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Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Rebecca Nathansen, director, Product Management, Google, will share a bit more about how far Google Assistant has come and will provide insights into its future. She will also be giving us an update on recent enhancements, including how Google is making things easier for developers and partners to create new app actions. This includes personal voice shortcuts, setting up personal voice commands, custom intents for apps, and developing new wIdgets that allow users to easily monitor information.




Rebecca Nathenson
Director of Product Management, Google Assistant Developer Platform at 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.

Pete Balsavias, Senior Vice President, Global Commerce Innovation, Mastercard and Mike Zagorsek, COO, SoundHound Inc., discuss the importance of a collaborative partnership to build custom voice AI solutions. Learn how Mastercard's unique approach to innovation resulted in its "AI-Powered Drive Thru" and "Shop Anywhere" solutions for QSRs and retail businesses, and how they envision the future of voice technology and sonic branding.




Pete Balsavias
Senior Vice President, Global Commerce Innovation at Mastercard

Mike Zagorsek
COO at SoundHound, Inc.

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.

Pete Erickson and Brett Kinsella from Voicbot.ai discuss the ways Modev is on the ground floor of a new coin that will be a trading currency for the voice tech industry. $BOT coin is a part of the fast-growing Rally.io network of creator coins. We started this with Voicebot and VoiceLunch a month ago and it’s now officially off the ground. If you’d like to participate, please signup for a Rally.io account and dm me your ID. I’ll send you some $BOT to get started. Note, you can trade these out to your bank at any time. One $BOT is currently about $10.




Bret Kinsella
Founder & CEO at Voicebot.ai

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

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Interview with Pete Erickson and Aakrit Vaish. After VOICE Global 2018, Aakrit Vaish, the CEO and Co-founder of Haptik took a step back to reevaluate his company’s strategy. Pete Erickson sits down with Vaish to discuss the shift that saved this global brand. Haptik’s website now has 4 billion plus chat voice interactions, 306 live implementation, six fortune 500 customers, 500 million consumers reached globally. Find out how in this riveting interview. 

Aakrit Vaish
Co-founder & CEO at Haptik

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Pete Erickson interviews Lowell Robinson of KQED to discuss the evolution of media, information access and the broadcast industry. Robinson was the director of the Digital Experience Lab at Exploratorium, which is a renowned experiential museums based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, however, he is now the senior producer of voice and AI for KQED, which is one of the foremost public broadcasting organizations in the country. He and his team think about new content for emerging platforms as well as how to reformat existing content to better fit this emerging landscape.




Lowell Robinson
Senior Producer, Voice & AI at KQED

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

An open conversation between Blutag, a Saas platform enabling retail companies to deliver voice apps and their client Copper Compression, a high performance athletic & recovery apparel brand. Listen as they go over what first prompted the brand to venture into the voice space, to their partnership with legendary quarterback Drew Brees, and finally to the success of their current voice app. 

Shilp Agarwal
Co-Founder & CEO at Blutag

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.

Matthew Mangione
Growth Strategies and Operations at 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!

The increase of voice technology means an increase in data – about our customers’ needs, wants, risks and opportunities. In this conversation, data, analytics, and financial services leaders Marcia Tal and Betty DeVita, who built their careers on growing emerging strategies and technologies to global scale, will delve into the role that voice plays and will play moving forward in the finance industry. They will explore the transactional ways that customer conversations are analyzed and utilized today, and the opportunity that exists to transform voices into data for better customer experience and unimaginable business growth.




Marcia Tal
Founder & CEO at Tal Solutions, LLC /PositivityTech

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
Chief Business Officer at FinConecta

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.

Pete Erickson interviews audio entrepreneur Ahmed Bouzid of Witlingo. He was involved with Amazon in the early stages of Alexa and since stepped out to build his own platform. Bouzid shares why he thinks the rate of adoption of voice tech by brands is slower than investors imagined it would be. The two voice enthusiasts discuss the pros and cons of voice versus the touch and feel of technologies we’re used to seeing as well as the best practices in what Ahmed calls “audio stations”.

Ahmed Bouzid
Founder & CEO at Witlingo

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Pete Erickson interviews Shwen Gwee of Bristol Myers Squibb, Med20. Shwen Gwee has had a front row seat when it comes to innovation in the healthcare and life sciences space. The global pandemic has caused accelerated adoption and integration of digital into healthcare, especially in pharma. Gwee will share with us the immense impact that conversation design has had on global health innovation in this time. 




Shwen Gwee
Vice President, Head of Global Digital Strategy at 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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Pete Erickson sits down with longtime friend Gordon Chu of Cathay Pacific Airways. Cathay Pacific is a global airline headquartered in Hong Kong for passengers and cargo flights. They fly to board in 80 destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Chu is the enterprise product owner and as such serves a community of Chatbot experience managers and also contact center operations from Cathay’s passenger flights business, cargo business, loyalty operations to their internal IT/HR support. Hear all about this incredible corporation’s Chatbot strategy!

