Vancouver to Host Localization World

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Localization World, the leading conference for international business, translation, localization, and global website management will be held in Vancouver, October 29-31. The conference examines the impact of disruptive innovation.

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Mark DeVolder, a change management specialist, will deliver the keynote, "Harness the Hurricane: Adapt to Extreme Change and Achieve New Heights."

More than 600 global business executives from 45 countries are expected to attend this fall’s Localization World 2014 conference in Vancouver, October 29-31.

The conference, which features eight tracks related to “Know-how for Global Success,” has a focus on innovation that disrupts current processes and product markets.

Localization World brings together delegates who are engaged in the business of adapting products, services and communications to an international language or culture so as to appear native to that particular region. Speakers at the conference include representatives from Adobe Systems, Caterpillar Inc., Dell Inc., eBay, Google, Intuit, Microsoft, PayPal, SAP and other notable companies.

The conference, produced by MultiLingual Computing, Inc. and The Localization Institute, will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Mark DeVolder, a change management specialist, will deliver the keynote. As an expert in the dynamics of change management and employee engagement, he reveals why many change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals. Mark is the author of Get Engaged! A Practical Guide for Improving Employee Engagement.

The preconference day will include round tables for consultants and topics that include sales and marketing, life science business and game localization. There will also be a professional development initiative, an introduction to localization, a quality evaluation summit, a track on interoperability standards, sessions on content strategy, project management and more.

“Our preconference events have proven so popular that we’ve expanded our offerings,” says Ulrich Henes, the conference co-organizer and president of The Localization Institute. “We offer opportunities for experienced professionals to increase their skills as well as sessions for those who are just getting started in the industry.”

Attendees may choose from eight tracks during the main conference: Global Business, Content Strategy, Translation Automation (TAUS), Localization Core Competencies, Advanced Localization Management, Localization Service Provider, Unconference and The Inside Track.

Some highlighted presentations include:

  • A Going Global Strategy with an Innovative Approach
  • Thinking Strategically About Content and Communication
  • Beyond Mobile: Going Digital to Grow
  • Localization-For-One! Supporting Polyglot Customers through Personalized Multilingual Information Delivery AND Canada's Languages: English, French...and Inuktitut?

According to Donna Parrish, publisher of the magazine MultiLingual and co-organizer of Localization World, Vancouver was selected as a host city because of its reputation as a diverse, international city and the many opportunities it offers for attendees. “Vancouver is an excellent location for our conference and we’ve already had many favorable comments from people around the world who will be attending. Having a beautiful setting is very conducive to our attendees enjoying themselves while they’re learning, making new contacts and establishing business relationships. It makes for a memorable experience.”

The full conference program is available at

Event sponsors include: ManpowerGroup Solutions Language Services, Net-Translators, SDL, Across, Lionbridge, Welocalize and Moravia.

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