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 and will continue airing for 24 hours. During the first hour, 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 March 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:
I want to sponsor Lingofest. What do I do?
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?
We will be airing one new presentation at 12:00 noon EST, every weekday, starting from March 1, 2021 and ending on March 31, 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) during the first hour (from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm). At 1:00 pm EST, the presentation will then be run again, re-cycling over until the next day at 12:00 noon when the next presentation is published. At which point, the old presentation will be made available to view as a regular Youtube video.
The goal of trying this format is to see if we can give the community and the attendees the time and the space via the social media landscape to engage the presenters and each other in conversations about the topics presented. Conversations can be had on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Youtube, Clubhouse, and anywhere else the audience wishes to take the conversation to. All you need to do is hashtag your conversations using #LingoFest to make it easy for others to locate the conversations. (Make sure you capitalize the L and F for screen readers that are used by blind users.)
Will the presentations be available after the conference?
Yes. All videos and their accompanying PDFs will be made available and accessible for anyone, and 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:
In these times of fear and pain, perhaps some wild love for what we do and for those we do it with is what we need...
Listen to what members of the Voice First community are saying by clicking on the below. And if you want to add your voice, go here: https://www.witlingo.com/voicefirst/