Jim Nolan (KantanAI ) became the 2021 “Localization process innovator of the year for USA” at the 11th PIC event which took place on the 20th of October 2021 at LocWorldWide45.

The innovation “Self regulated translation community “, explained how the power of a self regulating community  can streamline the MT and post editing processes. 
As Jim said during his pitch , “The power of the crowd is great in theory, however a crowd can be a mob, especially when there is no quality control or regulations. What is needed is a crowd that can regulate themselves, which is what our technology enables. A self regulating crowd means crowd sourcing can be fast, effective and scalable and a viable option for global content producers”

One of our dragons, Esther Curiel added that “The concept of the community of users themselves being involved in quality management is not entirely new. This idea is a refreshing alternative to the hyper-complex quality management cycles that we can sometimes have, which leaves out the user perspective entirely. “

The runner-up this time was Nour Hussein from Tarjama with the innovation, “How to develop industry-focused localization for eCommerce in MENA” . He provided clear insights into the different nuances required to succeed with eCommerce applications for the Middle East and North African markets and showed how they have achieved real tangible success for their customers. 

This year’s PIC final round had 5 innovators battle on the virtual stage in front of a panel of dragons and the LocWorldWide audience. As PIC chair and co-moderator Dave Ruane put it; “Machine Translation Post Editing has been with us for a number of years, this years winner has moved the dial in having the power of the community self-regulate – this is an exciting shift. Well done to Jim and Dominick.  We  saw a great mix of innovations this time and I’d like to congratulate all innovators on their pitches from both the preliminary and the final round. Thanks to our dragons for guiding the innovators, the whole LocWorld team and co-producer Alex Bernet.”

The PIC dragons this time were ;  Esther Curiel (Indeed), Cornelia Sittel (Saleforce), and Peter Swaniker (CEO monitorQA). We would also like to thank Multilingual Magazine, LocWorld, and XTM International for supporting the event.

Another PIC event is done, congratulations to all who took part. The next PIC  event will be in July 2022 ; the call for papers will be open very shortly .

Do you have a localization process or technology innovation for the PIC “stage” ? Keep an eye out for the call for papers or contact Dave Ruane or Alex Bernet directly.

The innovators and innovations at the final of the 11th PIC event were:

  1. Nour Hussein – Tarjama
    “How to develop industry-focused localization for eCommerce in MENA”
  2. Rafal Jaworski – XTM International  
    “CAFFEINE, CONTEXT AND CONFUSION. What does my coffee machine mean by “empty tray”? Detecting potential ambiguity in translation.”
  3. Qiang Wan/Vincent Truong – VMware
    “Globalization 360 Hub: Providing company-wide visibility into Globalization Quality, Scorecard, and Maturity Levels”
  4. Alex Zekakis – XTM International
    “IQAL – The Intelligent QA Layer to drive an automated, agile and risk-sensitive QA process for any program”
  5. Jim Nolan/Dominick Kelly – KantanAI
    “Self regulated translation community”