First Localization UnConference A Big Success

The first Localization UnConference was held in the Salesforce building in San Mateo, California on 14-March-2008. About three dozen attendees contributed to a wide range of discussion topics, including community translation, alternatives to SDL/Idiom GMS tools (see Adam Wooten’s blog posting for more details of this), and the localization challenges of agile development – in a spirit of collaboration and openness.

Signing up to topics; shaping the event

The UnConference was free for attendees, so a big thank you to the Salesforce folks for the use of their facilities and for the lunch AND to the attendees who were the real experience.  There was no reports of PowerPoint Karaoke outbreaks, though much writing on whiteboards with sharpies was in evidence…

Agile a popular topic

GMS options explored

I’ll have a more detailed report and some pictures published when I get Saint Patrick’s Day festivities out of the way. Let’s see some more of these events in the near future.

Thank You Marc for the Lunch

An Internationalization UnConference would also be very promising… any takers?

You can read more about the organization of the Localization UnConference here.

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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