Upending Old Models: Two Groundbreaking Internet-Based Interpreting Organization and Delivery Platforms
"Finding an interpreter at the eleventh hour. It’s about ‘time’!" Presented By: Claudinei Nunes da Silva and Jérémy Engel (20 minutes)
Conference and meeting organizers must compete for a common and limited pool of freelance interpreters. Recruiters face significant challenges filling job assignments and managing the multitude of communication needs between interpreters and employers. To streamline this process, a new Internet-based organizational plan - Interlink Pro - was recently introduced in Geneva (the world’s second largest interpretation hub). This new concept automates the conventional hiring process from A to Z, making it as simple and easy as 1, 2, 3. It not only provides recruiters with real-time availability of interpreters and a plethora of tools to manage communication, it gives interpreters much more visibility through a customized profile system.
"Interprefy Cloud-based platform enabling remote interpreting for conferences" Presented By: Kim Ludvigsen (20 minutes)
Existing technology for remote interpreting at conference hasn’t changed appreciably since the 1960s, and is still made up of expensive, hardware-based systems that are expensive and cumbersome. The 2015 global market is estimated at US $8 billion and growing at 7% per annum. With modern base technologies such as smart devices, Internet, and cloud computing, now is a good time to consider more up-to-date options. Interprefy is a web-based platform for simultaneous interpreting at conferences that enables conference delegates to use their smartphones as headsets. The interpreters need not be present at the conference venue, but can work remotely. A startup, Interprefy offers an important example of how new technology can be leveraged to grab the new, rapidly evolving market opportunities in conference interpreting.