Until Next Time GALA Friends

Until Next Time GALA Friends

Until Next Time GALA Friends

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director at Think Global Forum

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As I commence my return journey home after 4 days at the GALA 2019 Conference in Munich, I reflect on what I am bringing home with me.

And if learning, curiosity, excitement, inspiration and friendship were weighed in kilograms, my “baggage” on this return journey would be well over the permitted weight.

From having the honor to host a visionary discussion with 3 heavy weights in our industry – Patrick Nunes, István Lengyel and Patricia Paladini Adell, and how much I have learnt from each and every one of them (and not only about the evolution of the traditional L10N roles with the advent of AI), to being present, in every way, at one of the most inspiring keynotes I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to, thanks to Véronique Ozkaya.

From sharing the floor with 3 terrific experts – Sasan Banava, Oleksandr Bondarenko and Lena Marg, to explore together how the modern project manager will look like and how we can empower existing PMs to transform their role, as well as equip the new generations of PMs to excel in our new reality, to learning about emotional intelligence, empathy and leadership with Yuka Nakasone, Kris Girrell, Patrick Nunes, Latha Sukumar and Roman Zelenka. 

From meeting life-long friends again (you know who you are) and pick up the conversation right where we left it when we last met a couple of years ago, to making so many new ones, such as my amazing tribe of Women in Localization, and the amazing ladies who are the driving force behind Translated in Argentina.

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From having the opportunity to meet in person the language and technology professionals that support our customer success stories day in and day out (THANK YOU guys!), to feeling that, as members of GALA, we are building something larger than us, a legacy that will remain for future generations of global businesses and multilingual communication “addicts” .

From the fascinating conversations at every coffee break and lunch time, to the hilarious fun of the 80s tunes at the Translators without Borders #TakeonMe4TWB. Thank you Andrew Hickson for your selfless dedication and a memorable party!

So, despite the late nights and early mornings, the natural nerves and “impostor syndrome” of two speaking slots in front of a very large audience, the high heels and copious amounts of coffee, I return home excited, inspired, and energized, ready to help the continuous growth of my terrific Vistatec family, and the wider globalization and localization community, and above all I make my return journey with the utmost sense of fulfilment.

I know we all draw something different from life’s experiences, and I am sure that the other #GALAMunich attendees are taking home lots of other learnings, perhaps ideas on how to plan for the integration of AI in their businesses, or how to implement Lights-Out Project Management, or how the latest advances in NMT will help translators focus on elevating the user experience of the translated content for the target audience, or how the interpreting world is being revolutionized with the integration of AI in sophisticated remote interpreting systems.

Whatever it is that you are bringing home with you, I hope you got half as much as I did from all of you.

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This article first appeared on María Jesús de Arriba Díaz's LinkedIn blog.

About Vistatec

We have been helping some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading global content solutions providers. HQ in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

To learn more about Vistatec please visit: www.vistatec.com

Think Global Forum Travel - London

Think Global Forum Travel - London

Think Global Forum Travel - London

EUROPEAN TRAVEL FORUM

The Think Global Forum returned to Europe recently with numerous guests and Forum Executives from leading organizations who were invited to the historic Conrad St James Hotel, in London for the European Travel Forum.

Aoife Murphy, Managing Director and María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director, Think Global Forum Europe welcomed all attendees to the event.

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When asked to describe the experience at the London event, María Jesús de Arriba Díaz said, “Think Global Forum London on May 15 has been one of our most energizing events to date. The depth of the conversations both inside and outside of the boardroom demonstrated that the Think Global Forum had realized its vision of bringing together the most prominent minds in the globalization arena to share experiences and leverage the collective intelligence to bring innovation to the global business community.”

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Thomas Murray, CEO, Vistatec, delivered the opening address discussing the latest trends in the travel and hospitality industry, including many challenges that may arise. “…In terms of a market that is so segmented and so diverse, globalization has already happened, and it's now how you achieve meaningful and impactful communication with customers.”

Murray ended his speech with a few words on the Think Global Forum. "It is a pleasure for us [Vistatec] to be a part of these forums, and it is a source of pride actually, to see the level of interest and interaction in these forums…we hope that you leave these forums a little better informed and perhaps even a little more challenged than when you arrived.”

This year, the Think Global Forum Travel event included industry keynote speakers:

· Tom Raczka, Localization Manager, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

· Alberto Ferreira, UX Research Manager, dnata (Emirates Group)

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Tom Raczka spoke about the kinds of changes he made coming into IHG, including the strategy of localization and how it improved operations. Alberto Ferreira spoke on the importance of understanding the balance between differences in culture and the similarities between the human experience and how it relates to his work in user experience research.

