Save the Date: Flag Challenge Coastal Treasure Hunt, LocWorld Dublin for TWB

IMG_6272LocWorld is coming to Dublin in June and the KantanMT team are once again planning to bring together the toughest and smartest localization professionals, to challenge themselves in a Flag Challenge and Coastal Treasure Hunt hike to raise funds for the well known translation and localization NGO, Translators Without Borders.

For those of you who might remember, when LocWorld came to Dublin in 2014, many companies from the industry braved the (wet and windy) Irish weather to be the first to plant their company flag at the top of Djouce, Wicklow’s highest mountain. The event, Mountain Flag Challenge raised more than €10,000 for Pádraig Schäler.

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A Trip down Memory Lane: KantanMT in 2015

KantanMT Year in ReviewWhile chatting over a mouthful of mince pies, some tourtière and a few classy glasses of mulled wine this week, we at KantanMT were suddenly struck by the realisation that 2015 was perhaps one of the most sensational, successful and eventful years for us in the company! And the fact is, we can’t wait to start working on everything that we have planned for 2016 – we are certain that the new year is going to be even more exciting for us.

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KantanMT Team Uncovers Hidden Talents in Dublin Treasure Trail

Last Friday, the KantanMT team uncovered some hidden vocal talents of their members while hunting through the Dublin streets for a treasure trail organised by Techies4TempleStreet. One of the challenges of the event included busking in the famed Grafton Street in Dublin’s busy tourist district – and boy did our team shine! Below is a short tweet of Dimitar Shterionov and Riccardo Superbo strumming to the famous Proud Mary tune – and by the end, the crowed joined in as well.

The busking event, which saw a number of other teams singing as well, collected a total of €300 for the charity. Around 800 techies from start-ups in Ireland and multinationals companies took to the streets of Dublin to take part in the city’s first charity tech treasure trail, organised by Techies4TempleStreet (T4TS) to raise money for Temple Street, Ireland’s National Children’s Hospital, and to be named Ireland’s “Smartest Techies.”. The KantanMT team was thrilled to take part in this fun-filled event and be able to raise money for such a great cause at the same time. As Louise Quinn, Technical Project Manager of KantanMT put it:

No self-respecting techie could turn down a challenge to nerd-out competitively while raising money for an extremely worthwhile cause!

The atmosphere around town on Friday was vibrant, with great Irish weather, and a number of Techies dressed in the T4TS T-shirts were seen running around the city, competing to uncover the clues before the other teams. The event was kicked off with some inspiring introductions from Tom Kennedy, Chairman of T4TS and Denise Fitzgerald, CEO Temple Street Foundation, after which the teams that raised the most funds were led into the town in cheerfully coloured tuk-tuks.

With not a moment to lose, the KantanMT team went around some of the most popular as well as some of the lesser known landmarks in town including Stephens Green, College Green and the (in)famous Temple Bar area to collect clues for the challenge. The treasure trail was interspersed with tasks that needed to be posted on Twitter, which included having to do a Riverdance or the Hakka! Hilarity by the KantanMT team and other team ensues below:

House_of_lordsAfter searching for and dancing with the King of Rock and Roll and getting into some serious and bloody Viking wars, the team got serious about covering as much ground in town as possible and finding out answers to the location-specific questions –  for example, we had to find out what mythological animals can be seen on the House of Lords (we went to the Startup Gathering and found out we had answered right!). Or do you know who founded the Famine memorial and the Wolfe Tone memorial in Stephens Green? We do now!

Finally, after an evening filled with activity, all teams went back to the RDS for some well-deserved complimentary beers and food, where Corvil, an IT data analytics company was announced the winner amidst rousing cheer. The Rugby World Cup fans had a field day with Reggie Corrigan on the stage, answering questions about Ireland’s chance of winning the coveted Cup.

Amidst all the fun, we didn’t forget about our first passion: Translation!

If all the fun and revelry above made you think we forgot our commitment to Machine Translation, you would be wrong! A mere 24 hours later, the KantanMT team reached yet another milestone by translating a whopping 1 billion words in just 12 days, bringing the total translated word count on the platform to more than 4 billion words. Here’s a quick statistic while you ponder:

Number of KantanMT engines built: 7,783

Number of Training Words: 143,078,042,293

Number of Translated Words: 4,255,900,914

Finally

We will leave you with a last Twitter feed by T4TS, which shows all the happy Techies – confident in the idea that we all put our best foot forward to make this charity event a rousing success, and helped raise money as well as awareness for the children at Temple Street.

To view more Tweets from the event, follow @Techies4TS. If you competed in the challenge and would like us to share the pictures taken at the event, drop us a mail at info@kantanmt.com. If you are interested in helping the children at Temple Street, drop a mail at information@cuh.ie. In the meantime, don’t forget to follow us @KantanMT.

