I think organized translations only make sense if there are significant amounts of speakers/attendees with a certain language background that do not speak sufficient English. When you organize Wikimania in an English-speaking country, I don't think it would be very efficient to organize translations centrally (on a case by case basis you could ask a volunteer to help out a speaker), in Argentina and Egypt this was of course different (resp. for Spanish and Arab), and in Taiwan it might have helped to have Chinese translators. 

So, I guess it could depend on the local situation and what attendees you expect. Edward, how many people do you currently expect from which countries? (rough estimate)?



2014-04-04 18:43 GMT+02:00 Edward Saperia <ed@wikimanialondon.org>:
As currently stands, our budget can't cover this. If someone can figure out a way of doing it for cheap or free, we may be able to?

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On 4 April 2014 17:36, Samuel Klein <meta.sj@gmail.com> wrote:
Simultranslation can be a lot of fun.

We looked into simultranslators a number of years; Buenos Aires had a
complete solution with headsets for attendees.  Sometimes we've had a
translator sit next to a presenter.  This should be a standard option
for organizers to consider any year.

On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM, rupert THURNER
<rupert.thurner@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Would there be any possibility ro have simultaneous translation at the glam
> podium discussion? The person whom we asked from the swiss national library
> refused to take part as his English would not be up to a level allowing him
> to sufficiently contribute. This would be German - English.
> Best regards,
> Rupert
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