“We continue to blaze the global content thought leadership trail; presentations from Tom Raczka on InterContinental Hotels Group’s journey to localization maturity and Alberto Ferreira on bringing localization and UX together were both inspired and inspiring. It is a privilege to collaborate with so many great industry experts,” said Aoife Murphy

Following the keynote speakers, guests were invited to engage in a moderated open mic session. A new addition to the Think Global Forum structure, the idea was to give attendees a chance to exchange thoughts in a structured format. Guests engaged with each other as well as with the keynote speakers.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend this London event. A special thanks to our Forum Executives as well as our Keynote Speakers. Think Global Forum would not be the success it is today without you all.

We would also like to thank everyone who has supported Think Global Forum at every level of engagement. It is exciting to see the continued growth of our community of experts.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including  forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The  Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life  Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most  importantly, the future.

About Vistatec

We have been helping some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading global content solutions providers. HQ in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

To learn more about Vistatec please visit: www.vistatec.com

Inspiration, Camaraderie,  and Collaboration

Inspiration, Camaraderie, and Collaboration

Inspiration, Camaraderie, and Collaboration

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz - GALA 2020 Program Committee

In the beautiful city of sunny San Diego, California, language and localization industry leaders will gather for GALA 2020 on Sunday March 15, 2020 – Wednesday March 18, 2020. Industry leaders from global companies all over the world are drawn to the excitement of GALA.

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This four day annual conference hosts individuals looking to immerse themselves in an exciting space full of globalization (G11N) and localization (L10N) industry experts. We are very proud to announce that one of these industry experts is our very own María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Strategic Accounts Director at Vistatec and Development Director at Think Global Forum. She has been given the great honor and privilege of joining the GALA 2020 Conference Program Committee.

María will be joined by the committee, tasked with creating the program to appropriately reflect the range of attendees and industry verticals they represent. No one is better suited for such a task than María. ‘Think global’ is our motto at Vistatec and María truly embodies that in her work both at Vistatec and Think Global Forum. Her selection as a program committee member is a testament to her expertise and knowledge of the industry.

As proud members of GALA, we are excited to have a key player of our team represent both Vistatec and Think Global Forum at GALA 2020. These events are charged with individuals passionate about languages and globalization who are seeking high-level, strategic and growth-oriented discussion on how they can expand their business in a global context.

GALA is undoubtedly a place that will foster growth, but it goes far beyond educational. It is a place of inspiration. Being in a room full of people energized by the power of knowledge and the love for languages makes it impossible not to be excited for the next GALA 2020. GALA has the capacity to spark a sense of deeper fulfilment. María, globalization aficionado, speaks to the kind of experience that GALA has to offer in her article on LinkedIn. She writes about being inspired by fellows in the field but also in the camaraderie of collaboration and shared sense of purpose.

About GALA

GALA is the Globalization and Localization Association, a global non-profit that services the international community. Their mission is “…to support [their] members and the language industry by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology.” As a resource and service for people passionate about multilingual communication and globalization, GALA offers collaborative and information-sharing opportunities with industry stakeholders.

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About María Jesús de Arriba Díaz

María is a globalization expert with 20+ years of localization experience. She has held multiple positions supporting the international growth of a multitude of global companies across all industries and verticals, and works directly with some of the world's leading brands and organizations to develop and deliver solutions that support their global plans. 

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director, Think Global Forum

About Vistatec

We have been helping some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading global content solutions providers. HQ in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

To learn more about Vistatec please visit: www.vistatec.com




Think Global Forum NYC

Think Global Forum NYC

Think Global Forum NYC

Ambassador of Ireland to the USA to address Think Global Forum NYC

May 17, 2019 | New York

For Immediate Release

The Think Global Forum is set to return to the United States on May 20, 2019.  The event takes place in New York City and will be hosted at the Irish Consulate on Park Avenue, with special guest, Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States.

The Think Global Forum NYC is co-sponsored by Enterprise Ireland – represented by Hannah Webb, SVP, and hosted by Vistatec – represented by Unn Villius, Chief Sales Officer, Jill Goldsberry, Director of Sales and Priscillia Charles, Communications Director, Think Global Forum.

The Think Global Forum is particularly delighted that Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America will deliver the opening address for what is expected to be a unique opportunity to share and discuss ideas about the future of our industry.

“I’m very excited to host this event together with our partners in Enterprise Ireland, and particularly honored that Ambassador Mulhall will open the Think Global Forum in addition to joining us for dinner. I love New York, and the location of the consulate is the perfect spot to take in the city as an additional perk”, said Unn Villius.

­Speakers at the Think Global Forum NYC event include: 

•      Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

•      Yuka Kurihara, Director of Globalization, Pitney Bowes

•      Jeff Marques, Sr. Program Manager, Globalization, Adobe

•      Hannah Webb, Senior Vice President, Business and Consumer Services, Talent Management and BPO, Enterprise Ireland

The forum will cover many interesting topics, including the special relationship between Ireland and the USA, global eCommerce, and the importance of client-vendor relationships.  

