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Since its launch in 2017, Lingofest has always sought to involve students who are in the Arts, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences and to get them to think about the emergence of the conversational robot, the implications of such an emergence to what it means to be a human, and what role they may want to play in the rise of conversational voice first and audio. This field will need not only designers, developers, marketers and salespeople, but also researchers, ethicists, linguists, epistemologists, performing artists, sociologists, to just list a few of the possibilities.
See the FAQ below for more details.
All Presentations will begin airing on the Lingofest Youtube channel as live broadcasts starting at12:00 noon EST of their designated day. During the premiere portion, the presenter will be available via Youtube chat to answer any questions the audience may wish to ask via the chat forum. All links will go live by presentation days.
What is Lingofest?
Organized by Witlingo and sponsored by Weber State University, Lingofest is is part event, part community, part teaching platform, and part a few other things. Its core focus is Voice First: the emerging Conversational Voice First interface delivered on patforms such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, Samsung Bixby, as well as audio content delivered in other media and channels, including podcasts, embedded audio in digital properties, live social audio, and crowd sourced voice first content channels.
What is the theme of this virtual gathering?
In this event, Lingofest will focus on the following basic question: How do we, members of the Voice First community, the builders and the innovators, move the space from the hype cycle -- the natural phase of any truly innovative emerging technology -- to the value phase?
Who should attend Lingofest?
Anyone within the marketing team of a company that is thinking about adding voice to their marketing and branding mix should attend. Members of customer care teams should also attend, since voice automation has a well-proven record of delivering value through self service voice automation. Others who should attend include anyone who is interested in learning about Voice First, whether they are currently working on delivering products and solutions or aspire to do so: product marketers, product managers, UX field researchers, UX designers, software developers, quality assurance engineers, beta launch program managers, marketers, sales people, as well as investors.
When does it start and when does it end?
The event starts on March 1st, 2021, and ends on December 31st, 2021.
How much does it cost?
How much you pay depends on how much you can afford and how much you want to pay. We have the following options:
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How do I access the talks?
Videos to the talks as well as PDFs of those talks will be made available at 12:00 noon EST of the day of the talks.
Why this format?
In the month of March, we will be premiering one new presentation at 12:00 noon EST, every weekday, starting from March 1, 2021 and ending on March 31, 2021.
Starting Friday, April 2nd, we will be premiering one presentation a week, every Friday at 12:00 noon EST, until the last Friday of the year, Friday, December 31st, 2021.
The presentations will be run as live broadcasts on Youtube Live, where the presenter will be available to answer questions on the chat forum (text only).
The goal of doing it this way is to give the community and the attendees the time and the space to engage the presenter and each other in conversation about the topic presented through the social media landscape -- Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Youtube, Clubhouse, and anywhere else the audience wishes to take the conversation to.
Who will have access to the video presentations?
All video presentations are available to, and accessible by, anyone for free.
Tell me more about the Student Essay Contest.
Students, whether high schoolers, college undergraduates or graduates, are invited to submit essays of no more than 1,000 words long on one of the three topics below.
3 essays will be picked as the winners, and each winner will receive $USD 100 (one hundred US dollars).
All submitted essays will be published on the Lingofest.com website.
The 3 topics
Please pick exactly one topic and indicate in the title of your essay which one you picked: