A Welsh language hackfest at Bangor University

Some 80 technology and Welsh language enthusiasts and developers will converge on Bangor University’s Management Centre this weekend for the fifth Hacio’r Iaith day event , sponsored by the University’s Canolfan Bedwyr and TILT project.

Hacio’r Iaith is a community of professionals and enthusiasts who enjoy exploring the relationship between the Welsh language and technology and developing ideas on how the language can take full advantage of the possibilities that technology can offer.

Saturday’s day-long event will offer people who are involved in web and technology projects an unique opportunity to present their ideas in Welsh and learn from others who are involved in the area of language technologies.

Loosely based on the informal nature of BarCamp unconferences, the event actively encourages participation and offers attendees the opportunity to showcase their projects or give brief presentations on subjects of their choice.  

"Hacio'r Iaith is an event that requires everyone to partake in its activities. There is a specific emphasis this year on practical workshops. We are certain to discover new ideas and technological possibilities for the Welsh language and there will be numerous opportunities to discuss new developments with friends old and new” said Carl Morris, one of the event’s coordinators.

Dr Llion Jones, the Director of Canolfan Bedwyr, commented “As a centre that places a great emphasis on developing and utilising technology to promote the use of the Welsh language, we are proud of the opportunity to welcome the Hacio’r Iaith event to Bangor University. Amongst the work to be showcased during the event will be new translation tools developed by members of our own Language Technologies Unit. The opportunity for developers to receive the input of others who are interested in the same areas cannot be undervalued.”

Publication date: 13 February 2014