How Will the U.S. Election Affect Translation Industry?

Presidential Election 2016 KantanMT

In the U.S., the number of people who speak a language other than English is believed to be at an all-time high. As of 2015, translation and interpretation service was predicted to be the fastest growing industry in the country by CareerBuilder, while the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics predicted a 46% increase in translation job opportunities in the U.S. between 2012 and 2022.  However, all those positive predictions were before the U.S. Presidential Election of 2016. After a whirl-wind campaign, President Elect Donald Trump is all set to take up his Presidential Oath on 20 January, 2017. But what could this mean for those in the localization industry? Continue reading

LocWorld28 Berlin – Kindle Voyage up for Grabs from KantanMT

KantanMT LocWorld ExhibitorIt’s that time of year again and the European edition of the LocWorld conference kicks off this week from 3-5 June at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany. KantanMT are exhibiting at Stand #17.

For anyone unfamiliar with the conference, it is considered The marketplace of the language industry and is hosted by Multilingual magazine and the Localization Institute. Its purpose is to be the place where everyone from the language industry can get together to network, build business relationships and learn from industry peers.

If you haven’t registered already, check out the full program and you will see a great line up of sessions, roundtables and workshops to suit all areas within the localization industry.

The KantanMT team have spent the last couple of weeks preparing for the LocWorld conference and we have some great giveaways planned. As part of the LocWorld Prize draw visitors to the KantanMT Stand at #17 can drop their business cards in the big blue bowl to be in with a chance to win a brand new Kindle Voyage. The Voyage is Amazon’s thinnest Kindle yet and has a high-resolution 300 ppi display and a new adaptive front light.

KantanMT Giveaway

We only have one Kindle Voyage to give away, but fret not, as there is plenty of branded merchandise up for grabs, including polo-shirts, 4GB USB flash drives and pens.

Tony O’Dowd, KantanMT’s Founder and Chief Architect will be available meet with attendees interested in learning about machine translation. Stop by booth #17, or send an email to to arrange a one-on-one with Tony.

Tony will also be speaking at two sessions:

And, when it’s all over, if anyone has time to see the city for the weekend or even just a few hours on Friday before returning home. Here is a list of the top 10 must see Berlin sights!

  1. Berlin Wall
  2. Holocaust Memorial
  3. The Berlin Zoological Garden
  4. Reichstag
  5. Brandenburg Gate
  6. Museum Island
  7. Berlin Cathedral
  8. Checkpoint Charlie
  9. Humboldt Universitaet
  10. Berliner Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower)

For all those walkers, if the weather is good, these sights can be seen via the Sandemans free walking tour, which departs daily from East Berlin at 11 AM and 2 PM at the Brandenburg Gate.

Finally, anyone interested in learning more about KantanMT that has not registered for the conference can contact us to get a FREE guest pass to the exhibition hall for a couple of hours to meet the KantanMT team.

We hope to see you in Berlin!

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!