IMUG: The Original Multilingual Computing User Group
A Forum for Language Technology Professionals and Users Since 1987
The International Multilingual User Group has been a forum for GILT* professionals and language technology users since 1987. We meet regularly in Silicon Valley. If you work with or work on computers, smartphones, software, websites or other projects in more than one human language, please join us!
Meeting topics include Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iPhone, Android and web-based systems and applications; standards for internationalization, localization and globalization; language, language learning and culture; international marketing, startup business resources and more.
Members include engineering, language and business professionals such as software developers, localization software engineers, internationalization architects, software QA testers, technical writers, translators, interpreters, product managers, international business people and other professionals and academics.
Founded at Stanford University in 1987 as the SMUG International SIG, in 1991 IMUG spun off as an independent user group and has held monthly meetings at Apple, Adobe, Google, Yahoo! and other Silicon Valley locations almost continuously ever since.
For more information please visit the IMUG History and Past Events Archives.
*GILT: Globalization (g11n), Internationalization (i18n), Localization (L10n) and Translation (t9n).
IMUG membership is only $20/year, $15/renewal, or $100 for lifetime membership. Admission to all IMUG meetings is free for members. Click here to join, renew or upgrade your membership. Cash and checks also accepted at our events.
Event Announcements, Language Tech News & Online Discussions
Join IMUG on Meetup for announcements of new events, automated event reminders and more.
Follow @i18n_mug on Twitter for GILT industry news and IMUG announcements.
Join the IMUG Silicon Valley GILT Professionals LinkedIn Group for discussions, jobs & networking.
Follow IMUG on Google+
Friend IMUG on Facebook
If you are on our old list, you can edit your Yahoo! Group membership by clicking here.
To edit your preferences for Meetup, LinkedIn or other sites, click the icons in the previous section above, then login and navigate to user settings. Here's a link to that page on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/account/
IMUG a 100% volunteer organization run by and for members.
- Roger Sherman is IMUG's Program Chair and a charter member. He managers speaker relations, program development, membership and treasury, and contributed to the imug18n newsletter.
- Joe Katz is IMUG's volunteer marketeer and social media maven. Joe has been IMUG's webmaster since 2006, and beginning in 2010 put IMUG on Twitter, Meetup, LinkedIn, Facebook & Google Plus.
- Advisory board: Tex Texin, Ken Lunde, Bing Hong, and Iouri Tchernoousko.
- Coporate hosts: Ken Lunde at Adobe; Zoli Stekkelpak at Google, Salvo Giammarresi at PayPal, Iris Orriss at Facebook, Katell Jentreau, Hanna Kanabiajeuskaja, and Zhuoyi "Gino" Zhang at Box, Bob Adkins at Groupon, and Dave Snider at LinkedIn.
- Join the volunteer team! A wide range of professionals and students volunteer to help organizing and staging IMUG events. Contact us to join the team!
- Yuan Ho, co-founder of the group, served as host and moderator of our monthly events for many years, and also managed membership development and treasury.
- Jim Turley helped develop the original, pioneering IMUG website. Jim served as webmaster from 1995-2005 and also managed our Yahoo! Group and the imug18n newsletter.
- Luciano Larruda helped create the IMUG website 2009 design refresh with the support of his offshore design resources.
- David Murphy, JJ Enser and many others hosted us at Apple for almost 20 years. Thanks also to recent volunteers at other corporate hosts: Andrew Swerdlow, Rim Yazigi, and Luke Swartz at Google; Paul Bennet, Jessica Roland, Vinod Sankar, Madhura Barwe and Evelyn Ohshana then at Yahoo!; and Laura Gómez, Lena Zuniga and Gaby Peña then at Twitter.
- Andrew Kirk, Norbert Lindenberg (now organizer of the SF Globalization Meetup), Mimi Obinata, Jim Loomis and many others were early IMUG members and volunteers.
Thank you all for your support!
Join the multilingual computing community! Admission to most IMUG events is free for members. Membership is only $20, annual renewals are $15, and lifetime membership is $100.