NTIF brings friendly atmosphere to Nordic translation industry
The eighth edition of the Nordic Translation Industry Forum (NTIF) was held in Oslo, Norway, November 21-23, 2018, and gathered 146 participants.
Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) are becoming more and more attractive to different entrepreneurs, businesses and innovators. Compared to other conferences, NTIF was full of surprises. If you’ve never set foot in a Nordic country, you likely wouldn’t anticipate being surrounded by such friendly people. Also, as diversity is one of the core values of Scandinavian societies, people tend to be independent and think critically, which means they communicate and discuss ideas in an open and constructive way.
Anne-Marie Colliander Lind and Cecilia Enbäck are the brains behind the forum, but their heart and soul make it special from the jovial welcome reception to the closing raffle.
Session highlights included a totally unexpected and memorable keynote on sign language by Finn Marko Vuoriheimo that had the entire audience teary-eyed. The two-day inside tracks offered crucial insights on multiple topics from 19 speakers: latest and future trends in technology; successful cooperation initiatives; current business strategies; Nordic market-specific intel; interpreting; marketing; and sales. Mixed formats, separate tracks and Q&As contributed to lively days. Live sketching of memorable visuals from the sessions, by Finnish artist Linda Saukko Rauta, was entertaining and meaningful.
Our industry might be technology-driven, but we all favor working with people we know and trust. The social activities were omnipresent at NTIF. The genuinely friendly atmosphere showed in the mingle shots captured by Swedish photographer Martina Wärenfeldt.