VOICE Summit Blog

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Community and Inclusivity: What We Really Learned at VOICE 2019

It's the week after VOICE 2019. Every speaker, attendee, and organizer has returned home and had time to look back and reflect on what can only be described as a memorable four days. 

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Day Three: Sessions, Raffles, and Closing Keynote

At the main stage, Pete waves in the panel in charge of "Addressing Bias in AI". Darlene Gilliard, founder of digitalundivided starts off the conversation in her usual cheerful tone with a definition of bias. She defers to Jennifer Heap from Vixen Labs to answer the first question: where are we now on bias in tech?

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Day Three: Opening Keynotes, Accessibility, and More Surprises

VOICE Summit started a little later today. Attendees trickle onto the main floor, taking advantage of the empty stage to snap a few selfies in front of the large letters spelling "VOICE".

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Day Two: The VOICE Summit Awards

The main stage is glowing once again. Every round table is set, the screens upfront are poised with the first slide of the night, and attendees are visibly excited as they take their assigned seats. The first drinks are being served and the summit's signature tune is playing as everyone gets settled—taking in their surroundings.

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Day Two: A Golden Ticket and The Alexa Cup

The afternoon starts with a winner. At the pop-up shop on the EXPO floor, Mystery Boxes filled with "VOICE swag" have been flying off the shelves. One box, hidden in the pile, contains nothing but a single golden ticket.

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Day Two: Opening Keynotes, Exhibitors, and Excited Attendees

Day Two at VOICE beginswith a keynote from James "JP" Poulter on his lessons learned after a year in Voice. His cheerful session is laden with insights on the Voice industry, peppered with humor to keep the audience on their toes in the early hours of the day.

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Day One: Sessions, VIP Receptions, and Happy Hour

In the main stage Atrium, a series of casual Alexa conversations are taking place. The pair currently on-stage are presenting their Alexa skill called Diamond Slots—but their Alexa is seemingly unaware of her role in the presentation, spontaneously answering "Sorry, I don't know that."

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Day One: EXPO, Alexa Booths and a Smart Home

After the lunch rush, guests with renewed energy flock to the Exhibitors floor. In what is named "Instagram Alley," a seven-foot Amazon Alexa stands by the entrance for people to chat with her inside, two comfy blue beanbags rest against the wall, and two glass Amazon Alexa booths offer a silent refuge for anyone needing to take an emergency call or get some last-minute work done.

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Day One: Welcome to VOICE 2019

The Main Stage at NJIT is hustling and bustling with attendees and organizers. Media crews line the back of the auditorium, sitting behind black tables laden with screens and blinking sound systems, ready to livestream the event on Facebook and Instagram. Up on the glowing purple stage stand three musicians, strumming the official sonic brand of the Summit in front of a thick velvet curtain and large letters spelling out "VOICE".

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Day Zero: Networking in Newark

Even with torrential rain battering Newark, VOICE attendees ventured out to meet like-minded colleagues, re-connect with old friends, and get a sense of the city's night scene.

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