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Open Voice #65: New event & podcast, Nike as well as the afterlife with voice, BBC going independent, Baidu nr uno, Fitbit with Alexa andApple says sorry.

Hi there, Every week we collect the developments in the Voice domain into a single list of things you
Open Voice #65: New event & podcast, Nike as well as the afterlife with voice, BBC going independent, Baidu nr uno, Fitbit with Alexa andApple says sorry.
By Maarten & Sam • Issue #65 • View online
Hi there,
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.
Voice life. A personal moment from Maarten: “I was at my brothers who had the Sonos x Ikea - speaker x light. He said he needed to fetch his phone to show me how it worked. I didn’t understand”.
🎧 Voicecast
Check the latest version of the Voicecast: Leona van der Linden. She made quite a splash with her graduation research on the Voice Design process at Valsplat (you might have seen the card deck making the rounds on social media). You can listen to this episode via your browser, or better yet: subscribe in iTunes or Spotify, rate and comment! It helps more people find it.
🎫 Open Voice Event September 26th
We’re planning our next event on Media & Entertainment for September 26th at Mirabeau, Amsterdam. First speaker announcement is Tom Jessen, Project Leader Voice at RTL Nieuws! Tickets are free, get them while they last via eventbrite.
Now, on with the news!

Gartner Hype Cycle no longer shows Conversational AI (because it’s mainstream)
Gartner Hype Cycle no longer shows Conversational AI (because it’s mainstream)
Amazon Alexa + Pebble Core: Now We're Talking
Amazon Alexa + Pebble Core: Now We're Talking
Pebble was early with a lot of things. The pebble core was a screenless device with Alexa. Unfortunately the Kickstarter campaign never materialized. Fitbit acquired Pebble early 2017. The Fitbit Versa 2 that goes on sale September 15th seems to be the first real product that comes out with Alexa since the Pebble core.
That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week!
Cheers,
— Maarten & Sam

PS. We didn’t want this to go by unnoticed: since this week Amsterdam has a chapter in the international Women in Voice community. We asked Maaike Groenewege for a short contribution to the newsletter:
Dutch Women in Voice meeting
Dutch Women in Voice meeting
August 26th saw the launch of the Dutch chapter of Women in Voice International. This global movement, founded by Joan Palmiter Bajorek, aims to empower women and diverse people that work in the voice technology field, build a strong and solidary community, and provide opportunities for professional growth and development.  
Maaike Groenewege, initiator of the Dutch chapter: “Ever since I trained as a linguist, I’ve been fascinated by language, speech and voice. Like many women out there, I’m only just transitioning into voice and conversational design. So when I heard about Women in Voice, I really liked the idea of connecting like-minded women and create a space for learning, sharing and support.
I love that we’re really riding the wave right now: we’ve formed a strong core team of 10 ambitious women who all committed to making this community thrive, and our Slack group WiVNL has just welcomed its 30th member. Even though we’re still installing the organisational plumbing, some pivotal themes are already emerging, like the gender data gap, an issue that becomes more pressing now that AI is increasingly shaping our day-to-day lives.
[Side note: if you want to know more about how data bias has affected women throughout the decades, we highly recommend reading Caroline Criado Perez’ Invisible women - exposing data bias in a world designed for men, a truly eye opening read on this topic]
We’ll spend the next few weeks consolidating our community, reaching out to potential partners and sponsors, and of course: planning our opening event, which we expect to host early november. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming women and allies!
Want to join the Dutch Women in Voice movement? 

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