Appen’s Dorota Iskra to Speak at CLIN25 in Antwerp

Appen is proud to announce that Dorota Iskra will be speaking at the 25th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN25) at the City Campus of the University of Antwerp on February 5-6, 2015.  Dorota’s presentation is entitled  “Approach to Non-standardised Languages in Asian and African Markets.”

As a global provider of language resources and linguistic services, Appen often has to work with languages where no established standard is present for orthography, vocabulary or grammar. This problem, although it may concern some minorities’ languages in Europe, becomes only apparent in its full dimensions when entering Asian and African markets. Examples are Arabic, Pashto, Urdu and various Indian languages.

This presentation describes the problems we have encountered when moving to Asian and African languages and proposes a methodology for establishing internal standards for non-standardised languages. In the initial phase of the project when creating orthographic transcription from speech we end up with multiple spellings for the same word. These are all added to the dictionary since there is no spell checker. Our linguistic expert checks the dictionary and makes decisions about which words should actually have the same spelling. As a result a rough spell checker is created which can be used in the next phase of the project. But because it is far from comprehensive, an exception list is kept. In multiple iterations the linguistic expert goes through the list and adds words to the dictionary.

Language technology expects consistency in the data which can only be achieved through a systematic approach in the face of lacking standards. The approach we propose has been developed and tested in a number of languages and with extensive volumes of data, not only by ourselves, but also by our clients who […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Appen’s Phil Hall to Speak at Mobile Voice Conference in San Jose

Appen is proud to announce that Phil Hall, SVP Language Resources, will be speaking at the Mobile Voice Conference in San Jose, California on April 20 and 21, 2015. Phil will be presenting on the topic of training data for speech recognition in a talk entitled, “The Value Versus Volume Continuum.”

Interested in learning more about how Appen works with speech recognition technology? Click here to read our case study on our work for the automotive industry.

By |January 29th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Appen Named in Forbes Magazine as One of the Top 100 Companies Offering Telecommuting Jobs in 2015

Exciting news for Appen! For the second year in a row, Appen has been named in Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 100 Companies Offering Telecommuting Jobs. Forbes sourced its data from a list published by FlexJobs in January, 2015.

Following is an excerpt from the story: “The positive impact remote work options can have on a company’s bottom line and culture is increasingly being acknowledged by smart employers. The organizations on this list are among those leading the charge to show that remote work options are a part of successful 21st century workplaces,” says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

To view the story and the list on Forbes, please click here.

By |January 28th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

TAUS Review, January 2015 is Live!

The January 2015 issue of the TAUS Review, the online magazine published by TAUS, is live! Appen is a proud member of TAUS, a think tank and resource center for the global translation industry. To learn more about TAUS, click here, and to view the online magazine, click here.

By |January 19th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Appen Live on the ASX on January 7, 2015

Appen was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (APX on ASX) on January 7. This is a wonderful milestone in our history. Back in the 1990s most startups launched from garages with small, isolated teams but for Appen the path was two kitchens on far-flung shores. Julie Vonwiller and I both saw at the dawn of the internet, tools that could bridge distances and connect like-minded people towards empowering cultures with language technology. Appen was always powered by strong research roots and roll-up-your-sleeves partnering with technology teams. The company grew steadily benefiting from the injection of strong financial and business know-how, first coming from Chris Vonwiller and later Anacacia Captial, Bill Pulver and Mark Byrne.

As we move into the public space we want to thank two exiting board members for their past service, Julie and Jon Shein. Julie has contributed to the company in leading roles for nearly 20 years from founder to the board always bringing her strong background in linguistics. Jonny provided a strong financial background and a deep belief in the importance of employees which we will miss as well.

We are a unique company powered by awesome teamwork. Many pizza-powered companies of the 1990s have come and gone with waves of new technology but we are still growing and still taking the latest technology to global markets.

Lisa Braden-Harder

By |January 8th, 2015|Press, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Appen Secures Three New Deloitte Technology Awards

Appen has just secured three new industry awards. Appen Holdings was named a winner in the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards. A four-time winner, Appen was named 50th on the list.

Appen Holdings was also named a winner in the Leadership Category of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards. Please find a link to the detailed report, outlining the winners’ profiles as well as the full list of 2014 winners.

Additionally, Appen was named a winner in the Deloitte Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 Awards. Appen and other Australian companies have featured strongly, comprising 15% of the regional ranking – up from 13% last year. Please visit the Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 website for the more information, and click here to view the entire list.

Thank you, and congratulations to all at Appen whose hard work resulted in these incredible achievements.

By |December 2nd, 2014|Press|0 Comments

Appen Named Finalist in Technology Category of Australian Growth Awards

Appen was named a finalist in the technology category of the 2014 Australian Growth Company of the Year Awards held October 16, 2014. Fellow category finalists were Pty Ltd, AussieCommerce Group, and Redbubble Pty Ltd.

The submissions were assessed by an independent judging panel and the awards recognise the achievements of the country’s fastest growing businesses in the mid-market.

Head of the Corporate Group at Sparke Helmore, Nick Humphrey, said: ‘I was impressed by the quality of the submissions this year. They definitely show that Australian businesses in the mid-market space are growing, innovative and sustainable. It was very hard for the judging panel to decide the finalists, who are fantastic examples of the qualities these awards celebrate. We congratulate the finalists and wish them the best of luck for the awards night.’

By |October 21st, 2014|Press, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Appen Named Employer of Choice in NSW Awards

Appen is pleased to have been named a finalist in the New South Wales Chamber Awards in the category of Employer of Choice. The awards criteria focused on various elements such as employee policies, benefits, diversity, and development programs. Appen congratulates the other finalists.

An annual program, the Business Awards recognise success in the areas of business leadership, business ethics, sustainability, innovation, export, small business, employer of choice, local chamber of commerce. See a full list of categories here.

To learn more, click here. 

By |October 16th, 2014|Press|0 Comments

Appen Partners with One Million for Work Flexibility

Appen is proud to partner with One Million for Workplace Flexibility, an organization seeking to promote the concept of flexible jobs. As part of Appen’s partnership, we are pleased to participate in a joint webinar on October 30. To learn more about workplace flexibility, or to register for the webinar, click here.

By |October 16th, 2014|Press, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dropbox Publishes Case Study Featuring Appen

Appen is proud to have been recently featured in a case study published by Dropbox, entitled “Appen Revolutionizes Language Technology With Help From Dropbox for Business.”

Following is an excerpt:

“No matter where Appen staff members are stationed around the world, or what devices they use, Dropbox for Business keeps them connected. Norris says, “Dropbox for Business is so reliably robust. I’ve been in the technology industry since the 1990s, and it’s startling to find a product that claims to do these things and then really does just work.”

Even when Appen employees are in locations with slow — or no — Internet access, Dropbox sync doesn’t falter. Auto-resuming transfer technology ensures that files get fully synced. As Norris explains, “When the Internet connection goes down and comes back up, Dropbox notices and just resumes syncing right where it left off.”

To read the entire case study, click here.