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London, England | Published on: April 24, 2012
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Babelverse launches Public Beta and powers @thenextweb conference live stream in your language! #TNW2012 http://pr.co/p/000ori
Summary
Babelverse, one of LeWeb’11 Competition winners, will launch their public beta live on stage at this year’s notable The Next Web Conference, where they were also chosen as finalists. This is the first time such live remote interpretation services have been offered at a major conference.
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Babelverse, one of LeWeb’11 Competition winners, will launch their public beta live on stage at this year’s notable The Next Web Conference, where they were also chosen as finalists. This is the first time such live remote interpretation services have been offered at a major conference.

Additionally, the startup has partnered up with The Next Web to provide the official live interpretation of the event.

Event guests and participants will be able to attend the event and listen in their native language. The public at home can also watch the event streamed live online in the language of their choice at http://tnw2012.babelverse.com.

With Babelverse we can unlock the great talks at the conference to our worldwide non-english speaking audience. It fits in our strategy to be omnipresent and reach out to local markets in Latin America and Asia.” says Patrick de Laive, Co-Founder, The Next Web.

Babelverse pays interpreters for their skills and time. A virtual ticket will be given to the outside public to access the live stream for a very small fee.

Babelverse is the first platform for real-time interpretation of the spoken word, completely powered by a global community of human interpreters. It enables people to benefit from on-the-spot interpretation in any of the world’s spoken languages. Skilled multilinguals and professional interpreters alike are able to earn money for interpreting remotely.

The Next Web boasts a diverse international audience. The global event, which takes place in Amsterdam on April 26 and 27, brings together thousands of the most influential people within the Internet ecosystem.

We are extremely excited to be taking this step towards our grand vision, at Babelverse we envision a world where everyone can communicate effortlessly while speaking their native language. The Next Web Conference gives us the opportunity to reach that global international audience.” says Josef Dunne, Co-Founder of Babelverse

Utilising Babelverse: The Public Beta

Babelverse is a platform that brings together 2 groups of people: professional interpreters and multilingual speakers on the one hand, and anyone encountering language barriers on the other.

Those interested in becoming interpreters on Babelverse are invited to sign up and complete their profiles today.

Signing up involves entering their languages and level of expertise, their dialects and accents, and topics of terminology they’ve mastered. Interpreters also have access to a very flexible availability system, so they can begin receiving interpretation requests while being in total control of their time.

The public can request a video from any online platform, including YouTube, TED, or Vimeo, and many others, and that video will be delivered back to them in their native language after being interpreted by one of Babelverse’s human interpreters. Public requests can be made here right now.

It’s very exciting to release this beta and see our interpreters start earning income on our platform right away, but this is also only a small preview into what Babelverse truly is.” says Mayel de Borniol, co-founder, Babelverse. “Language barriers affect people all over the world in so many different situations. Thus, the uses for Babelverse are endless.

Babelverse’s aim is to gather millions of multilingual members all over the world and make on-demand interpretation in any language easily accessible and affordable to everyone, at any time, and on any device.

Our vision is the seemingly science-fictional idea of everyone being able to simply talk to each other in their respective native languages, and seamlessly understand each other.” says Josef.

About Babelverse
Babelverse are LeWeb’11 award winners and were first round participants of tech incubator Startup Chile, Babelverse is aiming to make the “Babel fish” a reality with the first application for real-time voice translation, powered by a global community of human interpreters. Anyone can use the platform to obtain on-the-spot interpretation, in any language, thereby creating a new source of income for multilingual speakers all over the world. The platform was initially created over a weekend at Startup Weekend Athens, Greece.

About The Next Web Conference
The Next Web Conference was founded in 2006 by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Arjen Schat and Patrick de Laive, it has been successful in every edition. It has grown out of the need to bring the professional web industry together in Europe. Now 7 editions later 1700 influential Internet professionals come together in Amsterdam for 3 days of inspiration, business and a lot of fun.
Quotes
We are extremely excited to be taking this step towards our grand vision, at Babelverse we envision a world where everyone can communicate effortlessly while speaking their native language. The Next Web Conference gives us the opportunity to reach that global international audience.

— Josef Dunne, Co-Founder of Babelverse
It’s very exciting to release this beta and see our interpreters start earning income on our platform right away, but this is also only a small preview into what Babelverse truly is. Language barriers affect people all over the world in so many different situations. Thus, the uses for Babelverse are endless.

— Mayel De Borniol, Co-Founder of Babelverse
Our vision is the seemingly science-fictional idea of everyone being able to simply talk to each other in their respective native languages, and seamlessly understand each other.

— Josef Dunne, Co-Founder of Babelverse
With Babelverse we can unlock the great talks at the conference to our worldwide non-english speaking audience. It fits in our strategy to be omnipresent and reach out to local markets in Latin America and Asia.

— Patrick De Laive, Co-Founder of The Next Web
Many even among the tech savvy cannot communicate well in English, and this sadly puts them at a disadvantage in our fast paced and globally connected industry. So I am very happy that we can work with The Next Web to make this valuable content available to as many people as possible.

— Mayel De Borniol, Co-Founder of Babelverse
Our vision is the seemingly science-fictional idea of everyone being able to simply talk to each other in their respective native languages, and seamlessly understand each other.

— Josef Dunne, Co-Founder of Babelverse
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