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Globalizing Twitter

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Twitter is one of the world’s favorite open social networking platforms where global news to local community discussions take place in real time. This talk will walk through how Twitter leverages tools and data for internationalization and to enable localization for consistent and high quality translations in 37 languages.

Alolita Sharma is senior engineering manager at Twitter, heading the company’s internationalization, localization, and natural language processing engineering. Alolita believes the web has to be fully “language enabled” to reach every human on the planet. Alolita has been working with and promoting open source software for more than two decades. She is on the board of the Software Freedom Law Center and is a past board member of the Open Source Initiative.

She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science. Alolita speaks internationally on multilingual web, language technologies, open source, women in technology and building successful developer communities. She can be reached on Twitter @alolita (


6:30-7:00 Social time with snacks
7:00-8:00 Presentation and discussion
8:00-8:30 Social time

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