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Fall Events Recap

By: GALA Team, Information

29 November 2018

GALA staff traveled extensively this fall to attend events worldwide and educate members about new GALA program offerings. Here are the highlights from this fall.

TAUS Annual Conference 2018

10-11 October 2018
Vancouver, Canada

The TAUS Annual Conference is an event for industry insiders and newcomers to get the pulse of the translation industry.  This year’s conference featured The Connectivity Dispute, a debate between GALA board chairman, Klaus Fleischmann, and Rikkert Engels, CEO of Xillio, on the benefits of a common translation API as opposed to a middleware solution. We are pleased to share that the common translation API solution emerged as the audience’s favorite.

LocWorld Seattle

17-19 October 2018
Seattle, USA

With glorious fall weather welcoming delegates to Seattle, the GALA Team was proud to show off their home-city. It was a busy week with lunch meetings, focus groups, an evening networking event co-organized with Women in Localization, and dozens and dozens of conversations at the GALA exhibit stand. Executive Director Allison Ferch teamed up with board member Sabina Jasinska (SDL) to share their approach to marketing in the age of GDPR.

American Translators Association 59

24-27 October 2018
New Orleans, USA

The meeting of the American Translators Association is the largest gathering of translators in the United States and provides rich opportunities for GALA to hear what’s on the mind of individual freelance translators, but also small business owners.  An educational program is balanced by social networking and occasions to reflect on how GALA as an organization can provide more value to individual translators.  The photo booth was a main attraction during the opening reception and one too good to pass up for GALA staff members Jessica DiPietro and Manuela Noske (see photo above).

Meet Central Europe

30-31 October 2018
Budapest, Hungary
This first-time event – a collaboration between four national associations – was a resounding success by many measures. GALA was happy to support the conference, and the cooperative spirit it embodied, with a Diamond Sponsorship and an exhibit stand. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with GALA members from the region as well as with professionals who have yet to discover GALA’s value. Altogether a great conference in a beautiful city and the start of a wonderful tradition for the region.

Translators Association of China (TAC) Annual Conference

19-20 November 2018
Beijing, China
The language services and technology industry is booming in China, a fact that was celebrated at the annual TAC conference marking 40 years of China’s reform and opening-up. With a wonderful overview of the Chinese market and a number of other thought-provoking sessions, Executive Director Allison Ferch and board vice-chairman Kåre Lindahl came away with a much better sense of the language services market in China. They met dozens of industry professionals at the GALA exhibit stand and welcomed a diverse audience to the GALA session featuring four presentations offering global perspectives on a variety of topics.

tcworld Conference 2018

13-15 November 2018
Stuttgart, Germany
The world’s largest international conference in technical communication is host to a wealth of exhibitors and an extraordinarily wide and varied program.  GALA staff Manuela Noske and Alicia Deadrick hosted a booth in the Associations World section of the exhibition hall and a one-day localization forum that was in high demand this year.  Latecomers to the presentation by Andrea Tabacchi from Memsource and Nils Adie from Semantix found only standing room in the packed conference hall.  

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