Gordon Chu
Assistant Manager, Digital Product and Technology at 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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Meeting Aimi Nakajima of VOICE ALE, Inc. in Tokyo made Pete Erickson realize just how global the scope with which the voice tech industry was really taking off. Aimi is a Voice UI UX designer who is pioneering voice in Japan. Listen as she gives us a sneak-peek into new and original in-car voice assistants as well as voice controlled AC systems. 

Aimi Nakajima
Founder & CEO at VOICE ALE, Inc.

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Celebrating Women & How Mobile Extends Voice | Presented by Google Assistant

Join host Sofia Altuna from the Google Assistant product team as she introduces Episode 3 of our second season of VOICE Talks, Celebrating Women and How Mobile Is Extending the Use of Voice. Be sure to subscribe to the VOICE Talks channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Modev?sub_c...

And join us at https://www.voicetalks.ai for more updates!

#voicetalks #modev #googleassistant


The youngest Google Developer Expert and active Voice Developer, Denis Valášek, of yadayada, received enormous positive reactions that it got at VoiceLunch Global. 

He will discuss several movies & cultural icons where voice & AI is a strong topic, how is it represented and what does it say about the state of our industry.

Denis Valášek
Co-Founder at yadada

Denis is Google Developer Expert for Google Assistant and a Co-founder at yadada.app, where he develops Voice-First language learning solutions, voice tools, and experiments with GPT-3.

The best-kept secret in audio is that the future of wireless earbuds will be talk audio.
In this talk, Audioburst and Bragi CEOs discuss how they're leveraging advanced AI technology and content to personalize earphones and create the next generation of listening experiences. 

Amir Hirsh
Co-Founder & CEO at Audioburst

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.

Nikolaj Hviid
CEO at Bragi

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.

Bret Kinsella
Founder & CEO at Voicebot.ai

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

Pete Erickson interviews two-time Emmy Award winner Audrey Arbeeny of Audiobrain. Arbeeny has also been the music supervisor for the last nine Olympics with NBC and leading other global implementations of music and audio experience. Steeped in Sonic branding, she understands and was pivotal to founding this space. 




Audrey Arbeeny
Founder/ CEO/Executive Producer at Audiobrain

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Joseph Turow is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Media Systems & Industries at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored twelve books, edited five, and written more than 160 articles on mass media industries. 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.” This interview will discuss his most recent book, The Voice Catchers: How Marketers Listen In to Exploit Your Emotions, Your Privacy, and Your Wallet (Yale, 2021).




Joseph Turow
Author of "The Voice Catchers: How Marketers Listen In to Exploit Your Feelings, Your Privacy, and Your Wallet" at 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). 

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Rebecca Evanhoe, Conversational Designer and Co-Author Pratt Institute and Diana Deibel, Design Director and Co-Author Grand Studio wrote Conversations with Things: UX Design for Chat and Voice, which was published in April 2021 by Rosenfeld Media. These two women with very different backgrounds come together over a deep love for people to discuss ethical practices in conversational design. They discuss the need for trust in inclusivity and accessibility as well as context from memory, emotion, ethics and data privacy, etc. The most adoption and response to what users want are in gaming. People constantly want to be pushed out of their comfort zone. The future of voice is where designers want to break out of the existing restraints. 




Rebecca Evanhoe
Visiting Assistant Professor / Conversation Designer and Co-Author at 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.

Diana Deibel
Design Director and Co-Author at Grand Studio

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

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Pete Erickson sits down with Dr. Martyn Farrows, Soapbox Labs to discuss their recent rebranding and the importance of the kid’s market for voice. The pandemic has really made us revamp the way we use voice technology for education and for entertainment. Whether kid’s are trying to play a q quick game or learn new language skills, voice is a perfect tool for all ages. 

Dr. Martyn Farrows
CEO at Soapbox Labs

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Pete Erickson interviews Paulo Narciso of AARP Foundation who has been on the doorstep of the challenges related to isolation, inclusion, and improving quality of life during COVID. As the largest nonprofit organization serves its member-driven community with 39 million members as a social impact organization. Their goal is to advance the needs of older adults in the United States with hopes to expand globally. Narciso’s role is to create new products and services for the foundation that serves the needs of vulnerable older Americans.




Paulo Narciso
Vice President - Product and Program Development at 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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

The Google Assistant is available in over 19 languages and over 80 countries, through Smart Displays, Android and Apple smart phones, countless speakers and more. Jessica Dene Earley-Cha, a developer advocate for Google Assistant, speaks into the different needs and resources that users and brands have for their own products. Wether you want to build your first action or you want to hear the latest in Google’s developer tools, you won’t want to miss this presentation. 