The afternoon event will be followed by a private dinner reception with Ambassador Mulhall and guests from a wide range of leading organizations.

“This is going to be a very special Think Global Forum in New York, we are looking forward to welcoming forum members, speakers, and guests for what promises to be a terrific event,” added Simon Hodgkins, Founder, Think Global Forum.

This will be the first forum in New York City where VIP guests will be welcomed to the Irish Consulate – located in the heart of the city, just a few minutes from the historical Rockefeller Center. This Think Global Forum follows hot on the heels of other events such as the Think Global Forum London and Los Angeles, taking place in London on May 15, 2019, and Los Angeles on April 15, 2019.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum,

Please visit: https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum 

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future.

Contacts

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Forum London

Think Global Forum London

Think Global Forum London

May 14, 2019 | Dublin, Ireland

For Immediate Release

The Think Global Forum returns to Europe with numerous guests and Forum Executives from leading organizations joining the European Travel Forum taking place at the Conrad St James Hotel, in London.

Aoife Murphy, Managing Director and María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director, Think Global Forum Europe will welcome attendees to the event and Thomas Murray, CEO, Vistatec, will deliver an opening address for what is expected to be an in-depth opportunity to share and discuss upcoming industry opportunities and challenges.

This year’s Think Global Forum Travel event includes industry speakers:

·      Tom Raczka, Localization Manager, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

·      Alberto Ferreira, UX Research Manager, dnata (Emirates Group)

“It is good to be back in London for this European Think Global Forum. The forum promises to be a fantastic opportunity for industry guests and Forum Executives to exchange ideas and to network in the heart of London,” said Simon Hodgkins, Founder, Think Global Forum.

The European Travel Forum returns to the city of London after a successful Los Angeles forum event in April.  The event will be held in the historical Conrad St James hotel, in Westminster, located across from Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

Many other forums will be taking place across Europe and the United States in the months ahead, including the Think Global Forum New York, on May 20, 2019.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future.

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Forum Los Angeles 2019

Think Global Forum Los Angeles 2019

Think Global Forum LA 2019

April 12, 2019 | Mountain View, California

For Immediate Release

The next Think Global Forum will take place in Los Angeles, California on April 15, 2019. Numerous guests from leading organizations will be joining the event which will take place in downtown LA.

The Think Global Forum Los Angeles returns to the United States following the related awards ceremonies held in both Europe and the United States on April 3, 2019. Several additional forums – across both continents – are being planned for this calendar year.

The Los Angeles Forum will include two compelling speakers:

Sasha Strauss, Managing Director, Innovation Protocol – Sasha Strauss is an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business as well as at the UCI Paul Merge School of Business, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has delivered over 500 professional speeches worldwide to companies including SpaceX, Google, Nestlé, NXP, Hershey, LEGO, Disney, and American Express.

Nicole Kittle, Localization Manager, Snap Inc. – Nicole Kittle is a passionate game and media localization leader with a 15-year career that started at Brocade and then moved to The Sandbox, Netflix, Riot Games, and Blizzard Entertainment before joining Snap Inc.

Unn Villius, Vistatec’s CSO will open with a welcoming address. Suzanne Frank, VP Global Enablement and Lara Daly, VP of Global Expansion will close the event. Vistatec will be further represented by Sibylle Eibl, Director of Solutions Architecture.

All in all, this promises to be a great event with an in-depth session for discussing opportunities and challenges, academic and business-oriented presentations as well as fun networking opportunities.

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Entertainment, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future. For more information, please visit: https://www.thinkglobalforum.org


Media Contact

Priscillia Charles

Communications Director, Think Global Forum

priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org

https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Forum LA

Think Global Forum LA

Think Global Forum Los Angeles

April 8, 2019 | Mountain View, California

For Immediate Release

The Think Global Forum Los Angeles event will take place on April 15, 2019.

Guests, Forum Executives and expert speakers will take part in the LA event, which includes networking and hearing from leading industry experts. Forum Executives will be convening on the day for an additional boardroom session, where they will be exploring the very latest challenges and opportunities.

The LA event will see expert speakers including Sasha Strauss, Managing Director, Innovation Protocol, and Nicole Kittle, Senior Localization Manager, Snap Inc, who will be joined by Unn Villius, Suzanne Frank, Lara Daly, and Sibylle Eibl, Vistatec.

“We are delighted to be in Los Angeles for the Think Global Forum. We recently hosted events in Menlo Park, California, and Dublin, Ireland to announce the winners of the Think Global Awards and it is a pleasure to be in LA for the next Think Global Forum," commented Simon Hodgkins, Founder of the Think Global Forum.

