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Localization in a Shifting Global Economy

We all hear the news – which countries are struggling now? Which are emerging as powers? What currencies are weakening? Where are the new opportunities for growth? Which economies are emerging as the new leaders? And, how does all this affect our industry? Localization/translation/internationalization – these functions become more important as companies go global. And yet, often we see resources for localization being reduced.

For Localization World 2013, we are looking for proposals that address how localization meets the challenges of today's worldwide economy. Have we become more efficient? How do we meet the content explosion? How can technology help? How do you tap emerging markets? Where does crowdsourcing fit in? If you have experienced some of these issues, tell us about them!

The 2013 theme, Localization in a Shifting Global Economy, is not meant to restrict the content of the conference. We encourage presenters to submit proposals that fit with the theme or the general tracks listed below:

  • Global Business: Experienced business people provide practical insights for companies that want to venture with confidence into new international markets.
  • Standards: With increasing use of different technologies, standards and interoperability become more important. This track will cover leading efforts to create effective standards.
  • Translation Automation: As technology develops and matures, there are increasingly more uses for translation automation. This track explores where and how  those uses best fit in to real-world practices.
  • Global Web: Leading companies, each with an outstanding web presence, offer their expertise for launching and maintaining a worldwide web platform.
  • Localization Core Competencies: An introductory track for companies that need to localize, but are unsure where to start.
  • Advanced Localization Management: This track, the heart of Localization World, continues to provide the latest information on trends, processes, technologies and influences that shape the world of localization.
  • Inside Track: Special format sessions for deepening understanding of select topics and sessions that stimulate collaboration and community.
  • Mobility: We live in a connected, mobile world. Apps and devices must deliver to English and non-English users alike.  This track focuses on how to manage worldwide mobile localization and its associated challenges.
  • Content Strategy: This track will explore the need for content strategy, content standards and repeatable processes, and will examine the role of translation and localization in our mobile, global, on-demand world.

Please submit your presentation online.


Proposal submission deadline: Noon Singapore time (UTC/GMT +8 hours), 22 October 2012
Notification of accepted proposals: 22 January–5 February 2013
Final presentation due: 27 March 2013


What are the benefits to being a speaker or panelist at Localization World?

  • Speaking at Localization World (the largest localization event in the world) provides you the opportunity to share your ideas and experiences with your peers.
  • Speakers and panelists are entitled to FREE admission to the conference on the day of their session or 50% off the main conference rate.
  • MicroTalk speakers receive a 20% discount of the registration fee on the day they are speaking.
  • During the conference, speakers will have access to a special speakers lounge where you can relax, plug-in and meet with your co-presenters and panelists.

Who decides which proposals are selected?

  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Localization World program committee. Using the feedback from the program committee, the program chairs create an initial draft program. The program committee reviews the draft program and offers suggestions and feedback on the program. The program chairs may add additional speakers and topics at their discretion to round out the program. The final program is then approved by the program chairs and announced.

How can I improve my chances of being selected as a speaker?

  • The program committee gives preference to presentations that contain fresh material and have not been recently presented at other events.
  • If you are a vendor, submit a proposal that includes a client (a submission without a client copresenter is rarely accepted).
  • Please make sure that you have permission and funding to attend the conference prior to submitting your proposal.
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