Call For Papers - Process Innovation Challenge. LocWorldWide44, 2021

Process Innovation Challenge  (PIC)

Localization Innovations Worth Sharing

This is a chance to showcase your innovation and challenge the localization industry to transform, and push boundaries. And you, innovators, are the leaders in this charge!

The Process Innovation Challenge is in its fifth season with its tenth session coming to LocWorldWide44, June 8-10, 2021.

The Process Innovation Challenge (PIC) is a platform where we showcase process and technology innovations that impact global content creation, localization, and distribution. Successful proposals will get the chance to be pitched on stage at LocWorldWide44.

If you have a technology or process innovation worth sharing, submit your proposal to the PIC. The PIC is open to content publishers, industry supply companies, technologists, academia, and anyone else in the industry who have made an innovative idea tangible and helpful to solve a challenge. Innovations can be varied: it could be a unique idea that was successfully applied to a localization process which improved operations, or it could be a new way of using something existing to solve a new problem, or it could be a new and cutting edge technology innovation in your product or workflow.

Recent PIC participants have pitched such diverse topics as: making localization a core part of the international software content development; a new bidi quality assurance process; augmented quality risk management for PEMT; computer-assisted review implementing AI; and AI-assisted subtitles creation process.

There is really no restriction on the topic once it is related to the challenges in the localization and global content industry — basically you choose! Your proposal should explain what was innovative about your idea, what was the benefit of the innovation, and how could others apply it in similar situations.

Why the PIC?

The PIC is a platform to promote and drive innovations and innovators in the localization industry. It gives innovators an opportunity to network with other innovators, get guidance from industry experts, and to share their innovative ideas to an industry audience.

How does it work?

You submit your entry. If successful you will be asked to join a virtual round. A shortlist will then join the PIC event, and the LocWorldWide stage will be yours to propose your innovation to the audience and a panel of experts (PIC dragons). When proposing your idea, we encourage you to be as innovative as you like. You can send videos, slides or workflows along with your entry, anything which gets across how innovative and specific your idea is.




Proposal submission deadline: April 14, 2021
Notifications of invitation to virtual session: April 30, 2021
Preliminary Round: Week starting May 17, 2021
Final Round at Conference: June 9-10, 2021


  • The preliminary round will be online and open to a public audience.
  • All papers submitted will be reviewed and evaluated by the PIC organizers and the PIC advisory board. No solicitation for proposals is permitted. All decisions made by the PIC board are final.
  • 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, ease of application to various problems, and clear benefits for stakeholders.
  • You can resubmit a previous PIC proposal if it was not previously shortlisted or you have adapted the innovation since pitching it before.
  • If you have any questions or difficulties with the submittal process, please contact Kris Wiegand.
  • Dates are indicative and may change at the discretion of the PIC advisory board.