Language services are going through a transition period, and the service offering will be quite different in the future. Services change constantly driven by new customer demands and new possibilities offered by evolving technologies. 

The language service industry is growing steadily with the support of globalization. There has been strong growth particularly in the Northern and Eastern Europe and in Asia. Companies that are able to utilize these technologies with the fullest scope are also growing faster than others. They experience even triple growth rates compared to companies that have reservations or negative approach to technology.

Kites Symposium 2013 calls together all the actors in the Finnish language technology sector to network and discuss the future prospects of the sector.

Date and time: October 31st 2013, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
 Grand Marina Conference Center, Katajanokka, Helsinki


9:00 – 9:30 Registration and coffee in the exhibition area

 Morning program, Fennia I

9:30 – 10:00 Opening the event, Tarja Salonen, country director, Semantix Finland Oy, chairman of Kites ry

10:00 – 10:45 Europen Commission, Kimmo Rossi
Big Data and Language Technologies in EU funding programmes 2014-20: an overview

10:45 – 11:30 Microsoft, Chris Wendt 
The impact of translation on people’s lives, and the opportunities of well-customized automatic translation


11:45 – 13:00 Buffet lunch

 Track 1: Development of the language industry, Fennia I

13:00 – 13:30 Inkrease, CEO Anne-Marie Colliander-Lind
Trends in the language industry

13:30 – 14:00 M-Brain, Product manager Johanna Martola
Kuuntele, mittaa, analysoi, osallistu - digitaalisen median seurantatyökalut
liiketoiminnan tukena

14:00 – 14:30 Vacon Oyj, Documentation Manager Pasi Savola
Vacon Plc: Future of multilingual content management in product documentation

14:30 – 15:00 Espell, Localization Specialist Dániel Szücs
The 4th wave: Disruptive innovation localization.

15:00 – 15:45 Coffee in the exhibition area

15:45 – 16:15 Aranchodoc Nordic Oy, Director of Strategic Suppliers Danilo Monaco
Production models: the Role of LSP’s in a changing industry

16:15 – 16:45 Lingsoft, CEO Juhani Reiman
Automaattinen puheentunnistus - onko sitä olemassa? Prosessien tehostaminen puheentunnistuksella, case terveydenhuolto

Track 2: Future prospects of language technologies, Nordia

13:00 – 13:30 The university of Tampere, researcher Jaakko Hakulinen
Speech and language technology in mobile healthcare

13:30 – 14:00 M-Brain, technology director Kimmo Valtonen
Tekstianalyysi, big data, konekäännös -uudet palvelumuodot

14:00 – 14:30 META-NET, CIO John Judge
META-NET Strategic Research Agenda

14:30 – 15:00 Etuma Oy, chief Scientist Pasi Tapanainen
Oletko ihqu vai bore? Mitä hyötyä on sentimentistä liiketoiminnassa?

15:00 – 15:45 Coffee in the exhibition area

15:45 – 16:15 University of Turku, researcher Filip Ginter
Practical syntactic and semantic analysis of Finnish on a large scale

16:15 – 16:45 Multilizer, CEO Niko Papula
Language technology and business in the future


Summary and networking at Fennia I and exhibition area

16:45 – 17:00 Summary of the tracks and wrapping up

17:00 – 18:00 Networking and some sparkling wine in the exhibition area