In October 2016, the Skrivanek translation agency organized a competition open to all language-gifted students. Entrants were given a chance to experience what it is like to actually work for a translation agency.
The contestants tested their language skills in the translating of assigned texts representing 19 different specialized fields of expertise – for example, construction, economics / finance, chemistry, IT, law, medicine, science and technology. Each entrant had 48 hours to complete their translation. Each translation was 250 Czech words in length and it could be translated into any second language of the entrant’s choice.
The competition had nearly 40 university students who participated in the competition and there were several students with the potential for a future career in translation. .
Other partners in the hosting of the competition were: the Association of Czech Translation Agencies (ACTA), the publishers Fraus and Z Studio and the official distributor of SDL Trados translation software in the Czech Republic.