Ubiqus representatives attended the Annual ATC Language Industry Summit which took place on 21 to 22 September. Around 80 industry professionals descended on the Holiday Inn, Regent’s Park, London to gain insight on topics such as the growing sustainable language business, changes in the LSP market, new technologies, key Q&As regarding the all‑important General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and developments within the ATC.
Masters Classes ran during the morning of day one covering project management for eLearning, international SEO, and implementing ISO 9001 in a LSP, to name but a few topics. In the afternoon business consultant, Renato Beninatto kept delegates engaged as he delivered the keynote entitled Pillars for sustainable language business. CEO and Chief Architect Tony O’Dowd also delivered a rousing presentation on Neural machine translation (NMT) which is an approach currently used by Google and Microsoft. Delegates also enjoyed a Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony upon the conclusion of the first day.
Highlights of day two included Richard Mullender’s presentation on hostage negotiation and resolving business conflicts, as well as Sarah Griffin-Mason’s impassioned presentation on the Institute of Translation and interpreting’s (ITI) belief that the quality of translation and interpreting will determine the survival of LSPs in the era of AI. Exhibitors on site included XTMCloud, SDL, VoiceBox and Translators without Borders.
The summit also saw the announcement of the ATC ISO Certification Service, which will provide auditing and certification services to:
- Quality management standard ISO 9001:2015;
- Translation services standard ISO 17100:2015;
- Machine translation post-editing standard ISO 18587:2017
Overall, it was an informative event, which many industry professionals who will look forward to 2018 as the event moves to Edinburgh, Scotland.