Modev and Google Assistant Partner to Livestream VOICE Talks Series

Voice tech community and event organizer Modev will livestream a series exploring the voice tech industry in an arrangement with Google Assistant.

By Eric Hal Schwartz

The VOICE Talks Presented by Google Assistant series will premiere its first 90-minute episode in late April on YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and the series website.


Each episode of VOICE Talks will examine an aspect of how voice technology works and the way it is applied to industries such as media, healthcare, and education. The show will include interactive elements for viewers, including live polls and questions for the host and guests to answer. Those interested in the show can register to watch it on the series’ website.

“Voice technology is fundamentally changing the way we interact with our devices every day to help us get things done, whether we’re at home, on the road or on our phones,” Google Assistant managing director for global product partnerships Danny Bernstein said in a statement. “With this new livestream series, we hope to reach a broader audience to highlight our efforts to advance speech technology with our community of developers and device makers.”


The livestream series is timely in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding isolation people are going through. An ever-growing number of conferences and events have been canceled and digital technology is offering a substitute. Modev helps arrange many major voice industry events such as the VOICE at CES and VOICE 20 but had already been planning on running the VOICE Global conference in June entirely online. The spread of the coronavirus made its expertise useful for Google Assistant in putting the livestream series together.

“Technology is helping people stay more connected than ever during COVID-19 and advancements are happening at a rapid rate to meet those needs,” Modev CEO Pete Erickson said in a statement. “We’re excited to produce this new high-quality live series with a market leader like Google Assistant and bring it to the voice-tech industry and those who want to learn more about voice-tech.”

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About VOICE Summit 2020

VOICE is a multi-day summit at the forefront of natural language processing, sponsored by Amazon Alexa and hosted by Modev. The 2020 Summit will be held in Washington, DC on October 5-8, 2020, and serve as a gathering place for more than 5000 developers, designers, C-level executives, leading brands and agencies who are reimagining how we interact with technology through voice. The program will consist of keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops and an Awards dinner recognizing the best in voice applications across 12 different categories.

About Modev:
Modev was founded by Pete Erickson in 2008 on the simple belief that human connection is vital in the era of digital transformation. Today, Modev leverages exponential technologies and methods to build communities at scale, manage transformation strategies and produce market/leading events such as VOICE Summit, sponsored by Amazon Alexa, and Spinnaker Summit, sponsored by Netflix. Modev also curates specialty communities such as Voicehacks, and Security by Design. Modev staff, better known as "Modevators," include more than 45 community building and transformation experts from around the world.


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