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GALA Announces 2018 Rising Star Winners

Two University Students Receive Free Passes to International Conference in Boston

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) today announced the two winners of its 2018 Rising Star Essay Contest: Laura Linares, a PhD candidate in Translation Studies at University College Cork, and Ana Lucía López Mendoza, a recent graduate of the Specialized Translation and Professional Interpreting Diploma Course at Universidad Intercontinental (Mexico City).

Ms. Linares and Ms. López Mendoza each receive a free registration to GALA’s 2018 Language of Business Conference in Boston from 13-16 March and a travel stipend.

GALA's conference is attended by hundreds of professionals from the language industry, including providers of language services, managers of global content, and language technology developers.  At the conference, the Rising Star students will have opportunities to network with industry companies from around the world and attend sessions on developments in translation and localization.

"University students are vital to the future success of our industry," said Laura Brandon, GALA’s Executive Director. "GALA is committed to helping build bridges between industry companies and training institutions to help prepare the next generation of language professionals.”

Contest participants wrote essays in response to the following statement: What impact does new media (such as video localization, eLearning, etc.) have on translation tasks and methods? The winning essays will be published on the GALA website at the end of February 2018.

Submissions were judged by the 2018 Rising Star Selection Committee. GALA would like to extend thanks to the committee for their efforts:
Gwenola Trystram (Dell Computer Corporation, USA), Miguel Sevener (BeatBabel, USA), Oleksandr Bondarenko (Translatel, Ukraine), Pete Smith (The University of Texas at Arlington Certificate in Localization and Translation, USA), and Serena Williams (Avantpage, USA).

The contest was open to localization, translation, and interpreting students worldwide. Forty-three students submitted essays from 33 academic programs in 20 countries.

About GALA

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a global, non-profit trade association for the language industry. As a membership organization, GALA supports member companies and the language sector by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology.

About the Language of Business Conference

GALA conferences provide a candid, collaborative environment for the industry’s thought-leaders, innovators, and influencers to discuss opportunities and challenges facing our industry. GALA strives to provide a balanced mix of professional development and meaningful networking. GALA conferences are defined by an open, community feel that is conducive to knowledge-sharing and lively discussion. Learn more: www.gala-global.org/conference.