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#MCE 2019 theme: Inspiring vendor managers

The theme of the 2019 Meet Central Europe Conference is Inspiring vendor managers. The MCE annual conference, jointly organised by the Austrian, Czech, Hungarian and Slovak national translation associations, will take place this year in Prague on 10/11 October 2019.

The organising committee is now accepting submissions for papers addressing the wide range of topics embraced by the overall theme, such as vendor management best practises, innovative approaches to managing and cooperating with external business partners, and case studies.

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Vendor and Project Managers seeking expert advice on how to best recruit, manage and retain top linguistic and non-linguistic talent
  • Freelance translators who are interested in working together with translation companies and who would like to learn more about project management and other translation topics
  • Anybody encountering resource issues and wanting to learn how to overcome or avoid them in the first place
  • Anyone seeking to find new Central and Eastern European linguistic partners
  • Central European translation providers looking to expand their markets

The conference will have tracks for language service providers (companies) and freelance translators, and one common track for all conference attendees.

Here are a few ideas of topics we would be interested in. This is not an exhaustive list!

CONFERENCE TRACKS

FREELANCER TRACK

  • Challenges of working for an agency
  • Marketing and how to stand out from the crowd
  • Various aspects of remote versus in-house work
  • CAT tools – one or more? Cloud or local?
  • Continuous professional development
  • Specialised topics:
    • medical
    • engineering
    • finance
    • legal
  • Round table – moderated discussion between freelancers and LSPs: how to better understand each other, pros and cons of working for an LSP, deadlines, contracts, communication, project assignment, feedbacks, etc.

LSP TRACK

  • Recruitment:
    • Best recruitment channels, the use of references, testing and evaluation systems, cooperation with universities, general vs. ad hoc recruitment, negotiation approaches
    • How to find subject matter experts?
    • The holy grail of the perfect vendor mix: freelance linguists & SLV vendors
    • Can (and should) PMs VM?
    • How to recruit non-linguistic talents? (technicians, QA experts, engineers, voice-over artists, subtitlers, testers etc.)
    • How to test new linguists for rare languages?
  • Onboarding / Cooperation:
    • The psychology of vendor management
    • Training vendors (CAT tools, processes)
    • Motivation, evaluation, feedback, how to become an attractive client and how to build true loyalty in an external team
    • How to turn a new never-used translator into a core translator?
    • How to eliminate the risk when you use a new translator?
    • TMS systems: do translators really like them? Methods of engaging linguists in the proper usage of our TMS systems
  • In-house translators and QA teams – pros and cons, availability issues, volume guarantees
  • Post-editing:
    • Skills and attitudes of good PEs.
    • Payment schemes
    • Channelling PEs feedback on MT output
  • When things hit the fan – crisis management for VMs
  • Trends, future in the field of vendor management

General Track

  • Market trends
  • Top technical skills in demand in 2019
  • Terminology management
  • Translation
  • Project management
  • Complaint management
  • Team management
  • Stress management

FORMS OF APPEARANCES:

PRESENTATIONS

If you are planning to submit a paper for presentation covering any of the abovementioned topics, please bear in mind that the organisers are particularly interested in giving a platform to speakers with case studies illustrating the pros and cons of different models of operation.

Duration: presentations will be 30 minutes long. 

MASTER CLASSES

The MCE’s Conference is looking to establish an offering of first class Master Classes for delegates seeking a more in-depth insight into specific topics. With this in mind, the organisers are also seeking proposals for master classes that reflect the conference’s overall theme.

Duration: Master Classes last up to three hours, including a coffee break.

LENGTH OF YOUR SUBMISSION

The length of your submission is restricted to a maximum of 450 words. Should we require clarification on the scope of your proposed paper, the MCE organisation committee get in touch with you.

DEADLINES

Please submit your proposal by April 15, 2019.

ANY QUERIES

Should you have questions about your submission email the query to: content-matters@meetcentraleurope.com

Check out our website at www.meetcentraleurope.com, follow us at #MCE2019!

We are looking forward to your proposal!

READY TO SUBMIT YOUR PAPER?

All full paper submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to conference, contributions, and readability. English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full (and original research) papers (which is NOT submitted or published or under consideration anywhere in other conferences/journal) in electronic (DOC or PDF) format.

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