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3rd Monday Event

Globalisation Awareness by Gary Lefman,CISCO Internationalisation Architect

Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead


The world is becoming ever more connected, where people and things are brought closer together. What was once global is now local, and it is happening much faster that we have ever experienced before. So, we must accelerate our thinking about how people use software, no matter what language they read and speak, script they write, or what culture they relate with.

Gary will deliver an eye-opening introduction to software internationalisation and localisation. He will help you to appreciate the need for making software culturally and linguistically neutral (internationalisation) and how this makes it easy to adapt applications for any region, language, or culture (localisation).
This enlightening talk is aimed at anyone involved in the design, production, and delivery of apps, microservices, websites, databases, online help, and other content.

If you are a UI or UX designer, coder, tester, Scrum Master, project manager, or product owner, this is for you.

Revelations in this presentation will be of a great importance to computer science students, where knowledge of internationalisation has the greatest impact on the future of global software engineering.

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About the Presenter

Gary, Chartered Engineer, BCS Fellow, Notts and Derbys BCS Chair is passionate about the development of truly global products.

He is the Internationalisation Architect at Cisco, one of the world's leading IT companies. It is his job to make sure Cisco's new software and firmware can be used by people wherever they are in the world, regardless of their language or culture.

From the young age of 14 Gary was already programming for the French software companies Eidersof and Pyramide. After gaining his BSc in Information Technology he was hired by Cisco as a network voice software engineer in 2000. Two years later Gary found himself immersed in the unseen world of localisation, purely by accident, and chose this as his speciality. In 2012 he completed an MSc in Multilingual Computing and Localisation at the Localisation Research Centre (University of Limerick), where he is now a visiting lecturer. This led to the publication of a book concerning the internationalisation of people names, and Gary has continued researching this topic for his PhD at Trinity College Dublin.

He is a prominent figure in the localisation industry, speaking at language conferences and supporting the advancement of global software on the Unicode and W3C technical committees. He is also the permanent technical advisor to LocWorld, the industry's largest conference.

Gary also gives back to the community. As a STEM Ambassador for the BLOODHOUND SSC rocket car project, he is enthusing school children across the East Midlands in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and maths. He is also a volunteer software engineer for Translators without Borders.

Lastly, just to prove that there really is more than 24 hours in a day, he also manages to find time to chair the BCS Nottingham and Derby branch. LinkedIn: Twitter: @CiscoL10N

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