This coming Saturday, March 21st, our very own CTO João Graca will be speaking at the Instituto Superior Técnico's independent TED event, TEDxIST.João earned his PhD in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning from IST in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, studying under professors Fernando Pereira, Ben Tasker and Louise Coheur. Prior to cofounding Unbabel, he was a data scientist and expert in natural language processing for Dezine and Flashgroup. He will be talking about the ways Unbabel uses Artificial Intelligence to power translation.A Group of Visionaries TEDxIST is sure to be a gathering of amazingly talented visionaries. Other TEDxIST speakers include:Frederico Draw --Frederico, Street Artist and Master of Architecture, produces large-scale transpositions of the human figure.Miguel Pina Martins -- Miguel founded Science4you, a company dedicated to developing fun ways for children to engage with scientific ideas, in January 2008. At 25, in 2010, Martins was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the European Commission. Mario Daniel -  Mario is...

Ever seen Translation Party? It's a certain brand of genius built on top of the free Bing Translation API: you enter an English phrase and TranslationParty translates it back and forth between English and Japanese until the two finally agree, and you get the play by play. The results are hilarious:[gallery type="square" ids="720,721"] Google Translate Sings: #ILikeTheBallInTheSink Now let's take it to a whole new level -- if you liked TranslationParty, you will LOVE Google Translate Sings:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS-Gi5Z5zikHere's how creator Malinda Kathleen Reese describes it: So you know how when you put something into Google Translate and you translate it into another language and then you try to translate that back into English? It's usually not what you put in the first time? And often times it's not even close! Well two of my friends came up with the brilliant idea of putting famous works of literature through several layers of Google Translate and putting it back...

The following is the English translation of a Les Affaires article by Julien Brault on translation technology.Technology is breaking language barriers Artificial intelligence - We now live in a global village. However, it lacks an essential ingredient to be able, just like Babel tried, to build a tower that can reach up the the sky: a common language. The myth of the Tower of Babel, whose construction was interrupted by the creation of different languages by God, remains a hot topic today. However, thanks to technology, the language gap is becoming less pronounced every day.IT giants offer solutions. Released last December, the beta version of Skype Translator, based on Microsoft Research's technology, allows monolingual English and Spanish speakers to have real time conversations. Not surprisingly, this technology also has an impact on the business world. And even though it is not perfect, automatic translation now enables anyone to translate a web page in a single click, thanks to Google Translate.There is also NLP Technologies, a Montreal-based company which is...

Have you seen that infographic with 30 languages sorted by their difficulty to learn? If you haven't, this is the post for you.When we saw the State Department's spectrum of language learning difficulty (infographic here), we decided to make a couple lists of our own, based on feedback we receive on Unbabel's translation platform.[caption id="attachment_542" align="aligncenter" width="682"] The primary human language families of the world.[/caption]Unbabel allows native English speakers to translate from a foreign language into English, and vice versa. The ease/difficulty of learning another language depends on the language’s family. Languages that are part of the same family share similar characteristics like roots, usages, and pronunciations. The more related a target language is to a speaker’s first language, the easier it will be to learn while the opposite is true for languages in different families. Hence, you'll notice that many of the most difficult languages for English speakers...

Learning a new language is never an easy thing to do, but there are ways to make it easier. There are also ways to make it more difficult. Aiming to learn French or Spanish comes with its own set of difficulties, but most of the learning is in new vocabulary and grammar.If you’re going to go through that boring stuff, you may as well go all-in and master a more difficult language -- different alphabets, characters, writing styles and new sounds will push you to the limit.Top 10 Hardest Languages For Translators to Learn Without further ado, these are our top ten hardest (but most rewarding) languages to learn. 1. Mandarin Mandarin is a language within the Chinese language group and is actually the most spoken language in the world. For an English speaker, however, mastering Mandarin is a tall order. Thanks to it being a tonal language, every sound in Mandarin's phonetic transcription system pinyin...

After 24 hours of Pastel de Nata (Portuguese pastry) and espresso-fueled hacking, we have our winners!Congratulations To the Top 3 Teams! First place -- Miguel Jacques and André Melo Andre and Michael built a full Powerpoint translation solution, which parses and translates Powerpoint presentations using the Unbabel API. They even included speech-to-text transcription, and a web view for the audience of the presentation. Second place -- Vasco Pinho Vasco Pinho came in second for building a Google Chrome extension with which users can highlight and then translate any text on the web and/or submit any Google Docs to be translated by Unbabel right from the task bar. Third place -- Rafael Schimassek Third place went to Rafael Schimassek for his Dropbox integration. Users can upload any file they have in Dropbox to be translated, then save it back to Dropbox. Also, if the text is short enough, it can be tweeted right from the app.[gallery type="square" columns="4"...

For us February was not a short month. We were present in several IT events and media to share our know-how, to let people know what we do and what are our dreams for the future.GVA LaunchGurus and ITespresso highlighted the investment made by Google in our company last year. It's always good to remember that! Mattermark elected us for the second position of the Top 10 Seed Stage Portfolio Companies - by growth score. What a pleasure! Vasco Pedro revealed some facts about his (and our) life and "the classic mistakes that led to Unbabel". Read the full article on StartupShip (also mentioned on Carnegie Mellon Portugal). "The Portuguese Empire was born global. Let’s be that way again." We couldn't say it better! Check this interesting article on StartupShip. Do you want a tip from our CEO? "There’s one debt you can’t have and...

Last Saturday I went to Y Combinator's Female Founders Conference in San Francisco, which is possibly the most sexist (and sexiest) conference in the world: Absolutely no men are allowed. Attendees range from YC alumni with a couple startups under their belts to 1st time founders just getting started. All the speakers are women, and many of them are YC alums.From a field of amazing speakers, two were particularly remarkable. The 1st speech of the day, by Jessica Livingston, was exceptional, as was Adora Cheung's speech on scaling a growing enterprise. YC Female Founder: Jessica Livingston http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEp9aaQuYp4Jessica is one of Y Combinator's founding partners. Her talk was about company culture.She first reflected on Y Combinator's early days in the broader investment landscape. Compared to other early-stage investors, YC did two things distinctly different: first, they created a new structure of investment by investing twice a year in batches at a very early stage; second, they created a unique collection of people...

We are excited to announce our sponsorship of our first ever hackathon challenge at SINFO's Startup Rush 2015. The hackathon will take place at Instituto Superior Técnico from Friday, February 27 to Saturday, February 28. We are offering prizes for the top 5 integrations built on top of the Unbabel API, with a grand prize of €1000.This is just the start of Unbabel's hackathon participation. Community is the lifeblood of Unbabel, from editors to developers to end users, and we feel honored to participate and interact with so many vibrant, diverse, brilliant people on a daily basis. Startup Rush will be no different. Hopefully see you there!Unbabel Startup Rush 2015 Challenge Details: You should join the hackathon if...

We're not great at blowing our own horns, and we blew it on this one. But better late than never, right?On February 9th, Mattermark released the Mattermark Startup Index: Top 10 Y Combinator Companies by Stage list and Unbabel ranks second on the Seed Stage Companies category!We're pleased to be included on the list alongside 9 other incredible companies: Final, FrontApp, Sliced Investing, Move Loot, Estimote, Bop.fm, HumbleBundle, DrChrono, and BloomThat.Stay posted for more important Unbabel announcements in the coming weeks!...

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