Vice President of Experiences & Professionally Installed Lighting GE Lighting, a Savant company
Paul Williams is the Vice President of Experiences & Professionally Installed Lighting for GE Lighting, a Savant company where he is charged with reimagining smart home products and services, as well as professional residential lighting solutions from one of America’s most trusted consumer brands. With a deep focus on the connected home and the company’s Cync™ brand, Paul leads the company’s growth category product management team, its go-to-market strategy, bold innovation and its external partner ecosystem to develop and enable new platforms for growth. Paul brings more than 30 years of business operations leadership and hardware and software development within high-tech industries. This includes more than a decade of executive leadership at Control4, a manufacturer of home automation solutions, where he led the company’s global product management and research and development teams, supported the company’s merger and acquisition activity, delivered award-winning solutions and helped build the company from a start-up to an IPO with double-digit, year-over-year growth. Paul has been a speaker at dozens of industry events and is often sourced and cited by the media on connected home topics.
Product executive bringing products from conception to launch. Specializes in simple, intuitive user experiences powered by sophisticated algorithms. Jeanine leads a product development team that focuses on AI solutions for XFINITY products, including the X1 platform & voice remote, customer care & My Account, XFINITY Home cameras & automation, and other areas like wifi and anomaly detection. Jeanine is the founding product lead for Comcast's X1 voice remote, delivering the industry's first voice interface to millions of customers. She has been the product lead for other content discovery platforms, including the X1 search engine, used on the set-top box, web and mobile apps for keyword search of TV content.
Director of Product Management, Google Assistant Developer Platform Google
Rebecca works as Director of Product Management at Google. She leads the Developer Platform for Google Assistant, working to ensure that the developer experience for Assistant is intuitive, fast, and fun. Prior to Google, Rebecca led compliance and Admin product management at Box. Rebecca has also led product at Jobvite, where her team delivered deeply-researched, smartly-designed products and features for Jobvite's Engage, Hire, and Onboard products. Prior to Jobvite, Rebecca worked at NetSuite, leading first Commerce then Infrastructure product management. She also has extensive experience in driving commercial and technology innovation through product management in consumer e-commerce and retail companies, including Shutterfly, eBay, Apple, and BizRate. Rebecca received her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, and her BA in International Relations from Stanford University.
Sr. Director, Global Product Innovation & Design VISA
As a respected professional and industry expert with thirteen rewarding years of progressive product management; my focus has evolved to provide significant agile team leadership of full-stack engineering, design, product and global client partnerships. Personal relationships are the foundation of my professional life, and my goal is to continue providing solutions and the means to innovate in service of multiple industries and disciplines. In addition to being a results-driven innovator, my previous positions reflect my implementation of strategic marketing, sales, and cloud based technologies designed to maximize revenue and expand solution offerings. Just of few of my high-profile clients include Apple, Amazon, Chase, Wells Fargo, Visa, Google, Capital One, Target, and Starbucks.
Richard Stern was appointed to Chief Executive Officer, TuneIn, in November 2020. Formerly, he held the position of Chief Product Officer for Audible. Stern is an experienced digital consumer product executive with more than 25 years of industry experience. Previously, Stern led Audible’s global product and design organizations as the company grew to become the leading subscription spoken word audio company. Before joining Audible, Stern served as Head of Global Media Products for Sony PlayStation, where he was responsible for PlayStation Originals, PlayStation Video, and PlayStation Music. Prior, he was Head of Product Management for Amazon Studios, the company’s award-winning original TV and film development arm. Stern is also a founder in Four Daughters Entertainment, a mission-driven film and television production company devoted to inclusion and diversity in the media industry.
