The 2014 Globalization and Localization Conference is an incredible treat to attend every year. This year, Istanbul made the Language of Business even more spectacular and memorable. The mix of cultures, history and languages in this Turkish city created the perfect setting for the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and future visions for the language industry. Istanbul welcomed 350 attendees from around the world, most of whom were from Europe, with perfect spring weather and sunshine.
The keynote speaker for the Monday opening was a Turkish successful businessman, Mr. Fikret Orman, president of Besiktas, one of Turkey’s football teams. He added more fans to the team after giving each of us a football shirt. His gesture added fun and relevance to his presentation about effort and team work in an international setting. There was a large media group covering the event.
The conference at a glance:
A Festive and Educational Experience
We attended the welcome reception on Sunday and a colorful Monday dinner full of folk dances and traditional Turkish food. We mingled with new colleagues and old friends from the language sector, and exchanged ideas and experiences we’ve had in different countries and different languages. After the Monday dinner, there was a great display of culture with Turkish rhythms. On Tuesday morning, we all had several cups of Turkish coffee to wake up our brains.
GALA never ceases to amaze me in the way it provides an incredible venue for networking, dialogue and exchange of learning and experiences. We left the conference full of new ideas to further investigate. We are energized and ready to apply leading technologies and latest trends in localization and translation technology.
We are already excited for and anticipating GALA 2015 In Seville, Spain. Ole!!!