The Man with No Booth Goes Roaming, Makes New Friends
Back in August, SpeechTEK celebrated its 20-year anniversary in New York City. Of course, as a longtime attendee, we weren’t about to miss this important milestone! So, Jay Steinworth, GM Voices’ Director of Business Development, packed light (no booth this year!) and made the trip to meet and mingle with individuals who have been an active part of the speech technology field for years, as well as novices just getting started in this innovative field. Jay attended several of Enterprise Integration Group’s (EIG) breakout sessions as a primer to our September IVR workshop! All in all, it was another fantastic experience in NYC!
“There was more energy than last year and some of the sessions had to accommodate for overflow,” said Jay. “The popular topics included omni-channel communications, voice biometrics and visual IVRs focusing on both natural language and DTMF interface design practices. The Association for Voice Interaction Design (AVIxD) held their annual membership meeting, hosted by Crispen Reedy and the AVIxD board. But one of the highlights for me was the panel discussion about ‘A Decade at SpeechTEK.’ It featured six veteran panelists moderated by Daniel Hong. The room was packed and the discussion was a great reflection of how well the speech community has taken speech recognition to the marketplace through the years and how well or different the actual application deployments were built as they had envisioned them.”