Director of Digital Technology Philadelphia Eagles
As a lifelong sports fanatic, playing street cricket in India and playing blacktop basketball in Philly, I'm blessed and fortunate to bring my passion for sports into my career. As the Director of Digital Technology, I manage a team responsible for collecting and distributing all of our great Eagles Entertainment content on various platforms. I oversee the strategy of growing audience engagement on our Mobile App, Website, and emergent technologies like Voice/AR, etc. My team is also responsible for logging, storing, and sharing assets to all of our stakeholders in producing high-quality content. Our Mobile App strategy has incorporated incredible partners like Yinzcam, Rover, Satisfi Labs amongst others. And we've created incredible campaigns like our annual NFL Draft mobile app experiences, Eagles Autism Challenge AR medals, incorporating a chatbot for our Gameday Staff to utilize for every event at Lincoln Financial Field. Our Voice Skills have launched on Alexa and Google Assistant to bring fans even closer to our incredible exclusive access to our coaches and players thanks to our partner in Voicify. Our passionate fan bases continue to engage with us and I'm incredibly excited week in and week out, to provide them the best activation possible. I'm passionate about bringing new technology to our ever-growing list of stakeholders like Marketing, Premium & Sponsorship, Community Relations, and Event Operations. #FlyEaglesFly #IAMANEAGLE
Visiting Assistant Professor / Conversation Designer and Co-Author Pratt Institute
Author of Conversations with Things: UX Design for Chat and Voice, out May 2021 from Rosenfeld Media. Conversation Designer & Strategist | UX Writer | Strategist | Team & Process Builder | Teacher I design conversational interfaces: chatbots, VUIs, IoT, immersive and multimodal interactions. Expertise in UX writing, information architecture and intent design, training data modeling and tuning, persona creation, prototyping, tuning, and usability testing. I advise on use cases, processes and roles, and omni-channel strategy. Problem solver and process creator. Passionate about words, ethics, inclusivity, and building deeply collaborative teams.
Assistant Manager, Digital Product and Technology Cathay Pacific Airways
I am a seasoned digital product management professional currently working with various contact center operations in Cathay Pacific including customer care, cargo and employee support. I lead the product iteration of cathay’s chatbot and messaging ecosystem to enable new capabilities that drive digital experience for customers and agents as well as contact centre productivity. Prior to my current role, I had led product development for web, mobile and MarTech. On top of product management experience, I am also proficient in various digital analytic and web experimentation platforms including Adobe Experience Cloud(DMP, Analytics, Target), Google Analytics 360 and Google Tag Manager.
I lead teams designing human-centered services and products that people like to use. I am particularly successful with ambiguous or challenging problems, like service design on a global scale, conversation design for behavior change or for users with cognitive concerns, or designing across modalities as with IoT/hardware integrations (all of which I've done!). I love dialog(ue) so much, I also write TV pilots: www.deibelandgreen.com
Lowell Robinson is an award-winning digital experience designer and producer. As Senior Producer of Voice and AI at KQED, Lowell leads a small team to test the limits of today’s voice interactivity technologies while building on KQED’s foundation of reporting excellence and immersive audio storytelling. The team's first interactive voice story, ’The Voicebot Chronicles,’ won several awards including the 2020 Webby Award for Writing in the Apps, Mobile and Voice category.
Extensive work in marketing strategy and execution to help build and grow major global brands. Specialties: product marketing, digital and interactive, brand messaging, program management, analytics, and CRM.
Aimi Nakajima is CEO and founder of VOICE ALE.Inc, the leading Voice UI/UX agency based in Tokyo, Japan. Also an initiator of Women in Voice Japan. She is exactly a voice enthusiast having a passion to enhance Voice User Experiences among consumers. Aimi has designed and consulted Amazon Alexa Skills and Google Actions in many industries, as well as voice-enabled car navigation assistants as engaging as possible. One of her businesses is organizing VUI Design Sprint which totally supports marketing processes such as research, user interview, problem solving, prototyping, and user testing. Her strength point is leading global communication. She is selected as a speaker of upcoming Voice Tech Summit Asia.
Amir Hirsh is the Co-founder & CEO of Audioburst, the Audio Search & Delivery Platform. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded and headed multiple startups in various fields. Prior to founding AudioBurst, Amir founded Sendup, an innovative messaging mobile service Collective, the first Social Media Marketing Platform (Acquired by IAI) Blue Security, the only anti-spam deterring service (backed by Benchmark Capital) and Riptech, the first commercial MSSP (Acquired by SYMC for $145M). He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from George Mason University.
