Silicon Valley-based start-up ‘wordly’, which uses voice recognition and artificial intelligence to translate between 15 languages, has won the IBTM World Tech Watch Award.
The awards were presented on stage at the meetings and events industry trade show IBTM World 2019, which tool place this week at Fira Gran Via Barcelona, 19-21 November.
Worldly’s interpretation app was praised by judges for helping event planners reduce costs by eliminating the need to hire translators and sound-proof booths.
Using the app, attendees can access via Wi-Fi a translated version of a live speech in their chosen language, both in audio and text formats, using their mobile devices and headsets.
The ability to support 2,000 users simultaneously and compatible with a variety of mobile devices, wordly is in the process of expanding this to 20,000 users by the end of 2019.
The Tech Watch People’s Choice Award, now in its second year, went to Lineup Ninja, a management software used to manage conference content. Lineup Ninja received the highest number of online votes from members of the MICE industry in the run up to the event for its tools to automate repetitive and error-prone tasks associated with event content management.
Ami columnist Corbin Ball, who chaired the judging committee, said: “We are delighted to crown wordly as this year’s overall winner. One of the main goals of IBTM’s Tech Watch Award is to highlight emerging technology trends impacting the meetings and events industry. wordly is a perfect example of how voice recognition and AI can assist our industry in offering an innovative, broader and less expensive way to real-time interpretation services, for both online and live events.
“What sets wordly apart from services like Google Translate, which provide a one-to-one translation experience between the software and the user, is the instant translation from one speaker to many listeners, in multiple languages, simultaneously.”
Kirk Hendrickson, COO of wordly, said: "The award is a validation that the industry needs a scalable, cost effective, on-demand solution to overcome language barriers. wordly language-on-demand intelligent interpreting is focused on leveraging cutting-edge AI to bring people together and include all participants in their preferred language."
Joe Atkinson, director and co-founder, Lineup Ninja, said: “We’re delighted to have won the People’s Choice Award. It is a real validation of the team’s work to address a key problem in event content management. It will raise our profile and demonstrate that our clients love what we're doing."
Among the finalists this year were AllSeated, a space diagramming software using virtual reality technology; G-SMATT America, an LED wall displays provider; and Zenus, a facial recognition technology used to streamline check-in process, enhance security and retrieve data analytics.
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