Jessica Dene Earley-Cha
Developer Relations Engineer at Google

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.

Steve Pearce, Digital Portfolio Manager for McDonald’s UK and James Poulter, CEO and co-founder at Vixen Labs sit down to chat about about the recent voice experience that they've launched together over the past six months. They will also share where they see voice going as a part of the overall digital ecosystem for both McDonald's and the broader market in the UK. There is so much to discuss in regards to the 80% of people using a voice assistant on their smart phone or at home.

Steve Pearce
Digital Portfolio Manager at McDonald’s UK

Versatile and very capable IT, Digital, Project & Product Manager (PRINCE2) with high performance track record of leadership and commitment to deliver results.

James Poulter
CEO at Vixen Labs

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. 

Keen Research CEO Ognjen Todic has a deep history in voice technology; unlike our other speakers his company is focused on building voice solutions that run locally, on-device, without a need for internet connectivity and cloud support. KeenASR Software Development Kit runs on iOS, Android, and Linux devices, and powers a number of apps and products in EdTech/KidTech, Entertainment, Enterprise, and other verticals.




Ognjen Todic
Owner & CEO at Keen Research

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Pete Erickson interviews Reeps One, a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher specializing in voice, technology and performance.

Harry Yeff - Reeps One
Multi-disciplinary artist and researcher specialising in voice, technology and performance.

Multi-disciplinary artist and researcher specialising in voice, technology and performance. Winner of the 2020 Arts and Science Breakthrough of the Year award - Falling Walls Foundation

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Pete Erickson interviews Noelle Silver, Founder of WomenIn.AI

Noelle Silver
Founder, AI Leadership Institute

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

#VoiceLunch Special
 
Let's talk live about VOICE Global conference. Let's share our thoughts, ideas. Let's comment the presentations and meet some of the speakers. The session is brought to you thanks to The VoiceLunch Foundation- which runs #VoiceLunch meetings in more than 20 countries all around the world. Your hosts will be Michał Stanisławek and Karol Stryja. This will be fun - it's like an informal meeting during the conference breaks - which everyone loves!

 


 

Rebecca Nathansen, director, Product Management, Google, will share a bit more about how far Google Assistant has come and will provide insights into its future. She will also be giving us an update on recent enhancements, including how Google is making things easier for developers and partners to create new app actions. This includes personal voice shortcuts, setting up personal voice commands, custom intents for apps, and developing new wIdgets that allow users to easily monitor information.




Rebecca Nathenson
Director of Product Management, Google Assistant Developer Platform at 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.

Patrick Flanagan, Senior Director of Global Product Innovation and Design at VISA connects with partners, merchants, banks to find out where VISA is going with regards to technology.  VISA has 3.5 billion cardholders/customers making it the leader in FinTech. Flanagan discusses the nuanced balance between piloting and commercial use which has gone back and forth in fintech. The future of voice is in the customer service industry as it is constantly wanting to reduce friction. 




Patrick Flanagan
Sr. Director, Global Product Innovation & Design at 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. 

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

Join Roger Kibbe, Sr Technical Evangelist for Samsung, as he interviews voice industry development and architecture gurus and co-hosts of the Two Voice Devs podcast, Mark Tucker and Allen Firstenberg. Mark and Allen will discuss where we need technology advances to bring voice to the next level. What are the technology capabilities needed to unlock the creative potential of voice and make it a ubiquitous part of our everyday lives?




Roger Kibbe
Senior Developer Evangelist at Samsung

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

Mark Tucker
Sr Technical Director at RAIN

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 Firstenberg
Project Guru at Objective Consulting (spiders.com)

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.

Pete Erickson interviews Fathy Yassa who not only owns a company called Speech Morphing since 2010 but also has a Ph.D. in telecommunications to back it up. Both discuss speech synthesis across from the banking industry to the automotive space. They also set aside time to discuss speech in the customer service world and how to improve more natural interaction for users.



Fathy Yassa
Founder & CEO at Speech Morphing, Inc.

Entrepreneur, Loves creating new products that make a difference in the market. Love working with innovative teams. IEEE Life Member.

Katy Beehler of Bookshare and Aaron Mullaniff, working as the assistant chief services officer with the NCBI, discuss Benetech. Benetech is a global education and literacy software company. Discussing the benefits of creating for communities who have limited accessibility and a focus on inclusion for all. Designing a platform that is accessible for a broad audience from young adults to seniors.




Aaron Mullaniff
Assistant Chief Services Officer at 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
Product Manager, Global Literacy at Benetech

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.

