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Speech is Everywhere

If you have a great speech technology presentation idea, here's your chance to pitch it! The editors of Speech Technology magazine and Conference Co-chairs Susan Hura and Jim Larson are inviting designers, developers, vendors, analysts, consultants, and client companies to present their innovative ideas and success stories at the SpeechTEK conference (August 19-21, 2013) at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Target Audience

Many presentations could appeal to more than one type of attendee, so be sure to frame your proposal for a specific group.

  • Business decision makers (C-level executives, marketing executives)
  • Interaction designers (voice user interface designers)
  • Customer experience professionals (customer service managers, call center VPs/Directors)
  • Tech professionals / developers (enterprise IT decision makers, speech solutions managers and developers)


We are looking for presentations that will help attendees learn effective strategies for design, evaluation, implementation, and maintenance of speech technologies. Specifically, we are looking for high-quality content, delivered by dynamic presenters in the following areas:

  • Business strategies (streamline processes, cut costs, bolster revenue, and etc.)
  • User interface experiences (voice-only, speak and view, multimodal input, user-directed, system-directed, mixed initiative, design templates and patterns, best practices methodologies)
  • Mobile device and application advancements
  • Intelligent virtual agents and voice search (Siri-inspired enterprise VAs, such as Lexee & Sophia)
  • Architecture and frameworks (e.g., multichannel, multimodal, distributed, security, hosting strategies, device-independent authoring)
  • Standards in speech and multimodal design
  • Hosted solutions
  • Outbound calling strategies
  • Speech analytics best practices
  • Tools (validators, languages, testing harness, tuning, analytics)
  • Speaker identification and verification techniques (security and trust issues)
  • Speech-enabled devices (home appliances, toys, servers, wearables, cars, mobile devices, TVs, dial phones, and game platforms)
  • Basic technologies (ASR, TTS, NLP)
  • Case studies from customers using speech
  • Challenges and techniques for multilingual speech applications
  • Trait analysis and language translation
  • New technologies to be released by 2014

Submitting a Proposal

Submit your proposals for presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, using the online entry form on or before January 25, 2013. You will be asked to supply your contact and biographical information. During an online session you will supply information about yourself and your affiliation, and one or more proposals.

Hints for submitting a good proposal:

  1. Proposals will be evaluated in the order in which they are submitted. Thus, early proposals will have a better change of acceptance than proposals submitted on the deadline of January 25, 2013.
  2. Proposals should be aimed at a specific segment of the SpeechTEK audience: business decision-makers, interaction designers, customer experience professionals, developers, or technology researchers. Many topics listed here could appeal to more than one type of audience, so be sure to frame your proposal for a specific segment.
  3. Be as specific as you can. We prefer proposals with clear and precise messages over proposals that are vague and ambiguous.
  4. Proposals should be vendor independent. Attendees don’t like listening to product pitches. The place for product presentations should be in the showroom.
  5. We discourage joint presentations by two or more speakers. A presentation may list co-authors, but only a single presenter.
  6. If your presentation is accepted, you will be asked to submit a PowerPoint file. All presentations should have no more than a single slide describing the author’s affiliation, products and services, and contact information. Presentations will be posted online for reference attendees.

Session Types

SpeechTEK 2013 allows you to choose the session type that will best fit your story.

Panel Sessions

The best insights and most compelling discussions at SpeechTEK often emerge from panel discussions, so we’re keen to include as many panels as we can at this year’s conference. Panels provide the opportunity to differentiate your position from the prevailing wisdom and call out the most relevant information to decision makers.

We welcome panel proposals from individuals interested in organizing and moderating a panel, or from those who would like to participate as expert panelists. We’re looking for unique perspectives and honest assessments from representatives of companies deploying solutions and from organizations that help create them.

Panel format will be discussion only, so no written presentations are required. The specific logistics of each panel are at the discretion of the panel moderator. Moderators are responsible for framing the discussion, sharing a list of questions with panelists ahead of time, and facilitating the panel session itself. Panelists need to carefully consider their position and be prepared to support their statements with evidence.

Click here to submit a Panel Session proposal.

Case Studies

Conference attendees learn best from the experiences of others. The goal of a case study presentation is to present real-life stories and insight from actual speech deployments. Whether you have a success story or a cautionary tale to tell, case studies are all about what worked, what didn’t, and why. Case study proposals will be accepted only from project leaders who have actually deployed the application. (Note to vendors: customer case studies are one of the best ways to promote a successful deployment of your product, so encourage your customers to submit case study presentations.)

Case study presentations should address the following questions:

  1. What prompted the need for an automated customer interaction solution or upgrade?
  2. What business problems were solved using automated customer interactions?
  3. Who is the target audience for your automated customer interaction applications, and what services does your application provide?
  4. What measures of success did you use?
  5. How did you choose your technology providers?
  6. What problems did you encounter during implementation and deployment, and how did you overcome these problems?
  7. What is your return on investment?
  8. What key lessons did you learn?

Case study proposals will only be accepted from customer organizations that deploy automated customer interaction applications. If accepted, presenters of customer case study presentations are required to submit a PowerPoint file prior to the conference.

Click here to submit a Case Study proposal.

45-Minute Presentation

We devote 45-minute presentation slots to the most significant and innovative topics in building automated customer interactions. Introductory-level proposals are welcome, but we encourage proposals aimed at more experienced audiences as well. The 45-minute presentations should contain useful information about solutions, which attendees can use to solve their business problem, but not pitches for new products or services. If accepted, presenters of 45-minute presentations are required to submit a PowerPoint file prior to the conference.

Click here to submit a 45-minute Presentation proposal.

Sunrise Discussions

These 45-minute early morning sessions give attendees a chance to share knowledge and ask questions about a topic of interest. A discussion leader will facilitate the conversation and offer expert opinions. The format for these sessions will be discussion only, so no written presentations are required.

Click here to submit a Sunrise Discussion proposal.

Do-It-Yourself Workshop

These 45-minute sessions give attendees practical lessons on a single important topic such as using a new tool or a new process. Do-it-yourself (DIY) workshops are intended for experienced practitioners who do not need introductory material; instead, these sessions explore a topic in-depth and give attendees skills and knowledge they can use immediately. During the workshop, attendees will design and/or implement a small project that they can take home. If accepted, presenters of DIY workshops are required to submit a PowerPoint file prior to the conference. Instructions for downloading any software to be used during workshop should be included in the proposal.

Click here to submit a Do-It-Yourself Workshop proposal.

SpeechTEK University

If you have a special skill or body of knowledge, we invite you to share it with the SpeechTEK audience. We invite proposals for 3-hour tutorials that focus on fostering innovation with speech technology. Tutorials may be introductory or advanced, but should focus on delivering useful knowledge and skills to the audience. Attendees respond best to participatory and hands-on tutorials, so we will favor proposals that are highly interactive. If accepted, presenters of SpeechTEK University presentations are required to submit a PowerPoint file prior to the conference.

Click here to submit a SpeechTEK University proposal.

Important Dates

Deadline for Submissions January 25, 2013
Preconference Workshops Sunday Aug 18, 2013
Conference Aug. 19-21, 2013
Post-conference Workshops Thursday Aug. 22, 2013

Thank you for your interest in presenting at SpeechTEK 2013!

Susan Hura

SpeechTEK Co-chair

Jim Larson

SpeechTEK Co-chair
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