On 1 March 2017, at LocWorld Shenzhen, TAUS organized their Game Changers Innovation Contest with the help of host Henri Broekmate from Lionbridge. Ten presenters were asked to spend six minutes on the stage to showcase their innovative idea, perspective or technology. About 100 people gathered in the room to witness this event. The more than 250 attendees of LocWorld all received a link to vote for their favorite.

Henri Broekmate, General Manager for the Asian Region at Lionbridge, opened the contest, introducing the topics that were going to be discussed in the contest and which are on everybody’s mind these days. Quality, data, machine translation and machine learning, interoperability. Topics that TAUS focuses on in the next five years as well.

“It’s clear to me that the pace of innovation is accelerating in our industry,” says Henri Broekmate. “It was very encouraging to learn about advancements in automation across multiple fields, ranging from rapid quoting, translation education and evaluation, real-time mobile-based human translation and language quality evaluation, to name but a few. In addition, domestic China enterprises are getting into the mix and they’re starting to put pressure on more established players in the language technology and services space.”

On 2 March 2017, at the Closing Ceremony of LocWorld, the winner was announced. More than 100 votes came in and it was a tight race. There can, of course, be only one winner and the winner of the Game Changers Innovation Contest – Shenzhen is Claudia Di Lorenzo from Translated/MateCat, presenting MateCAT IQ.

“It’s great winning the Innovation Contest for the second time! MateCat continues bringing innovation to the translation industry. We’re glad that the great audience at LocWorld recognized how simple it is to start selling translations online with the MateCat Instant Quote widget (IQ),” says Claudia Di Lorenzo.

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