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Globalization 4.0: Shaping the Future of the Language Industry

Many thanks to our think! Interpreting sponsor!

think! Interpreting 2020

InterpretAmerica is pleased to continue its partnership with the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) to produce the seventh installment of think! Interpreting, now part of GALA Connected. GALA'S 2020 onsite conference was cancelled just as every other event has been in 2020 due to COVID-19.


It's now been re-envisioned as GALA Connected, a three-day virtual event taking place September 23-25, 2020. think! Interpreting content will run on Thursday, September 24th (see session times and descriptions below). This track will again provide a unique forum where key players can get a big picture of the interpreting market as well as to foster business and networking opportunities with key language enterprise stakeholders from around the world.

InterpretAmerica continues its partnership with GALA to further integrate this thriving segment with the rest of the language enterprise. think! Interpreting is the place where the business of interpreting meets and we are delighted to invite you to our growing community.

Conference Theme

Globalization 4.0: Shaping the Future of the Language Industry

A new cooperative approach “will require two things of the international community: wider engagement and heightened imagination.”  Klaus Schwab (Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum)

Conventional wisdom has it that the future of the localization industry depends on how well we adapt to new technologies. We at GALA think that our community can do more, that we can be more: instead of just adapting and adopting, we can drive the future and have a say in the creation of the processes and tools of our trade.

At GALA 2020 we will get together to define what the future of the language industry will look like. What technology do we actually need to make our work flows more efficient, deliver localized content faster, and in more languages? Which business models enable true collaboration between client and suppliers on the one hand, and multi- versus single-language suppliers on the other? What data should we collect – and how – to help us understand what delights our customers so we can better serve them? And where should localization really fit in the production process? To facilitate the discussion, we are looking for innovative session formats that will help us expand our thinking, define our needs, and lead to actionable outcomes. And we are looking for speakers who are brave and bold – speakers who dare to challenge entrenched ideas or lead sessions where they listen to and interact with the community.

As our industry is constantly evolving, a wider engagement with all stakeholders is needed. We hence call on all representatives, be they supply- or buy-side, start-up or mature business, academia or private sector, core or allied industry, language service or language technology to join this conversation. We can only build a shared future through a wider engagement with the entire international community.


Why think! Interpreting?

Unlike other events that we participate in, including our own InterpretAmerica Summits, where our focus is on the individual interpreter, interpreter education and interpreter technology, the primary focus of the GALA Annual Conference is the business side of language services. GALA is the largest global trade association for language services companies and its annual conference targets the companies that employ translators and interpreters around the world.

The think! Interpreting track at the conference introduces critical knowledge about key interpreting trends, needs and practices to the companies that play a huge part in shaping our field. After all, the hiring and work practices that these companies ultimately adopt impact the whole profession. For InterpretAmerica, the chance to showcase best practices and increase networking and awareness between translation and interpreting companies through think! Interpreting has proved highly gratifying and we believe, beneficial.

think! Interpreting 7 Lineup

Visit the GALA website to see the full program.

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