Languages & the Media 2020 Rescheduling Announcement
When choosing “Riding the Wave” as the theme for this year’s event, we could have never imagined that the world would be hit by a tsunami of such proportions as the Covid-19 pandemic. Our thoughts are with those who have been directly affected by the virus, and those who are struggling with the consequences of it.
Over the last months, we have monitored the situation and sought guidance from public health authorities and our partners. We were advised to postpone the event, originally scheduled in June, in the hope that things would improve, and we could meet again in person safely this December. However, following the most recent developments, the persistent health and safety concerns, and uncertainty around distancing regulations and travel restrictions, make it clear that conditions aren’t safe for holding a physical event of such scale this year.
Our mission has always been to provide a rich environment to connect, share valuable insights and knowledge, and to educate and engage our community in ways that we feel virtual environments cannot fully replicate. As event organisers, we strongly believe that on-site networking and social mingling are the essence of the Languages & the Media experience that our attendees have come to love over the years. Therefore, we have taken the decision to reschedule the event to 2021, when circumstances should allow us to deliver the kind of event you look forward to in a safe manner.
The 13th Languages & the Media Conference and Exhibition will take place from September 20 – 22, 2021 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin.
Please visit our FAQ page to find out about how the change of dates affect your booking and don’t hesitate to contact us should your concerns not be addressed.
However, in order to offer our community an opportunity to come together and catch up on what has been happening in the world of content localisation and accessibility, we will host a Virtual Event on December 15, 2020 and bring a glimpse of the Languages & the Media experience home to you.
We will be hearing from a great line-up of guest speakers about the disruptive impact of COVID-19 on the industry and how the pandemic has become a trend accelerator for cloud infrastructure and remote collaboration. TV viewing and online video consumption have boomed during global lockdowns and advancements have been made in the deployment of AI and MT in localisation processes and access services. In light of these trends, our guests will be discussing what “new normal” we should be expecting beyond 2020 and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for content producers, distributors, technology providers, LSPs, AVT researchers and freelancers.
Click here to view the Virtual Event programme.
We look forward to the time when our community can gather safely again and hope to see you online in December and in person next year in Berlin.
Your Languages & the Media Team
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