On 19 June 2012, Brussels was the meeting point for LT-Innovate members and representatives from the Language Technology Industry. The first LT-Innovate Summit brought together all major players involved in Language Technology (LT) such as vendors and buyers, experts and investors, researchers and policy makers, enhancing the visibility of the fragmented European LT landscape and highlighting the importance of LT as a key enabling technology for Europe. Participants had the opportunity to network, discuss needs, strategies, innovation opportunities and business trends.
The main features of the LT Innovate Summit were the following:
- Discussion sessions with topics related to the state and future of the LT industry in Europe;
- Innovation Focus Sessions in which LT value-chain stakeholders demonstrated the potential for innovation in LT and how LT can become key enabling technology for industrial competitiveness and social challenges;
- LT-Innovate Showcases which allowed companies involved in developing products and services in LT to present their activities in front of an audience and a Jury of experts. The best presentations from each session were selected to receive the LT-Innovate Award;
- LT-Innovate Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner during which the best presentations received the LT-Innovate Award. The Award Ceremony was held under the auspices of Amelia Andersdotter, Seán Kelly and Katarina Nevedalová, Members of the European Parliament.