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IWIPS 2004 will be hosted in Vancouver, Canada, during 8 -10 July. Situated on the Pacific coast, the location provides a central meeting place for Asia, Europe, and the North American continent. IWIPS is a unique venue at which practitioners, academics and others gain access to cutting edge information regarding globalisation, localisation, and internationalisation issues. This year's conference is focused on culture and design, and how trust is developed in online environments.

IWIPS 2004 will feature the same varieties of presentations, breakout sessions, and social events that have proven effective in previous years for both international networking and information exchange.

This page is your portal to IWIPS 2004 events. Bookmark this site, and return often for updated details of the program and social events.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Donald A. DePalma
Dr. Don DePalma is an international consultant specializing in globalization. He has a wide range of corporate experience as an industry analyst, corporate strategist, and entrepreneur. His book Business Without Borders: A Strategic Guide to Global Marketing published by John Wiley & Sons in 2002 chronicles management practices in the global era. In his keynote address, Dr. DePalma will focus on Enterprises without Borders.

Dr. Milena Head
In a keynote address titled "Trust through Humanized Design", Dr. Head elaborates her innovative research on personalized elements of website design related to trust in online environments. Dr. Head is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at McMaster University in Canada, and the Director of the McMaster eBusiness Research Centre. She is an accomplished researcher and author, with numerous publications in a wide range of international journals.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Patrick Jordan
Join Dr. Patrick Jordan for a full day tutorial on July 8th titled "Designing Pleasurable Products - Beyond Usability". Dr. Jordan in an internationally renown design and marketing consultant, and is CEO of the Contemporary Trends Institute. He is the author of over 100 publications including six books, the most recent titled The Golden Rule published in 2004.

The efficient and effective internationalization of software and Web applications that match cultural expectations is key to participation in global markets. In a half day tutorial titled "Hitchhiker's Guide to Going Global", Tex Texin presents fundamentals of going global on the Internet. Tex is chief architect and globalization consultant for XenCraft. This morning tutorial is good preparation for the afternoon tutorial offered by Simon Laight (see below).

Simon Laight
Building trust within globalization projects is crucial. In a half day workshop titled "Aligning your Warring Tribes: The Art of Managing Web Site Globalization Projects", Simon Laight leads participants to solutions for creating internal alignment across global offices. Mr. Laight was Managing Director of Ion Global in Japan for 11 years, and is now is responsible for the Vancouver office.


Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University

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Industry Canada

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