Professional Conferences, Meetups, Training Programs, & Other Events

GILT gatherings recommended by IMUG members, mostly in North America

Ongoing IMUG-style talks and networking events

Inspired by IMUG...or so we'd like to think!

  NY Tech Localization & Internationalization Meetup — see Meetup

  Portland Localization User Group (PLUG) — see Meetup

  San Francisco: SF Globalization Meetup — see Meetup and Twitter

  Seattle Localization User Group (SLUG) — see Meetup, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Groups

  Silicon Valley: Women in Localization — see Meetup, womeninlocalization.com, Twitter and Facebook

  Utah: Silicon Slopes Localization — see slopes.l10ngroup.org

  Vancouver Globalization and Localization Users Group (VanGLUG) — see LinkedIn Groups and Twitter

New groups forming in Beijing, Boston, and Tokyo now! Will you start one next?

 

January 5-8, 2017 || Austin, TX

Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting

The LSA annual meeting draws over 1,000 participants for hundreds of presentations in more than 60 panel sessions, plus social events, film showings, minicourses, and training in technical skills, professional development, and public outreach. The event is held in a different U.S. city each year. For more information, please visit http://www.linguisticsociety.org/meetings-institutes/annual-meetings/future

 

January 19, 2017 || San Diego, CA

Localization Unconference

Join Scott Schwalbach, Jeff Kiser, and the Localization Unconference Team for roundtable discussions throughout the day on YOUR topics. No power-point presentations, no sales pitches, just useful information sharing. For more information, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/localizationunconference/

 

January 26-28, 2017 || Sonoma, CA

ALC UNconference

This event for language service company owners and senior staff will begin with ALC taskforce and board of directors meetings on Thursday, but the next two days will be a true unconference where you set the agenda: no presentations, no speakers, topics by you, casual not business. For more information please visit: http://www.alcus.org/?page=UNConference17

 

February 20,2017 || Monterey, CA

MIIS Translation, Interpretation and Localization Management (TILM) Career Fair

The annual MIIS translation, interpretation, and localization management career fair in Monterey, CA is known across the industry as a premium resource for professional recruitment. This event attracts over 200 students and alumni from the Middlebury Institute for International Stuties at Monterey (formerly the Monterey Institute for International Studies). For more information please see http://go.miis.edu/montereyfair

 

February 11, 2017 || San Francisco, CA

NCTA General Meeting

The Northern California Translators Association quarterly General Meeting includes orientation for new members, networking, and a presentation on a different translation topic every time.

The NCTA also organizes frequent workshops, happy hours, webinars, and other events too numerous to list here. For more information, please visit the NCTA website and browse through the calendar: http://ncta.org/

 

March 26-29, 2017 || Amsterdam

GALA 2017 Annual Conference

GALA worldwide and regional conferences bring together suppliers, technology providers, and consumers of translation and localization services to collaborate and discuss translation, localization and global content delivery. This three day event offers networking and education on building a global content strategy, running a language services company, and leveraging the latest language technologies and processes.

GALA also offers global webinars and other local networking events. Members and partners have hosted networking dinners and cocktail events in Amsterdam, Rosario, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Denver, including GALA-IMUG Local Networking Nights in Silicon Valley.

For more information please visit http://www.gala-global.org/conference/

 

April 1 - 2, 2017 || Monterey, CA

Monterey Forum

This biennial conference brings professionals, educators, and students to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey to discuss new trends in translator, interpreter and localizer (TIL) education. For details and to RSVP, please visit: http://www.miis.edu/academics/programs/gstile/montereyforum/welcome

 

April 20, 2017 || Toronto

Localization Unconference

Spend the day discussing your localization related topics, learn from your colleagues and network. As always, no selling, no slide presentations, just lively discussions of your topics...and free lunch! For more information please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/localizationunconference/a...toronto2017

 

May 2017 || San Francisco, CA || See website for exact date

NCTA General Meeting

The Northern California Translators Association quarterly General Meeting includes orientation for new members, networking, and a presentation on a different translation topic every time.

