The Welsh Government is holding a seminar on the Welsh Language, Technology and Digital Media at the Cardiff City Stadium and members of the public have been invited to join the debate.
Presentations will be made on the use of Welsh by businesses online; Welsh in social media; developing technology for Welsh language education and encouraging the public sector to adopt best practice and influence software providers.
There will also be a display of Welsh language apps, websites and digital interfaces.
The seminar will explore four key questions:
- How can we raise awareness and encourage greater use of existing Welsh language software and digital content?
- How can we ensure the availability of more digital content, products and services, to be readily available and marketed to Welsh speakers?
- How can technology advances be harnessed to help promote the use of Welsh?
- How should the Government prioritise any investment in this area?
The Minister with responsibility for the Welsh language, Leighton Andrews, will make the keynote speech to kick-off the event. He said:
"New developments in media and technology and digital content need to be available in Welsh if the language is to be seen as a modern and living language.
My ambition is to ensure that everyone can experience all the benefits of new technology through the medium of Welsh, should they wish. It is important for us, as a government, to harness the energy and commitment that is out there to ensure that happens."
The Welsh Government’s new Welsh Language Strategy, A living language: a language for living, places great importance on the role that technology and digital media will play in the future of the language. The seminar will draw on the experience of experts already working in this field and their input and feedback will assist the Government to develop an action plan.
Delegates include representatives from a wide variety of organisations, including broadcasters, content producers, software developers, and academics.
To follow the seminar’s progress and to contribute your thoughts, use the #TechCY hashtag on Twitter.