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Project Voice Award Finalists announced; 100 invitations for voice/AI leaders, pioneers, and executives to influential new social network Faves

We’re pleased to share the Finalists for this year’s Project Voice Awards.

Winners will be announced April 15 as part of the virtual Project Voice Worldwide, with the exception of known Outstanding Achievement Award winners present at Project Voice 100 that will be awarded in person.

All of the listed Outstanding Achievement Award names are WINNERS, as well as any names listed singularly within a category. These Outstanding Achievement Awards are the highest honor we award on an annual basis.

Note some categories were consolidated (e.g. developer and experience for most industry verticals) and a couple were removed for lack of critical mass.

I’ll speak on Friday during This Week In Voice Live (11 AM Eastern / 8 AM Pacific) more in detail on the awards during the show.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Winners:

Sanjay Dhawan / Mark Benjamin (Cerence spinoff from Nuance)

Kurt Schrader / Andrew Childs (Clubhouse)

Daniela Braga (First female CEO of voice/AI company to raise over $50M)

Jon Stine (Open Voice Network)

Iran Davar Ardalan / Nisa McCoy / Nikki McLay / Karim Ardalan / Kee Malesky / Robert Malesky (iVow.AI)

Karol Stryja / Michal Stanislawek (VoiceLunch)

Google (Google for Startups Accelerator: Voice AI)

Nick Schwab (Sleep Sounds)

Nithya Thadani (RAIN Agency)

Brandon Kaplan (Skilled Creative)

Tobias Dengel (WillowTree)

Mark Gray (Constant Companion)


Voice Developer of the Year

Cerence

Nuance

Amazon

Google

Rasa

OpenAI

Clubhouse


Voice Experience of the Year

Starfinder

Samuel L. Jackson

Clubhouse

Daily World Wheel

Spotify


The Project Voice Advisory Group Award For Best Voice Experience Created By A Large Company

All winners: Lucky Charms Magical Mission (General Mills); Wild Turkey Tasting (Campari); NBA Skill Relaunch (NBA)


Voice/AI Pioneer of the Year

Mark Gray (Constant Companion)

Trini Mille (TeeRead)

Audrey Arbeeny (Audiobrain)

Danny Weissberg (Voiceitt)

Aariv Modi (independent voice developer)

Joel Wilson / Sarah Andrew Wilson (Matchbox.io)

Katherine Prescott (VoiceBrew)

James Vlahos (HereAfter)

Sofia Altuna (Google)

Prateek Kathpal (Cerence)

Paul McNeil (The Other America)


Voice/AI Executive of the Year

Sanjay Dhawan (Cerence)

Iran Davar Ardalan (iVow.AI)

Braden Ream (Voiceflow)

Daniela Braga (DefinedCrowd)

Scott Stephenson (Deepgram)

Rana el Kaliouby (Affectiva)

Todd Mozer (Sensory)

Mark Gray (Constant Companion)


Voice/AI Journalist of the Year

Winner: Bret Kinsella (Voicebot.AI)


The Project Voice Medal for Diversity and Inclusion

Winner: iVow.AI


The This Week In Voice Award for Voice/AI Commentator of the Year

Bret Kinsella (Voicebot.AI)

Tamara McCleary (Thulium)

Kane Simms (VUX World)

Ksenia Se (The Sequence)


Best Voice/AI Chip / Processor

Syntiant

Enflame

Graphcore

Inferentia (Amazon)

Aspinity


Best Voice/AI Integration Within A Mobile App

Spotify

Embla

HCS Voice Packs

Spokestack

Audioburst


Best Voice/AI Integration Within A Website

Trinity Audio

Google (YouTube)

Alan AI

Floatbot


Best Use of Sentiment Analysis Within Conversational AI

Phebi

Cyrano

Behavioral Signals

Cognigy

Avaamo


The DefinedData Award For Best Use of Data Science Within Conversational AI

Cognizant

Alteryx

Harman

Pand.ai

NVIDIA


Best Use of Biometric Authentication Within Conversational AI

Kaizen Technologies

Omilia

ID R&D

Pindrop

Cerence Drive

Uniphore


Best Use of Synthetic Voices

Skyrim Fan Video (Adriac)

Cerence Q4 Earnings Call (Cerence)

ReadSpeaker + Houndify (ReadSpeaker)

BBC News (Microsoft)

Media24 (News24)

Speaking New Languages (Resemble.AI)


Amazon Alexa Developer of the Year

Bamboo Learning (Bamboo Math)

Nickelodeon (Blues Clues & You!)

