Global Ready Connect Australia

Wednesday, March 24 | 10:00AM Global Ready Connect Australia is a day for APAC's translation professionals to come together. Featuring keynotes from their peers and a unique Australian (virtual) experience.

What? When?

Sydney, we're coming for you on March 24th at 10 a.m. AEDT! Well...virtually.

Global Ready Connect Australia is an exclusive event for APAC's translation and localisation professionals. It's a day to learn about industry insights and share success stories and challenges with your peers.

100% Interactive

Smartling's connect events are uniquely designed for an intimate experience. Enjoy a fireside chat with Canva, small-group networking, industry insights from our VP of Language Services, and a special guest to liven up your 9-5. Plus, dive into the live chat to form a connection with attendees.


10:00 a.m.

Translation Industry Insights

Gavin Grimes

Industry outlook on localisation and translation services from Smartling's VP of Language Services, Gavin Grimes

10:20 a.m.

Smartling Product Updates

Andrew Saxe

Smartling Product Updates straight from our VP of Product, Andrew Saxe.

10:35 a.m.

Small Group Networking Session

Small group networking chats with your peers.

10:45 a.m.

How Canva reached 30 million non-English speaking users

Michael Levot and Paul Buckley

Fireside chat with Michael Levot and Paul Buckley of Canva's Localisation Team to discuss a few of their upcoming objectives, including how to monetize a new market after you've already expanded there, growing free educational tools, and expanding not-for-profit products. Followed by Q+A.

11:15 a.m.

Guided Meditation and Wellness Discussion

Kevin Janks

Ahhh, exhale. Are you interested in discovering the power of meditation? Would it surprise you to know that there is a form of meditation out there that is both easy to do and highly effective?

Kevin Janks, Co-Founder and Chief Meditation Officer at Centred Meditation, is going to lead us on a guided meditation followed by an open discussion about wellness in the workplace. We're personally looking forward to this (extra) peaceful session where we will:

  • Set you up powerfully for the practice, dispelling key meditation misconceptions
  • Experience a guided Effortless Meditation
  • Leave you with takeaways to positively impact your life


Andrew Saxe

Andrew Saxe

Vice President, ProductSmartling

Andrew joined Smartling as employee #3 from where he worked in the product group focusing on registration flows and music recommendation tools. Prior to eMusic, he was part of the online teams of Omni Studio and APCO Worldwide - both Washington, DC-based strategic communications firms. Andrew has been working in technology and the Internet industry since the mid-1990's having founded and sold online computer retailer Andrew holds a BS in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and works out of the Smartling NYC office.

Gavin Grimes

Gavin Grimes

Vice President, Language ServicesSmartling

Originally from Ireland, Gavin began working in localization after the government began to offer tax incentives for companies to create their headquarters in Dublin. After studying to be a Civil Engineer, Gavin found work with Lotus Development. From there, he moved on to work at their headquarters in Boston on internationalization of Lotus Notes on non-PC platforms. After a few years, he joined a start-up in the language space and accelerated his learning and understanding of the industry. After that start-up was acquired by We Localize, Gavin integrated a Chinese company and ended up staying there for 6 years. Part of his role was to educate and prepare his colleagues in the US and Europe about working with a Chinese company. After making his way up the ladder at We Localize, Gavin has now landed at Smartling as VP of Language Services.

Michael Levot

Michael Levot

Localisation Programme LeadCanva

Paul Buckley

Paul Buckley

Localisation Product LeadCanva

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