Call For Papers – Process Innovation Challenge 2020

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PIC 2020

Organizers: Dave Ruane, Kris Wiegand, Alex Bernet, Jeff Kiser

Process Dragons (Berlin): Yuka Nakasone, Markus Meisl, Anne Cecile Dousson-Lhéritier

Investment community: Jochen Hummel

Process Innovation Challenge! … PIC

Localization Innovations Worth Sharing.

This is a chance to showcase your innovation and challenge the localization industry to transform, as enterprises Engage Global Users!

The Process Innovation Challenge is in its fourth season and is coming to LocWorld Berlin (June 3-5, 2020) and Vancouver (October 27-29, 2020).

The Process Innovation Challenge (PIC) is a dynamic session to showcase process and technology innovations in our industry. Successful proposals will get the chance to pitch on stage at one of the LocWorld events during 2020.

If you have a technology or process innovation worth sharing, submit your proposal. Your innovations should be unique ideas that were successfully applied to a localization process that improved operations, or it could be a new way of using something existing to solve a new problem, or it can be a technology innovation in your product or workflow. The PIC is open to content publishers, industry supply companies, technologists, academia and others in the industry who have tangible innovative ideas.

Recent PIC participants have pitched diverse topics such as; multiple machine translation engine approaches to the customer support sector; faster software localization process techniques enabling instant publishing; automatic detection of source languages in a workflow system; smart AI dubbing enabling multiple tone and pitch variations to voice; and topic modeling for resource selection, making machine translations a success in regulated industries.

There is really no restriction on the topic — you choose! Your proposal should explain what was innovative about it, what was the benefit of the innovation and what could others get out of it.

This year we are making a few changes to evolve the format including running a virtual preliminary round, adding an expert from the innovation and investor world, pitching guidance from the PIC dragons and additional PR and audience reach for participants.

Why the PIC? 

The PIC is a platform to promote and drive innovations in the localization industry.

How does it work? 

You submit your entry, you may be asked to join a virtual round, then if shortlisted for the PIC event, the LocWorld stage will be yours to propose your innovation to the audience and a panel of experts (PIC dragons). Be as innovative as you like. You can send videos, slides or workflows along with your entry.

Last year we received over 40 submissions and 12 innovators pitched their ideas on stage.



Berlin 2020

Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2020
Notifications of invite to virtual session: April 10, 2020
Virtual round: Starting April 27, 2020
Final slides due (shortlisted entries): May 24, 2020
Conference: June 3-5, 2020

Vancouver 2020

Proposal submission deadline: August 16, 2020
Notifications of invite to virtual session: TBA
Virtual round: Starting TBA
Final slides due (shortlisted entries): TBA
Conference: October 27-29, 2020


  • All papers submitted will be reviewed and evaluated by the PIC organizers and the PIC advisory board.
  • The PIC is not an opportunity to demonstrate, advertise or sell a technology, solution or service. Successful proposals are those that have shown good levels of innovation, shown easy application to various problems and clear benefits for stakeholders.
  • You can submit a previous proposal if it was not previously shortlisted at a PIC.
  • You can submit a proposal even if you were shortlisted before, the innovation should be distinct.
  • If you have any questions or difficulties with the submittal process, please contact Kris Wiegand. Send any visuals, imagery or videos to Kris as well.