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AIIC Outreach Session In Chicago, IL on March 7, 2020
Thread poster: Katty Kauffman
Feb 11

AIIC OUTREACH is coming to Chicago!

The VEGA Network, the volunteer-run outreach arm of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (aiic.net), is coming to Chicago on March 7th for an info session and the first-ever AIIC-led BarCamp for interpreters in the U.S.A.

The event is designed to be a fun professional networking opportunity and is free of charge for participants. The event, by definition, will be interactive and highly participatory.

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AIIC OUTREACH is coming to Chicago!

The VEGA Network, the volunteer-run outreach arm of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (aiic.net), is coming to Chicago on March 7th for an info session and the first-ever AIIC-led BarCamp for interpreters in the U.S.A.

The event is designed to be a fun professional networking opportunity and is free of charge for participants. The event, by definition, will be interactive and highly participatory.

The Network is particularly keen on attracting participants in languages other than Spanish, including sign language.

Pre-Registration is now open at https://forms.gle/CCP9TbWmiA9Hnw2w6. Only confirmed participants will receive the address and specific instructions for the BarCamp.

Seats are limited. Preference will be given to colleagues residing in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, Midwestern U.S. and nearby areas of Canada.


Everything you need to know: AIIC Interpreters' BarCamp in Chicago

Here’s a quick primer on some basic concepts for the upcoming AIIC session in Chicago… like BarCamp, Sli.do, and why you should be there!

On March 7, 2020 AIIC’s Outreach division --VEGA-- will be hosting the first AIIC Interpreters' BarCamp in the U.S. with the help of Sli.do. Lost? Finding the terms hard to interpret? Don’t worry, you’ll understand soon. Regard this as your personal glossary.

What is VEGA?

Vega is the brightest star of the constellation Lyrae, and the fifth brightest star in the sky… but you knew that, right? But what does that have to do with AIIC? Plenty! The Association’s outreach group, responsible for providing support, guidance and for mentoring students of interpreting and young and novice interpreters is named for that very star. The VEGA Network, as it is known helps these colleagues advance their careers, hone their ethics and implement best practices.

But what is a BarCamp?

A BarCamp is an unconference. It is NOT an opportunity to doze in a chair while someone drones on and on at the podium while illegible powerpoint slide after illegible powerpoint slides swim across the screen behind them. No. NO!

A BarCamp is about participation. Everyone who attends must be prepared to share their ideas. There is no separation of expert speakers and passive spectators. There are just active participants!

How does it work?

The first rule of BarCamp is you must talk about BarCamp: tell your friends, your colleagues, your cat, your goldfish. Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, and blog away. Share the BarCamp love!
It is active: no spectators, only participants. Come prepared to share your ideas, to give a presentation or demo.
You decide what gets discussed: Everyone will propose a topic and can select their preferences - using Sli.do – so the most popular topics will be presented.
There will be two sessions: First, learning and sharing; second, brainstorming new ideas.
Continue the conversation: BarCamp isn’t over when everyone goes home. Keep the dialogue flowing with discussion groups and social media. A unique hashtag is coming soon!
How does Sli.do work?

Sli.do is an audience interaction platform that lets participants decide. Using a mobile app, participants can propose topics for discussion and select their preferred topics from the proposals. The most popular topics rise to the top of the list.

Democracy in action, with a little help from technology!

But at previous AIIC BarCamps some of the topics that were proposed included:

How to pack light
Record yourself in the booth and listen to yourself!
Tips and tricks to manage stress
How to prepare faster using flash cards
Occupational health
Bone transmission headphones
As for Chicago – that’s entirely up to you!

Who can attend?

The AIIC VEGA BarCamp is open to all professional interpreters – including non AIIC members – and students of interpreting.

There is no registration fee.
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