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Open Voice #102: 10K 60+ speaker give away, VoiceLunchNL invite, Corvid-19 usage rise, the W3C Intelligent Personal Assistant Architecture, 100mln valuation and 12mln investment in Clubhouse by a16z

Hi {{first_name}}, Every week we collect the developments in the Voice domain into a single list of t
Open Voice #102: 10K 60+ speaker give away, VoiceLunchNL invite, Corvid-19 usage rise, the W3C Intelligent Personal Assistant Architecture, 100mln valuation and 12mln investment in Clubhouse by a16z
By Maarten & Sam • Issue #102 • View online
Hi {{first_name}},
Every week we collect the developments in the Voice domain into a single list of things you shouldn’t have missed. But before we dive into the news, here’s more on the other channels we work on.
Project Zilver’s 10.000 smart speaker give away
[Maarten:] Project Zilver arranged to give away 10K/0,5 mln Google Nest Mini’s to older adults. Last years research showed that smart speakers help with feelings of loneliness, support independence, provide entertainment.
Or as Han said (81, living alone): Google Home changed my life, it has become a dear friend of mine.
When the Dutch King did his national address about Covid-19 it was clear to me that Project Zilver with its intent of making the lives of older adults better with speech technology was a perfect means. Time to shake some trees and place some calls. With ANBO, Google and me in the lead and with partners SeniorWeb, Novum (SVB) and Achmea, we worked to arrange the give away.
We launched last week Tuesday and by Thursday they were all gone! That speed was a surprise. Soon we will share more about this amazing story. In the mean time use the older adult installation guide or content guide of you need some guidance, because we all do 8-). Both in Dutch.
🍴 Join Voice Lunch Netherlands
Last week was a good one again. We talked accessibility features and fielded various questions. You have any? And are you up for some more insightful and relaxed conversation with your Voice peers? Come on over next Wednesday from 12 to 1. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81645540775?pwd=dGdmdVl5Q1JmeEZOYmFSYU0yY0JWZz09

Now, on with lunch... wait, no, the news...!
Now, on with lunch... wait, no, the news...!
W3C Intelligent Personal Assistant Architecture (more below)
W3C Intelligent Personal Assistant Architecture (more below)
Jonathan Wegener
Any parents have AirPods and kids 7-11 and want to try something cool?
That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more voice news. Till then, stay safe!
Cheers,
— Maarten & Sam

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