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Lingo Fest 2019

What is LingoFest?

Lingofest is an annual two day conference that gathers technologists, students, and academicians who are interested in the emerging field of voice based technology (e.g., Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana). User Experience managers from companies like Amazon, Comcast, and Google will be leading discussions on the future of voice activated technology.

February 1- 2, 2019
Weber State University
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The Schedule

Friday February 1

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration and Social

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Opening Talk & Discussion - Paul Cutsinger (Amazon)

10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:15 am

Notes from the Field - Scot and Susan Westwater @ Pragmatic Digital

Now What? A Simple Roadmap for Catching the Next Big Wave 

Researchers are predicting that in 2018, voice assistant penetration will be around 27% in the US and that by 2022, that number will reach 55%.*   With that level of growth, it’s no question that voice is going to be the “next big thing.” It’s not hard to recognize the potential voice has for engaging and build relationships with users in a compelling and valuable way.  But now that the opportunity is clear, the road forward is not. Best practices are still evolving and there is still much experimentation as everyone tries to build the killer voice app. 

However, there are strategies and approaches that exist that can build a stable foundation for a voice-first future. In this talk, Scot and Susan Westwater from Pragmatic will share the strategies for identifying, creating and launching a voice skill.

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Networking Break

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Notes from The Field - Jackson Carson - UI/UX @ SnapEngage 

How does one’s UX design process change (if at all) from interface to interface? Specifically in chat versus Voice, what are the similarities and differences in the UX design process?

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Notes from The Field - Ha-Hoa - Product design for Voice @ NPR

New Frontiers in Voice

How does one craft an end-to-end, go to market strategy for platform launches? What is the process look like when coordinating developers, tech writers, designers and data scientist to support a ubiquitous listening experience?

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch break

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel Discussion

The Craft of Designing for Conversational Usability

  • Lisa Falkson (Amazon)
  • Brielle Nickoloff, Witlingo
  • Ilana Shalowitz, Emmi
  • Kyree Holmes, Comcast 
  • Rebecca Evanhoe, Mobiquity

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm


2:15 pm - 3:10 pm

The Interview 
Ahmed interviewing Noelle LaCharite

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

The Voice First Roundtable - Ilana Shalowitz - (Topic TBD)

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Networking Break

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Closing Lecture - Safiya Noble -- Algorithms of Oppression


Our Speakers


Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble

Author of Algorithms of Oppression
Professor at USC & Researcher on Gender and Race Bias in Media

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. Previously, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA where she held appointments in the Departments of African American Studies, Gender Studies, and Education. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award. 

Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press). 

She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (Peter Lang, Digital Formations, 2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (Elsevier, 2015). Safiya holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis on African American/Ethnic Studies.




The Lingofest Vision Essay Contest

Write a short essay between 750 and 1,000 words on how our world will change with the arrival of Ubiquitous Voice.  You can pick a specific use case (for instance, a hotel stay, or when we are sick and are not able to move easily, teaching a toddler, someone learning a second language, etc.), or you can talk about general patterns: for instance, the effect of adopting voice on the way we use our smartphones, or the effect of voice on how we interact with each other, or on how children may or may not learn bad habits (for instance, interrupting people because they have learned that it’s OK to interrupt Alexa, etc.).


Three winners will be awarded either an Amazon Echo Dot or a Google Home Mini, according to their choice.


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