Innovation at Locworld 2017 Barcelona

The inaugural localization Process Innovation Challenge (PIC) was held at Localization World in Barcelona last week (LocWorld34).

Congratulations to Jie Zhao (George) from the Boffin Language Group who was the overall winner of the challenge and localization process innovator of the year (Europe). Runner-up was Wei Zhang from Microsoft, who was pipped to the post by a few votes. Both of them received prizes and George took away the winner’s trophy.

Process Innovation Challenge Prize Giving

Six innovators took part in this event which gave would-be innovators a platform to pitch their ideas in front of their peers. They were Leigh Blaylock (Redhat), Wei Zhang (Microsoft), Klaus Fleischmann (Kaleidoscope), Constantino de Miguel (Prime Multimedia), Jose J. Martinez (Prompsit Language Engineering) and George Zhao (Boffin Language Group).

Moderated by Dave Ruane from Xplanation, the innovators pitched for five minutes and answered questions for a further five from the audience and a panel of process dragons: Alessandra Binazzi (Binazzi Consulting), Willem Stoeller (Localization Institute), and Jonas Ryberg (Pactera). 

There were two rounds, with the audience having a chance to vote live. For the final round both finalists added new elements to their pitch. The winning innovation focussed on how video voice-overs in various languages can be easily created within the VideoLocalize platform. George Zhao showed this by having a live demo of the system with an interpreter on stage (Aki Ito from TOIN) to provide the voice over for the video into Japanese.

Process Innovation Challengers with Dave Ruane

Xplanation is proud to be a founding collaborator with the Process Innovation Challenge. The PIC is a brand new concept at Localization World, merging a fast pace, audio and video with a set up similar to "Shark Tank" ("Dragon’s Den" in Europe) giving process innovators a stage and platform to pitch and share their innovations and ideas.