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Collaborative Translation Company Lingotek To Announce Contest Winner at World’s Largest Crowdsourcing Conference
Lingotek, a leading provider of collaborative translation solutions, is offering crowdsourcing fans the chance to win a prize in a contest held just before this year’s CrowdConf2011, the world’s first and largest conference on the future of distributed work. The contest, presented by Lingotek, will award the prize to the contestant with the best essay related to the importance of translation in global business.
The winner of the contest will be awarded access to Lingotek’s award-winning Collaborative Translation Platform—Hosted Version for one year as well as two tickets to the world’s largest crowdsourcing conference, CrowdConf2011 (approximate retail value of $36,100). The contest runs from October 6-21, please go to and click on the Contests page. If the contestant “likes” Lingotek on Facebook, enters the required information and shares their best essay related to the importance of language translation for business, the contestant will be entered into the contest. Entries will be judged by Lingotek President and CEO Rob Vandenberg, Crowdflower CEO Woody Hobbs, Crowdflower Founder and Executive Chairman Lukas Biewald and Daily Crowdsource Founder David Bratvold, the judges will present the award on October 25th and recognize the winner on stage at CrowdConf2011. See Official Rules for further information.
“CrowdConf2011 gathers leaders in a field that is fundamentally changing the way work is done around the globe,” said Rob Vandenberg, President and CEO of Lingotek. “Lingotek is one of the technologies on the cutting edge of this shift. We’re proud to be part of this world-changing discussion, as well as award the prize of Lingotek’s crowd-oriented benefits to a lucky winner.”
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