Interpreter BarCamp in Budapest: almost everything you need to know

Ahead of the AIIC VEGA/PRIMS BarCamp in Budapest in March, here's a quick primer on some basic concepts… like BarCamp,, and why you should be there!

On 22 March 2019, in the context of AIIC VEGA’s interregional outreach meeting in Budapest Hungary, AIIC’s Vega Network and PRIMS are teaming up  for the first ever VEGA/PRIMS BarCamp, with the help of  Are you lost yet? Having difficulty interpreting these terms? Don’t worry, you’ll understand soon. Regard this as your personal glossary.

What is VEGA? What is PRIMS?

Vega is the brightest star of the constellation Lyrae, and the fifth brightest star in the sky… but you knew that, right? But what does that have to do with AIIC? Plenty! The Association’s outreach group, responsible for providing support, guidance and for mentoring students of interpreting and young and novice interpreters is named for that very star. The Vega Network helps these colleagues advance their careers, hone their ethics and implement best practices.

PRIMS stands for AIIC’s Private Market Sector, a forum for professional conference interpreters who work outside of the international organizations: the sector that attracts most entrants to the profession.

These two groups have joined forces to hold the BarCamp in March.

But what is a BarCamp?

A BarCamp is an unconference. It is NOT an opportunity to doze in a chair while someone drones on and on at the podium while illegible powerpoint slide after illegible powerpoint slides swim across the screen behind them. No. NO!

A BarCamp is about participation. Everyone who attends must be prepared to share their ideas. There is no separation of expert speakers and passive spectators. There are just active participants!

How does it work?

  1. The first rule of BarCamp is you must talk about BarCamp: tell your friends, your colleagues, your cat, your goldfish. Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, and blog away. Share the BarCamp love!
  2. It is active: no spectators, only participants. Come prepared to share your ideas, to give a presentation or demo.
  3. You decide what gets discussed: Everyone will propose a topic and can select their preferences - using – so the most popular topics will be presented.
  4. There will be two sessions:  First, learning and sharing; second, brainstorming new ideas.
  5. Continue the conversation: BarCamp isn’t over when everyone goes home. Keep the dialogue flowing with discussion groups and social media. #AIICBudapestBarCamp

How does work? is an audience interaction platform that lets participants decide. Using a mobile app, participants can propose topics for discussion and select their preferred topics from the proposals. The most popular topics rise to the top of the list.

Democracy in action, with a little help from technology!

What are the topics for discussion?

Weren’t you listening?! You decide!

But at the last AIIC PRIMS BarCamp, in Rio in July 2018, some of the topics that were proposed included:

  • How to pack light
  • Record yourself in the booth and listen to yourself!
  • Tips and tricks to manage stress
  • How to prepare faster using flash cards
  • Occupational health
  • Bone transmission headphones

As for Budapest – that’s entirely up to you!

Who can attend?

The AIIC VEGA/PRIMS BarCamp is open to all professional interpreters – including non AIIC members – and students and of interpreting and trainers.

There is no registration fee. But registration is required, and places are limited… so get in early!

OK. I’m coming! So how do I sign up?

Register online at:

The BarCamp takes place from 14:00 – 19:00 at Budapest’s ELTE University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Translation and Interpreting.

Don’t miss the main event!  

Join us for “VEGA goes Budapest: Meet the AIIC President” in the morning, and meet AIIC President Uros Peterc.

Learn more about the Association and the future of the profession first-hand in a morning session, held at the same venue as the BarCamp.

And as a bonus, Barnabás Tóth, director of the film Chuchotage – which is set in an interpreters’ booth – will be there as our special guest!


Recommended citation format:
Private Market Sector Standing Committee,VEGA Network. "Interpreter BarCamp in Budapest: almost everything you need to know". February 13, 2019. Accessed June 3, 2020. <>.

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