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Witlingo

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM (MST)

Lingofest

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Students, Seniors and those who need financial assistance Jan 26, 2018 $20.00 $0.00
Early Bird Jan 26, 2018 $175.00 $0.00
Regular Not Started $250.00 $0.00

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Witlingo, a McLean, VA based startup focused on delivering Voice First products and solutions on devices such as Amazon's Alexa, Google Home, and Microsoft's Cortana, is holding its inaugural Conference at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. The two day conference will take place on January 25th and January 26th, 2018 and will overlap with the Sundance Film Festival, which is taking place in 2018 from January 18th to January 28th.

According to Dr. Ahmed Bouzid, Founder and CEO of Witlingo and Co-Chair of the Ubiquitous Voice Society, “The aim of the conference is to promote interdisciplinary, cross-pollinated dialogs and conversations between technology consumers, students, activists, writers, academicians and practitioners in the arts, the humanities and the social sciences, technologists, entrepreneurs and investors in information technology.”

“Technology is moving to a whole new level of disruption,” Dr. Bouzid added. “It’s time for us receivers of these mind-bending technologies to move away from our default role of passive, naive, cheerleading consumers, to users who have not only a much more discerning understanding of the impact these new technologies have on our lives, but also have a proactive say in what technologies we want and what problems we want solved. It’s time that we did away with the notion that the so-called “Market” will determine what customers want, given that such markets are now dominated by a handful of behemoths with mercantile agendas and deep pockets, and who have the power to manipulate what we are supposed to want and the muscle to impose on us what we are supposed to need and love.”

“There is a massive difference between waiting for what kind of new features fridges, washing machines, lawn mowers, TVs and so on companies will bring to the market,” said Professor David Ferro, Dean of Engineering at Weber State University, where the event will be hosted, “and the emergence of things that are far more disruptive, like self-driving cars, drones, ubiquitous smart phones, and voice based, conversational technologies. It’s a whole new ball game and we can’t afford to wait for the nature of consumer engagement to change at its own slow pace. Tough questions are emerging and we can’t let private companies with narrow interests to make decisions that have monumental consequences on how we live our lives as healthy individual humans and robust communities and societies.”

In addition to talks from experts and practitioners, the conference will also include panels, workshops, and student contexts. The full program is available below and at http://www.witlingo.com/conference

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The Program
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Day One - Thursday, January 25, 2018

 

9:00 am - 9:30 am - Check-in and Networking

9:30 am - 9:45 am - Welcome Remarks

  • About the conference and what to expect
  • Professor David Ferro & Dr. Ahmed Bouzid 

9:45 am - 10:30 am - Opening Lecture

  • Title: Voice Interaction as Past and Future 
  • Speaker: Phillip Hunter, Head of Voice UX at Amazon
  • Facilitator: Dr. Ahmed Bouzid 

10:30 am - 11:45 am - The Interview

  • 1-1 Interview with Leor Grebler (UCIC)
  • Interviewer: Ahmed Bouzid (Witlingo)

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm - Working Lunch Workshop: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

  • Workshop: Ideation for Voice First Experiences -- Navya Yelloji & UVS-Ogden Chapter

Afternoon: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • 2:00 - 2:50 - Student Pitches
    • Each Student has 5 Minutes to Pitch a Voice First Experience:
    • Judges: Jess Thornhill, Lisa Falkson, Mark Tucker
      • Prizes:
        • 1st: $200
        • 2nd: $100
        • 3rd: $100
  • 3:00 - 4:30 - Panel: Ubiquitous Voice: Designing and Building Voice Experiences: Big Ideas and Nuts and Bolts
    • Panelists
      • Brielle Nickoloff 
      • Jess Thornhill
      • Mark Tucker
    • Moderator: Lisa Falkson

Evening

  • Night at the Movies

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Day Two - Friday, January 26, 2018

 

9:00 am - 9:30 am - Check-in and Networking

9:30 am - 9:45 am - Welcome Remarks

  • About Day Two and what to expect
  • Professor David Ferro & Dr. Ahmed Bouzid

9:45 am - 10:30 am - Opening Lecture

    • Topic: Did we Predict Today and Can we Predict Tomorrow?
    • Speaker: Professor Eric Swedin, Historian of Science, Weber State University
    • Speaker-Audience Moderator: Prof. David Ferro

10:30 am - 11:30 am - The Interview

  • 1-1 Interview: Lisa Falkson (Stanford University)
    • Interviewer: Ahmed Bouzid  (Witlingo)

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm - Working Lunch Workshop

  • Working Lunch -- Workshop: Designing Voice First Experiences -- Brielle Nickoloff  & UVS-Ogden Chapter

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • 2:00 - 2:50 - Student Pitches
    • Judges: Eric Swedin, Mark Stevenson, Luke Fernandez
    • Each Student has 5 Minutes to Pitch a vision of how the world will be like in 2027:
      • Prizes:
        • 1st: $200
        • 2nd: $100
        • 3rd: $100
  • 3:00 - 4:30 - Panel: Our World in 2027: What kind of humans will we be in 10 years and what kind of society will we be living in?
    • Panelists
      • Eric Swedin, Historian of Science
      • Mark Stevenson, Anthropology
      • Luke Fernandez, Engineering, Technolog and Culture
      • Ahmed Bouzid, Witlingo
    • Moderator: Dr. David Ferro

Evening

  • Night at the Movies

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The Day After - Saturday, January 27, 2018

  • A fun-loving posse will be heading for the legendary Ogden ski slopes.  If you want to join in, please email us at conference@witlingo.com

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Speakers

  • Ahmed Bouzid
  • Brielle Nickoloff
  • David Ferro
  • Eric Swedin
  • Jess Thornhill
  • Lisa Falkson
  • Luke Fernandez
  • Mark Stevenson
  • Mark Tucker
  • Navya Yelloji
  • Weiye Ma


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Ogden

Ogden, UT

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM (MST)


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Witlingo

Witlingo is a McLean, VA based company that specializes in building products and solutions that enable businessses and organizations to deliver great voice conversations to their customers on devices such as the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Mirosoft Cortana's Invoke.

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