For those of you who haven't been to one of our events yet:
You know how great it is when you go to a localization conference and you connect with a colleague between sessions? A great conversation about some shared issues and some solutions relevant to your internationalization and localization life.
Now, that experience can be the conference. No stuffy general sessions or arcane topics. No audience reading e-mail during presentations. No terrible suits. No buses to social events. And no PowerPoint karaoke or sales pitches.
Instead, only your internationalization and localization topics hosted in a discussion format between you and your peers.
It’s the opposite of a conference – it’s an unconference.
Yes! This year's event is the fourth time a number of us have come together for these sometimes chaotic, but always productive days.
The first Localization unconference was held in 2008, when Shawna Wolverton and Ultan Ó Broin got together and organized the first event.
We had to take a break in 2009 but got the ball rolling again in 2010 and had an annual event in Silicon Valley since then.
In October 2012, we were invited to host an unconference track at Localization World in Seattle, WA. See an account here.
Since then the Localization unconference has been replicated a couple times in different places.
In 2010 we organized a localization unconference in Dublin, Ireland.
The first translation unconference was held in 2011 in Switzerland. If you haven't seen their website, check it out. It's fabulous (but unfortunately has been taken down).