How to Give an IMUG Talk
IMUG meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. Please check the Upcoming Events schedule for confirmation. We welcome proposals for talks on a broad range of language and language technology topics.
IMUG talks offer news, expertise and experience benefitting advancement of the art across companies, departments and industries. Topics are often similar to what you'd hear at conferences such as Localization World or the Internationalization & Unicode Conference.
Product-focused presentations should avoid taking a "sales-pitch" approach. The best way to do that is to have all or most of the topic presented by a developer or practitioner, who can openly discuss how and why the product or service was developed, and be prepared for a wide-ranging discussion with fellow experts in the field.
Past topics have included include Unicode, W3C, and other industry standards, and new tools, methods, and practices in internationalization, localization, translation, user experience, and related areas. See the past events section for examples.
Typical IMUG members are "GILT" professionals - in globalization, internationalization, localization and translation - and/or advanced users of language technology products and language services. This includes internationalization architects, localization engineers, project managers, translators, interpreters, type designers, test engineers, testers, researchers, teachers, students, and others in related global fields, including international business, global marketing, and government.
Attendance depends heavily upon topic, but in recent years has averaged about 45, with outliers at 20 and 90 people, and often includes 5 to 15 webcast attendees around the world. Webcasts and recordings, when available, are an option for you. It is fine to ask that we limit your talk to a live audience or to those in the room only. At Adobe, our hosts can offer a live webcast, and if you agree they will record and post it online after your review. At Google, our hosts can usually record a video, to be posted on YouTube after your review. At Yahoo!, our hosts can combine WebEx slide sharing with a telephone audio feed. Check with us for info on other locations. Also, if you wish, we can distribute your slides online.
Please arrive by 6:30 PM. The meeting will begin at 7 PM and you will begin speaking at 7:15 or so. Your presentation may last about 45-60 minutes including Q&A, followed by informal networking discussions. We usually leave and close up the room at 9 PM. Often a small group will decide to continue on at nearby eating and drinking establishments — feel free to join us!
We need an abstract of your presentation for our announcements as soon as possible. Your abstract should be about 10 lines long and describe the content of the presentation, not advertise your products. You may add a speaker's biography of about 5 lines and links to additional information. We reserve the right to edit. Please see examples in our Past Events Archive, and please send your abstract to us via this link.
IMUG events are hosted by Adobe, Google, PayPal, Yahoo!, and other area companies, and at industry events like the Internationalization and Localization Conference. We can also arrange meetings at other sites. For our current schedule of locations, please see the Upcoming Events page, but note that the locations listed may possibly be changed at your request.
Our hosts usually provide conference rooms equipped with large video screens, microphones and Internet access, and can also offer remote web/audio access or recording services, as mentioned above under "audience". If you have questions about these or if you need any other equipment, connections or specialized software, please contact us in advance.
If you have any handouts, please monitor the Meetup event page for the latest headcount. After the presentation, if you wish we will be happy to post your presentation or a summary on our Web site in PDF, PowerPoint, html or other formats.
If you are interested in giving a presentation to the IMUG monthly meeting or an IMUG special event, or if you would like to suggest a speaker for us to invite, please contact us.
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