Jason is the Chief Strategy Officer for Voicify. Jason acts as a collaborator and leader with Voicify’s partners and customers, enabling them to leverage the power of the Voicify platform to engage with their customers and prospects. Jason is an evangelist, speaker, thought leader and strategist for the company. Jason is passionate about personalizing the relationships between brands and customers, for the betterment of both. He believes in finding the ‘Youtility’ of what brands can do to better the experiences of those they serve.
Marcia Tal is a senior executive and a practicing global data and analytics pioneer. A recognized leader in global consumer banking and more recently, the fintech industry, Marcia is in the unique position of having been a corporate executive, founder of a fintech platform, and a consultant to enterprises. As Citigroup Executive Vice President from 2000-2011, Marcia envisioned, created, built, and led the Global Decision Management function embedded in 30+ markets, introducing advanced analytical tools and strong governance process into business decisions. Today, Marcia serves as the CEO and Founder of Tal Solutions Ⓡ , a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), working with global institutions to discover new strategies and employ the data and analytics systems, policies, and techniques required for profitable growth.
Betty DeVita is the Chief Business Officer and member of the board for Finconecta, a technology company that connects digital solutions and financial services companies via an API platform that accelerates digital transformation and open banking. She is also the founder/CEO of BetdevSolutions, a fintech advisory practice working with early-stage and emerging companies on strategy, value creation, partnerships and the path to global scaling. Betty is a global executive with expertise in digital transformation and consumer financial services/payments. She most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer of Digital Payments & Labs, MasterCard from 2015-2019. In this global role, she was responsible for commercializing MasterCard Labs innovations including an innovative digital order ahead payments platform and an IoT commerce platform enabled via the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator launched at CES. Prior to this role, she served as president, MasterCard Canada where she oversaw all aspects of the company’s enterprise with a mandate for continued growth and innovation.
Dave Statman turns insights into experiences that reward audiences & inspire action... From speechwriting for Joe Biden to building bold, (occasionally mixed-reality) multi-platform content franchises for partners including American Express, Anheuser-Busch InBev, GM, The Home Depot, New Zealand Tourism & Unilever to driving billions in incremental revenue for TimeWarner and launching wildly ambitious startups in food, wellness and fin-tech.
Lee Ross is an award-winning writer producer and former lead mime with Cirque du Soleil. Ross discovered the tenants of voice OS through creating an invisible world on stage along with an innate understanding of the human condition -- he began his career as a mime in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York while attending the original High School of the Performing Arts.
Shopper Insights - eCommerce & New Transactions Mars Wrigley
Betsy Fitzgibbons, Customer & Shopper Insights Lead, D-Commerce & New Transactions, Mars Wrigley, brings 20 years of experience in shopper and consumer insights at CPG companies, in the US, Europe, and globally, to identify critical insights that lead to strategic new opportunities that deliver against the needs of the shopper/consumer, manufacturer, and retailer. She is at her best when she puts the shopper/consumer first, brings critical insights to the forefront, and collaborates with different functions to influence category, channel, and customer future strategies.
Shari Aaron, SVP, Radius, brings 20+ years of experience in consumer insights with deep skills in global market research and business intelligence. She leads client service and research innovation teams at Radius. A creative problem solver and natural collaborator, Shari excels at advising clients on the best way to leverage insights to optimize business decisions and brand offerings, identify clear innovations, develop compelling propositions and drive growth for brands. She and her team build strong relationships with clients because we are committed to their success.
