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Hackathon Finds Creative Uses For Machine Translation API

Hackathon finds creative uses for Machine Translation API

The challenges were set, the clock was ticking, and all eyes were on their screens… The teams of IT whizzes had just six hours to develop the most useful and innovative uses for  our new Premium Machine Translation API.

From recognising and translating the human voice to scanning Twitter for hashtags in multiple generic cialis tadalafil languages, there was no shortage of innovative ideas. One team came up with the idea of translating song lyrics – and then using terminology databases to make them either happier or sadder!
Held at Lingo24’s largest technical hub in Romania, the hackathon was designed to explore the potential of our recently launched API. The API allows clients to directly link to our Premium Machine Translation engines, receiving high-quality, instant translations on demand. Lingo24 has developed subject specific translation engines for more than 30 language combinations, which are much more accurate than free online tools.

These provide an easy way to translate web pages, product descriptions, social media, emails and more.

But the idea of the hackathon was to think of new uses for it. The best ones could then be developed further and potentially made available for customers.

The projects were judged on technical merit, creativity and usefulness – with a vote by the teams for the most popular one.

The winning project, developed by Sorin Pleava, Adela Ticleanu, Isabela Limbau, Liliana Jurchescu, was a Twitter hashtag translator. This program finds tweets for a certain hashtag, and translates them automatically. It could be used by social media marketers or international companies to find out what people are saying on a certain topic across languages.

A Lingo24 API Chat program, developed by Petru Cristescu and Mirona Wachlinger, automatically translates whatever a user types in – providing an easy way to offer fast, multilingual customer service.

Hackathon trophy and prizesOther projects included automatic email translators for Java and PHP.

By simply sending an email to a certain address, the sender can get a translation back almost instantly.

The speech recognition and synthesis program used an external library to do speech recognition, translate it and then forward the text to a speech synthesis system.

Neil Wilkie, Lingo24’s Head of Engineering, said he was impressed by the range and quality of the projects. He

said: “The short timespan was certainly a challenge for the teams. It’s difficult to come up with something interesting and exciting that can be done within a day. You do have to cut a few corners, but there were some great projects we’d like to develop further.

“It was a big success. We’re considering opening it up to external developers next time.

After a presentation of trophies and chocolates, plus a well-deserved drink or two, we’re looking forward to the next one…

Find out more about our Premium Machine Translation API and Business Translation API at our Developer Portal.

Hackathon participants

Hazel Mollison

Hazel Mollison edits and writes for the Lingo24 blog. After studying Italian and German at Cambridge University, she worked as a journalist for five years with regional and national newspapers. She enjoys writing about languages, translation, online marketing, and helping small businesses explore new opportunities.

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