Register Early for GALA 2009!
We are now just three months away from GALA 2009 and it seems that every day brings something new for this “must do” event. GALA is committed to building bridges and reaching out to our many friends and associates across the industry. For this first year, our board of directors has voted to extend our member discount to members of several associations, such as AILIA, ALC, ELIA, and LISA, to name a few (a savings of US$300 off the non-member registration fee). If you add that savings to the early bird discount offered by registering before 15 July, you will save an additional US$200. (That is a total savings of US$500, which will go a long way towards purchasing your airline ticket to join us!)
If you haven’t taken a peek at our event Web site in the last week or so, we invite you to take another look soon. Our program is coming online and we are adding detailed descriptions every week. Of particular interest is the recent announcement of Craig Newmark as our opening speaker. Founder of Craigslist, Newmark grew a simple e-mail exchange service to one of the top 10 Internet companies in the world.
We certainly want you to join us in Cancun, and I urge you to register soon to take advantage of the incredible hotel rate we have negotiated at the JW Marriott (ocean front rooms for the super rate of US$149 a night when you use the GALGALA code). Special thanks to our GALA 2009 program committee and board members for helping to make this event happen.
In addition to building this new event, our staff and volunteers are hard at work continuing to build other benefits for our membership. As part of continuing efforts to develop more visibility for our industry, GALA has hired the services of Digit4 in the UK and eloquenza PR in Germany to share information about our industry with targeted audiences. We are working to show how globalization and localization are a critical part of the business process for every enterprise operating internationally. GALA members are a key part of this initiative, and we rely on their expertise and active participation with media in telling the story of our industry.
I would like to tip my hat to our program committee for the Localization Forum at tcworld. Volunteers Don DePalma (Common Sense Advisory), Matthias Caesar (Locatech), Véronique Ozkaya (Moravia Worldwide), Massimo Ghislandi (SDL), and Janaina Wittner (WHP) have been hard at work preparing the localization section of the tekom program for later this year.
For those of you who are new to GALA, I encourage you to consider membership for your company. GALA membership is a passport to knowledge and value in the industry, offering a rich variety of market knowledge, networking, products and services. Member companies showcase their company’s talents in the Language Technology & Services Directory, our top destination on the GALA Web site after the home page. Another popular benefit of membership is our GALA Webinar series: staff of member companies and members’ clients attend for free. Members also have access to the results of GALA’s quarterly Member Pulse surveys, which cover relevant and timely topics. Become a member of GALA today to enjoy these and other great benefits!
Stay tuned for more announcements and activities at GALA in the coming months, including the re-launch of gala-global.org, new webinars and more. - See more at: http://live-gala.pantheon.io/blog/register-early-gala-2009#sthash.h3z1z5...