This year has been deemed the year of voice by experts spanning a plethora of industries. In a short amount of time, researchers, analysts, the c-suite, and even grandparents have been exposed to the power of voice-first technology. As the march of voice continues, there are a number of events and conferences available to get involved with throughout the year.
Whether you’re a developer, a UX designer, founder of a voice-first company, or new to the voice landscape, attending a few voice-first conferences and events – in this particular year – is likely to benefit you for years to come.
We experienced these benefits a few weeks ago in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when John and I attended The Alexa Conference hosted by Score Publishing. The audience varied from independent skill builders, voice app agencies like VoiceXP and RAIN , to a more technical presence with speakers from SoundHound, Skuid, and us. A few noteworthy topics covered were how Alexa will impact the classroom, interactive storytelling, and the role of voice in healthcare.
We also had the opportunity to get a glimpse into what to expect with the rise of voice overseas, from a presentation by a German-based firm 169 Labs. And industry leader Brian Roemmele, from Multiplex, and Witlingo CEO, Ahmed Bouzid, provided thought-provoking commentary on the future of voice along with behavioral and psychological considerations.
Aside from the generous agenda and the numerous takeaways, we were most impressed with our voice-first peers. Meeting a good portion of our Twitter followers and fellow Alexa Slack group members face to face was the highlight of the week. The information exchanged between attendees created a palpable and positive experience, and the connections made are likely to last beyond the first few years of the voice-first movement. And we can’t wait to work together in the future.
Although technology is seen by some as disconnecting from others, this voice-first conference has brought together a smart and passionate group of people with the goal to connect people through voice. We encourage you to take a look at these upcoming voice-first conferences and get involved.
While most of these conferences have registration fees, check your local Meetup groups and get involved for free. There are quite a few active voice-first groups in Seattle, Paris, Berlin, London, San Francisco, St Louis, Arizona, Columbus, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
|Smart Voice Summit||Paris||February 1–2, 2018|
|Conversational Interaction Conference||San Jose, California||February 5–6, 2018|
|Bottish||Your Computer – free!||February 22 and April 26, 2018|
|Superbot||San Francisco||April 3, 2018|
|SpeechTEK||Washington, D.C.||April 9–11, 2018|
|Voice & Beyond||Berlin||Spring 2018|
|Conversational Commerce Conference||London||May 8–9, 2018|
|Business of Bots||San Francisco||May 15–17, 2018|
|Voicecon||New York City||May 22, 2018|
|Connections: Connected Home Conference||San Francisco||May 22–24, 2018|
|Voice Summit||Newark||July 24–26, 2018|
|The Voice of Healthcare Summit||Boston||August 7, 2018|
|Conversational Commerce Conference||San Francisco||September 1, 2018|
|VoiceCon Canada||Toronto||September 2018|
|All About Voice||Munich||October 12, 2018|
|AWS re:INVENT||Las Vegas||November 26–30, 2018|
|Voice Conference||Berlin||December 5–7, 2018|
|CES||Las Vegas||January 8–11, 2019|
|The Alexa Conference||Chattanooga, Tennessee||January 15–17, 2019|