Thursday, June 30, 2011

2nd Summit on Interpreting Keynote Address: Technology Trends and the Interpreting Marketplace

The 2nd North American Summit on Interpreting took place on June 17-18, 2011, in Washington, DC. Nataly Kelly, the chief research officer at Common Sense Advisory, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd on “Technology Trends and the Interpreting Marketplace.”

Many interpreters, industry representatives, and professional association leaders were in attendance. Several attendees traveled from as far away as Canada, Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Brazil for the Summit. However many more were unable to attend for a host of reasons. But thanks to MediaVision USA, the Premier Technology Sponsor for the 2nd Summit, we were able to record Nataly’s keynote address, which we offer here in its entirety. (Just click on the video above.) The slides of the presentation will be available soon for download as well.

So, if you had hoped to make it to the Summit but didn’t, couldn’t make it because of cost or distance, or simply had no intention of attending but are now curious, we invite you to sit back and open your eyes and mind to the possibilities of what interpreting can become in the 21st century if we embrace and shape the technologies that are being used to provide interpreting services. Please share your thoughts with us after you watch the keynote address.

The 2nd Summit wasn't all technology. Five workgroups met on the second day to discuss topics vital to the future of interpreting: professional associations, education and training, certification and credentialing, legal and advocacy, and technology. All of the groups took careful notes of their discussions, which will be condensed into a white paper that will be published later this summer.

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2nd Summit and to all those who followed us on Twitter (@InterpAmerica) and Facebook (InterpretAmerica). The Summit on Interpreting will move to the West Coast next year. Mark your calendars now and join us in Monterey, California, on June 15-16, 2012.