As a regular outsourcer attendee, I find ProZ.com conferences an excellent opportunity to bridge the "freelancer-outsourcer gap". On the one hand, I can listen to the translators' perspective at the sessions, which creates empathy, and gives me a chance to re-think workflows, vendor selection practices and/or criteria. On the other hand, I get to explain the language service providers' point of view to individual translators, which makes co-operation easier later on. As an MLV working into 40+ languages we're in desperate need of seasoned freelance translator teams and small agency vendors. ProZ.com conferences are the ideal setting for finding new partners, and to personally meet the members of our existing network of translators from around the world. Finally, I think ProZ.com is a vibrant, living community of strikingly interesting, intelligent people who are just fun to be with.
Miklos Ban, MD, e-spell group