ifixit technical writing symposium 2016

Based on the astounding success of last year, iFixit will be hosting its fourth annual workshop May 5-6th to train educators who are interested in bringing iFixit’s Technical Writing Program to their universities. The workshop is a great opportunity to connect with veteran instructors, receive hands-on experience with the program, meet the folks behind iFixit, and enjoy a few days on California’s Central Coast. The workshop is free to attend, and all interested instructors are welcome, but spaces are limited. To register, please fill out this registration form.


Program Details

Teaching technical communication to students—who often don’t see the importance of writing in their future careers—can be a formidable challenge. Finding ways to bring a sense of relevancy to the material is one of the greatest difficulties that instructors face in the classroom.

Six years ago, iFixit set out to engage students with a hands-on, repair-focused technical writing project. Since the iFixit Technical Writing Program’s inception in 2009, students from 50 universities have created 11,500 repair guides, which have helped over 25 million people worldwide to fix their things.

The program is a chance for students to engage in technical writing that has real-world impact. Students work on an actual device, author a complete repair manual, and gain experience creating contemporary, wiki-based online documentation.

More than just an excellent learning experience, the program has roots in a deeper mission: iFixit’s goal is to tackle the growing, global e-waste problem. The repair guides that students produce are responsible for keeping more household devices in use and out of landfills. For more information about the program, please visit the Prospective Universities page.



iFixit will also select candidates for iTRIP, iFixit’s Travel ReImbursement Program, to help cover travel costs for the workshop. If you are interested in applying for iTRIP, or have any questions about the workshop or the program, please contact education[at]ifixit[dot]com.


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Things to Consider

As a reminder, we will be in session for the majority of the day on Thursday and Friday. iFixit will provide all the materials needed for the sessions, except a laptop. Please bring your laptop or tablet with you to the symposium.

Breakfast and lunch will be served at our office. On Thursday, we'll provide a taco bar for lunch in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Dinner on Thursday will be on your own at San Luis Obispo's Farmers’ Market. There are several street food vendors and restaurants in the downtown area for you to choose from. On Friday evening, we'll host a BBQ dinner after the symposium, so plan on staying. We welcome anyone you are traveling with to join us, but we ask that you let us know in advance, so our chefs can be prepared.

The average temperature for San Luis Obispo in May is in the mid-to-low seventies.  We recommend you check the local forecast right before your trip, but bring a light jacket just in case!


Returning Instructors

We have some exciting activities in store for our familiar faces! Stay tuned—we'll have more details on this soon.