About the Speakers and Hosts

Nicole Kittle

Nicole Kittle is an industry expert with a career that has included key roles at Brocade, The Sandbox, Paramount Pictures, Netflix and Blizzard Entertainment before joining Snap Inc. Snap Inc recently announced ‘Snap Games’ an all-new real-time multiplayer gaming platform featuring original and third-party games from Game Closure, PikPok, Spry Fox, Zeptolab, and Zynga. Snap has begun to roll out a series of made-for-Snapchat games, each designed for high-fidelity, synchronous gameplay which aligns to Snap’s positioning as an organization who contribute to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.

Sasha Strauss

Sasha Strauss is an international authority on brand strategy.  Corporations, non-profits, universities, and faiths call on Sasha and his team to create and communicate organizational purpose for the world’s largest organizations and the latest startups. In 2006, Sasha founded Innovation Protocol, a brand consultancy headquartered in Los Angeles, with key staff in San Francisco, Denver, and New York. Clients range from Google, Disney, and Amgen, to Homeboy Industries, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Jewish Federation.

A renowned international speaker, Sasha has been the lead presenter at some of the most prestigious conferences in the world. His unique, high-energy, yet profoundly thought-provoking delivery style has secured record high satisfaction ratings from the toughest executive audiences, from China to Chile, Ireland to Israel. As a graduate professor for 12 years, Sasha is directly engaged with the most decisive consumer minds of the era and uses their fresh insights to inform his latest speaking engagements.

Sasha is an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at USC Marshall School of Business, in addition to The Paul Merge School of Business and UCLA Anderson School of Business. He has delivered over 500 professional speeches worldwide to companies including SpaceX, Google, Nestlé, NXP, Hershey, LEGO, Disney, The Wonderful Company, Ship Compliant, Ingram Micro, Anytime Fitness, JP Morgan Chase, Kofax, Pop Chips, Altegra Health, Puig, American Express, Gimbal, cPrime, Liberty Interactive, Chappalette Wines, Korn Ferry, QSC, Purina, Visit California, TCL, Travelport, Rapid7, RGP, and Centura Health.

Sasha speaks in many countries around the world including Argentina, Chile, Japan, Spain, Colombia, Costa Rica, Romania, Mexico, Canada, Fiji, China, Guatemala, Netherlands, Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Israel, Greece, Ireland, Dominican Republic, Belgium, and Australia. He has delivered a growing number of presentations to organizations including TEDx, Vistage, Tiger 21, YPO, WPO/YPO Gold, EO, 10XCEO, National Speakers Association, Toastmasters International, METal International, The CMO Summit, The CEO Forum, and the Think Global Forum.

Unn Villius

Unn Villius is the Chief Sales Officer and responsible for Vistatec’s Business Development. Her localization career started as a Swedish linguist at Microsoft Ireland in 1988, and she has since held a wide variety of positions in localization operations management. Joining Vistatec in 1997, she quickly moved into Business Development and successfully established Vistatec’s first US office.

Suzanne Frank

Suzanne Frank is the Vice President of Global Enablement at Vistatec and the co-founder of the Colorado Localization User Group. Suzanne is a member of the Think Global Forum and works with many Fortune 500 organizations around the world.

Lara Daly

Lara Daly is the Vice President for Global Expansion at Vistatec and responsible for business development as well as being the co-founder of the North Bay Localization Professionals. Lara is a member of the Think Global Forum and works with many Fortune 500 organizations around the world.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future. For more information please visit: https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Awards Winners Announced

Think Global Awards Winners Announced

April 4, 2019 | Dublin, Ireland / Mountain View, California.

Congratulations to all of the Think Global Awards winners

The winners of the Think Global Awards were announced at ceremonies, hosted at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, and the Rosewood Sandhill Hotel in Menlo Park, California, USA, on April 3, 2019.

Think Global Awards Winners

1. Brand of the Year Award

Winner: NetApp Globalization

2. Community Award

Winner: The Worldly Marketer Podcast

3. Advertising Award

Winner: Greenpeace Canada

4. Language Industry Person of the Year Award

Winner: Michele Carlson, Survey Monkey

5.  Localization Recognition Award

Winner: Rotary International

6. Going Global Award

Winner: Sage Advice

7. Start-Up Award

Winner: Abodoo

8. Technology Award

Winner: XTM International

9. Travel Award

Winner: Lonely Planet Travel News Daily

10.  Life Sciences Award

Winner: Acibadem

11. Retail & eCommerce Award

Winner: Pitney Bowes

12. Manufacturing Award

Winner: Alps Electric

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a community of global individuals including forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future. For more information please visit: https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Awards Shortlist Announced

Awards Shortlist Announced

Think Global Forum Awards Shortlist Announced

March 15, 2019 | Dublin, Ireland / Mountain View, California.

