LocWorldWide46 Main Conference Program

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All times listed are WAT (West Africa Time)

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Monday, March 7, 2022

9:30am – 11:00am
Newbie Welcome and Opening ReceptionLet’s get this conference started on the right foot! The Opening Reception and Newbie Welcome is open to all LocWorldWide46 Africa attendees. The second “floor” of the networking site will be hosted by Aki Ito and is specifically designated for all conference newcomers. Everyone is invited and encouraged to visit this area to meet our ...Host:
Aki Ito

Monday, March 7, 2022

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

11:30pm – 12:00am
Solutions Square OpenDiscover the latest tools and innovations in our virtual exhibition hall during LocWorldWide46 ...
12:00am – 12:15am
WelcomeJoin LocWorld principals, Ulrich Henes and Donna Parrish, to learn about what to expect from LocWorldWide46 ...Presenters:
Ulrich Henes

Donna Parrish
12:15am – 1:00am
K1
The Bright Side of Africa: Unlocking Opportunities in a Digitally Connected Africa Through People and Ingenuity
Africa’s economic growth over the past decade, coupled with its burgeoning youthful population, has made it the youngest and fastest-growing continent in the world. It is estimated that by 2035, ...Presenter:
Mulumba Lwatula
1:00am – 1:30am
NetworkingDiscuss issues after the keynote Q&A, and get to know other ...
1:30am – 1:45am

Break

1:45am – 2:30am
A1
Ensuring Your Investment in Africa Is Sustainable
Now that you’ve decided to invest in Africa, how do you ensure your investment is sustainable and socially responsible? How do you define sustainability and responsibility? Our panel of experts ...Presenters:
Baratang Miya

Binta Moustapha

Sylvia Mukasa
Moderator:
Mimi Hills - Hillstra Associates
B1
Closing the Communication Gap: Developing Effective Machine Translation for African Languages
In times of crisis, when speedy information dissemination in local languages is critical, machine translation (MT) is an essential tool. But what happens when you’re working with a low-resource ...Presenters:
Filip Němec

Alp Öktem
C1
The African Languages Lab: Exploring the African Languages Landscape and Technologies
In this session, we explore the African Languages Landscape, technologies, and recommended methodologies. Takeaways: Attendees will get an overview of the African Languages Landscape, the major ...Presenters:
Yinka Ajibola

Sheriff Issaka
2:30am – 3:30am
LocLunch AfricaWe welcome you to grab your lunch and join the conversations during the LocLunch Africa hour which is free and open to the ...Presenters:
Tenkeu Daline
Linda Stéphanie Prisca Hien

Ami Christelle Zami
Host:
Jan Hinrichs
3:30am – 4:15am
A2
Gaps and Opportunities in the African LSP Landscape
It is estimated that there are over 2,000 languages spoken in Africa. Yet, there are few language services to be found on this vast continent, and the language industry does not seem to be thriving. ...Presenters:
Sarah Hickey

Ricky Kalu

Ady Namaran Coulibaly
Moderator:
Nicoli Potgieter - Nimdzi Insights
B2
Identifying the Online Opportunity in African Languages
Africa’s economy has been growing for years but has seen recent headwinds. Despite this, Africa has some of the greatest opportunities for online growth as less than half of the population has ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenter:
Arle Lommel
C2
The Path to Entrepreneurship for Women in Africa
With some of the fastest growing economies, Africa is poised for innovation and entrepreneurship. Despite this rosy outlook, equal opportunities are not always afforded to women entrepreneurs. In ...Presenters:
Chepkemoi Magdaline
Mpara Faith Muwar

Josephine Ndambuki
Moderator:
Janice Campbell - Adobe
4:15am – 4:30am

Break

4:30am – 5:15am
A3
Growing Africa’s Strength: The Importance of Impact Sourcing
As the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, Africa is potentially one of the major sources of growth for the world. Even coming out of a world pandemic, Africa continues to ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenters:
Norbert Mporoto

