Program

Please see the Networking page for pre- and post-conference dinners, fringe events, excursions and more!

Group photo from Wordfast Forward 2022

Thursday - April 13

10:00 - 13:30

Excursion

Details coming soon…

See the Networking page for details.

14:00 - 17:00

Deploying Your Own Virtual Private Server

Verdanza Hotel

This workshop is reserved for users who want to deploy their own virtual private server in the cloud for Wordfast Server. It is included in the conference fee; however, participation is limited to the first 8 people who sign up for it.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to deploy a virtual private server (est. cost of $268 per year), install and run Wordfast Server in demo mode for up to 2 concurrent connections for free, and load TMs and glossaries on Wordfast Server so they are accessible from any computer.

18:00 - 19:30

Happy Hour

Verdanza Hotel

Join us for a drink at the hotel bar. Bring your bathing suit if you’re in the mood for a swim.

19:30 - 22:00

Welcome Dinner

TBD

Meet up with friends and colleagues before the conference gets underway. See the Networking page for details.

Friday - April 14

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast Buffet

Verdanza Second Floor Foyer

Collect your badge and enjoy a breakfast of champions before we start the day:

Assortment of breads, croissants and local pastries, fresh fruit salad and yogurt, juices, coffee and tea, oatmeal, Spanish omelet, crispy bacon, roasted herbs red bliss potatoes, and fluffy pancakes.

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome

Everyone

Verdanza Hotel

Welcome address, introductions, and messages from our sponsors.

09:15 - 10:30

Keynote

Do you Want to Get Lucky?

Patrick Knight

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Learn to create your own opportunities for your career and in life. Luck doesn’t put you in the right place at the right time. You need to look for openings, create opportunities, and be ready to capitalize on them. During this keynote, you will learn to spot divine connections that can help you achieve your goals. You will learn the secrets of proactive promotion, out-of-network analysis of ideas, and positive decision-making.

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Verdanza Second Floor Foyer

Freshly brewed Puerto Rican coffee, selection of herbal teas, flavored iced tea or fruit punch with brownies and blondies and assorted cookies.

11:00 - 12:15

Collective Intelligence Discussions

Moderators

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Participants will be asked to submit questions they want to discuss when registering. We will compile these submissions and use them to assign themes to several round tables. During this session, participants can sit at the round table whose topic they are most interested in learning more about or sharing knowledge and best practices with their peers. Moderators will briefly summarize discussions at each table at the end.

Level: All

12:15 - 13:45

Lunch

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Buffet lunch.

13:45 - 15:15

Using Regular Expressions (Regex) in Wordfast Pro
 
Stefan Stefanov
 
Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Regular expressions (regex) are an important part of using a CAT tool at the intermediate to advanced level. Regex can be used for a variety of purposes from filtering the source and or target content of a file, to batch editing multiple target segments; from capturing untranslatable placeholders and variables to convert them into tags in standard file types such as MS Word, MS Excel, and others, to creating custom translatable content extraction rules when working with non-standard file types. This session will demonstrate all four applications in Wordfast Pro.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced

One-to-One Sandbox Sessions

Wordfast Developers & Experts

Verdanza Hotel

Meet with developers or expert users from our tech support team for one-to-one sessions to resolve specific problems or describe features or improvements you would like to see on the development roadmap for your particular tool.

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee Break

Verdanza Second Floor Foyer

Freshly brewed Puerto Rican coffee, selection of herbal teas, flavored iced tea or fruit punch with mini Reuben sandwiches and spinach and Boursin dip with plantain chips.

15:45 - 17:00

Collaborating with Wordfast Anywhere

Dani Lopez

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Is your business growing and do you need to outsource work to colleagues? Does your company use Wordfast Pro but some of your vendors need a more affordable CAT tool? Do you want to ensure consistency by leveraging shared TMs and glossaries, no matter the tool you’re using? During this session, we will look at best practices for collaboration in cases where a Wordfast Anywhere user outsources to a Wordfast Anywhere user, a Wordfast Pro user outsources to a Wordfast Anywhere user, or a Wordfast Anywhere user outsources to a Wordfast Pro user.

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

 

One-to-One Sandbox Sessions
 
Wordfast Developers & Experts
 
Verdanza Hotel

Meet with developers or expert users from our tech support team for one-to-one sessions to resolve specific problems or describe features or improvements you would like to see on the development roadmap for your particular tool.

17:00 - 18:00

Simply Selling Translation

John Di Rico

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

What should you do next after you receive an email requesting a quote? What should you be doing to effectively take this prospect from lead to loyal client? During this session, we’ll examine the customer-centric sales methodology and how to apply it to your translation or interpreting business. After this session, you will be able to formulate questions to identify client goals and lead a sales conversation with direct clients. You will also be able to draft a sales follow-up email that reiterates goals, offers solutions, and details the next steps to seal the deal.

