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VOICE Summit Announces Dynamic Slate of Speakers and Keynotes from Amazon, LEGO and Yext


by Anita Santa-Coloma

Newark, NJ—May 23, 2018—VOICE Summit, the nation’s largest multi-day voice-first conference, today announced a slate of more than 150 industry speakers. The event will feature voice-first experts David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo at Amazon, Howard Lerman, Founder and CEO of Yext and Chiori Hori, Principal Research Scientist, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories.


Smart Devices: Let’s Get Real About Security


by Jenny Medeiros

Did you ever hear about that prankster who sent ominous messages to their neighbor’s wireless printer?


Heads Up: Your Future Best Friend May Be A Bot


by Jenny Medeiros

 If you’re one of those people who bump into inanimate objects and instinctively apologize to them, you’re probably the type to say “please”, “thank you”, and “sorry” to your virtual assistant too.


Speakers of VOICE: Cami Williams


by Janice Mandel

Cami Williams Takes Fun Seriously


How Major Publishers are Adapting to the Voice Movement


by Jenny Medeiros

Image credit: Digiday


5 Awesome Personal Robots with SDKs


by Jenny Medeiros

What do we want?

Awesome personal robots!

Okay, well, you can already buy them.

Now!– Wait. Really? 


What Are Alexa Skill Blueprints and What Can You Do With Them?


by Jenny Medeiros

Image credit: Amazon Blueprints

“Alexa, who is the absolute worst cook in this family?”

Yes, that’s something you can now program your Amazon Echo to answer using the recently released Alexa Skill Blueprints.

Many companies have already been using Alexa Skills to create personalized AI abilities for their products, but now, the average user has the power to make Alexa say (almost) anything. From answering specific questions to creating trivia games, there’s an ever-expanding world of possibilities.


Speakers of VOICE: Dave Isbitski


by Janice Mandel

It seems like Amazon’s Chief Technical Evangelist, Dave Isbitski, is everywhere these days. First, he’s headlining at Gary V’s Voicecon in NYC. Then, our Jersey Boy is coming home to VOICE at his alma mater, the New Jersey Institute of Technology in downtown Newark July 24-26. That’s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so afterwards you can hit the Jersey shore with your team -- if you check out available rentals soon.


Why Now, Why VOICE?


by Anita Santa-Coloma

Why Now

According to a
report from Technavio , the voice recognition market will be a $601 million industry by 2019. Already, there are over one billion voice searches per month.

VoiceFirst is transforming how the world consumes information and fundamentally redefining the way we communicate. Early adopters--developers, agencies, innovators and brands--have an exciting and unprecedented opportunity to acquire real estate in this rising trend.


Voice Assistants are Changing How Users with Disabilities Get Things Done


by Jenny Medeiros

Picture this: You roll out of bed in the morning, stumble over to the kitchen and call out, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Good, background noise is on. Time to make some coffee.