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Thanks for your interest in speaking at SpeechTek 2014!

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 18-20, 2014) 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 and multimodal 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)

Topics

We are looking for presentations that will help attendees learn how to effectively design, evaluate, implement, and maintain speech technologies in mobile, multimodal, and IVR systems. Specifically, we are looking for novel, up-to-date content, delivered by dynamic presenters on topics such as:

  • Business  Strategies
    • Understand your customers’ needs using analytics
    • Provide security and trust to customers by using speaker identification and verification
    • Manage the process of creating and deploying voice and multimodal applications
    • Improve customer service via automation
    • Compare and evaluate hosting strategies
    • Evaluate outbound calling strategies
  • Interaction Design
    • Integrate speech and graphical user interfaces
    • Apply guidelines for speech in multi- and cross-modal user interfaces
    • Add speech for maximum benefit
    • Evaluate multimodal user interfaces
  • User Experiences
    • Learn how speech technologies impact customer-facing applications (case study) 
    • Plan and improve user experience for internal employee-facing applications using speech technologies (case study) 
    • Measure and interpret user experiences using quantitative methods
    • Assess the value of positive user experience
  • Technology Advances
    • Apply advances in speech technologies (ASR, TTS, NLP, trait analysis, language translation, etc.)
    • Evaluate new development tools (validators, languages, testing harness, tuning, analytics)
    • Choose the best architecture and framework (multichannel, multimodal, distributed, security, device-independent authoring, etc.)
    • Leverage advances in mobile device platforms 
    • Create intelligent virtual agents and voice search (general agents such as Siri, company specific virtual agents)
    • Evaluate speech-enabled devices (home appliances, toys, servers, wearable technologies, cars, mobile devices, TVs, phones, and game platforms)
    • Embrace larger user markets with multilingual speech applications
    • Identify and plan for new technologies for release by 2015

Submitting a Proposal

Submit your proposals for presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, using the online entry form on or before Friday, January 31, 2014. 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.

Tips 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 chance of acceptance than proposals submitted on January 31, 2014.
  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. Be sure to frame your proposal for a specific segment.
  3. Target your presentation to an audience that is knowledgeable about speech technology. 
  4. Be as specific as you can. We prefer proposals with clear and precise messages over proposals that are vague and ambiguous. 
  5. Proposals should be vendor independent. Attendees don’t like listening to product pitches. The place for product presentations should be in the showroom. 
  6. We discourage joint presentations by two or more speakers. A presentation may list co-authors, but only a single presenter. 
  7. 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 by attendees. 

Session Types

SpeechTEK 2014 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. You will be asked to include the names of suggested panelists in your proposal. 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 inviting the panelists, 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. (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.)

We are interested in case studies describing the impact of speech technologies in mobile, multimodal, and IVR applications for either customer or employee support. Case study presentations should address the following questions:

  1. What prompted the need for an automated user interaction solution or upgrade?
  2. What business problems were solved using automated user interactions?
  3. Who is the target audience for your automated user 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 must come from project leaders who have actually deployed the application, but joint presentations with a vendor will also be considered. 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 speech technology. We encourage proposals aimed at more experienced audiences, but we welcome introductory-level presentations 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 Friday, January 31, 2014
Preconference Workshops Sunday August 17, 2014
Conference August 18-20, 2014
Post-conference Workshops Thursday August21, 2014

Thank you for your interest in presenting at SpeechTEK 2014!

Susan Hura

SpeechTEK Co-chair

Jim Larson

SpeechTEK Co-chair
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