Roger Kibbe is a conversational AI and voice expert. Roger is a Sr. Technical Evangelist at Samsung where he works with developers, designers, and brands to build amazing voice experiences. Prior to Samsung, Roger founded a voice startup and worked for many years as a retail technology strategist and enterprise architect. Roger is a frequent contributor and recognized as a voice expert on social media and is the host of the Bixby Developers Chat Podcast. Roger believes that voice humanizes and socializes tech and is the best tech to get things done and then get out of the way! You can find Roger on Twitter @rogerkibbe or LinkedIn
Founder, AI Leadership Institute | Former VP of Digital Technology at NPR | WAC Global Digital Ambassador | Voicebot.ai Top Influencers in Voice | Alexa Conference "Executive of the Year" | VentureBeat’s Women In AI Award for AI Mentorship. I am a leader who creates clarity, leads with empathy and delivers results. I am a leader who acknowledges the work of my teams, inspires and supports innovation and fosters a growth mindset. Intentional, Mindful Leadership is the new normal.
Mark Tucker is the Sr. Technical Director at RAIN Agency where he helps clients and brands with voice solutions. He is an Alexa Champion and Bixby Premier Developer that is interested in cross-platform voice development and Open-Source Software. Mark is the creator of Speech Markdown and projects for the Jovo Framework and Alexa Skills Kit. He is the co-host of Two Voice Devs podcast and enjoys helping voice developers and the voice community. Mark has been working on a MMO voice game called Snatch Word (snatchword.com) where players compete in real-time with others from around the world and on different voice platforms. For those wanting to do voice development, Mark says “Welcome. You belong here.” Follow Mark - Twitter: @marktucker
Allen is a Google Developer Expert for the Google Assistant and other technologies, helping other developers understand how they can apply the skills they already have to this growing technology. He is a Senior Project Engineer at Objective Consulting, co-host of the "Two Voice Devs" podcast, developer of "Vodo Drive" which allows people to talk with their spreadsheets, co-author of "Designing and Developing for Google Glass", enjoys the history of technology, and has occasionally been known to wear light blue shirts.
Assistant Chief Services Officer National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI)
Aaron Mullaniff is the Assistant Chief Services Officer for NCBI, Ireland’s national sight loss agency, whose mission is to transform the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired. NCBI works with children and adults across the country with a range of programmes all designed to ensure the individual can live life confidently and independently.
Katy Beehler is a Product Manager at the tech for social good nonprofit, Benetech. She works on Bookshare, a software application for the world's largest digital library for people with print reading disabilities. Katy is responsible for all technical direction and engineering development for Bookshare libraries internationally. Katy has over 15 years of experience in the book industry in both operational and product management roles. Within the publishing field, she has been a product owner and product manager for SaaS web-based applications for over six years. She earned her BA from University of Michigan and her MA in Jewish Art and Visual Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Katy serves as Vice President of Bay Area Women In Publishing, a 501c6 nonprofit helping women advance their careers in publishing.
Author- The Voice Catchers: How Marketers Listen In to Exploit Your Feelings, Your Privacy, and Your Wallet University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Turow is Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Media Systems & Industries at the Annenberg School for Communication. Turow is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and was presented with a Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. A 2005 New York Times Magazine article referred to Turow as “probably the reigning academic expert on media fragmentation.” In 2010, the New York Times called him “the ranking wise man on some thorny new-media and marketing topics.” In 2012, the TRUSTe internet privacy-management organization designated him a “privacy pioneer” for his research and writing on marketing and digital-privacy. He has authored twelve books, edited five, and written more than 160 articles on mass media industries. Today he'll be discussing his most recent book: The Voice Catchers: How Marketers Listen In to Exploit Your Emotions, Your Privacy, and Your Wallet (Yale, 2021).
I'm a data and design-driven problem solver that's fallen in love with SaaS. I take companies looking to scale, and discover new channels and opportunities to explore. I'm a serial experimenter that adds value by building and optimizing for user growth and retention.
Raj Tumuluri , CEO of Openstream is an inventor and one of the pioneers in the field of conversational and multimodal interaction. He has co-authored several international standards on multimodal & speech technologies at the World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) and co-authored several reference books published by Springer & ACM on development, standardization and commercialization of conversational and multimodal AI.
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer electronics industry. Nikolaj is a serial entrepreneur and has been recognised with hundreds of design awards, more than 30 patents, 2x Best of show@ CES, Tech5 best B2C european scaleup, invented hearables and true wireless headphones. Bragi ultra efficient AI and software creates frictionless experiences in hearables and white goods.