In this interview, Jason Fields will converse with the two leaders in voice at their client, The Philadelphia Eagles. We will review how they decided to enter the space, expectations, solutions, and processes. We will discuss what needed to change and also how they were already set up to adopt and execute voice in ways they hadn't known before beginning.




Tanmay Patel
Director of Digital Technology at 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

 

Jason Fields
Chief Strategy Officer at Voicify

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. 

Chris McPherson
Content Manager & On-Air Talent at Philadelphia Eagles

Richard Stern of TuneIn discusses the move away from radio and the fascination with apps. Pete and Richard discuss a new wave of voice marketing that is taking over the old way of advertising. TuneIn, the internet radio provider is betting on compelling speech tech to fuel the next generation of entertainment.

Richard Stern
CEO at TuneIn, Inc.

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

VoiceFlow’s CEO Braden Ream and head of growth, Emily Lonetto share about their story and the future of voice. VoiceFlow is an easy way to design, prototype, and launch voice and chat experiences. This design tool is trying to democratize conversation design for all. Their strong concept of community allows them to be able to connect more like-minded people together, skill share and ultimately rise that tide for conversation design as a whole.



Braden Ream
CEO at Voiceflow

Emily Lonetto
Head of Growth at Voiceflow

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.

Pete Erickson interviews Paul Williams the GM product management and growth at Genereal Electric Lighting. Williams has been steeped in the smart home revolution for many years. Whether it involves audio, lighting, smart home control systems, Paul has knowledge and context for what has happened and a pulse on what is to come. 




Paul Williams
Vice President of Experiences & Professionally Installed Lighting at GE Lighting

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

The founder of Openstream.ai, Raj Tumuluri, will talk to us about an initiative they started 20 years ago called multimodal. Gartner recently recognized Openstream as one of the top 10 enterprise AI companies in the world. While some of the, probably, other companies are focusing on either the chat or the voice only, we focus on chat, voice and multimodal, multi-sensor, input and output.



Raj Tumuluri
CEO at Openstream.AI

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.

Dave Statman, Emmy-winning creative director and producer in advertising content development and turning insights into stories that define culture, reward audiences, and inspire action. Lee Ross joined the conversation with his unique background in emotional interaction without words that have led to specific ideas in the voice versus community and some fundamental tenants around conversational voice design. Beyond transactional voice solutions is the human need to be understood, and to interact with some thing designed with the human condition in mind. 




Dave Statman
Creative Director at Nerve Creative

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
Founder at MimeBox Studios

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.

Founder of voice tech for kids company, Soapbox Labs, Dr. Patricia Scanlon, presents a keynote on why issues relating to accuracy and bias in voice technology must take center stage when it comes to voice-powered learning and play solutions for kids. The mission of Soapbox Labs is to build accurate and safe speech recognition technology for children.

Patricia Scanlon
Founder & Executive Chair at SoapBox Labs

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.

Betsy Fitzgibbons, Shopper Insights - eCommerce & New Transactions at Mars Wrigley, and Shari Aaron, SVP, Growth & Innovation at Radius, will share tips for brands to take advantage of the new opportunities available with voice commerce. There is a tremendous opportunity for manufacturers, marketers, and retailers to embrace Voice Commerce & Voice Technology when they are creating their omnichannel strategies. However, given Voice Commerce is still in a nascent stage, research methodologies to learn and measure this new technology have not been fully established, so creativity and collaboration are critical between Insights teams and research suppliers. Mars Wrigley, is on the forefront of Voice, along with their research partner, Radius, offer guidance on how they collaborated to build effective research that easily translated into compelling insights, “aha’s”, and clear direction for future Voice Commerce strategies.




Betsy Fitzgibbons
Shopper Insights - eCommerce & New Transactions at 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, Growth & Innovation at Radius

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. "

Imagine this. You're working on a team that's building a game for Actions on Google. You're getting to the point in the development process where you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. That first release is coming. But what about a marketing plan and metrics to measure your success? Don’t worry, Mike Bifulco, a developer advocate on the Assistant Team, has you covered with some important tips to think of ahead of time. 



Mike Bifulco
Developer Advocate at Google

Design, bikes, #resist and looking after 🌍 https://mikebifulco.com/newsletter

Pete Erickson interviews Jeanine Heck, the Vice President of Ai Product at Comcast. As a media and technology company, Comcast sits with some great media properties such as NBC and Sky. They have cable technology that powers internet and cable TV, home security systems and a host of other products for the home. Her team, called Entertainment Services and Ai Product, supports the entertainment service piece known as metadata. 




Jeanine Heck
Vice President of AI Product at Comcast

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.

Pete Erickson
Founder & CEO at Modev

Pete is the founder and CEO of Modev and the creator of the VOICE series of events including VOICE Summit, Global, Talks and all related media properties.

 

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