WTH at the ELIA Networking Days Dublin 2010

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On October 11-12, 2010 in Dublin the autumn edition of the Networking Days conference, organized by The European Language Industry Association (ELIA), took place.

Our company – as the ELIA Member since 2009 – has already participated twice in the ELIA industry conferences called Networking Days. We have attended the Networking Days in Lisbon and in Amsterdam (see our photo-reports). Having gained valuable experience in terms of networking and knowledge, we have decided to go to Dublin for the autumn edition 2010 of the conference.

Read our report and see the photos!

The conference began with a keynote by Kirti Vashee (@kvashee, Asia Online), who focused on the ongoing changes in the translation preparation model and outlined the grounds for the growing need for translation automation. In our day to day business we have to concentrate on ongoing activities and detailed fulfillment of tasks. So it was very valuable for us to update the vision of our continuously changing industry just to keep the big picture in mind.

Interesting workshops allowing for interactions with presenters/speakers are always a great advantage of Networking Days. We focused on one of the workshops offered – the Machine Translation presented by Kirti Vashee (@kvashee, Asia Online). It provided us with many useful information about the technology overview, the development status, skills required to work with MT and many more.

The first day’s closing session about the MT Post Editing by Dr. Sharon O’Brien (CNGL/Dublin City University) complemented our knowledge just updated, since it referred to the current researches about the nature of the post editing tasks, differentiation between post editing and revision activities and the effort involved.

In the evening, the Networking Cocktail, sponsored by IOLAR, in a very stylish venue – Café en Seine – took place. It was a great opportunity for meeting new people and exchange views with those already known.

The second day began for us with a very practical panel called Bull’s Eye: The Sales Pitch, moderated by Renato Beninatto (@renatobeninatto, Milengo). Three representatives of different companies (Gemino, Version Internationale and Promova) presented their companies to a panel of sales experts: Stephen Mooney (Symantec), Michael Gavin (Gavin & Associates), Doug Lawrence (@Doug_Lawrence, Amicus TransTec). The sales experts provided us with immediate feedback about their reception of the presentations and outlined their strengths as well as the weaknesses. That was indeed pure sales in practice – a very valuable workshop.

The Pricing, Profit and Value presentation by Doug Lawrence (@Doug_Lawrence, Amicus TransTec) included descriptions of factors affecting translation pricing and many practical piecec of advice on combating pricing objections as well as justifying the pricing. Good to know how others are dealing with the same obstacles.

The How to Maximize the Value of your Enterprise presentation by Michael Powers (Common Sense Advisory) was based on the report The Owner’s Guide to Maximizing LSP Value and explored many options for sustaining and growing the LSP business while maximizing its value. And again, useful information guaranteed. See more photographs from the conference!

The 12th of October turned out to be the birthday of Inga Kononenko (Promova), therefore an extra birthday party took place after the conference had closed. It was so generous of Kirti Vashee (@kvashee) to give his just won free voucher for Networking Days Stockholm (May 19-20, 2011) to Inga for her birthday. See the photos!

In the evening, we participated in another networking event – called the Networking Dinner – at Legends Bar in the Arlington Hotel. After the delicious dinner, the music and dance show begun with Irish music and modern as well as traditional Irish Dancing.

Some of the participants have already published very good comments about the event (see: the post on the Kirti Vashee’s eMpTyPages Blog and Ultan Ó Broin’s (@localization) post on the MultiLingual Blog). We can only add that the Dublin event has even exceeded our expectations. We would like to award the organizers the highest grades for a very good organization in terms of practical use of time, a very good selection of hot industry topics and for attracting the highly competent presenters. And one more comment – since the number of participants is constantly growing, the networking opportunities are also growing for the attendees.
Thank you so much for providing this top class event! See you next year!

Our video report on the event is coming soon, so stay tuned!

If you would like to see our digital memories of Dublin, check out the video beneath.

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