BBC #newsHACK Language Technology 2016

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Following the success of the last language tech #newsHACK in 2014, BBC Connected Studio, BBC News Labs & BBC World Service are holding another collaborative Hack event in London on 15th & 16th March 2016 in the next step in researching and developing tools in language technology. We are inviting academic institutions and professionals involved in this specialism to take part.

The theme will be “Multilingual Journalism: tools for future News”, and prizes* will be awarded in various categories TBA nearer the event. While there is a competitive element, the main purpose of this event is networking and collaboration in this space, and to connect the BBC with people in this field.

Please note, that each participating team will need to bring one or more instances of a "Language Technology" to use for their prototypes, and to add to the mix at the event.

Please ensure you register your full team.

By "Language tech" we mean:-

1. Speech to text (ideally in a non-English language)

2. Text to Speech (ideally in a non-English language)

3. Auto Translation between languages.

4. Speech Synthesis.

5. Entity Extraction and NLP in non-English.

6. Multilingual graphics

7. Surprise us! (another tech involved in multilingual machine-driven systems)

Please note that the event is 09:30 - 18:00 both days and not overnight. Check back for updates.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Best wishes,

BBC Connected Studio & BBC News Labs team

@BBC_Connected // @BBC_News_Labs

*low value prizes

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