A not so royal wedding

Unbabel Newsletter #018 — Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Original strip by Tetley Clarke

Greetings and salutations!

I don’t know how’s your day going but I’m dealing with all sorts of unexpected occasions here.

This morning, I was invited to my own “wedding” next week, by a bunch of friends. Short notice, sure, but also not true. I’m not getting married, people! And then I realised my dog has a new favourite game at the park: recycling plastic bottles. Go figure.

But now moving on to the really important stuff. I have something to tell you.

Two weeks ago, we told you about the first Unbabel Annual Event, “a full-blown extravaganza”, that’s happening on June 21st at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown. And today, we give you just one more glimpse of what’s to come: our first two speakers!

Christopher and Adam will be joining us for a panel to talk about what’s next for marketing and the challenges of augmentation and automation.

And that’s all I’m authorised to say for now. Everything else is classified. So stay tuned as we unveil all the details in the next few weeks.

What else is new?

🔥Going to Pioneers

On the 25th of May, our CEO, Vasco Pedro, is sharing the stage with Andrew Ochoa, CEO of Waverly Labs, and Danny Crichton, from TechCrunch, to discuss how Artificial Intelligence can help you unlock global audiences, in Vienna, at Pioneers. If you’re around, let him know.

🎙Meeting world-class journalists at GEN Summit

We had our first official press accreditations for the GEN Summit in Lisbon, as we’ll be covering the event for The Understanding and talking about how AI is augmenting the newsroom. Hooray!

👀 Heading to The Next Web Conference

Our own Bruno Cunha will be going to Amsterdam for The Next Web Conference. If you’re planning to go, give him a shout.

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