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SlatorCon San Francisco 2018

September 13 @ 10:30 am - 8:00 pm


Slator is coming to San Francisco, the world’s technology capital. Join the language industry’s business and technology leaders for a full day packed with research, case studies, and actionable insights and an evening of targeted networking.

Check out our Youtube page for impressions of past SlatorCon’s and interviews, and read our coverage.

SlatorCon will be held at the premier waterfront Hotel Vitale in downtown San Francisco.

It will be the largest SlatorCon yet, featuring an expanded program including two 35-minute keynote presentations, two 35-minute panel discussions, and six 20-minute presentations.

There will be ample time for networking during lunch, a 45 minute afternoon break, and a networking reception on Hotel Vitale’s fantastic 7-floor terrace overlooking the San Francisco skyline, the Bay, Angel Island, and the Ferry Building.


10:00 amRegistration & Networking
10:45 amWelcome AddressFlorian Faes, Co-Founder, Slator
10:50 amOpening KeynoteTBA
11:25 amTechnology PanelMark Shriner, Director North America, Wordbee
Sonia Oliveira, Senior Director, Globalization, GoPro
Mike Kim, Localization Director, Tencent
12:00 pmLunch
1:15 pmPresentationFlorian Faes, Co-Founder, Slator
1:40 pmPresentationNorbert Oroszi, CEO, memoQ
2:05 pmPresentationJeremy Woan, Chairman and CEO, CyraCom
2:30 pmPresentationTBA
2:55 pmNetworking Break
3:40 pmPresentationMark Howorth, CEO, SDI Media
4:05 pmPresentationLupe Gervas, Global Manager – Content Operations and Product Support, Facebook
4:30 pmStartup PanelMatt Conger, CEO, Cadence Translate
Jeffrey Sandford, Co-founder, Wovn Technologies
5:05 pmClosing KeynoteAnna Schlegel, Head of Globalization and Information Engineering, NetApp
5:40 pmClosing RemarksAndrew Smart, Co-Founder, Slator
5:45 pmNetworking Reception
8:00 pmEnd

Lead Partner 

memoQ is a translation technology company that helps more than 25,000 organizations and individuals manage their translation related work.


Wordbee develops cloud based solutions to streamline translation processes since 2008.

Networking Sponsor

Boostlingo is a language software and technology company based in San Francisco, California, focused on defining the next generation of interpretation technology solutions.


Mark Howorth, CEO, SDI Media

Mark Howorth joined SDI Media as CEO in 2016, bringing almost three decades of experience to the team. He held prior industry roles as the COO of Panavision (cameras & lenses for cinema), CEO of National Mobile Television (television production trucks/OB vans) and was a Partner with Bain & Company’s Media/Technology practice (management consulting). He has a track record of helping investor-backed companies achieve their full potential through strategic focus and operational improvement. He serves as on the Board of Camp Gilboa in Southern California. He has a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Sonia Oliveira, Senior Director – Globalization, GoPro

As the Senior Director of Globalization at GoPro, Sonia is responsible for International Strategy, Market Entry Criteria and Global Growth. Her department focuses on key business functions including Marketing, Firmware, Software and Media localization. As an experienced professional in the industry, Sonia has spent most of her career in leadership positions at start-ups and well-established companies including Siebel (Oracle), Adobe and Zynga. Sonia has lead all aspects of the localization cycle including marketing transcreation, internationalization and localization engineering, testing, program management and vendor management with distributed teams in the US, Europe and Asia. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French and holds a BA in Translation and Interpretation and an MA in International Relations.

Norbert Oroszi, CEO, memoQ

Norbert Oroszi has been CEO at memoQ, a translation technology company that helps more than 25,000 organizations and individuals manage their translation related work, since 2016. Clients like Nintendo, Siemens and Varian use memoQ’s project management and translation products to work smarter and deliver quality results on time. Before joining memoQ, Norbert built up a more than 16 year career in technology driven companies as a senior consultant and IT architect.

Jeremy Woan, Chairman and CEO, Cyracom

Jeremy Woan, Chairman and CEO, has transformed CyraCom International, Inc. into one of the fastest growing private companies in the US, and a leading provider of phone and video interpretation. Under his leadership, revenue has sextupled, and both he and the company have received multiple awards for leadership, job creation, and growth. Previously, Jeremy successfully built two technology companies through to IPO and served as board member and chairman of various private and public companies.

Lupe Gervas, Global Manager – Content Operations and Product Support, Facebook

Lupe Gervas leads the Media Operations Global Product Support team at Facebook. Her team has helped launch and operationalize Watch, the on-demand video service operated by Facebook in the US, and also provides product support for Instagram and Facebook’s Creators and Media Partners. Prior to joining Facebook, she spent 5 and 1/2 years at Netflix heading the Language team that launched in more than 22 languages and across the globe. Before localization, she was a TV and radio journalist in Europe and the United States.

Anna Schlegel, Head of Globalization and Information Engineering, NetApp

Anna N Schlegel is Head of Globalization and Information Engineering at NetApp. Anna is the President and co-founder of Women in Localization a worldwide non-profit with 4500 members. Anna was awarded 2018 Language Person of the Year, and Silicon Valley Woman of Influence in May 2018. Anna is the author of Truly Global. She is the founder of Imagine Educating Everyone, a Kenyan based non-profit as well as the US2020 STEMentors Silicon Valley. She is the Chair of WIT at NetApp.

Mark Shriner, Director North America, Wordbee

Mark Shriner is Director North America for Wordbee, maker of the world’s most feature-rich translation management system. Based in his hometown of Seattle, Mark has worked in a variety of executive roles in the localization industry including CEO Asia Pacific for CLS Communication, and Managing Director APAC for thebigword.

Matt Conger, CEO, Cadence Translate

Matt worked in both management consulting and private equity before founding Cadence Translate. He began his career at Bain & Company in New York and then worked at the energy private equity firm Hudson Capital Management as a Vice President. His undergraduate education is from Wharton and he has a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford. Having spent seven years of his career focused on due diligence, he founded Cadence because he saw how transformative one’s understanding of a market can be from information that lies just beyond the language barrier.

Jeffrey Sandford, Co-founder, Wovn Technologies

Jeffrey Sandford studied computer science at the University of Texas at Austin. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Tokyo to push himself out of his comfort zone. Through an acquaintance, he found Takaharu Hayashi and together they founded WOVN.io. They saw an opportunity in the market for simpler website localization. WOVN.io is a website localization service that saves money and time by removing the development cost from a project.

Mike Kim, Localization Director, Tencent

Mike Kim supports games in globalization including I18N and L10N at Tencent America. He also supports live operations with game design analysis and monetization for global market. Mike has been in gaming localization for over 13 years and had an opportunity to build or scrap and build localization process half a dozen companies. Mike’s passion in creating the ideal localization process.

Florian Faes, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Slator

Based in Zurich, Florian Faes spent over eight years working in Asia, stationed in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Before launching Slator in 2015, he was with CLS Communication as Head of Asia and he was part of group management during the trade sale to Lionbridge.


Event Valet Parking is USD 40/ vehicle per day – Pre-booking is not required for valet. Aside from Valet, there is metered, street parking around the hotel.

SlatorCon is growing

SlatorCon is coming to San Francisco after sold out events in London, Tokyo, Zurich, and New York.

SlatorCon London 2018

SlatorCon Tokyo 2018

SlatorCon Zurich 2017

SlatorCon New York 2017


September 13
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