Voxprotocol (Among The Stars)

Paizo (Starfinder)

Reel2Media (Yak Talk Back!)


Google Assistant Developer of the Year

iVow.AI (Sina Storyteller)

Zynga (Daily Word Wheel)

Disney (Disney+)

LV= General Insurance (LV)


Samsung Bixby Developer of the Year

Winner: Wondery


Microsoft AI Use Case of the Year

Winner: Zammo


Apple Siri Use Case of the Year

Winner: Find Your Nearest COVID-19 Vaccination Site


Independent Voice/AI Company of the Year

Cerence

Cognigy

Rasa

Voicify

Interactions

Nuance

Deepgram

Zammo

DSP Concepts

Constant Companion


The Voice of the Car Summit Award for Automotive Voice/AI Developer of the Year 

Mercedes (MBUX)

Amazon (Alexa Auto)

Ford (SYNC 4)

Google (Android Auto)

SoundHound (Honda Personal Assistant)

Affectiva


The Voice of Hospitality Summit Award for Best Hospitality Voice/AI Developer Of The Year

Volara

Kea

Google

Valyant


The Voice of Healthcare Summit Award For Healthcare Voice/AI Developer of the Year

Constant Companion

Tempus

Canary Speech

Bola

Nuance

K4Connect

Suki


Best Application of Voice/AI To COVID-19

Constant Companion

Carnegie Mellon University

Hyro.AI

Nuance

Avaamo

Vocalis Health

MIT


Education Voice/AI Developer of the Year

Bamboo Learning

SayKid

Voicelets

Nickelodeon

Soapbox Labs

TeeRead


The Digital Book World Awards For Publishing/Storytelling Voice/AI Developer of the Year

Amazon Alexa (Alexa, What Should I Read Next?)

Authors AI

RealSAM

The Other America

Earplay

Novel Effect

TeeRead


The Voice of Money Award for Best Financial Voice/AI Developer of the Year

WealthVoice

Best Innovation Group

LV= General Insurance

Helios

US Bank

Abe.ai

Refinitiv

Tinkoff Bank


The Voice of Gaming Award For Gaming Voice/AI Developer of the Year

Volley

Labworks.IO

Bandai Namco

FX Digital

Matchbox.io

Amazon / Paizo​

Earplay

Zynga

Mark Tucker

Doppio

HCS Voice Packs


Smart Home Voice/AI Developer of the Year

Josh.AI

ButterflyMX

Zen Ecosystems


​Retail Voice/AI Developer of the Year

Best Buy

Speechly

Perfect Corp.

NBC (Peacock)

Amazon (Amazon Fresh)


Manufacturing / Logistics Voice/AI Developer of the Year

Winner: ConverSight.AI


Flash Briefing of the Year

Daily Almanac Flash Briefing

Gaming Observer

The Daily Show

Everyday Positivity Flash Briefing

Voice Marketing with Emily Binder

US Navy Flash Briefing

Voice in Canada

The Front Row Entrepreneur


Third-Party Voice Development Tool of the Year

Nuance Mix

Voiceflow

Botmock

Cerence Studio

Rasa

Voicify

Just AI Conversational Framework

If you’re a Finalist, feel free to use this graphic. Square 1080x1080 Instagram-ready graphics will be made available via ProjectVoice.AI beginning tomorrow.


CEOs and senior executives interested in purchasing a pass to Project Voice 100 (in person) can reach out to us - as of this writing, we have a grand total of 6 passes left after accounting for those being held for waitlisted companies and individuals.

If interested, you should respond immediately by replying to this email.


I have 100 invitations to Faves, a brand-new social network which I will be using to share content, such as articles and podcasts, that I find of interest within the realm of voice/AI. This is an opportunity to arrive at a new social network on the ground floor.

The company has given me these invitations to give to leaders, pioneers, movers and shakers doing work with voice technology and/or conversational AI.

If this interests you, reach out (reply to this email) as we will give these invitations out on a first come, first served basis.

Note that you’ll need an iOS device to download and use the Faves app.