Think Global Forum Awards have announced this year’s shortlisted applicants. The judging panel – made up of leading professionals from a broad array of industries – carried out a meticulous review of every entry across 12 award categories and has presented their findings to the award committee.

The importance of connecting with a global audience effectively and efficiently is critical in today’s marketplace. The awards are a way to recognize achievements in this area and to promote the awareness of thinking globally for individuals, communities, start-ups, small and medium sized businesses, global brands and large-scale international organizations.

All categories and shortlisted applicants are listed below.

Brand of the Year

NetApp Globalization
Samsung STEM
Samsung India

Community

The Worldly Marketer Podcast
Women in Localization
PWN Global

Advertising

IKEA Advertising 
Greenpeace Canada

Language Industry Person of the Year

Michele Carlson
Maria Scheibengraf

Localization Recognition

Rotary International
CA Technologies

Going Global

Sage Advice
LinkedIn

Start-up

WIA Technologies
Retro Digital
Globechain
Abodoo

Technology

XTM International
Survey Monkey

Travel

American Express Global Bus 
Lonely Planet Travel News Daily

Life Sciences

Integrated DNA
Fluidigm
Acibadem

Retail & eCommerce

Gamestop
PitneyBowes

Manufacturing

Alps Electrics
Zimmer Bio

Congratulations to all shortlisted companies and individuals! The winners will be announced at this year’s ceremonies, hosted at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin, Ireland and the Rosewood Sandhill Hotel in Menlo Park, California, USA, on April 3, 2019.

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a body of industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of products and services around the world. With a strong interest in all things localization the forum is made up of industry thought leaders who can offer keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future. For more information please visit: https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Awards

Think Global Awards

Think Global Awards Update

Simon Hodgkins, Founder, Think Global Forum.

“Firstly, let me start with a big thank you. Thank you to everybody who has taken the time to submit an entry to this year’s Think Global Awards. We are absolutely delighted with the amount of responses and interest that you have shown in this years awards program. The awards this year cover everything from brand and advertising to thinking globally and also cover a number of industry sectors. We have a brand of the year award, a community award, an advertising award, a language industry person of the year award. We focus on localization, companies that are going global and also for the first time this year we have a dedicated startup award.

Our industry sectors cover technology, travel, life sciences, retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, and the awards submissions are truly outstanding this year. We have people from all over the world, individuals, companies, global brands, small startups and some really fascinating submissions for the various awards categories.

We are so looking forward to announcing the shortlist and also the winners, who will all be announced on March 6, 2019. We will be hosting awards events both in the US and also in Europe, so stay tuned to all things Think Global Forum and all things Think Global Awards for more details. Thank you.”

Social Media Universe

Social Media Universe

Social Media Networks and Monthly Active Users

Simon Hodgkins, Founder, Think Global Forum

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Global internet users are now measured at over 4 billion. Everyone is becoming a digital native. Billions of people are either growing up or have grown up in this new digital age. Older generations are embracing technology and social networks continue to play a significant role here.

As social media networks continue to develop and adapt to the rapid speed of technological change with AI, VR, AR, Voice, supercomputing and deep learning. There is a growing social consciousness around data privacy, security, fraud, fake news and wider growing concerns.

It will be interesting to see how social networks continue to develop over the coming year and what changes will happen. There are good and bad elements to most technology improvements and if we predict forward 5 or 10 years it will be a very different social media landscape to the one we see today.

As social networks become much more than simply sharing posts, images and video the future is going to be very interesting.

Credits: Thank you to Nick Routley and Visual Capitalist for making this Social Media Universe infographic sharable.



Think Global Awards Application Deadline Extended

Think Global Awards Application Deadline Extended

Think Global Awards Application Deadline Extended

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. December 19, 2018

For Immediate Release

The Think Global Awards application deadline has been extended from December 20, 2018, to January 15, 2019.

The competition, running across 12 different categories, from Community to Start-Up Award, will reward successful brands, projects, and individuals across the globe.

The full list of the awards includes:

  • Brand of the Year Award

  • Community Award

  • Advertising Award (Digital, Online & Traditional)

  • Language Industry Person of the Year Award (Individual)

  • Localization Recognition Award (Company/Team)

  • Going Global Award

  • Start-Up Award

  • Technology Award

  • Travel Award

  • Life Sciences Award

  • Retail & eCommerce Award

  • Manufacturing Award

A judging panel of leading professionals from various industries will select the winners, and the awards will be announced at events taking place in Europe and the United States in March 2019.

The awards are open for entries at www.thinkglobalawards.com

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Awards Deadline Extended

Think Global Awards Deadline Extended

Deadline Extended for the Think Global Awards

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. December 10, 2018

For Immediate Release

The deadline for the Think Global Awards has been extended to Thursday, December 20, 2018.

