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The ultimate mission of the localization industry is to bring people together.
InText has always strived to achieve this not only figuratively but in the real world. Ever since we were founded, we’ve been eager to meet with and listen to top industry experts and attend various international conferences. In fact, the experience we gained at conferences we attended gave us the confidence to organize our own here in Ukraine.
After holding a local event for our freelance partners in 2011, in 2013 we organized our first international conference in Kyiv. The 2013 Ukrainian Translation Industry Conference (UTIC) was a three-day event that attracted almost 400 participants from 19 countries. It was the first localization conference of this scale in Ukraine. In 2014, UTIC was supported also by live stream, which was a very bold step for that time. The third UTIC in 2015 was held completely online — yet another example of the forward-thinking nature of this conference.
Still, while the first editions of UTIC were informative and large for the local market, they were rather traditional conferences. We wanted to offer the localization industry a breath of fresh air. So we found a place where fresh air is in abundance.
In 2016, we moved the conference to the Meteorite campground in a picturesque forest some 50 kilometers from the city of Dnipro. The campground had recently undergone serious reconstruction to accommodate conference participants and provide them with all the modern conveniences (Wi-Fi being one of the basics). Since this venue permitted us to create a conference like no other, we changed the name to UTICamp.
The open-air, eco-minded, family-friendly event gave our guests the unique opportunity to gain both knowledge and energy and to combine business and pleasure in one experience.
For UTICamp-2019, we extended the conference to a whole week of presentations, workshops, and networking. Dozens of hours of useful content were live streamed and recorded for future use. About 300 attendees came together to share their knowledge, ideas, and emotions as well as to socialize around campfires in the beautiful Ukrainian summer evenings.
The last edition of UTICamp in 2020 was held both offline and online. We had a limited number of attendees on-site at the Meteorite campground, but almost 650 attendees were able to join us via the internet. UTICamp-2020 was held over the course of a week and included 63 presentations, concerts, and an omni-channel live stream. It was also the most pet-friendly conference, as we had five furry attendees who had a great time too.
UTICamp-2021 took place on July 19-25 in a picturesque forested riverside venue near Dnipro, Ukraine as well as online. There was multi-channel online broadcasting of all the 93 presentations, gala ceremonies, and entertaining concerts in three languages (EN, RU, UKR) for those who couldn’t join us in person. This hybrid format showed great results and attracted 208 onsite and 150 online participants from 23 countries. The participants also enjoyed engaging networking sessions, creative master classes, workshops and a special kids’ program.
Read full UTICamp-2021 summaries here.
To learn more, visit the UTICamp website.
All videos from past events are available on the UTICamp YouTube channel.
You can also have a look at the wonderful pictures in our UTICamp Flickr albums.
Join us next year!