Project Voice 2021

All of the Project Voice 2021 Award Winners

Project Voice unveiled the 2021 award winners this week as this year’s virtual conference began. The award categories touched the increasingly wide range of voice technology applications and the people and companies behind them, including its key role during the COVID-19 pandemic. That hugely different independent voice experience developers like Speechly, Voiceflow and Skilled Creative could each appear on the list shows just how broad that concept has become. The same goes for Cerence, recognized for many of its new and innovative applications of voice tech despite its theoretical constraint to “automotive voice tech.” You can see the full list of winners below.

Outstanding Achievement Awards – Sanjay Dhawan / Mark Benjamin (Cerence spinoff from Nuance), Kurt Schrader / Andrew Childs (Clubhouse), Daniela Braga (First female CEO of voice/AI company to raise over $50M), Jon Stine (Open Voice Network), Iran Davar Ardalan / Nisa McCoy / Nikki McLay / Karim Ardalan / Kee Malesky / Robert Malesky (iVow.AI), Karol Stryja / Michal Stanislawek (VoiceLunch), Google (Google for Startups Accelerator: Voice AI), Nick Schwab (Sleep Sounds), Nithya Thadani (RAIN Agency)
Brandon Kaplan (Skilled Creative), Tobias Dengel (WillowTree), Mark Gray (Constant Companion)

Voice Developer of the Year – Cerence, Nuance

Voice Experience of the Year – Starfinder, Clubhouse

The Project Voice Advisory Group Award For Best Voice Experience Created By A Large Company – Lucky Charms Magical Mission (General Mills), Wild Turkey Tasting (Campari), NBA Skill Relaunch (NBA)

Voice/AI Pioneer of the Year – Aariv Modi (independent voice developer)

Voice/AI Executive of the Year – Sanjay Dhawan (Cerence)

Voice/AI Journalist of the Year – Bret Kinsella (Voicebot.AI)

The Project Voice Medal for Diversity and Inclusion – iVow.AI

The This Week In Voice Award for Voice/AI Commentator of the Year – Bret Kinsella (Voicebot.AI)

Best Voice/AI Chip / Processor – Graphcore

Best Voice/AI Integration Within A Mobile App – Spotify

Best Voice/AI Integration Within A Website – Google (YouTube)

Best Use of Sentiment Analysis Within Conversational AI – Behavioral Signals

The DefinedCrowd Award For Best Use of Data Science Within Conversational AI – NVIDIA

Best Use of Biometric Authentication Within Conversational AI – Kaizen Technologies, Pindrop

Best Use of Synthetic Voices – Skyrim Fan Video (Adriac), Cerence Q4 Earnings Call (Cerence)

Amazon Alexa Developer of the Year – Paizo (Starfinder)

Google Assistant Developer of the Year – iVow.AI (Sina Storyteller)

Samsung Bixby Developer of the Year – Wondery

Microsoft AI Use Case of the Year – Zammo

Apple Siri Use Case of the Year – Find Your Nearest COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Independent Voice/AI Company of the Year – Cerence

The Voice of the Car Summit Award for Automotive Voice/AI Developer of the Year – Mercedes (MBUX) Powered By Cerence

The Voice of Hospitality Summit Award for Best Hospitality Voice/AI Developer Of The Year – Volara

The Voice of Healthcare Summit Award For Healthcare Voice/AI Developer of the Year – Constant Companion

Best Application of Voice/AI To COVID-19 – Carnegie Mellon University

Education Voice/AI Developer of the Year – Bamboo Learning

The Digital Book World Awards For Publishing/Storytelling Voice/AI Developer of the Year – RealSAM

The Voice of Money Award for Best Financial Voice/AI Developer of the Year – LV= General Insurance / Rabbit & Pork

The Voice of Gaming Award For Gaming Voice/AI Developer of the Year – Labworks.IO

Smart Home Voice/AI Developer of the Year – Josh.AI

Retail Voice/AI Developer of the Year – Best Buy, Speechly

Manufacturing / Logistics Voice/AI Developer of the Year – ConverSight.AI

Flash Briefing of the Year – Voice in Canada

Third-Party Voice Development Tool of the Year – Voiceflow


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