Unconferences are not only popular among LSPs, some translators say they actually prefer them to traditional conference formats. Started by the IT community in the 1990s, unconferences have no structured agenda, no keynote speakers, no sponsors, no exhibitors and no call for papers.
Instead, unconferences use an unstructured format as a way to stimulate group discussion. By choosing discussion topics on the spot instead of before the meeting, the idea is that attendees will identify and discuss the very topics which are most important to them at the time.
Which is exactly what happens, and why unconferences are so beneficial to groups as complex and diverse as the language industry.
In our latest episode of Globally Speaking, Renato Beninatto and Michael Stevens discuss unconferences with three localization experts who lead unconferences in their own respective regions:
- Teresa Marshall, Sr. Director of Localization, Salesforce
- Oleksandr “Alex” Pysaryuk, Localization Manager, Achievers
- Mirko Plitt, Founder, Modulo Language Automation
Topics covered include:
- What unconferences do and don’t cover
- Guidelines for participation
- How content is selected
- Why differences in venue matter
- Why unconferences are such excellent networking opportunities
Globally Speaking Radio, sponsored by RWS Moravia and Nimdzi.