Serial entrepreneur Shilp Agarwal brings over 20 years of retail experience to his role of Co-Founder & CEO of Blutag. Blutag is a Techstars company (Oct 2018) backed by Amazon's Alexa Fund and is an Amazon recommended platform for retailers to publish their voice apps. With experience in all aspects of e-commerce & retail technology, Shilp has grown into a leader in the voice AI space and speaks at various industry conferences, as a guest host on television shows and regularly holds retail tech talks all across New York City.
Dr. Patricia Scanlon is the Founder and Executive Chair of SoapBox Labs, the world's leading provider of proprietary voice technology for children. Dr. Scanlon holds a PhD and has over 20 years’ experience working in speech recognition technology, including at Bell Labs and IBM. An acclaimed TEDx speaker, in 2018 Dr. Scanlon was named one of Forbes "Top 50 Women in Tech" globally. In 2020, she was ranked 6th of 17 global "Visionaries in Voice” by industry leading publication Voicebot.ai. Inspired by her oldest child, and her background as a speech engineer, Dr. Scanlon founded SoapBox Labs in 2013 to redefine how children interact with technology using their voices. SoapBox Labs proprietary voice engine is now the leading voice solution for kids ages 2 - 12 years across the education and entertainment industries globally. The company is based in Dublin, Ireland, and has a world-class team of over 30 employees.
Vice President - Product and Program Development AARP Foundation
Paolo Narciso is AARP Foundation's Vice President of New Product and Program Development and Optimization overseeing the Foundation’s work developing and managing effective solutions for vulnerable older adults. In his role, he oversees the development and management of products and solutions that creates new economic opportunities, addresses social isolation and loneliness, and access public and private benefits for vulnerable older Americans. The solutions that AARP Foundation has developed have ranged from using AI, Voice, and VR technologies, to traditional in-person emergency relief programs that meet the immediate needs of older adults in crisis. Prior to AARP Foundation, Paolo was the CEO of a CloudHealth Asia (now LifeScience,ph) providing primary care physician access to underserved populations in Southeast Asia. He is a serial entrepreneur with numerous startups and exits in technology. He received his Doctorate from Creighton University.
As Co-Founder & CEO of Haptik, Aakrit pioneered the wave of conversational AI starting back in 2013. Today, Haptik is one of the world’s largest companies in the space with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Singapore, and clients that include names such as including KFC, Starhub, Zurich Insurance, Ola Cabs, Hotstar, Oyo Rooms, Kotak Life. In April 2019, Reliance Industries acquired majority shareholding in the company in a $100 million transaction making Haptik one of the highest valued AI companies globally.
Vice President, Head of Global Digital Strategy Bristol Myers Squibb
Shwen is a recognized pioneer in digital health and health innovation, as well as a well-respected industry thought-leader who was named a Top 40 “Healthcare Transformer” by MM&M in 2015, a PR Week "Health Influencer 50" in 2017 & 2018 and a Constellation Research "Business Transformation 150" in 2020. He was recently recognized in Medika's list of "Fifty of the Most Influential Voices in Healthcare for 2021" and sits on various advisory boards, including: Google (Healthcare), SXSW (Health), MM&M Healthcare Transformers, conversationHEALTH, GRYT Health and the Digital Health Coalition.
Emmy-Award Winning, globally recognized Sonic Branding and Original Composition/Experience Design for Toshiba, Whirlpool Corporation, Electronic Arts, KIA Motors Corp, Google, Vanguard, McDonalds and many more to include: Microsoft Xbox 360, NBC Olympics Broadcasts, New York Giants, The Last Gold (USA Swimming documentary film), Holland America Line, Microsoft, Major League Soccer, GlaxoSmithKline, and IBM.
