SAMVĀD: CITLoB's Annual Language Conference

Thursday, Sep 30, 11:00 AM - Thursday, Sep 30 2021, 6:00 PM (UTC+05:30)

SAMVĀD: CITLoB's Annual Conference is aimed at empowering the language industry and its professions with the latest trends and updates of the industry.

Samvād is the first annual conference of the main Indian Language Association, CITLoB. It is the first of its kind that brings together industry professionals from Language Service Providers, Technology/Tool providers, Academia, Entrepreneurs, Buyers and Linguistic professionals from the Indian Subcontinent. With a population of nearly 1.4 billion people and almost a billion below 35 years of age, India stands out in the world as the potential market right now and for many years to come. It is therefore, a no-brainer that if a business wants to tap into this market with people speaking 23 scheduled languages, they need to look here more closely and understand this market with its complexities. Samvād strives to bring you the best of speakers from various domains to demystify some facts about India.

Make use of the virtual networking opportunities that are available throughout the conference, and also visit the virtual Expo to meet potential partners or suppliers. Our delegate fee is attractively priced for the convenience of the visitors from all over the world to lend variety and diversity among the audience. We have many interesting topics to engage you, so please join us!


  • Please refer PDF here for all the registration details.
  • Credit/Debit Card and many other online payment options available here
  • All prices are in Indian Rupee (INR).
  • You can also avail of the bank transfer or GPay option as detailed below "Other Payment Options" section.
  • Please make sure to put your company or your name in payment details for easy identification in our bank.
  • If you need an invoice before payment, please contact
  • All receipts will be sent later on in batches to your email
  • You will receive a sign-up link after payment to register for the event on the event platform

Why Attend?

Our interactive virtual conference platform “Balloon” provides the latest virtual experience in attending live sessions. You can visit the virtual booths, meet the sponsors, use the networking space for one on one meetings or for speed networking. Enjoy the day with vast possibilities for learning and exposure.

Become a Sponsor

Please refer PDF here for all the sponsorship details. Please contact to block your option. Don’t be too late, there are few sponsorship opportunities.

Other Payment Options:

Tickets can also be paid for via Bank Transfer with the following details:


Bank Name: ICICI Bank Limited Bank Branch Address Shivajinagar Branch, 1194/8, Ramchandra Sabhamandap, Ghole Road, Shivajinagar Pune - 411005

Bank Account Number: 003901242744

Bank Account Type: Savings Account

IFSC Code: ICIC0000039


or Kindly visit

Please indicate company name or delegate name in transfer comments when making the bank transfer for easy identifications. Please send your note to once done. We will send you a special registration link to register for the event once the payment is received in our account. Kindly mail the screenshot of the payments made to to receive your event ticket.

For Google Pay option: Please enter the bank account details under the bank transfer option. Under the recipient's name, kindly enter CITLoB. Please add a note CITLoB Samvad Payment. Kindly mail the screenshot of the payments made to to receive your event ticket.


CITLoB – Confederation of Interpreting, Translation and Localisation Businesses – is the Indian language industry’s body that aims to bring together all stakeholders within the language ecosystem on one platform for better cooperation, learning, sharing and progress.

CITLoB members include companies or institutions relating to academics, interpreting, language technology, localisation, research and translation.

President's Address

Tune in and listen to our President, Mr Sandeep Nulkar, talk about how the market has changed post-Covid and get an overview of the current trends, high growth sectors, ideas to reinvent your business and most importantly why it’s the best time for LSPs to enter the Indian market.

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 11:00 AM
Keynote: Business Innovation and Reinvention

Innovation and business reinvention are the lifeline of a business’ economic prosperity and survival. The business world is littered with companies that failed to innovate, adapt, and evolve. Blockbuster, the once ubiquitous video rental company, was the Goliath to Netflix’s David. Yet, it is Netflix that has come to dominate, while Blockbuster was relegated to a lesson learned in the history books. There are many misconceptions about innovation and reinvention—that it is costly or appropriate only for big companies with a large budget. 

