On the initiative of Eurotradus, the Association of Lithuanian Translation Companies and the European Commission organised Lithuania’s first joint conference for translation agencies, institutions, translators and interpreters on 29 November 2018 in Vilnius.

The conference was moderated by Dainius Sabaliauskas, CEO of the Eurotradus translation agency and president of the Association of Lithuanian Translation Companies. Arnoldas Pranckevičius, head of the European Commission’s Representation in Lithuania, was welcoming the participants. More than 130 language specialists from all over Lithuania attended this one-day event at the Novotel hotel. Additionally, the conference was streamed live over the internet in order to communicate with and inform hundreds of people remotely, including students of institutions of higher education, i.e. Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology and Mykolas Romeris University.

The online audience was given the opportunity to ask questions, express their opinions and take part in the surveys just like the audience in the conference hall. The main focus of the conference: Is artificial intelligence a threat to the global translation industry? The program included topics like fast-evolving translation technologies, personal data protection and the latest developments in the translation market.

The conference was concluded by the discussion on collaboration between translators, interpreters, translation agencies and institutions. A video recording of the conference, presentations and survey results can be found on the event’s website. More information concerning the conference and technologies can be found on Delfi.lt, the major Lithuanian news portal. Insights and opinions can be viewed on the Facebook pages of Eurotradus and the Association of Lithuanian Translation Companies.