All about voice and AI with some branding and business strategy on the side. - Commentator of the Year on Voice and AI (Alexa Conference 2019, Project Voice 2020) - Voice AI Journalist of the Year (Project Voice 2020) - Top 15 in Voice (SoundHound) - Guest columnist in USA Today and one-time guest host for Talking Tech Podcast - Creator of Voicebot.ai, Voicebot Podcast, Voice Insider - Frequent conference keynote speaker in the U.S. and Europe
James is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vixen Labs, Europe's leading Voice Consultancy & Product studio and Founder of the Voice2 community and an international professional public speaker. James is an innovation and strategy consultant with over 10 years experience specialising in Voice, Conversational AI Technologies and emerging platforms such as Immersive AR/VR, 5G and Blockchain. Previously as Head of The LEGO Group’s Emerging Platforms & Partnerships team as part of the Digital Consumer Engagement division, James Poulter is pursuing new technologies, platforms and partners to build digital consumer engagement with LEGO customers, shoppers and consumers on a global basis. James previously was the Head of Social Media for LEGO’s social network for Kids, LEGO Life – which launched globally in 2017 and has since grown to over 2m active users regularly posting their content to the world’s first global and safe social network for kids.
Jessica Dene Earley-Cha is from Calexico, CA and received her bachelor’s in Sociology, Education: Applied Psychology from UCSB. She spent almost a decade working with at-risk youth with mental health challenges in disadvantaged areas. Jessica decided to follow her passion of coding and graduated from a software Boot Camp. Currently, Jessica is a Developer Advocate for Google Assistant.
I am a STEM educational research scientist who is currently immersed in the process of designing novel Learning environments by using bleeding edge learning technologies: Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Hologram Reality (HR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL)Internet of Things (IoT) to help learners develop science content mastery, scientific reasoning abilities, and knowledge transfer.
Dr. Ahmed Bouzid is Founder and CEO of Witlingo, a McLean, Virginia, based startup that builds products and solutions that enable brands and organizations of all sizes to engage with their clients and prospects using voice, audio, and conversational AI. Prior to Witlingo, Dr. Bouzid was Head of Alexa's Smart Home Product at Amazon and VP of Product and Innovation at Angel.com. Dr. Bouzid holds 12 patents in the Speech Recognition and Natural Language Processing field and was recognized as a “Speech Luminary” by Speech Technology Magazine and as one of the Top 11 Speech Technologists by Voicebot.ai.
Dr. Farrows joined SoapBox Labs in 2017 as Chief Operations Officer to lead operations, business development, and strategic partnerships. His appointment to the CEO role in May 2021 came as the company made significant new investments in each of our two core offerings: SoapBox Educate for our existing K-12 school and classroom-focused market, and SoapBox Play for our new consumer-focused market. Martyn has more than 25 years’ experience, with a particular focus on learning technologies/AI for children. He is a specialist in data privacy and children and has been a member of the Irish Government’s Data Forum since its inception in June 2015.
Ognjen (Ogi) Todic is the Founder and CEO of Keen Research, a technology company that provides on-device voice solutions for mobile devices and custom hardware platforms. In his early career Mr. Todic was instrumental in developing the first automated spoken language platform at Ordinate Corporation (now part of Pearson), and since then has worked with many startups and large organizations helping them develop their software solutions. He also founded Tunezee, a music search startup anchored in synchronized lyrics metadata, which was acquired by Shazam. Keen Research speech recognition solution runs completely on the device, providing many advantages over cloud-based solutions; it is currently used in a number of EdTech/KidTech, enterprise, and consumer apps.
Growth Strategies and Operations Copper Compression
I am Matthew Mangione, and the first thing you should know about me is that I don't write my own bios in third person. I have been operating on Amazon since 2011 and working and growing with Copper Compression since 2016. We have evolved from the bootstrap days of the Wild West on Amazon into a Top Seller headquartered on Manhattan's 7th Avenue, with a lot of help. I work with digital marketing both on and off Amazon and have been developing our Voice Skill with Blutag, Inc over the past several months. I also camp Wanderers on Playa. Find us at 3:45 and E everyday at 3:30 for hotdogs, gin and tonics, and the melodic meanderings of The Homely Haoles!