This year, the competition is across 12 categories including new areas added for this year's awards. The awards cover branding and advertising, thinking globally and awards by industry sectors.

The awards categories include:

  • Brand of the Year Award

  • Community Award

  • Advertising Award (Digital, Online & Traditional)

  • Language Industry Person of the Year Award (Individual)

  • Localization Recognition Award (Company/Team)

  • Going Global Award

  • Start-Up Award

  • Technology Award

  • Travel Award

  • Life Sciences Award

  • Retail & eCommerce Award

  • Manufacturing Award

The judging panel consists of leading experts from a number of global organizations.

This year's judging panel includes:

Beatrice Whelan, Global Content Manager, Sage
Medhat Bassily, Principal Globalization Architect, ADP
Lucie Newcomb, CEO, The NewComm Global Group
Bruno Herrmann, Digital, Product, Content and Experience consultant, and Advisory Board Member, Brand2Global
Sibylle Eibl, Director of Solutions Architecture, Vistatec
Yuka Ghesquière Nakasone, Chief Strategist, Global Bridge, and Globalization and Localization Director, Beabloo

The Think Global Forum Awards recognize the achievements of people, projects, brands and companies around the world. Awards events will be held in Europe and the USA to announce the winners.

The awards are open for entries at: www.thinkglobalawards.com

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles 
Communications Director, Think Global Forum 
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org 
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Forum European Technology Event

Think Global Forum European Technology Event

Think Global Forum European Technology Event

The European Think Global Forum hosted in Dublin, Ireland.

November 21, 2018 | Dublin, Ireland

For Immediate Release

The Think Global Forum Technology Event returns to Ireland with numerous guests from leading organizations joining the European Technology Forum hosted at the Marker Hotel, in Dublin.

Aoife Murphy, Managing Director, Think Global Forum Europe will welcome attendees to the event and Thomas Murray, CEO, Vistatec, will deliver an opening address for what is expected to be an in-depth opportunity to share and discuss upcoming industry opportunities and challenges.

Speakers at the Technology Forum will include:

·      Dr. Martyn Farrows, Chief Operating Officer, Soapbox Labs

·      Ben Wainwright, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Abodoo

·      Rachida Chekaf, Head of Translations, Axelos

·      Phil Ritchie, Chief Technology Officer, Vistatec

The European Technology Forum returns to Ireland after a successful launch event in Croke Park, in March 2018. Many other industry forums take place across Europe and the United States. The event will be held in the heart of Dublin's 'technology hub,' Grand Canal Docks, also known as the 'Silicon Docks.' 

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a body of industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of products and services around the world. With a strong interest in all things localization the forum is made up of industry thought leaders who can offer keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future.

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Forum Technology Executives Announced

Think Global Forum Technology Executives Announced

Think Global Forum Technology Announces Forum Executives

November 16, 2018. | Dublin, Ireland.

For Immediate Release

The Think Global Forum is delighted to announce the European Technology Forum Executives, who will join the event at the Marker Hotel, in Dublin, Ireland, on November 21.

Forum Executives in attendance at the event will include:

  • Gary Lefman, Cisco

  • Laura Cociasu, Linkedin

  • Kevin O’Donnell, Nitro

  • Patricia Paladini Adell, CA Technologies

  • Pat Higgins, Verizon Connect

  • Emil Atanassov, ServiceNow

  • Daniel McGowan FireEye

  • Rachida Chekaf, Axelos

  • Julia Cassidy, Tenable

  • Katrin Drescher, Tenable

  • Jim Young, Johnson Controls

“The Forum Executives will be joined by guests and speakers from the wider Think Global Forum community at the latest European technology event. The day will include presentations and discussions on the very latest technology topics,” commented Simon Hodgkins, Founder, Think Global Forum.

The technology event forms part of the continued European expansion of the Think Global Forum following on from the successful forums established in the USA.

“I am looking forward to an open discussion about the status of translation technology. If we look back only five years, I am amazed at how the technology in our area has evolved: neural machine translation, artificial intelligence, cloud-based TMS solutions deployed in minutes, agile and continuous localization. Most of the statements that were valid five years ago may no longer be applicable. What will we have in our plate in five years’ time?” commented Patricia Paladini-Adell, Director, CA Technologies.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a growing community of individuals including forum participants, industry experts, speakers and Forum Executives. The Think Global Forum is designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Retail, eCommerce and a growing number of sectors around the world. The forum offers keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future.

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Forum to Host Leading European Technology Event

Think Global Forum to Host Leading European Technology Event

Think Global Forum Technology

 October 19, 2018 | Dublin, Ireland

 For Immediate Release

The Think Global Forum will be hosting a European Technology Event, set to take place on November 21, 2018, at the Marker Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.

