SHIFT2017 Conference at the Pablo De Olavide University


I was invited to speak at the SHIFT2017 conference February 2 - 3 at the Pablo Olavide University in Carmona, a very picturesque town in Southern Spain. I flew in the day before and the next morning I gave a presentation about remote simultaneous interpreting. The conference was attended by an exclusive audience of interpreters and academics from all over Europe. A

part of the presentation was for demo purposes given in Danish and interpreted into English by Jacob, who was connected remotely from Zurich. On Friday, I demonstrated the new interpreter platform to a selected group of professors and interpreting teachers from the UK and Austria.

One of the things I learnt at the conference was that there is a certain hierarchy among interpreters: the great bulk does consecutive interpreting where conference interpreting is considered more exclusive.

Kim Ludvigsen

With an engineering and business degree, I have worked in the financial industry and with start-ups for over 25 years. However, I have always had a keen interest in languages. My mother tongue Danish is only spoken by 5 million people, so when I after high school moved to Switzerland, I had to expand my language command. I discovered that with a positive attitude and a bit of effort, I could learn a new language in two months and today I speak seven actively.

While working for Swiss Post 2004-2010, I sometimes used interpreting and I was very surprised how old-fashioned the underlying technology was. A few years later I met with my old colleague Peter Frei, and together we picked up the idea of developing a remote interpreting platform, using browser-based software and mobile apps. A team of competent language and software specialist was quickly assembled, and by the end of 2014, a prototype developed and Interprefy incorporated.

I quickly discovered that the technology we started developing turned out to be quite controversial, or to use a modern Venture Capital expression "disruptive", meaning that is has the potential to radically transform an entire industry.

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