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Lessons From Building the Universal Translator – Tanvi Surti

From Tanvi:

With the speech translation tech in Skype Translator, people can now have real-time automatically translated conversations in English, Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

But speech translation tech is far from a perfect science. This talk is about what we learn from watching first-time users experience Skype Translator for the first time, and what are the biggest (and rather unexpected) problems we face while bringing Star Trek’s Universal Translator to life.

About Tanvi
Tania Surti in her own words:

I am a Program Manager at Microsoft Research where I work on translation tech that lets people have automatically translated voice conversations over Skype.

I also like writing code, playing the piano, launching into feminist rants and taking long naps.

Draw a comic, save the world – Jeremy Kayes

Drawing comics and saving the world are two activities that may seem inaccessible but are really quite simple. Jer will walk us through these seemingly unrelated pursuits and hopefully inspire everyone to give one or both a try!

About Jeremy
Jeremy Kayes (Jer) is a comic artist and self-publishing advocate. His graphic novel “The Indies” is an inspirational adventure for anyone who’s ever had to weigh their big artistic dreams against the cold logistics of the real world. His club SICAGA is dedicated to actively enabling artists to both begin and complete their creative projects.

Jer pays his bills by writing software. When he’s not drawing or coding, he enjoys getting lost in the mountains with his impressively camping-savvy kitty, Zilla.

How To Get Your Teenager To Talk To You – Linda Breneman

From Linda:

Sometimes teenagers don’t want to talk to their parents. As a mom, I got worried when my kid didn’t keep me informed. So I tried a few experiments to improve our relationship. The thing that worked the best was playing video games together. I started playing video games to connect with my teenager, and then I started to love them for their own sake.

About Linda
Linda Breneman is a writer, a reader, a movie fan, and a gamer. She co-founded Seattle’s literary center, Richard Hugo House in 1996 and now she’s the publisher of She loves Jane Austen, mysteries, everything sci-fi, and cockapoo dogs.

Naked in Public – Peter Toms

Curious about the history of the Fremont Solstice Parade? We were fortunate to have Peter Toms, one of the parade’s creators on the Ignite stage to give his first hand account of how the parade got started and how it has evolved over the years. The Fremont Solstice Parade is this Saturday, June 20th at 3pm and the festival runs all weekend (June 19th through the 21st).

(NOTE: if you are offended by out-of-focus, far-away nudity, this talk might not be for you.)

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