Guests, Forum Executives and selected speakers will take part in the event, which includes networking and hearing from leading technology experts. Forum Executives will be convening on the day for an additional boardroom technology session, where they will be continuing the discussion and exploring the very latest challenges and opportunities within the technology sector.

“Hosting the Think Global Forum Technology Event in Silicon Docks, the location of many of the world’s largest high-tech companies, is an exciting prospect, with many leading technology experts and companies joining us at the Technology Forum," commented Simon Hodgkins, Founder of the Think Global Forum.

The Think Global Forum continues to expand across Europe and the USA, with the European technology event following recent forums taking place in San Diego and London.

"The Technology Forum is a super opportunity to gather global brands and leaders in the technology industry who will be discussing the very latest in technology including AI, machine learning, robotics and a host of topics while exploring technology-related opportunities in our hyper-connected world," commented Aoife Murphy, Managing Director, Europe, Think Global Forum.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum, the Forum Executives and the wider Think Global Forum community brings together leading experts to give a greater voice to many industry sectors. The forums include senior executives from some of the most well known global organizations. A key focus is to help shape the future and to help define and communicate critical strategies within specific industry sectors, such as life sciences, manufacturing, retail, eCommerce, travel, and technology.

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles

Communications Director, Think Global Forum

priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org | www.thinkglobalforum.org 

 

Think Global Awards 2018

Think Global Awards 2018

Think Global Awards 2018

The Think Global Awards are open for entries

Simon Hodgkins, founder of the Think Global Forum, shares the news of the launch of the Think Global Awards 2018 after a growing interest and membership in the global community since the initial launch of events and activities in the United States.

Since 2017, The Think Global Forum has been expanding into Europe and many new European Think Global Forum events have been held. We continue to see progress and expansion in both the USA and European forums in many sectors including, Technology, Travel, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Retail and eCommerce.

The latest USA forum brought together our Life Sciences executives in San Diego and we recently concluded another successful European Retail and eCommerce event in London.

After a successful launch in 2017, the Think Global Awards 2018 are back for the second year.

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In the initial awards year, we were delighted with how well the Think Global Awards were received around the world. Individuals and companies entered the awards categories from across the globe; we saw many new innovative companies taking part, as well as a numerous large-scale global brands and organizations being nominated for awards.

We saw a vast amount of people nominating others for their achievement and people nominating themselves or their teams for the various awards categories.

The Think Global Awards in its very first year saw some of the biggest and best-known brands in the world taking part. This year, the Think Global Awards 2018 will be larger again in scale and will see new awards categories and additional judges added to the panel.

The Awards are open for entries from October 3, 2018, through to December 2018. The shortlisted entries will be announced in December, and the overall winners will once again be awarded in January at the awards ceremonies planned for Europe and the US.

The Think Global Forum Awards recognize the achievements of people, projects, brands and companies around the world.

The importance of reaching a global audience effectively and efficiently is so critical in today’s marketplace, and the messaging and essence of the communication is so important as you grow and expand your products and services into new markets and geographies.

Global content available in local languages plays such an important factor in your organization global success, along with a thorough understanding of the locale and its cultural, ethnic, educational, social and political realities.

With many new awards categories, the Think Global Awards 2018 aim to recognize the achievements in these areas and help promote the awareness of thinking globally.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Awards are officially open and available for entries at www.ThinkGlobalForum.org/Awards/

Enter the awards today!

Retail Executives Announced

Retail Executives Announced

Think Global Forum Retail and eCommerce Announces Speakers and Forum Executives

September 28, 2018. Dublin, Ireland.

Aoife Murphy, Managing Director of the Think Global Forum Europe, is excited to announce this year’s speakers and Forum Executives ahead of the Retail and eCommerce event taking place on October 3, 2018, at the Corinthia Hotel, London.

The Retail and eCommerce Think Global Forum will feature three guest speakers: 

  • Sophie Devonshire - CEO at The Caffeine Partnership and author of Superfast - Lead at Speed

  • Lahcene Guerrouj - EMEA Content Marketing Strategy Manager, Salesforce

  • Alex Katsambas - Senior Translation Manager, Farfetch

“We are honored to have such a distinguished group of speakers and Forum Executives joining our gathering at the Think Global Forum. The retail industry is undergoing a considerable digital transformation which presents both opportunity and challenges, especially when it comes to going global. I'm very excited about this forum where we shall be discussing current and future trends with invited guests, speakers and industry leading Forum Executives,” commented Aoife.