The NCTA also organizes frequent workshops, happy hours, webinars, and other events too numerous to list here. For more information, please visit the NCTA website and browse through the calendar: http://ncta.org/

 

May 17 - 20, 2017 || Miami, FL

ALC Annual Conference

The annual Association of Language Companies conference is a perfect time to sit down with other business owners and learn, network, and share. ALC members meet together under a non-competitive atmosphere to exchange information, discuss issues in the industry and learn from experts in specific fields. For more information please visit http://www.alcus.org/page/AnnualConfOverall

 

September 2017 || San Francisco, CA || See website for exact date

NCTA General Meeting

See website for exact date. The Northern California Translators Association quarterly General Meeting includes orientation for new members, networking, and a presentation on a different translation topic every time.

The NCTA also organizes frequent workshops, happy hours, webinars, and other events too numerous to list here. For more information, please visit the NCTA website and browse through the calendar: http://ncta.org/

 

October 25-28, 2017 || Washington, DC

American Translators Association Annual Conference

Join over 1,800 translation industry colleagues from around the world for the annual ATA Conference, featuring nearly 200 training sessions on a variety of languages, topics, and skill levels, and discussions that examine the current state of your profession or offer a look to the future.

The American Translators Association (ATA) is a professional association founded to advance the translation and interpreting professions and foster the professional development of individual translators and interpreters. Its 11,000 members in more than 90 countries include translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, web and software developers, language company owners, hospitals, universities, and government agencies.

For more information please visit http://www.atanet.org/events/annual_conference.php

 

October 30-31, 2017 || Silicon Valley

Localization Project Management Certification

This newly revised program now includes

  • an online self-study component,
  • an interactive workshop, and
  • a certification exam

Attendees should have 3-5 years experience as a localization project manager on either the vendor or buyer side. For for more information please see http://www.localizationinstitute.com/course/localization-project-management-lpm-certification/

 

October 30-31, 2017  ||  San Jose, CA

TAUS Annual Conference

The TAUS Annual Conference is a non-sponsored once-a-year event focused on translation automation, localization business innovation and industry collaboration. Join your colleagues to see how leading practitioners are tackling the most pressing issues and opportunities facing the global industry. Explore the best in translation technologies and strategies. Benefit from high-value networking with the TAUS community.

For more information please visit https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/taus-annual-conference-2017

 

November 1, 2017 || San Jose, CA

TAUS QE Summit

Join the this TAUS translation quality summit, hosted by eBay, to explore the relationship between KPIs and quality, and to discuss evaluating and benchmarking crowdsourced translation and MT engines based on real life use cases. For more information, see https://www.taus.net/events/conferences/taus-qe-summit-san-jose-2017

 

October 16-18, 2017 || Santa Clara, CA

Internationalization and Unicode Conference

IUC is the premier technical conference for software and web internationlization. This conference is of particular value to anyone implementing the Unicode Standard or working on internationalization.

For a sampling of what you'll find at the conference, see our archive of IUC slides and other online resources, and for more information about upcoming and past conferences, visit http://www.unicodeconference.org/

 

Nov 1-2, 2017 || Silicon Valley

LocWorld

The LocWorld conference is held two or three times a year in cities around the world. Past venues include California's Silicon Valley, Berlin, Madison, Shanghai, Montreal, Barcelona, San Francisco, Bonn, Seattle, and London.

LocWorld offers vendor-neutral sessions on new tools, methods and business practices in localization and internationalization. The conference is a production of The Localization Institute and MultiLingual under the guidance of a committee of leading industry professionals. A recent US conference committee included Renato Beninatto and other IMUG members, who helped develop tracks on the following topics:

  • Global Business Best Practices
  • Localization Core Competencies
  • Advanced Localization Management
  • Managing Global Websites

For more information please visit http://locworld.com/

 

December 2016 || San Francisco, CA || See website for exact date

NCTA General Meeting

See website for exact date. The Northern California Translators Association quarterly General Meeting includes orientation for new members, networking, and a presentation on a different translation topic every time.

The NCTA also organizes frequent workshops, happy hours, webinars, and other events too numerous to list here. For more information, please visit the NCTA website and browse through the calendar: http://ncta.org/

 

 

IMUG members are invited to submit notices of learning opportunities in globalization, internationalization, localization, translation and related fields including end-user training. Only programs of which an IMUG member has personal experience and can personally recommend will be listed on this page. Send all submissions Send all submissions via e-mail.

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