Poland, Warsaw, 2nd OTP Workshop - after TEDxWarsaw 2014

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Poland, Warsaw, 2nd OTP Workshop

1. Summary:

  • Location: Warsaw, Warsaw University of Technology, the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science (Politechnika Warszawska, wydział Matematyki I Nauk Informacyjnych)
  • Date: 14.03.2014, 10.30 – 17.00
  • Tools: laptop, projector, a group of keen minds and the Idea Jar for collecting the most important points and ideas. :)
  • Attendees: OTP translators and Language Coordinators from all over Europe, TEDxWarsaw Translation and Transcription team members, TEDxWarsaw and TEDxWarsawSalon team members, TEDxWarsaw Hospitality Team member, two volunteer photographers. In total: about 20 people.
  • Goal: To create a community-building opportunity for the OTP members; to discuss problems, compare experiences and share ideas about the functioning of the OTP groups on the local and international level; to discuss the position of the OTP groups in the context of their co-operation with local TEDx organizer groups in Europe.
  • Format: Presentations, discussions, Q & A sessions
  • Topics: How OTP works – the past, the present, the future; Transcription and edition guidelines; Common mistakes and language correctness; Cross-language collaboration; Community building; TEDx events – behind the scenes.

2. Detailed agenda

  • 1. Introductions – Małgorzata Kuś* (OTP translator and TEDx volunteer from Kraków)

Getting to know each other: who we are, where we come from, where we are going – icebreaking activities.

  • 2. How things work in the OTP? – Kinga Skorupska* (Language Coordinator for Polish and TEDxWarsaw team member)

A presentation on the now & then of the OTP: how the workflow, the tools and the community have changed over the years, followed by the discussion covering the translators’ thoughts and experiences concerning the abovementioned topics.

Description of the activities of the TEDxWarsaw OTP sub-team which was created to coach translators in the face of the increased learning curve in the OTP and the addition of TEDx talks to Amara.

  • 3. How to transcribe talks – Asia Pietrulewicz* (a professional transcriber who works at creating subtitles for the deaf)

A presentation of transcription techniques and tips, together with the discussion on the challenges resulting from the expectations of a variety of different target audiences (the disabled, the language learners, the translators etc.).

  • 4. Language correctness and common mistakes in translation – Magdalena Daniel (language teacher, OTP translator and writer)

An overview of common mistakes in the target language of a translation, especially the translator’s mother tongue, often neglected as a result of their focus on mastering their second language.

  • 5. Cross-language collaboration and giving feedback – Judith Matz (Language Coordinator for German)
  • 6. Editing a translation – Valerie Boor* (Language Coordinator for Dutch)

A presentation of useful editing tools for translators, followed by a discussion of the roles and tasks of reviewers and Language Coordinators.

  • 7. LUNCH BREAK – Soul Kitchen*, Noakowskiego 16
  • 8. OTP in numbers and the people behind it - Lidia Camara* (Language Coordinator for Spanish)

History of the OTP as a collaborative volunteer translation project and the different motivations of OTP members.

  • 9. Regional workshops – Ivana Korom* (OTP/TEDx Liaison at TED Conferences)

A presentation on the experience of organizing an OTP workshop for Serbian translators, the need to establish a sense of community, discussing problems and establishing norms relevant to a particular language. Group viewing of the movie from the workshop.

  • 10. Community building – Neil Milton* (TEDxWarsaw and TEDxWarsawSalon team member)

A short overview of the role of TEDxWarsawSalons and social media groups in community building between the big, annual TEDxWarsaw events; we found out about the “behind the scenes” of the events – deciding on the theme, recruiting and coaching speakers (ideas matter more than speaking skills, which can be worked on), and what to do when ‘real life’ gets in the way.

  • 11. Organizational structure of TEDx teams – Adam Liwiński* (TEDxWarsaw organizer)

A closer look inside the technicalities of organizing the big, annual events – the licensing and requirements by TED, the venue, the sponsors, the recruitment and preparation of speakers, the assignment of tasks in the team etc., followed by a discussion and Q&A on the co-operation between the local TEDx and OTP teams.

Discussion of the idea of organizational experience vs individual experience and the need for knowledge transfer in large projects.

  • 12. On organizing TEDx events and how OTP members can help – Mateusz Nowak* (TEDxWarsaw and TEDxWarsawSalon team member)
  • 13. Cake* - not a lie

We also got a pink cake from the TEDxWarsaw team. How cool is that? :)

Idea Jar Ideas:

Group sightseeing the day after the workshop!


  • Yes! We we did need water, I also wish air-conditioning had worked better in our room!
  • It's a good idea to scout the area for takeaway coffee ;)
  • The projector had only the VGA socket, no HDMI - so we had to use the backup laptop :)