The Best Localization Events in 2024

It's not too early to start searching for localization events in 2024 in December 2023. This article will highlight 9 of the best localization events in chronological order for you to mark on your calendar for 2024. Each event is targeted at a specific audience, catering to freelance language professionals, language service companies, in-house localization teams, academic institutions, and industry leaders. Read on to find out more.
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 12-13-2023        Ngan Phan
The Best Localization Events in 2024

ELIA -  Together 2024

  • Date: February 22 - 23, 2024
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Attendee Registration: Open  

ELIA - the European Language Industry Association is a not-for-profit association of language service companies in Europe. Founded in 2005, ELIA has become the leading trade association for the language services industry in Europe. “ELIA - Together 2024” is an initiative that aims to bring together freelance language professionals, language service companies, and industry leaders for positive discussions and mutual growth.

“ELIA - Together 2024” is centered around the theme “Perfect Harmony,” highlighting the collaborative nature of professional relationships and the use of technology to meet market demands. The event has two tracks:

  • Track A: We are on the same side. This track discusses the valuable role of the latest tools and technology, such as machine translation post-editing, artificial intelligence, automation, and CAT tools in the translation and localization process. 
  • Track B: Let’s meet in the middle. This track focuses on finding common ground and working harmoniously with counterparts and partners. Topics include establishing healthy relationships between project managers and freelancers, strategies for attracting new clients, navigating the market, onboarding processes for vendors and linguists, and empowering project managers to make challenging decisions.

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GALA Annual Conference

  • Date: April 21 - 23, 2024
  • Location: Valencia, Italy 
  • Attendee Registration: Early Bird offer is open until March 1st. 

GALA - the Globalization and Localization Association is a trade association that serves and supports the language services and technology industry. GALA annual conferences have become one of the regular gathering places for professionals in the translation and localization sector and have earned a reputation for being open, inclusive places to learn with peers. 

This year’s conference theme is “Navigating the Rise of AI: Dos and Don’ts, Myths and Truths for a New AI-Assisted Localization Industry”. The event is open to all professionals in the translation and interpretation industry, as well as academic institutions, including students and faculty in translation, localization, interpreting, and related programs worldwide.

BP24 Translation Conference

  • Date: April 22-24, 2024
  • Location: Sevilla, Spain 
  • Attendee Registration: Starting from January 8th.   

BP Translation Conference is geared towards freelance translators and localization writers and approaches the disciplines from countless angles. Standing for “business and practice,” BP24 is teeming with invaluable insights for the working translation or localization professional. In addition to a full lineup of in-person activities, participants can also choose to attend remotely on 14-17 May, 2024. 

ELIA - Execs 2024

  • Date: May 16-17, 2024
  • Location: Malta 
  • Attendee Registration: TBC 

The 8th edition of ELIA’s Focus on Executives brings industry leaders including Owners, General Managers, Managing Directors, C-level Officers, and other senior-level decision-makers together in a relaxed atmosphere to enable sharing of knowledge, peer-to-peer networking and the opportunity to openly discuss business challenges in a dedicated forum, with expert moderators leading the discussion. 

LocWorld51

  • Date: June 5-7, 2024
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland 
  • Attendee Registration: Open February 21, 2024

LocWorld is one of the most prominent localization and internationalization conferences globally. With LocWorld51’s theme “AI and beyond", participants can expect discussions, presentations, and workshops that delve into the practical applications of AI in localization. The theme not only addresses current advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) but also looks towards the broader future landscape of technology and its impact on localization and internationalization practices. 

Game Quality Forum Global 2024

  • Date: June 25 - 27, 2024
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands 
  • Attendee Registration: Registration with early bird offer is now open. 

Game Quality Forum Global brings together game industry professionals exchanging insights, best practices, and innovative approaches for all aspects of the quality game lifecycle, from development, to release, to localization and live support. By fostering collaboration among industry leaders, the conference contributes to the continual evolution of standards and practices that elevate the overall quality of games in the international market.

ALC 22nd Annual Conference

  • Date: September 11 - 13, 2024
  • Location: Quebec, Canada
  • Attendee Registration: TBC 

Based in the US, the ALC - the Association of Language Companies is an advocacy group geared towards supporting language service providers and advocating on behalf of the overall industry. Their annual summit invites LSP owners and senior executives to network, share insights and strategies, and learn from notable speakers. 

Meet Central Europe Conference 2024

  • Date: October 14 - 16, 2024
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Attendee Registration: Open  

Meet Central Europe Conference or MCE 2024 is for translation and localization industry professionals including C-level management, freelance linguists, language service companies, project or vendor managers. 

ATA Annual Conference - ATA65 

  • Date: October 30 - November 2, 2024
  • Location: Oregon, USA
  • Attendee Registration: TBC 

ATA (American Translators Association) is the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the U.S. The ATA Annual Conference primarily focuses on translation and interpreting rather than specific localization topics. However, it’s worth noting that the field of translation and localization often overlaps, and professionals in both areas may find value in attending the conference. It typically features a diverse range of sessions, workshops, and presentations covering various aspects of language services, including translation, interpretation, technology, and professional development. 

As we step into 2024, prepare for a calendar brimming with beneficial localization events. In addition to these major conferences, keep an eye out for the frequent webinars also hosted by above mentioned translation and localization associations and organizations. While the themes of some 2024 localization events have not been revealed, the common theme among the others is the influence of the latest technologies, particularly AI, which aim to equip all localization professionals with the knowledge necessary for career development in an evolving landscape. 

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>> Learn more about how to automate your localization workflow

>> Discover AI-assisted translation power in Gridly 

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