Localization World 2013, in the Silicon Valley, starts today with preconferences. I will be there with a handful of my colleagues. This is always a conference I enjoy; I come home excited about our industry and clients. This conference allows localization professionals – vendors and buyers – to meet and network and learn what’s going on in the industry in sessions or in direct conversations with the smartest people in this space.
Some high-powered experts are asked to speak each year – CEOs, computer scientists, technologists, linguists, globalization strategists, program managers – and their contribution to the industry via this conference is undeniably valuable. Everyone leaves edified and energized.
The localization landscape changes so quickly and we must all respond to that; Localization World gives us the chance to put those change factors on the table, and allows us to start a dialog about understanding and solving those challenges. In fact, this year’s conference title is: Localization in a Shifting Global Economy.
What am I excited to learn about this year? Just a few highlights include:
- How Google does it
- Community translation
- MT and other CAT tools, including cloud translation platforms
- Global brand execution
- Gaming in the Arabic speaking world
It will be great to meet up with current and potential clients, colleagues (two of whom I have never met in person), and old colleagues. It is a highly social event, where conversations start and connections are solidified.
I am planning to blog and tweet about what I’m learning and experiencing while at the conference. You can follow @MoraviaWW and #LocWorld on Twitter.
Are you going? What are you looking forward to?