Level: All

20:00 - …

White Party

Verdanza 8th Floor Terrace

Check out the Networking page for details about this rooftop dinner party. Please wear white with a blue or red accessory (for pictures’ sake!).

Saturday - April 15

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast Buffet

Verdanza Second Floor Foyer

Enjoy a breakfast of champions before we start the day:

Assortment of breads, croissants and local pastries, fresh fruit salad and yogurt, juices, coffee and tea, oatmeal, frittata à la Florentina, sausage links, potatoes O’Brien, and French toast.

09:00 - 10:30

Trained vs. Untrained MT
 
Jamie Lucero
 

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

The discussion used to be something like, “Machine Translation (MT): Should you, or shouldn’t you?” Things have moved so quickly that the question now is how to maximize the impact of MT on your work. Rather than focusing on the quantity of source words that can be processed by MT, this session explores getting better MT results through training. We will use OPUS-CAT as an example of how to train an MT engine, compare the results of untrained and trained OPUS-CAT results, and finally discuss training strategies, such as what kinds of bilingual material to use.
 

Level: Advanced

One-to-One Sandbox Sessions

Wordfast Developers & Experts

Verdanza Hotel

Meet with developers or expert users from our tech support team for one-to-one sessions to resolve specific problems or describe features or improvements you would like to see on the development roadmap for your particular tool.

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Verdanza Second Floor Foyer

Freshly brewed Puerto Rican coffee, selection of herbal teas, flavored iced tea or fruit punch with mini fruit tarts and cream scone with cream cheese and marmalade.

11:00 - 12:15

Collective Intelligence Discussions

Moderators

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Participants will be asked to submit questions they want to discuss when registering. We will compile these submissions and use them to assign themes to several round tables. During this session, participants can sit at the round table whose topic they are most interested in learning more about or sharing knowledge and best practices with their peers. Moderators will briefly summarize discussions at each table at the end.

Level: All

12:15 - 14:00

Lunch

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Buffet lunch.

14:00 - 15:30

Hands-on Problem-Solving using Wordfast Pro Features and Settings

Reginaldo Francisco

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

In this session, Reginaldo will bring a set of sample texts with problems that can be solved using Wordfast Pro features and settings (Preferences, TXLF filters, regex, etc.). The participants will be invited to try and find a solution for each problem. The proposed solutions will be discussed and compared to the solution devised by the speaker.

 

Level: Intermediate

One-to-One Sandbox Sessions
 
Wordfast Developers & Experts
 
Verdanza Hotel

Meet with developers or expert users from our tech support team for one-to-one sessions to resolve specific problems or describe features or improvements you would like to see on the development roadmap for your particular tool.

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

Verdanza Second Floor Foyer

Freshly brewed Puerto Rican coffee, selection of herbal teas, flavored iced tea or fruit punch with mini Cubanito sandwiches and hummus with pita chips.

16:00 - 16:45

In-depth Look at Wordfast Pro Preferences

Dominique Pivard

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Wordfast Pro has a plethora of settings that affect its behavior. Some are self-explanatory, but many are pretty arcane. During the session, we will go through most of them, with a special focus on the less obvious ones.

Level: Intermediate

One-to-One Sandbox Sessions

Wordfast Developers & Experts

Verdanza Hotel

Meet with developers or expert users from our tech support team for one-to-one sessions to resolve specific problems or describe features or improvements you would like to see on the development roadmap for your particular tool.

16:45 - 17:45

Layered Communications: Texts for the Experts… and for the Rest of Us

Marian Dougan

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

What are your clients’ communication needs? And are you able to meet those needs? Companies and organizations use a range of communication types – layered communications – to engage with their customers and users. They tailor their message to their intended audience: from technical and specialist documents for experts, to social media posts for consumers. This session will explore different types and levels of communication, using examples from institutions and corporations. It will include a text analysis and discussion exercise.

Level: All

17:45 - 18:00

Closing Ceremony
Prize Drawing Acknowledgements

Verdanza Grand Ballroom

Stick around for a prize drawing, a few closing remarks, and to find out where next year’s conference will take place.

20:00 - …

Farewell Dinner

TBD

Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your tax-deductible business trip to Puerto Rico!

Sunday - April 16

10:00 - 12:00

San Juan Bay Boat Trip

See San Juan Bay by boat. This one-hour tour will take you underneath El Morro, in front of the San Juan Gate, and through the Mangroves of San Juan. Swim, relax, and enjoy the sights. You will see Iguanas in the mangroves and may see turtles, dolphins, and even a whale on special days. See the Networking page for details.