A Conference, Just Like They Used To Be

Remember those GILT industry conferences from years ago that used to be fun, engaging, relaxed, with a great mix of people – including new faces you’d never seen before? You know the type of event – the one where you could send 3 people and have change out of 1,000 Euros? Where you picked up some basics, heard new things, were inspired by a few new ideas you could try out, and didn’t feel you were in competition with the next guy or weren’t at ease because you weren’t a mega vendor? And of course, one that involved a pub?

Well, I just attended something like that: The European Language Industry Association Networking Days in Dublin. Multilingual was the media sponsor, and I went along to cover the event (check out the ELIA Twitter stream before it disappears), though somehow I ended up presenting in another capacity (another story). Watch out for some detailed coverage in Multilingual magazine soon.

Many thanks to John Terninko, Executive Director – and everyone else at ELIA – for making this event happen and for asking me along. Renato Beninatto (Who he? Ed.) is the new ELIA President. Looking forward to many more such events. Great ROI.

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.


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