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Sam Hyland

Sam Hyland

Breaking down language barriers and making professional interpretation available to everyone: Q&A session with Simona Andrijauskaite

Simona Andrijauskaite is a co-founder at Interactio – multilingual meetings platform that revolutionized the way multilingual events and meetings are happening. Simona is a frequent speaker in tech, entrepreneurship and women empowering events. Interactio is currently working with the most important world’s meetings and the companies run rate growth in 2020  was 12 times. The company aims to radically simplify the interpretation process and allow organizers and attendees to focus on what matters most – the content of the event.

  1. Interactio was founded in 2014, and had tremendous growth in 2020 due to the worldwide shift to virtual events format. Could you please share the key milestones of the company’s success story and what were the main challenges?

Back in 2014, me and the other co-founders, Henrikas Urbonas and Domas Labokas, attended many conferences on-site. We noticed that traditional wired microphones make it hard for attendees to ask questions fast and conveniently. Frustrated by tangled wires and loud echo in the conference hall, we came up with the idea to create the predecessor of Interactio – mobile software that turned a smartphone into a working microphone, allowing anyone from the audience to voice their question.

A year later, conference organizers gave us a new challenge: a software alternative for hardware interpretation equipment. And we took it. That’s how the first version of the Interactio audio-streaming App was born!

In April 2021, the Interactio team exceeded 100 people and keeps expanding weekly. With a total of 25K events supported already, our multilingual meetings solutions bridge remote simultaneous interpretation in on-site, hybrid, and remote setups. Our team is happy that the company remains the best-rated RSI solution in the industry, with a Trustpilot score of 4.6 and a record of 120,000 attendees connected simultaneously.

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