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Localization Unconference: The First 10 Years

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Localization Unconference (#LocUnconf) is 10 years old tomorrow!

The first Localization Unconference was hosted March 14, 2008 in Silicon Valley at Saleforce’s San Mateo location.

The original and first localization unconference logo from 2008

The original and first localization unconference logo from 2008

Unconference Strong

I am delighted to say that the event is still going strong and is now worldwide; organized by and attended by people interested in localization and related areas of our industry who want to meet and make connections by discussing hot topics or things that normally don’t get on the regular conference circuit agenda.

I can see from the Localization Unconference website now, for example, that there are already events planned for Toronto and Berlin in 2018. There have been many other events all over the world since 2008.

And, of course, the event is now part and parcel of the regular Localization World agenda. All thanks to an awesome team of passionate organizers driving it forward.

Guinness: Inspiration for the Unconference

I was inspired initially to reach out to others from a localization-related unconference section of Mashup Camp when it was held in Dublin’s Guinness Brewery in 2007. I blogged about my thoughts on MultiLingual’s blog (or Blogos as it was known then) and put the idea out there. The original blog is still there!

I’m indebted especially to Shawna Wolverton of Salesforce who also saw this opportunity to innovate a little bit in the localization meetup space and drove these sparks of ideas forward into the first event. That was a success but the event also later spread worldwide, mostly organized by locally-based, different volunteers.

Incidentally, I still have the 2007 Apple MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz 15-inch Core 2 Duo that I used at Mashup Camp (and shown in the blog post) and at the first Localization Unconference. Go different badges but they wear them just the same, as Aztec Camera would say.

Apple MacBook Pro from Mashup Camp and Localization Unconference still working!

My 2007 Apple MacBook Pro from Mashup Camp and Localization Unconference is still working! Those laptop stickers are upgraded regularly!

I also still have the original lunch voucher from the Salesforce-hosted event. I guess I didn’t eat at the event (I brought donuts from Chuck’s in Belmont, San Mateo if I recall correctly) with all the excitement.

Original Localization Unconference Lunch Voucher from Salesforce

Original Localization Unconference lunch voucher from Salesforce

I wonder is that voucher is still good for one lunch?

Whatever. The Localization Unconference is good for a lot more than one!

The next 10 years

So, here’s to more Localization Unconferences. And here’s to the power of the localization community, its volunteers, participants and the idea of self-enablement.

Stay tuned to the Localization Unconference website for more information and to MultiLingual Insights for reports on happenings, past and present.

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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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End of PowerPoint Karaoke: The First Localization and Internationalization UnConference

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Yes, the first Localization and Internationalization UnConference is being held next month in Silicon Valley. Very Web 2.0.

Building on the Mashup Camp experience, Ultan O’Broin of Oracle and Shawna Wolverton of Salesforce are bringing a localization and internationalization UnConference to Silicon Valley on March 14, 2008.

It’s free, with lunch and facilities kindly provided by Salesforce, and an electronic voting system will allow everyone to suggest topics and vote on topics for discussion. Final decisions on topics will be on the day of the conference.

It’s being held at the Salesforce San Mateo campus.

If you think this sounds like something you’d like to join then sign-up details are here.

Watch out for more blog coverage…

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And This One Time, At Mashup Camp Dublin …

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I was very impressed with the UnConference section of Mashup Camp, held at the Guinness Brewery Storehouse in Dublin. The format offers great potential for sharing of knowledge, and a challenge to the more traditional conference formats.

Mashup Camp consisted of an initial 1.5 days of Mashup University, which, to be honest, was similar to many other conferences in our industry, mixing non-specific marketing and sales pitches with more brazen product promotion. I did learn a lot about Yahoo!’s Developer Network and what they offered, and loved the PowerPoint-ridicule format of the presentation by AOL, delivered without speaking.

However, the bulk of the balance had a sameness that was all too familiar. The presentation by Salesforce prompted some interesting questions about internationalized and localized mashups (although, er, no-one knew of any examples), but other than that, such topics remained well off the radar at the University section of the event.

Furthermore, the contributions from AOL, IBM, Microsoft et al had problems relating mashup use cases to Irish scenarios, and we were left to ponder the localized possibilities of the demoed examples relying on ZIP codes and NYPD crime reports, 3D virtual maps of London, iPhones (still not available in Ireland), and so on.

The selling and pitching over, we then moved into a more interesting format where the participants proposed topics they were interested in exploring (suggestions taped to a wall in a very non-technical way), and participants were free to attend what appealed to them.

A full list of the different discussions held over the 1.5 days of the Camp proper is here.

I prepared an ad hoc presentation on global mashup usability – including such areas as user experience, localization, internationalization, and accessibility. The gathering of about 20 that it attracted provided for a lively, candid exchange of experience, tips, ideas, and resources. I’ve captured as much as I can in the final presentation, now available online (Google Docs Drive Presentation format).

Other events including speedgeeking (I declined), mashup competitions, and a social evening downtown. There is more MSDN blog coverage here.

So, whatever about the promise of mashups (there is, but there are many issues, a lot of which – legal, security, quality, accessibility, internationalization – even making money – are not new), I think there is great promise for the UnConferencing approach. Will someone dare do a complete localization conference this way?

That said, the business challenge of funding such an event and participants obtaining travel authorization from a boss for a camp with no agenda fixed in advance remains another one!

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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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Localization UnConference Please

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Heard about UnConferencing?

Or Mashup Camp?

Who is going to be the first to try this in the Localization space?

Strikes me that the sum of intelligence of the people in the audience is always greater than that of those speaking.

You can hear an Irish radio broadcast about UnConferencing at: http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/1105/drivetime.html (“The Chatter”)

Will anyone rise to the challenge?

PS: I’ll be attending Mashup Camp Dublin and will let you know my thoughts….

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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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