A number of high-octane pre-conference workshops from Amazon, Google, Samsung, and more greet attendees on Monday, followed by a welcome social (sponsored by RAIN Agency) at 5 PM on the floor of The Voice World Fair. Afterward, watch LSU take on Clemson in the NCAA Championship at the Chattanooga Downtown Marriott.
Project Voice kicks off with keynotes from Amazon and super-developer Nick Schwab, who was featured by CNN for earning enough as a voice dev to pay for his new Tesla. Breakout tracks across Marketing, Healthcare, Storytelling, Smart Home, Education, and Alexa Special Sessions will provide attendees with a vast range of real-time information on the state of Alexa's ecosystem as well as the voice landscape in general. An afternoon workshop from Voiceflow, plenary sessions from a 5th grader using Alexa to create skills, a panel on VC investment in the space, and a talk from a woman pleading with Amazon to change Alexa's name round out an eye-opening day.
Project Voice continues with keynotes from both Google and Microsoft kick the day off, providing anticipated updates on the state of both voice/AI ecosystems. Breakout tracks across Marketing, Healthcare, Storytelling, Smart Home, Education, and Google Assistant Special Sessions await attendees, providing valuable information not just about Google's flourishing voice ecosystem, but the entire voice landscape as a whole. Project Understood, the partnership between Google and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, will be the subject of an afternoon plenary, alongside major talks from Brooke Hawkins (on voice ethics) and Lockheed Martin and SIL (on opening doors for local languages using AI). An afternoon workshop from Adva Levin (Pretzel Labs) is on the docket as the day concludes, yielding to the Project Voice Awards Gala which begins shortly thereafter, honoring best-in-class achievement from across the world in voice tech and AI.
Thursday of Project Voice is essentially its own standalone tech conference, starting with keynotes from Samsung, Voicebot.AI's Bret Kinsella, and a panel of technology journalists who cover voice and AI. Project Voice's "contrarian speakers," industry veterans Susan Hura and Phillip Hunter, give a marquee talk called "Why Voice Tech Sucks," followed by a panel of Samsung's Premiere Bixby Developers that will showcase emerging opportunities within voice's newest ecosystem. Breakout tracks include a Bixby Developers track, Voice + Retail, Voice + Automotive, Voice + Healthcare, Voice + Money, Voice + Gaming, and Samsung Bixby Special Sessions. A high-profile panel on the future of voice as an open landscape precedes Kane Simms' (host of VUX World) closing keynote.