Language and culture make up the core of any person’s identity. This is why, in one survey, 44 percent of survey respondents said they relate more to brands that speak their native language. Therefore, businesses must translate and localize their offerings for target markets who may not speak the same language.
One way to do this is by attending localization and translation events. These occasions are an excellent way to bridge communication and cultural gaps. You can connect with people across different nations, disciplines, cultures, and languages during these events. This article will discuss reasons to attend localization and translation conferences and list upcoming global localization events in 2023.
Reasons to Attend Localization and Translation Events
Localization and translation events are excellent opportunities for language professionals to exchange ideas, conduct professional networking, and learn new ideas and best practices. Here are a few significant reasons to consider attending localization and translation events.
Localization and translation events provide an excellent opportunity to network and build relationships with professionals in the industry, from translators and interpreters to project managers, linguists, and localization engineers. Such events are an excellent platform to exchange ideas, share experiences, and build connections with peers worldwide.
Resources and Training
Localization and translation events feature various sessions and workshops on numerous topics. From software and tool demos to best practices and industry trends, you gain access to valuable resources and training to help you stay on top of industry developments. Moreover, such events can provide unique opportunities to attend language-specific classes and workshops and product and process management training.
Localization and translation events offer excellent opportunities to learn about industry trends and technology solutions. You can gain insight into the latest technological advancements and the best tools and techniques to achieve successful localization.
Awards and Recognition
Attending localization and translation events often features award ceremonies where the best localization and translation projects are recognized. By participating, you can gain appreciation and recognition for your work from expert panelists.
2023 Localization and Translation Events
Due to newer technologies, innovations, and heightened awareness, the attempts to bridge cultural and linguistic gaps have improved by leaps and bounds. Therefore, 2023 is an excellent year for entrepreneurs to attend translation and localization events to learn how to make the most of these developments. You can also learn the best techniques to garner the attention of international audiences in the best way.
Here are some events businesses looking to expand to international audiences should attend:
Together 2023 (ELIA Conferences)
The European Language Industry Association (ELIA) is hosting its ‘Together’ conference in Rome, Italy, from the 22nd to the 24th of February, 2023. Here, attendees will be able to explore topics such as translation and language, with this year’s theme being ‘Connecting The Dots.’
You’ll witness stimulating presentations and networking opportunities and participate in panel discussions. These will revolve around key players in this industry and up-and-coming translation technology.
The prominent vendors are Trados, memoq, Multilingual Magazine, Aglatech14, Plunet, and Euro trade. The fees structure for registration is as follows:
- €565 for members
- €657 for non-members
- €325 for freelancers
GALA Annual Conference
From the 12th to the 15th, the GALA 2023 conference is taking place in Dublin, Ireland. Attendees will have access to a wealth of translation and localization-related resources in the form of workshops, mixers, speaker sessions, business meetings, and more.
At the end of the second day, you’ll be in for a treat with the Irish Culture Night with Dinner, where you can learn a lot about Ireland and network with people in a fun way. Prominent exhibitors and sponsors include Vistatec, Acolad, XTM International, Plunet, RWS, Welocalize, Multilingual, Boostlingo, and Wordbee. Registration costs are as follows:
- You can register for the full conference for $1906.50.
- For just a one-day registration, you will need to pay $953.25.
- You can register for the full conference for $2287.80.
- For just a one-day registration for $1143.90.
American Translators Association (ATA)
The American Translators Association (ATA) is hosting a conference in Miami, Florida, from the 25th to the 28th of October, 2023. They are currently accepting speaker submissions until the 1st of March. All other details will be announced in May, including registration fees and exhibitors/sponsors.
You will have several networking opportunities by attending this event, and you can discover the best training, books, blogs, podcasts, and more resources offered by translation and interpretation experts.
Loc World 49
Loc World 49 by Loc World will be held from the 6th of June to the 9th in Malmo, Sweden. This event will bring together translation and language professionals from around the world. It will include the Process Innovation Challenge (PIC) and the Game Global conference.
The Sponsorship Application opened on January 17, and Exhibitor Registration opens on February 21. Attendees will get to learn about new technologies and industry trends and gain insight from expert speakers.
ALC 21st Annual Summit
From the 20th to the 22nd of September, 2023, the Association of Language Companies will host its annual conference in Portland, Oregon, USA. This event will offer participants several networking opportunities and access to pivotal presentations, panel discussions, and training seminars. The speaker submissions open on March 15, 2023, and registration will open on July 5, 2023.
Participants will have the chance to learn from leading language companies, such as Language Line Solutions, Boostlingo, Bilingual, HLA – Hispano Language Advisory, Certified Languages International, and Translation Back Office. Attendees and exhibitors will need to register to be a member of the ALC to pay the fees.
If you’d like to sponsor the event, the following packages are available:
- Mobile App Sponsor (Limit 1) | $5,000
- Welcome Reception Sponsor (Unlimited) | $3,500
- Meal Sponsor (Unlimited) | $2,500
- Water Bottle Sponsor (Limit 1) | $2,000
- Conference Bag Sponsor (Limit 1) | $3,000
- Closing Dinner Sponsor (Unlimited) | $5,000
The 10th edition of BP Translation Conferences will take place in Utrecht, Netherlands, from the 8th to the 10th of May, 2023. You can also attend it online. There will be several interesting workshops on different topics, such as ‘How to Write a Killer Service Page for Your Website’ by Silvia Schulz.
You will be able to gain access to all the sessions’ recordings, have chances to network with industry experts, and get a certificate of attendance. There are several registration types, such as:
- Welcome Reception: €65 (€75 if you aren’t attending the conference)
- Utrecht Basic: €288 (access to the entire conference)
- Utrecht Premium: €408 (access to the entire conference and all dinners)
- In-person workshop attendance Monday Morning: €75
- In-person workshop attendance Monday Afternoon: €75
- Remote Sessions and Networking: €38
- Remote workshop attendance Monday Morning: €30
- Remote workshop attendance Monday, Noon: €30
- Gala Dinner: €65 (€75 if you aren’t attending the conference)
The 8th edition of the International Conference on Public Services Interpreting and Translation takes place from the 22nd to the 24th of March, 2023. It will be held in Madrid at the University of Alcalá. You will be able to gain critical insights by listening to sessions with keynote speakers who are well-renowned in this industry.
The registration fees are as follows:
General registration (closes by March 13th)
- Speakers: €200
- AFITISP members: €150
- Attendees: €70
Localization and translation events are a great way to stay updated with the latest trends and technologies in the language industry, network with fellow professionals, and drive new business. Therefore, do consider attending these conferences taking place throughout 2023.
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