Judith Obonyo
Moderator:
Frédérique Froment-Kelleghan - Welocalize
B3
Multilingual Chatbots Against Covid-19
In this interactive session, the CLEAR Global/Translators without Borders-Nigeria chatbot team will talk about how they applied natural language processing, making it accessible and usable to combat ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenters:
Usman Ali Monguno

Ibrahim El-Yakub

Abubaker Sulaiman
Moderator:
Aimee Ansari - CLEAR Global
C3
From the Ground Up: Building a Voice Startup in Frontier Markets
In this session we will discuss the challenges involved in building an enterprise speech technology company that offers broad coverage of African languages. African languages are largely underserved ...Presenter:
Abake Adenle
5:15am – 5:45am
Meet the PrincipalsLocWorld cofounders Ulrich Henes and Donna Parrish will be on hand to try to answer any questions and listen to any and all suggestions. Or you can visit Solutions Square to network with exhibitors or connect with fellow ...Presenters:
Ulrich Henes

Donna Parrish
5:45am – 6:30am
A4
I’ve Entered a New (African) Market and This Is What I Learned
So, you are considering entering a new market. This is an exciting journey, make sure you prepare well for the ride! Is your goal clearly defined? What research have you conducted? What is your entry ...Presenters:
Ugorji Nnanna

Jessica Rathke

Sharon Tabraham
Moderator:
Ágnes Gazsó
B4
African Scripts on Computers and Devices: An Update
Besides being home to over 2,000 languages, Africa is also home to several historic and modern scripts or writing systems, from ADLaM, Vai, and N’Ko to Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Meroitic ...Presenter:
Debbie Anderson
C4
MicroTalks
This session will offer several quick and dynamic presentations covering topics and ideas too interesting to ignore: Localizing Conversational AI in African Languages for Emerging Markets – ...Presenters:
Anuoluwapo Aremu

Luca De Biase

Lucie Séguin

Kathleen Siminyu

Kirti Vashee
6:30am – 6:45am

Break

6:45am – 7:30am
A5
Being First Has Taught Us Some Things: Lessons from Microsoft's Language Interface Program
Fifteen years ago, the first versions of a major American IT product were released in African languages: Microsoft released Language Interface Packs for Windows XP in Zulu, Tswana, Afrikaans, and ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenter:
Soren Eberhardt
B5
Out of Africa: The North Africa Translation and Technology Hub Revealed
As established localization clients and providers reach out to integrate ever scarcer language and technology resources worldwide, North Africa is a source for creative and entrepreneurial talent for ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenters:
Ouafa Benterki

Theophan Marube
Moderator:
Melissa Biggs - Locale Solutions
C5
Building a Language Business in Africa — Opportunities and Challenges
Three language service industry veterans will focus on the business and delivery of African languages, including discussions on the endless potential, good aspects and challenges for language service ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenters:
Ralph Bonaduce

Claudia Mirza

Vera Richards
7:30am – 8:30am
Lobby Bar SocialDo you remember at in-person conferences how you could walk past the lobby bar and find fellow attendees to chat with? Well, we can’t replicate the bar or the background music, but we still have you and your fellow attendees! Drop by, bring your own libation, and let’s ...

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

11:30pm – 12:00am
Solutions Square OpenDiscover the latest tools and innovations in our virtual exhibition hall during LocWorldWide46 ...
12:00am – 1:00am
GB5A
Opening Session: Beyond Localization
Localization is the practice of growing a global audience by adapting a product experience so that it is linguistically-relevant, culturally-appropriate, legally-compliant, and globally-scalable. ...Presenter:
Salvo Giammarresi
1:00am – 1:30am
NetworkingDiscuss issues after the keynote Q&A, and get to know other ...
1:30am – 2:15am
A6
Language Skill Set for African Marginalized Languages Is the Missing Link
Many Africans can easily switch between the myriad of languages they speak. But there is little formal education in most languages, and even fewer institutions that prepare linguists for professional ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenters:
Rodrigue Bashizi

