Localization Lab @ Circumvention Tech Festival

Localization Lab will be at the Circumvention Tech Festival in Valencia, Spain on March 1st-6th, 2015. This page will be updated soon with more information about Localization Lab events that are taking place. Summaries of our currently planned events are listed below:

Localization Sprint

March 4thHotel Solvasa Valencia, 10am-5pm.

The Localization Sprint will focus on rapid translation progress and user feedback in partnership with the Tor Project. This sprint will focus on the documentation for various projects within the Tor Project. These tools are:

If you would like to participate as either a translator or as a developer, please contact us at localizationlab@secondmuse.com.


Below is an overview of the agenda.

10:00am: Doors Open & New Translator Registration

10:30am: Existing Translators Arrive

11am - 12:30pm: Opening Session
- Introduction
- Tool Demo & Feedback
- Transifex Tutorial

12:30-1:15pm: Lunch

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Translation Sprint

2:30pm - 2:45pm: Break

2:45 - 4pm: Translation Sprint Continues

4pm - 4:30pm: Tool Feedback & Sprint Feedback

4:45pm: HAPPY HOUR!

Virtual Participation

We welcome virtual participation in the afternoon session via video conference. The virtual session will begin at 1:15pm (GMT+1). To join virtually, simply click on this link (you will have to download and use Zoom video conference software provided at the link). If required, the password to join is "translate"

Localization Summit

March 5th, Abbas Acteon Hotel. 10am-5pm.

The Localization Summit will bring together active volunteer members of the Localization Lab community from around the world, as well as developers of internet freedom tools (IFTs), to collaborate on furthering the goals of the Localization Lab--to advance the translation and localization of those tools around the world.  

The Summit will focus on the collective development of processes and mechanisms whereby end users and translators can effectively communicate input and feedback to the developers of IFTs and tool developers can solicit insight and local knowledge from translators and end users with the goal of improving localization and adoption of their tools.  

Some of the activities of the event will include:

  • Interviews and dialogue with end users to share perspectives on the usability of internet freedom tools.

  • Feedback sessions regarding the implementation by tool developers of translator-suggested changes.  

  • Discussions regarding the challenges of using internet freedom tools in high censorship states and ways to address them.

  • Collaborative design sessions to create and experiment with avenues for ongoing feedback and communication between translators and tool developers.  

The Localization Lab will have approximately 12-15 active translators attending the Circumvention Tech Festival from around the World.  Developers of all tools represented in the OTF Transifex Hub will also be invited to participate in the Localization Summit.  

Virtual Participation

We also welcome virtual participation via video conference. To join virtually, simply click on this link (you will have to download and use Zoom video conference software provided at the link). The password to join is "translate"

For the most part, participation is easy: just join in and chat with our virtual facilitator who will be online as well. They will relay questions, call attention to the screen when you'd like to say something, and manage communication between in-person and virtual participants. We will have a big projection screen with all of the virtual participants.


Below is a complete agenda.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. WELCOME (+virtual participation!)
Build comfort and familiarity among participants before starting the day and highlight overall goals.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. TRANSLATOR SPOTLIGHT (+virtual participation!)
An opportunity for translators to share why they do this critical work and some of the local realities that impact their needs regarding Internet freedom tools.

11:00 - 11:15 BREAK

11:15 - 12:00 DEVELOPER SPOTLIGHT (+virtual participation!)
Translators have an opportunity to hear from the developers present about their tools and the long term vision of the developers for their products.  

12:00 - 12:45 BREAKOUT GROUPS
Opportunities for small group conversations on key topics of interest identified in advance or, and during the event.

12:45 - 1:00 SHARING OF HIGHLIGHTS FROM BREAKOUT GROUPS (+virtual participation!)

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

2:00 - 2:30 GROUP BRAINSTORM (+virtual participation!)
Collectively determine priorities in the process of giving/receiving feedback to improve Internet Freedom tool localization.

2:30 - 3:45 DESIGN SESSION
Collaboratively brainstorm and design ways to improve feedback processes between end users and tool developers.

3:45 - 4:00 BREAK

4:00 - 4:30 PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION (+virtual participation!)

4:30 - 5:00 WRAP UP (+virtual participation!)
Close the summit and share a vision of ongoing activity and engagement.