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Top Speech Technology Events You Should Attend in 2017

A list of the best conferences and expos for those interested in speech technology solutions.

Top Speech Technology Events 2017

The speech technology industry is currently in a period of strong growth. Just check out our infographic to see how much growth forecasters are expecting over the next few years. 

That growth looks to continue in 2017 as innovators continue to integrate text-to-speech and speech recognition capabilities into new and existing solutions.

At NeoSpeech, we’re passionate about providing the best text-to-speech solutions for developers building the next great call center, eLearning, assistive tech, AR/VR, and intelligent virtual assistant solutions. Our customers also use our text-to-speech voices for a wide variety of other applications including navigation, health care, finance, and announcement systems.

To keep up with the latest technical trends in all these industries, we like to exhibit at or attend several conferences and expos throughout the year so we can see firsthand the trends that are driving the industry. This gives us valuable insight and helps us discover new ways text-to-speech can be utilized.

If you work with speech technology or have any interest in it, then you definitely want to check out the following events. These are the top speech technology events in 2017:

Top Overall Speech Technology Event

SpeechTEK 2017Event: SpeechTEK 2017

Website: http://www.speechtek.com/2017/

Dates: April 24-26, 2017

Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park – Washington, DC

Description: This is the event to attend in the speech technology industry. This event focuses on new uses of speech technology and how it is changing the way people interact with companies and devices. Sessions at this event will tackle interesting subjects such as chatbots and conversational AI.

Why you should go: If you’re in the speech technology industry, you shouldn’t need much convincing. Some of the brightest minds at the forefront of speech tech innovation will be presenting at this event. If you want to stay on top of the trends, you need to attend SpeechTEK 2017.

Top IVR/CTI, Call Center Events


Event: ICMI Contact Center Expo & Conference

Website: http://www.icmi.com/Contact-Center-Expo-Conference

Dates: May 22-25, 2017

Location: Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort – Orlando, FL

Description: Call centers are important because they facilitate customer-to-company communication. This event focuses on the latest call center solutions that help companies improve their internal operations and keep their customers satisfied.

Why you should go: Speech technology has become an integral part of call center solutions. By using text-to-speech and speech recognition, companies can automate their entire call center. Vendors are constantly upgrading their speech tech solutions and this is the event to see how it is happening.

Call Center Week

Event: Call Center Week

Website: https://www.callcenterweek.com/

Dates: June 26-30, 2017

Location: The Mirage – Las Vegas, NV

Description: With 155 event speakers and over 200 sponsors and exhibitors, Call Center Week has everything you’re looking for. The whole purpose of this event is to bring the call center community together and to discuss the next great tools and solutions that give you the competitive edge.

Why you should go: Similar to the previous event, you’ll learn about the latest innovations that are changing the call center industry. Speech technology will continue to be a big part of the industry in 2017.

Top eLearning Event


Event: DevLearn Conference & Expo

Website: https://www.elearningguild.com/DevLearn/content/4672/devlearn-2017-conference–expo–home/

Dates: October 25- 27, 2017

Location: The Mirage – Las Vegas, NV

Description: There’s a lot of eLearning and Training related events, but DevLearn stands out because it is focused specifically on learning technologies. DevLearn brings together innovators who are looking to transform the way we approach education with new technologies.

Why you should go: Speech technology is used heavily in the eLearning world. Text-to-speech can recite information and help teach students to learn how to read, to deliver a presentation, and to teach a new language. If you have any interest in education or speech technology, you need to attend DevLearn.

Top Assistive Technology Event

ATIA 2017

Event: ATiA 2017

Website: https://www.atia.org/conference/

Dates: January 18-21, 2017

Location: Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center – Orlando, FL

Description: The Assistive Technology Industry Association puts on this event for the purpose of exploring the latest advancements in assistive technology. There are hundreds of applications assistive technology has been used for, including communication devices and reading tools.

Why you should go: One of the first uses of speech technology was for assistive devices. Text-to-speech is commonly used to give a voice to those who don’t have one. At this event, you’ll get to see how speech tech and new emerging technologies are being used for assistive purposes.

Top Broadcasting Event

nab show

Event: 2017 NAB Show

Website: http://www.nabshow.com/  

Dates: April 22-27, 2017

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, NV

Description: Film, mobile, gaming, television, and radio are just a handful of the categories featured at this annual event put on by the National Association of Broadcasters. The focus of this show is to showcase the latest technologies being used in the broadcasting industry.

Why you should go: Speech technology is being used more and more by broadcasting solution providers. One of the most popular applications is emergency alert notifications. If you’re interested in finding out how speech technology can be used in the broadcasting world, this is the event for you.

What do you think?

Will you be going to any of the above events? Did you attend any of last year’s events? And if so, do you have any insights from them? Let us know in the comments!

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