Forum Executives at the event will include:

  • Alex Katsambas - Senior Translation Manager, Farfetch

  • Andreas Palm - Head of Digital Broadcast Channels, Sony Mobile

  • Bruno Herrmann - Global Content in Retail, Consultant & Advisor

  • Charlotte Cole - Head of Content, Farfetch

  • Isabel Teodoro - Localization Manager, DAZN

  • Lahcene Guerrouj - EMEA Content Marketing Strategy Manager, Salesforce

  • Miriam Ko - Senior Product Manager, Inditex, ZARA

  • Rachael Webster - Content Specialist, Staples Solutions Europe

  • Robert Dry - International Marketing Manager, Topps

  • Yuka Ghesquière Nakasone - Globalization and Localization Director, Beabloo

  • Patrick Kelly - Co-Founder and CCO, Vistatec

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The event is taking place at the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall, London, on October 3, 2018, and will see many guests in attendance for what is planned to be an insightful and wide ranging discussion on the retail sector.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit http://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a body of industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of products and services around the world. With a strong interest in all things localization the forum is made up of industry thought leaders who can offer keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future.

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org | www.thinkglobalforum.org

Retail Excellence

Retail Excellence

Retail Excellence eCommerce Conference 2018

by Aoife Murphy, Think Global Forum Europe Managing Director.

I battled through Storm Ali to attend the Retail Excellence eCommerce Conference 2018 in Dublin.

As part of the Think Global Forum (TGF) initiative, I will be hosting our second Retail & eCommerce gathering in London next week so it was great to hear from the experts on the latest hot topics in the industry ahead of our own event. My interest lies in the impact that these trends will have on the professional community whose focus it is to ensure ‘going-global’ success.

Some great insights and experiences were shared, providing me with plenty of food for thought:

  • Personalisation is widely acknowledged to be the future of successful eCommerce.

  • You need to bring people on a cross channel journey, prompted by personalised onsite product recommendations, emails, popups and social media ads at different stages.

  • It is no surprise then that behavioural data accounts for 98.4% of all data generated by shoppers.

  • The 2019 E-Commerce KPI Report created by Wolfgang Digital is well worth a download.

  • If your website is not responsive /mobile friendly, you are behind already.

  • Ashley Mc Donnell from Christian Dior spoke about how we can learn a lot from Chinese technology in retail.

  • This New York Times video tells us about the WeChat phenomenon.

  •  ‘Get in there quick!’ Ctrip (now trip.com), is a travel platform used extensively by Chinese travelers. It is barely used by retailers in Ireland so there is a huge opportunity for first mover advantage to make your brand visible to Chinese travelers visiting Ireland.

  • A recent study found that 49% of US consumers turn to Amazon first when shopping for products online. What does that tell us about where we should be spending our SEO budget?

  • The person who engages with you through Facebook or other social media channels is twice as likely to buy from you than through your website. Facebook now provides analytics which is a huge step forward considering its importance for retail engagement.

  • For SMEs and local retailers, providing a Click & Collect facility is key to survival but it needs to be well planned and executed.

  • Brexit, the ubiquitous elephant in the room, is a huge challenge for most companies, but is it an opportunity for ferry companies to become floating shopping centres with duty free ?

There is a lot of conjecture about the impact that digital transformation will have on retail; keeping up with ecommerce trends is key to weathering the storm. I’m really excited about continuing this conversation with our expert Think Global Forum Executives when I chair the boardroom session in London for the upcoming Think Global Forum Retail and eCommerce event at the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall, London.

The Think Global Forum Retail and eCommerce returns to London

The Think Global Forum Retail and eCommerce returns to London

September 18, 2018. Dublin | Ireland

The Think Global Forum Retail and eCommerce is to take place for the second time on October 3rd, 2018 at the Corinthia Hotel, London. After a successful launch last December in London, the second edition of the forum will see forum executives from leading global retail and eCommerce companies discuss the future and challenges that the industry faces.

Attendees are invited to join the event for a networking session followed by lunch and speeches by three guest speakers. Forum Executives will then meet for a special boardroom session where they will be able to exchange ideas and explore opportunities in this fast-paced, technology-driven industry.

“This is an exciting time in the world of retail & eCommerce with game-changing transformation and innovation very much in play. We are delighted to be gathering leaders in the industry to discuss the challenges and opportunities that this presents, especially when it comes to going global,” commented Aoife Murphy, Managing Director, Europe at Think Global Forum.

The second edition of the event follows a series of successfully returning Think Global Forums about Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Technology, and Travel, all launched in 2017 in Europe and the United States.

The Corinthia Hotel, ideally located in the heart of London, will be the perfect setting for this event, with its modern, stylish and up-to-date technology meeting rooms.

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit http://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum, the Forum Executives and the wider Think Global Forum community brings together expert professionals to give a greater voice to the industry sectors. The forums include many senior executives from some of the most well-known global organizations. A key focus of the forum is to help shape the future and to help define and communicate key strategies within specific industry sectors, such as life sciences, manufacturing, retail, eCommerce, travel, and technology.

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org | www.thinkglobalforum.org