Pink hair, red lights, and all the craic…our thoughts on our first GALA conference

We can’t believe GALA has come and gone already. Looking back, our 6 days in Amsterdam flew by. But you know what they say – time flies when you’re having fun! Although we left completely sleep deprived, we also came away with lots of inspiration and the feeling of being completely up-to-date with what’s going on in the language industry.

We started off the conference by going for a lovely dinner with one of our Dutch-based clients. It was an amazing opportunity to get to see the city and be shown around by locals, and start the evening off with something very Dutch – Bitterballen.


On Sunday, we then had a technology filled day, starting off with the MemoQ Summit followed by the Memsource User Meetup. It was great to hear about the new features both tools have to offer and speak to other LSPs who use these tools too. We then headed off to the GALA welcome reception. There we were completely surprised just how many people were there and super excited to meet so many new people from our industry.


During the week, we took advantage of the wide range of talks on offer. We heard more about Neural machine translation, sales and marketing presentations, and talks about technology to name just a few. Every spare minute we got we spent networking and meeting people from as far away as Lebanon and New Zealand.


One of the biggest highlights had to be the charity fundraiser we took part in to raise money for Translators Without Borders. Our Business Development Manager Sarah dyed her hair pink, and she said she likes it so much she’s tempted to keep it  😀 . Josef from Memsource waxed his legs, 4 of the men shaved off their beards and a few of the other ladies at the conference dyed their hair too. Translators Without Borders do such a great job we’re so proud we could’ve supported them.


The time went so quickly, but we took so much away from our week in the Netherlands. We’d thoroughly recommend going to GALA. It’s definitely not somewhere to miss off your conference plans for next year 🙂 



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