These are very exciting times for the localization industry. On the business front we are looking at several more years of growth and on the technical side we are living through an authentic paradigm shift. Even amidst the usual controversy about machines replacing human work, neural machine translation represents an incredibly exciting and novel approach to machine translation. It is fairly recent but has already grabbed the spotlight in the translation and localization industry. We are very excited to bring you this conversation with another amazing Chapter manager for the Catalan Chapter of Women in Localization, Patricia Gomez. Patricia is helping to organize an event on neural machine translation to be held in Barcelona on May 11th. If you are lucky enough to be in the region, please consider signing up for this incredibly interesting event.
1. What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Patricia and I am the Head of Content at eDreams Odigeo. I run a team of English copywriters and content specialists within the product organization. We work with product owners, user experience designers and developers, as well as marketing teams and legal counsels.
2. Where do you live?
I live in sunny and vibrant Barcelona.
3. How many countries have you lived in?
I have lived in England and Germany during my University studies.
4. What is your global footprint? This is our way of measuring how global our group of women is. so, you can tell us in how many countries you have lived, you have visited or you have traveled to.
I just came back from a 2 weeks holiday in Peru and in a few months I am going to India!
I have traveled around Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, the US, most of Europe, Morocco, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.
5. What did you study?
I studied Translation and Interpreting at Granada University. My working languages were English and German and I specialized in legal translation. I am a sworn translator!
6. What do you like about your job?
The diversity of stakeholders I work with (from Product Directors to Legal Counsels, including Marketing executives), the globalization challenges that companies face and the fast pace and creativity of the online world.
7. What surprises you in the world of localization?
How much impact we have in companies success!
8. How did you get involved in WL?
Through Maria Kania, who introduced me to this community of inspiring and amazing women.
9. What is your role in WL?
I am the Catalonia chapter manager.
10. In which direction would you like WL to develop in the future?
I would like WL to be a support and networking community, where women can learn and help one another how to be a better version of themselves.
11. Are you planning a WL event? Please tell us about your event.
Yes! On Thursday 11th of May we will run an event on Neural Machine Translation at the Booking.com office. We will have a panel of experts moderated by Ana Guerberof. Snacks and drinks will be offered by Booking.com and after the event we will have dinner and have more opportunities to interact and network.