- About Us
World is a conference and networking organization dedicated to the language
and localization industries. International product and marketing managers
from high-tech, automotive, medical, financial and other manufacturing
and service industries come to Localization World to meet language service
and technology providers and to network with their peers in other companies
Localization World aims at providing a network for the
exchange of high-value information in the language and translation services
and technologies market. For the success of this mission, it is critical
that the demand and supply of information meet each other in an unprejudiced
and objective environment. Localization World follows two essential strategies
to support its mission:
tracks and a transparent networking structure are set up to ensure
that every specific information requirement can be met.
content is strictly filtered from all advertising and promotion of
any specific company, service or product.
World helps companies to accelerate their international business by providing
easy access to the right information, knowledge and resources to aid them
when crossing language and cultural barriers.
The language business is a small but rapidly growing industry
sector spread around all developed markets in the world. The need to localize
products first emerged in the high-tech sector in the 1980s, but it has
now expanded into other vertical industries such as the automotive, communications,
medical and financial service industries. Almost no sector is excluded
from the drive towards e-business and internationalization. Language business
is embedded in multiple markets, each with its own specific terminology
and culture. Convergence, the dominant trend in the current economy, alludes
to the melting of Internet and chip technology into practically every
product that consumers need and use everyday. The language business faces
the challenge of facilitating fluid cross-lingual communication in an
increasingly collaborative and technological world.
The language business, dispersed as it is, requires networking.
Networking is essential for managers from all geographical markets and
multiple vertical sectors to find the appropriate resources, to learn
from other perspectives and practices, to set standards, to educate, to
research tools and technology and to benchmark. Localization
World offers a transparent structure to ensure that these requirements
can be met.
Localization World offers a Web-based networking service
which guides conference attendees to finding each other on the basis of
common points of interest. Through a fine-tuned structure of interest
categories, participants in Localization World can identify peer groups
and excellent matches for the expertise and tools on offer or required.
To avoid unsolicited promotion, the "match making" is anonymous
until the recipient decides to accept an information or meeting request.
Localization World organizes roundtable meetings for participants
with a common interest — for instance, for medical device manufacturers
or for users of globalization management software. Roundtable meetings
are often held as closed sessions, open for "customers only,"
for "users only" or for "members only." Roundtable
meetings may be aimed at advancing a standard or at creating new interest
The point-counterpoint sessions at Localization World conferences provide
for an open exchange of different perspectives. Challenged by a moderator,
three or four panelists debate their viewpoints on a particular issue.
Presentations are brief, thus leaving enough time for a thorough discussion
and audience involvement.
The praxis sessions at Localization World present hands-on solutions and
techniques to specific well-defined problems. The case stories presented
in this category are designed for practitioners. The praxis sessions ideally
include user and provider perspectives.
The perspectives sessions at Localization World are shorter, less technical
and more visionary presentations. The perspectives sessions are individual
presentations in an absolutely neutral setting. Presenters are selected
purely on the basis of their contribution to breaking new ground and offering
new perspectives in the language business.
Localization World offers a selection of workshops where language professionals
can educate themselves in new techniques and new territories, such as
terminology management, quality metrics, translation automation and Web
services. Workshops are offered as full-day or half-day programs on preconference
days or as one-hour sessions during the conference.
Localization World incorporates various industry and common interest tracks
such as automotive, Asian, medical and software localization tracks. Special
focus on industry-specific localization and language requirements helps
companies to benchmark and zoom in on specific market requirements. Tracks
add special features to the Localization World conferences and do not
change the fundamental focus on all localization and language business-related
topics at all conferences.
Localization World conferences take place every spring in Europe and every
fall in North America. Starting in 2006, Localization World will organize
an annual conference every winter in Asia.
Localization World offers a very attractive sponsoring program to companies
interested in gaining a broader market exposure in the rapidly growing
language business sector. Brand recognition is offered through Web site
promotion and on-site signage as well as through social programs. For
more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For each conference Localization World publishes calls for papers highlighting
a special theme and industry tracks. Speakers are invited to respond to
these calls for papers and submit proposals for presentations in the format
as published on the conference Web site. Presentations must follow strict
guidelines as specified for the various formats — praxis, perspectives,
point-counterpoint and workshops. All presentations must be submitted
in advance and will be screened by the Program Committee. Speakers at
Localization World conferences are offered free registration for one of
the conference days.
Localization World conferences are held in conjunction with exhibitions
by language service, language technology and consultancy companies. For
more information on exhibition space at Localization World conferences,
please contact: email@example.com
Localization World organizes exclusive roundtable meetings for common
interest groups at each conference. These meetings can focus on specific
vertical industry needs, on specific technologies, on benchmarking or
on standards initiatives. Roundtable meetings can be set up as closed
sessions. For more information on roundtable meetings, please contact:
and Program Committees
Localization World is supported by high profile professionals in the language
business from various geographical and industrial markets. The following
members have helped to build very successful conferences in 2003 and 2004
on the current advisory committee supporting upcoming conference events,
please check the Localization World
professionals interested in helping to build future conferences, please
send an E-mail.
The Localization World management team is Ulrich Henes (Localization Institute),
Donna Parrish (MultiLingual Computing, Inc.) and Jaap van der Meer.
World is produced in cooperation with The
Globalization and Localization Association (GALA.) The Northern
Calfornia Translators Association is a supporting organization.