unparalleled creativity.
  • Tips for Writers: Provide practical tips for UX writers to integrate AI insights, striking a balance between creativity and efficiency.
  • Adapting to Change: Discuss the importance of adaptability in the face of technological advancements and strategies for future-proofing UX writing skills.

We’ll delve into the perception of AI’s role, engage the audience in a live test between human and AI content creation, and showcase successful collaborations, providing actionable tips for UX writers to seamlessly incorporate AI insights.

The presentation aims to inspire discussions on the evolving landscape of UX writing, fostering a deeper understanding of the collaborative possibilities between human creativity and artificial intelligence.

About the Presenter

I’m Sharmilee, your friendly neighbourhood UX writer and mentor, creating better experiences in digital world! By day, I’m crafting user experiences, working side by side with developers and designers. My journey is all about turning ideas into interactive adventures, and I thrive on the challenge of creating copy that not only guides users but also makes them feel right at home.

I absolutely love collaborating—it’s my jam! Whether it’s bouncing ideas off fellow creatives or mentoring aspiring writers diving into the tech universe, I’m all about fostering connections. Oh, and weekends? That’s when I unleash my love for visual storytelling, making UX writing videos to help budding writers make their way into the industry.

Let’s not just connect; let’s craft, create, and make the digital world our playground!

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Quick Bytes

The Presenter: Jaai R Konddhalkar
Current Role: Lead Technical Writer at Aera Technology

The Topic

Use of How-to videos in Technical Writing

About the Session

Key Highlights

  • What is the need of Videos?
  • How should be the help designed to achieve maximum end user visits?
  • What are the types of videos that you can create?
  • How it will benefit the end user?


About the Presenter

I have been working with creating videos for different deliverables since last 8 years.

I have multifaceted skills being a professional writer for 15 years. I have worked with
different domains like training/automotive/information technology/building
automation, health care and now cognitive domain.

My expertise includes working on online help, video creation, tutorials, user manual content, design templates, and  quick reference guide.

I have been working as a Team Lead and I have successfully proved my expertise by introducing new tools/writing techniques, mentoring the team.

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The Presenter: Amol Ketkar
Current Role: Technical writer in TIBCO

The Topic

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles in TW

About the Session

Key Highlights:

  • Fundamentals and core principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • How to use it in Technical Communication.

Key benefits of CBT for a Technical Writer:

  • Realize, monitor, and alter our own thinking patterns.
  • Control our behaviour
  • Improve the day-to-day functioning and quality of life.

About the Presenter

Total experience 16 years. Tech writing experience 5 years, working in the software domain.

I have undergone a course and had completed detailed research & been applying CBT for 3 years. 

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The Presenter: Vaibhav Bhosale
Current Role: Technical Writer at Dassault Systemes Solutions Lab

The Topic

Prompt tuning in Technical Writing 

About the Session

Prompt tuning is a technique that allows for the adaptation of large language models (LLMs) to new tasks by training a small number of prompt parameters. The prompt text is added before the input text to guide the LLM towards generating the desired output.

This prompt essentially guides the model’s response, steering it toward the desired output style, tone, or content. Unlike traditional model training, which requires retraining the model on a large dataset, prompt tuning only needs a small set of examples or even a well-constructed sentence to influence the model’s behavior.

Prompt tuning is becoming an extremely in-demand skill for technical writers who want to work with emerging technologies to produce better documentation. Companies seek writers with experience working with generative AI who can use tools such as ChatGPT to handle complex information. Technical writing is becoming more about crafting the content and ensuring that it is highly accessible to users, which AI can support you with.

Being able to manipulate these AI technologies means technical writers can stay relevant in their field and have access to highly lucrative positions. While technical writers are already “technical” in some sense, they can expand their skills to include generative AI and prompt tuning.

Benefits of prompt tuning include increased efficiency, enhanced flexibility, and great interpretability. Technical writers can use prompt tuning for documentation of projects, collaborative work, and increased automation & efficiency.

About the Presenter

I am a curios technical writer with more than 8 years of experience. Initially what started as a content writer, my career slowly and steadily shifted to technical writing. This was a decision that I made seeing the emergence of AI in different field.

With a fluent hand in crafting different types of guides, I am also well aware of various authoring tools such as Oxygen XML editor, Confluence, and Madcap Flare. I also have a noteworthy experience in people management and team management.

I am a binge-watcher. In my spare time, I like to spend time watching web series and movies on OTT platforms. My favorite genres are thriller, crime, horror, and suspense. Some of my favorites include Sherlock Holmes, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Smile, and Talk To Me.

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