Objective of the Charity

Temple Street is Ireland’s leading National Children’s Hospital. Every year, more than 145,000 extraordinary children rely on the lifesaving care provided at Temple Street. For many, it’s a lifeline. For others, it’s the place that makes them better.

Temple Street is the national centre of excellence for paediatric Neurology and Renal Dialysis & Transplantation. Over the next two years we have a goal to raise €5million for one of our most ambitious redevelopment projects yet – a new Renal and Neurology Outpatients Unit. This new unit is long overdue – it is not a luxury – it is a necessity that is needed for the best patient care. To accommodate both of these areas we plan to construct a new two storey building above our existing Outpatients Area with a designated floor for each.

The Neurology Department currently operates out of what was once an attic making it a very cramped environment for patients suffering from complex disorders such as Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy and brain disorders. On any given day there could be 80 staff, patients and family members on the ward pressing upon its very limited and exhausted facilities. This new build will increase capacity and provide additional clinical rooms and an adequate waiting room and patient play area.

The second floor of the building will be occupied by the Renal Department and offer additional outpatient facilities for children with kidney problems. Having a new child friendly environment for both Neurology and Renal will make a huge difference to patients and families, giving them much needed space and privacy.

Techies4TempleStreet is aiming to generate over €100k in the first year of the event with a goal for this to occur each year generating an annual income for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Mountain Flag Challenge!!!

As a Dublin based company (and friends of Localization World) we were really excited to hear that the Localization World Conference was finally coming to our home town. So, we wanted to somehow get involved and show the conference attendees a bit of what makes Ireland so special! After talking with Ulrich and Donna from Localization World and throwing around a few ideas, we came up with the concept for Mountain Flag Challenge – a charity hike in the Wicklow Mountains that would see localization professionals and friends from around the world bring their company and/or country flags to the top of one of Leinster’s highest peaks.

Djouce, taken from the Irish word Dioghais is beautifully set in the Wicklow Mountains and offers stunning panoramas of Dublin’s coastline and surrounding landscapes. While tough at times, the hike is a manageable 13km and wouldn’t be too difficult for most people with a moderate level of fitness.

The event aims to raise money for Padraig Schaler, son of well-known localization academic and professional Reinhard Schaler. Padraig (also known as Patrick, Paddy, ‘Schaler’, and Big P!) was knocked off his bicycle as he cycled to work on Cape Cod in June 2013. He remained in a coma for over 8 months following the accident. After a few weeks in Cape Cod Hospital, his family brought him home to Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital. Four months later, they decided to move him to a dedicated early neuro-rehab facility in Hamburg, Germany where he is currently receiving treatment. You can read more about Padraig’s story on the Caring for Padraig website, a group set up to manage donations made to help care for Padraig.

The KantanMT team has been training and trekking on Djouce a few times already in preparation for the event on June 7th. Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect on the day:

Views of Powerscourt Waterfall

view of Powerscourt waterfall

Lunch at the River (people who don’t want to go to the top can also rest here while others summit the mountain)

Lunch by the river - mountain flag challenge

Flags atop of Djouce

flags atop of Djouce

Views of the Dublin and Wicklow coastline

views on Djouce

We’ve worked really hard to organize an enjoyable event that will create lasting memories of Ireland and hopefully start a few new friendships. A barbeque in a local coastal town following the event has been arranged where you can enjoy tasty food and refreshments in a relaxed environment. Localization World has kindly covered the cost of the food and also the transport to and from the hike.

Hiking’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and if it’s not your thing then why not look at it as a challenge that will wow your friends and help you prove something to yourself?

Join the fun and register today!

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KantanMT Treks for Oxfam

This Saturday, the 15th June, a team of three from KantanMT will trek 25km through the Cooley Mountain range in Carlingford, Ireland. It’ll be tough at times but we are looking forward to achieving something out of the ordinary and raising some much needed funds for Oxfam.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising so far:

Coffee Morning: €250
Xcelerator Machine Translation: €500
Individual Donations: €300

KantanMT Fundraising for OxfamThe Trek…

Team KantanMT started the trek in Carlingford…
KantanMT - Oxfam Trailtrekker 2013

Although there was a bit of rain early on in the trek…
kantanmt - oxfam trailtrekker 2013
…the sun came out to save the day and we all had a great time.
KantanMT Oxfam trailtrekker 2013
Carlingford was the perfect location for the event. A beautiful town, with mesmerising views and varying landscapes, which definitely helped get us through the inclines.
KantanMT trailtrekkerThank you to Oxfam Ireland who did a wonderful job of organising the event.

Team KantanMT