All of the Project Voice 2020 Award Winners
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Project Voice announced the 2020 award winners this week at an award gala during the Project Voice conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The nearly three dozen award categories covered the breadth of the industry and its various verticals. Check out the award winners below.
Outstanding Achievement Awards – The only award with more than one recipient, the seven who won the outstanding achievement award earned it for overall contributions to the industry. The list included Paul Cutsinger and Dave Isbitski from Amazon Alexa, Mandy Chan and Cathy Pearl from Google Assistant, Adam Cheyer from Samsung Bixby, Katie McMahon from SoundHound, Brian Roemmele for coining the term voice-first, Pete Erickson for creating the VOICE Summit, and Amazon for leading the Voice Interoperability Initiative.
Amazon – Amazon received the Voice Experience of the Year for “Alexa, What Am I Holding?” which informs people with vision trouble what the label of a can says.
Jeff Adams – Speech tech company Cobalt CEO Jeff Adams won Voice/AI Pioneer of the Year for his research on speech and language technology.
Voicebot.ai and Bret Kinsella – The founder of this website and research firm, Bret and Voicebot received the award for Voice/AI Journalist of the Year, as well as the “This Week in Voice” award for Voice/AI Commentator of the Year.
Google – Google and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society co-won the Project Voice Medal for Diversity and Inclusion for Project Understood, which is working on making voice assistants more accessible to people with disabilities.
NPR – NPR earned the Amazon Alexa Skill of the Year award this year for its app on the voice assistant platform as well as News Voice Developer of the Year. It also won News Voice Experience of the Year for its “Continuous Listening” experience on Alexa.
Disney – The entertainment giant won Google Assistant Developer of the Year for its creations for Google’s voice assistant.
My Storytime – A voice app for children to hear their parents read stories to them, My Storytime won Google Assistant Action of the Year.
Adassa Innovations – Voice game and app developer Adassa Innovations earned the Samsung Bixby Developer of the Year this year.
Radio.com – The Samsung Bixby Capsule of the Year award was given to Radio.com for its audio content Capsule.
SoundHound – The company behind the Houndify platform for white-label branded voice assistants won Independent Voice Assistant Developer of the Year for 2019.
Mercedes – The carmaker won a couple of awards at the gala. The MBUX voice app won the Voice of the Car Summit Awards Automotive Voice Experience of the Year, while the company as a whole earned the Automotive Voice Developer of the Year.
Voice Preservation Clinic – A joint project of VocalID and Northeastern University, Voice Preservation Clinic won the Voice of Healthcare Summit Award for Healthcare Voice Experience of the Year.
Orbita – Virtual healthcare assistant maker Orbita won Healthcare Voice Developer of the Year.
Bamboo Learning – Education technology company Bamboo Learning picked up the Education Voice Developer of the Year award, while its Highlights Storybooks voice app won the Voice of Education Summit Award for Education Voice Experience of the Year.
Audible – Audio content producer Audible’s Choose Your Own Adventure was chosen for the Digital Book World Award Publishing/Storytelling Voice Experience of the Year.
Earplay – Voice publishing platform Earplay won the Publishing/Storytelling Voice Developer of the Year at the event.
AllianceBernstein – Banking institute AllianceBernstein won the Voice of Money Award for Banking/Finance Voice Experience of the Year for its virtual bond-trading assistant Abbie.
BIG – Best Innovation Group (BIG) was selected as the Banking/Finance Voice Developer of the Year.
Philips Hue – Smart light developer Philips Hue won the Smart Home Voice Developer of the Year at the gala.
Blutag – Digital commerce platform Blutag won the Retail Voice Developer of the Year for the voice assistant apps it helps develop for retailers.
Voice in Canada – The program created by Dr. Teri Fisher, Voice in Canada, won Flash Briefing of the Year.
Voiceflow – A platform that enables anyone build a voice app without code, Voiceflow was chosen for the Third-Party Voice Development Tool of the Year.
Matchbox.io – Matchbox won four awards at the event. Gaming Voice Developer Of The Year and Amazon Alexa Developer of the year, as well as Gaming Voice Experience of the year for its Question of the Day voice game and the related Flash Briefing. Matchbox was also chosen as Voice Developer of the Year overall.