In his keynote, Steve Chu—President of Treehouse Strategy, a management consulting company, and founder/Director of the Glocalization Organization of Asia Pacific (GoAP)—will challenge these misconceptions and discuss innovation techniques. The keynote address will heed lessons from the annals of corporate history to make the case for what all companies must do to future-proof their business, and what opportunities exist for language companies in South and Southeast Asia.

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 11:15 AM
Indian cultural presentation
Thu, Sep 30, 2021 12:15 PM
Panel Discussion : Impact of digital colonisation of the Internet

Panel Discussion : Impact of digital colonisation on Internet

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 12:25 PM
Speed networking over lunch

Please use the networking link on the left panel.

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 1:15 PM
Indian cultural presentation

Opportunities in the language services industry

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 2:15 PM
Prabandhak showcase
Thu, Sep 30, 2021 2:25 PM
Career Opportunities in Localisation

Translation and interpretation are one of the oldest professions and yet in the last few years the changes in this industry have been amazing. The scope of languages has broadened and with the advent of new technologies, today localization and linguistics are part of a much bigger industry and invite a wide variety of skills and roles. Be it the manga anime industry or the OTT network shows or the widely used multilingual chatbots in the fintech industry, all see a convergence of linguistics + technology + social environment + business skills + cross-domain know-how & many more factors. 

The world and increasingly Indian economy is seeing rapid growth in localization. Companies increasingly want to reach a broad base of Glocal consumers to showcase their products & services and need the last mile delivery of their brand message in local languages. Yet we see a scarcity of trained, skilled people in this industry to meet this growing demand. 

We invite members from various domains (including who are working in localization) to explore the various career options in this industry, understand the market opportunities, connect & listen to professionals & lastly check out some immediate job options from corporates – all @SAMVĀD 2021!!! Please do join us and be a part of this growing industry !!

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 2:45 PM
It’s not an empty promise!: Why AI powered MT is good for LSPs, translators and the next billions

AI is here to stay and so does Machine Translation. LSPs and professional translators fear the onslaught of MT, with a fear of losing of jobs and businesses. In fact the story is going to be different. AI-based MT is going to open a whole lot of new opportunities for all of us. It will be a great market enabler for Indian translation industry, which is not a big league now, as the new business models and use cases of MT make translation fast and more affordable of the customers. MT needs a different set of business strategies and professional skills, and it will not kill our LSPs and professional translators. However, to survive the MT uncertainty, redo your everything. We are going to see a new wave in the Indian languages market and this one won’t be an empty promise. 


Thu, Sep 30, 2021 3:35 PM
Speed networking over tea
Thu, Sep 30, 2021 4:35 PM
Awards function

Our event will be concluded by recognizing those members who have contributed to the localization industry. 

CITLoB would be felicitating those members who are innovative and have made a difference. We would love everyone to be a part of the award ceremony to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our members.

Thu, Sep 30, 2021 4:50 PM
Closing Session
  • As an exciting day comes to a close, we thank all our speakers, delegates, sponsors, expo companies.
  • We also talk about CITLoB's next year plans and how we will be shaping the association and announce opportunities to partner with CITLoB on various fronts. Stay tuned, this is not the end, but just a beginning of a journey!
Thu, Sep 30, 2021 5:00 PM
Sandeep Nulkar
Steve Chu
Anuradha Agarwal
Ranjeet Oak
Vidushi Kapoor
Sunil Kulkarni
Sudheen M
Biraj Rath
Asavari Tamhane
Swati Bhaskar
Deepti Bhatia
Avadhut Joshi
Senthil Nathan
Rasika Gumaste
Vivekananda Pani
Tanushree Choudhury
Rushikesh Atre
Madhu Sundaramurthy
Reverie Language Technologies
Fidel Softech Pvt. Ltd.
Braahmam International Limited
Mediawen International
Crystal Hues Limited
FICCI - Indian Language Internet Alliance
BITS Private Limited
Women in Localization (W.L.)



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