Habiba Garba
Moderator:
Paul Warambo - CLEAR Global / Translators without Borders
B6
MT for Africa: A Worthy Endeavor
Machine translation (MT) for African languages is important for many reasons — from education to healthcare, from preserving culture to encouraging interaction with the global community. However, ...Presenters:
Anuoluwapo Aremu

Ahmed Maawy
Moderator:
Susan Morgan - Lionbridge
C6
Netiquette in Africa
How do you do business in Africa? What can you expect and how do you establish strong ties with local partners, buyers, and vendors? In this session, three LocLunch ambassadors will offer a glimpse ...Presenters:
Tenkeu Daline
Linda Stéphanie Prisca Hien

Ami Christelle Zami
Moderator:
Jan Hinrichs - Beluga
2:15am – 2:45am

Break

2:45am – 3:30am
A7
Small Languages Are BIG Business
Big brands are beginning to move toward hyper-localization of smaller African languages. In this session, we will explore the phenomenon and see what can be learned together. In addition, we will ...Presenters:
Ricky Kalu

Abigail Kazembe
B7
Build Your Localization Key Metrics
Do you face these challenges: dramatically expanded company business, or a flat localization budget while the headcount remains the same? Adding to these challenges, agile development becomes the ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenters:
Allen Che

Erji Wang
C7
Local Voices, Local Views: The Languages of Africa
In this presentation, we will concentrate on local language experts and the languages that they work with. They will each give an overview of the language spread and distribution; uses of these ...This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.Presenters:
Fasil Bogale

Habiba Garba

Mohomodou Houssouba

Paul Warambo
Moderator:
Manuela Noske - CLEAR Global
3:30am – 4:30am
LunchWe welcome you to grab your lunch and join the conversations during the lunch hour. Two nonprofit organizations, Bokai and Watinoma, will give short presentations about nonprofits in ...
4:30am – 5:15am
A8
Writing Beyond Writing: African Indigenous Scripts and What They Have to Teach Us
The continent of Africa, especially West Africa, has a long and rich tradition of indigenously-created symbol systems that express meaning in ways that go well beyond conventional Western definitions ...Presenter:
Tim Brookes
B8
Unconference @ LocWorld
Interested in a unique track at LocWorld? Are you ready to join the conversation and discussions? Again, we are holding an “unconference” at LocWorld. Never heard of that? An unconference ...Presenter:
Scott Schwalbach
5:15am – 5:30am

Break

5:30am – 6:15am
A9
Impact Sourcing Strategies and Partnerships: Applying Lessons from Indian Success to New Markets
Impact sourcing is an increasingly valuable offering from language service providers (LSPs). Lionbridge’s broad reach and localization expertise have supported Google in recent months as both ...Presenters:
Chris Genteel

Jaime Punishill

David Wishon
B9
Unconference @ LocWorld
Interested in a unique track at LocWorld? Are you ready to join the conversation and discussions? Again, we are holding an “unconference” at LocWorld. Never heard of that? An unconference ...Presenter:
Scott Schwalbach
6:15am – 6:30am

Break

6:30am – 7:15am
A10
Global Toolbox Preview
Join the hosts of our Global Toolbox sessions to find out more about each session. Each toolbox host will tell you something about their session, why they are doing it, and who it is for. Find out ...Presenters:
Daniel Goldschmidt

Peng Wang
B10
Unconference @ LocWorld
Interested in a unique track at LocWorld? Are you ready to join the conversation and discussions? Again, we are holding an “unconference” at LocWorld. Never heard of that? An unconference ...Presenter:
Scott Schwalbach
7:15am – 7:30am
Closing RemarksJoin us for some final words as we bid farewell to LocWorldWide46 ...
7:30am – 8:30am
Lobby Bar SocialDo you remember at in-person conferences how you could walk past the lobby bar and find fellow attendees to chat with? Well, we can’t replicate the bar or the background music, but we still have you and your fellow attendees! Drop by, bring your own libation, and let’s ...
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