GALA-global @ tekom
With more than 40 GALA member companies exhibiting at the trade show, and a good number more attending sessions and visiting the fair, tekom/tcworld 2015 was an outstanding place for GALA to meet with members and exchange news and updates.
For the second year in a row, the tekom/tcworld conference was held at the Internationales Congresscenter Stuttgart (ICS), a spacious and airy venue just across the street from the Stuttgart Airport. Perhaps it’s this convenience that attracts so many exhibitors and visitors, or maybe it’s the opportunity to attend dozens of sessions and network with professionals from a wide variety of sectors and specialties. Regardless of the reason for attending, organizers expected more than 4000 visitors to traverse the fair floors over the 3-day conference focused on technical communication.
GALA was pleased to have a highly visible stand right at the front of the Associations World section. From there, we met with dozens of GALA members new and old, and introduced the organization to many others who wondered what GALA does for the language industry. We also had the pleasure of meeting many students from translation programs in Germany whom we encouraged to enter our Rising Star contest for GALA 2016 New York, and who encouraged us with their eagerness and ambitious outlooks.
On Wednesday, we hosted the GALA Localization Forum, a day-long program comprised of 7 sessions focused on localization topics. We have enjoyed partnering with tekom over the years to offer these English-language localization sessions which give us an opportunity to showcase the work of many of our members. Our fearless hosts Russell Goldsmith (Conversis) and Marta Balazs (Edimart) did an excellent job contextualizing each session, making speakers feel welcome and comfortable, and promoting GALA as well.
In addition to the “official” tekom activities, the conference also provided opportunities to conduct other Association business. The day before the conference, GALA board members gathered together for a day-long, in-person meeting to discuss plans for 2016. Members who are running for the GALA board had an opportunity to campaign and work to secure votes. And we staff had an opportunity to show off our new GALA website and encourage members to update their profiles and contribute content.
We were encouraged by the news from members, many of whom reported growth and prosperity. We were delighted by the small gifts and warm greetings we received from around the globe. And we were inspired by the sense of community that exists, even within the construct of a much larger conference. Thanks to all of you who stopped by for a chat, a question, or to offer suggestions! We hope to see many of you again in person at GALA’s conference in March.