by Anita Santa-Coloma on May 23, 2018

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


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.

David Isbitski has supported the launch of numerous technology platforms, frameworks and programming languages across an array of devices at both Microsoft and Amazon. Howard Lerman is Founder and CEO of Yext, the leader in Digital Knowledge Management. Yext’s mission is to give companies control over their brand experiences across the digital universe of maps, apps, search engines, voice assistants, and other intelligent services. Chiori Hori has been working on neural network based technologies for Human-Robot communication at MERL since 2015, introducing deep learning architectures as a key step toward real-world human-robot interaction.

VOICE Summit will explore the voice ecosystem across healthcare, education, marketing, government, fintech, transportation, smart home and security. With over 125 talks, panels and hands-on sessions across an array of development, design, monetization, and user experience topics, attendees will be armed with the knowledge to accelerate their career, startup or major company initiative.

Distinguished speakers for the event include:

  • James Poulter, Head of Emerging Platforms, Digital Consumer Engagement at LEGO- Playing With Artificial Empathy
  • Lauren Lucchese, Head of AI Content, Capital One- Designing Conversations
  • Jan Neuman, Director, Applied AI Research & Jeanine Heck, VP of AI Product of Comcast- How Voice Helps Comcast Reinvent the Customer Experience
  • Jennifer Warner, Senior Editor of Mayo Clinic, Guided by Voice: Mayo Clinic on Call
  • John Rome, Arizona State University- Alexa Goes to College
  • Chris DeLuca, Head of Digital Innovation, Johnson & Johnson- Innovation and the Healthcare Experience

Amazon will provide more than a dozen technology evangelists to conduct Amazon Alexa skills training for consumer and enterprise use cases. The full VOICE Summit schedule and speaker lineup is now available.

“We fully expect this summit to be the epicenter for voice technology discussion as we bring together speakers and attendees from retail, healthcare, transportation, marketing, higher ed, government, startups and tech to discuss best practices, industry challenges and the future of multi-modal engagement,” said Pete Erickson, founder of Modev.

VOICE Summit will be held on July 24 – July 26 at New Jersey Institute of Technology in its brand new Wellness and Events Center that offers a 3,500 seat arena in a state-of-the-art facility designed for community engagement and easy accessibility.

“We are witnessing a major platform shift: the rise of AI-powered services like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant,” said Howard Lerman, Founder and CEO of Yext. “Voice search and AI are transforming how consumers discover businesses every day. At VOICE Summit, we’ll discuss this macrotrend and why businesses of all kinds need to manage their digital knowledge to win customers in this new era.”  

VOICE Summit is organized by Modev and includes sponsors such as Amazon Alexa, Yext, Audible, Applause and Orbita. Community Partners include New Jersey Tech Council, New Jersey Innovation Institute, Code for Newark, Women in Machine Learning and Data Science, Women Who Code, GDI, System of Systems, VoiceTechTO, Catalaize, BotsandAI, Women in Tech NJ/NY, #ODSC, NYC Blockchain AI, fuse machines, NYC Media Lab and CO Network. Media partners include: geomarketing.com, Dreamplay.tv, Voicebot.ai and VoiceFirstFM.

All-access passes are available for $595 and Media are invited to attend.  

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About VOICE Summit

VOICE is a three-day summit at the forefront of natural language processing, Sponsored by Amazon Alexa and hosted by Modev. The Summit will be held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on July 24-26, and serve as a gathering place for more than 1500 developers, designers, C-level executives, leading brands and agencies who are reimagining how we interact with technology through voice. The program will consist of keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops and demos.

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