All I Want

Party erupts as Canadian voice tech pioneer surpasses major milestones

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All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
The evening speaks, hear it say

Dr. Teri Fisher, a practicing physician based in Vancouver, Canada, decided to start a flash briefing a few years ago, as Amazon’s Alexa was just beginning to take hold in households all across North America.

A flash briefing, by the way, is a short audio broadcast (typically anywhere between 2 minutes and 7 minutes in length) that you can think of as a mini-podcast.

Just this past week, he’s now produced over 1,000 flash briefings.

I invited him on This Week In Voice this week, where we discussed this (among several other topics), and I pointed out that this likely makes him the singular most knowledgeable person on the planet about flash briefings.

We both agreed that the format is woefully under-marketed by Amazon, and that short-form content will, one way or another, have a vital role to play with voice assistants and AI moving forward. You can watch the full interview here:

The other thing Teri has done most recently is to create The Voice Den, a recurring after-hours social event for those working with voice technology and conversational AI.

He’s invited a long list of noteworthy guests, who field spontaneous questions from attendees, all while cultivating a laid-back virtual atmosphere similar to what you might find at the bar after a long day at a (pre-COVID) conference.

To top it all off, this past Saturday night, he threw a Voice Den party - a special two-hour version of his event - and drew around 200 people to attend.

Executives, technologists, and enthusiasts all came out to enjoy something that, for an evening, felt like things used to be.

Anyone finding new ways to make technology work to bring people together deserves special attention, and that’s just what Teri continues to do.

We haven’t spoken much yet about the Project Voice Awards which will be given out at Project Voice 2021 in April, in conjunction with both the in-person event and the virtual event (Project Voice Worldwide).

We can go ahead and share that one of this year’s Outstanding Achievement awards will go to Dr. Teri Fisher, for all that he has brought to the voice/AI realm through his consistent and high-quality work creating resources and opportunities for others.

Coming Monday: a special Thanksgiving This Week In Voice VIP letter which will go to all subscribers.

Leading up to Project Voice 2021, the #1 event for voice tech and AI in America, Project Voice: Coast to Coast is bringing an in-person voice/AI briefing to small groups in 35 cities across the United States. Presented by Cerence.

If you want to get out of the house, we’d love to have you join us. Masks and social distancing will be enforced, and outdoor venues will be utilized as available.

San Jose, CA - January 11

San Francisco, CA - January 12

Los Angeles, CA - January 13

Phoenix, AZ - January 14

Miami, FL - January 18

Tampa, FL - January 19

Orlando, FL - January 20

Jacksonville, FL - January 21

Portland, OR - January 25

Seattle, WA - January 26

Spokane, WA - January 27

Boise, ID - January 28

Salt Lake City, UT - February 8

Denver, CO - February 9

Cheyenne, WY - February 10

Omaha, NE - February 11

Boston, MA - February 22

New York City, NY - February 23

Newark, NJ - February 24

Philadelphia, PA - February 25

Washington, DC - February 26

Minneapolis, MN - March 8

Milwaukee, WI - March 9

Chicago, IL - March 10

St. Louis, MO - March 11

Nashville, TN - March 12

Memphis, TN - March 15

Jackson, MS - March 16

New Orleans, LA - March 17

Dallas, TX - March 18

Houston, TX - March 19

Detroit, MI - March 29

Columbus, OH - March 30

Cleveland, OH - March 31

Cincinnati, OH - April 1

Project Voice 2021 - Chattanooga, TN - April 12-14

The Voice of Gaming examines the interesting and growing intersection between voice tech, conversational AI, and gaming in all sorts of forms, from board games to video games and more.

The Voice of Customer Service is a special two-day event all about how conversational AI is being deployed within modern customer service operations, including contact centers around the world.

If you think you’ll be ready to attend your first conference by April, you can register for Project Voice 2021 here. Attendance will be limited for the #1 event for voice and AI in America.

The previous Project Voice was organized around specific days for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung Bixby.

This year’s version will be organized around voice/AI in legacy software (mobile apps, websites, etc), voice/AI in contact centers, and voice/AI within select emerging sectors such as healthcare and banking.