Monday afternoon on Fountain Square marked the beta test launch of Globili.
This new application allows Cincinnati to be friendly to everyone in the world, English speakers and not. Says Councilperson Cecil Thomas on the launch of Globili. Forward thinking for our city internationally, the city that sings.
From Globili's FB page, "People who like to travel but don't always know the native language of the place they are visiting. They can text or they understand how to scan a QR code, but they don't want to necessarily download or install a new app and with Globili they don't have to. These people want a convenient and easy to use solution to make them more comfortable and confident with navigating and exploring foreign countries. Globili provides them that peace of mind for free."
Globili provides clients with a simple dashboard to create and translate messages into over 50 languages, upload images, add marketing pages, track and organize signs, documents, ads and packaging.
Councilperson Laure Quinlivan trying out Globili
Talking to Meg Olberding from the City Managers office after the launch I found out there is a huge demand in Cincinnati for bilingual signage. Groups such as Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati have lobbied hard for them. With that need and the World Choir Games less than 100 days away now Globili will fill an unmet need in the City.
Here is how it works, scan a QR code on a sign, or text the short code provided, then select the language you need from the drop-down box.