TANYA CHOPP is a marketing leader, consultant, and writer who specializes in technology, health, and the arts. Her writings and contributions have appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Adweek, Ad Age, StageMilk, Stage32, Training Magazine, and more. At Voices.com, Tanya leads the Content Team, which develops audio, visual, and written content covering the full gamut of voice applications for a diverse range of industries.
STUART CRANE is a software entrepreneur of 30+ years. In 1993 he co-founded CPR+, which became the leading enterprise software to the Specialty Pharmacy industry. After the company was acquired in 2013, Stuart started Voice Metrics, a business focused on delivering business information via voice assistants.
JULIE DANIEL DAVIS serves as Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation at the largest private preK-12 school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Julie is passionate about researching innovative ways to enhance education and then making them happen. As an educator, she is often looking for ways to meet student needs beyond the typical concepts of education. She believes in the value of disrupting education as we know it to prepare today's students for tomorrow's workforce. She serves as an instructional technology professional development leader/speaker, avid educational blogger, and a trailblazer in using voice in the educational setting. She created the Voice In Education weekly flash briefing to aid educators in using voice in the classroom.
MIKE DOANE is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington’s Information School. He is also a senior level consultant with 20+ years in information management, with a deep background in information architecture, user experience design, and ontology work. At the University of Washington, he teaches graduate courses in knowledge management, information architecture, user experience design, and taxonomy/ontology development. Mike has experience working with all types of vertical businesses and industries, such as legal, retail, pharma, energy, and information technology.
IAN FREED has always found time to advise and consult to businesses and nonprofits focused on technology and innovation, throughout the course of his 25-year technology business career, including 12 years at Amazon.com. He is also an investor in technology startups. Since 2017, Ian has mentored pre-college students and young professionals in the technology industry. While launching Bamboo Learning with co-founder Irina Fine, Ian has continued to assist TAF - a Seattle nonprofit - to implement the Teacher Scientist Partnership (TSP) program to recruit technology industry volunteers to supplement computer science education for students from under-represented minorities, as well as train Grade 6-12 teachers in Greater Seattle. At Amazon, Ian was a Vice President, and he served as Technology Adviser to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos from 2004-2005. He led the Amazon Kindle business including business strategy, product development, business development, and marketing from 2006 until 2010. Additionally, Ian led the Amazon Echo/Alexa business from inception in 2011 through first product release in 2015. From 2016-2017, Ian led consumer services including Amazon Restaurants - a one-hour food delivery service from local restaurants in 25 cities. Prior to Amazon, Ian served as Vice President at RealNetworks, and founder and President of Ian Freed Consulting. He holds 24 U.S. patents in computer hardware, software, services, and Internet technology.
MELODY FURZE is Chief of Education and a co-founder of Novel Effect, which provides an immersive storytelling experience for children of all ages. In addition to conducting research and developing Novel Effect as a tool for literacy learning, Melody is a certified teacher of students with visual impairment and a doctoral student in special education investigating sensory impairment in early childhood populations.
Director of Educational Development & Chief of Education, Novel Effect
GARRICK GAUCH is an accomplished digital technology executive with extensive experience with consumer brands on all aspects of mobile marketing and channel deployments, including: mobile-first strategy, UX design thinking, emerging tech innovation, ecosystem integration, and user analytics and retention. As co-founder and partner of MadValley Labs, Garrick has sought to combine elements of Madison Avenue and Silicon Valley - to support brands with the emerging tools of digital experiences and storytelling.
DANIEL HILL is obsessed with figuring what grabs people's attention and holds it. What makes someone tap the "like" button or post the crying emoji or share a picture with their private text message group? Daniel currently works at Columbia University Medical Center and runs DanielHillMedia, where he teaches small business owners how to use Instagram. He hosts an Instagram podcast, "The Instagram Stories," and launched the first Instagram Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing Skill where he gives daily news updates and answers questions.
MATT KELLER is Vice President of Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services. Matt brings more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing to his role at Capstone. He has held a number of senior management roles with comprehensive experience in strategic planning and leadership, market segmentation, product positioning, education technology, product management, marketing communications, and sales channel management. He has a track record of successes in product creation, customer loyalty programs, strategic acquisitions, brand management, and industry partnerships. Before joining the Capstone team in 2002, Matt served as Vice President of Marketing for AGS, a curriculum and assessment publisher for special needs children. He holds a B.A. in English and Business from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota. Fun fact: Matt plays trombone in a ska band and a Chicago cover band but has never played in Boston!
SHANTHAN KESHARAJU is the founder of Sermo Labs and a Director of Product Management at Fidelity Investments. Sermo Labs was founded in 2018 to make education fun and engaging for kids through voice experiences like Alexa and Google Voice. Alexa Skills to date include 1-2-3 Math, World Mathematics League, Hungry Birds, and Wizard of Math. Shanthan has won multiple Amazon Alexa Hackathons and continues to explore new and innovative ideas in the voice arena. He is passionate about championing for “Technology for a Cause,” where he focuses on enabling kids with special needs to learn with Alexa using Computer Vision. As Director of Product Management at Fidelity, Shanthan is leading the Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning product portfolios. He holds an MBA from Duke Fuqua School of Business.
NICK LAIDLAW, Voicify CTO, is part of a rare breed of technical executives who still knows how to work in the trenches while inspiring team members around him. He brings 20+ years of hands-on development and leadership experience in the marketing and advertising industry. Earlier, Nick was co-founder and CTO of Agency Oasis, a national digital advertising agency focused on web solutions. Nick has particular expertise in Content Management Systems (CMS) architecture and implementations, which propelled him to provide intuitive solutions within the voice assistant space.
BRADLEY METROCK is CEO of Nashville-based Score Publishing, which helps creators find voice. Bradley founded podcast network VoiceFirst.FM, hosts the popular show This Week In Voice, published the audiobook Perspectives on Gender in #VoiceFirst Technology, produces the company's series of VoiceFirst Events, and founded the industry association VoiceFirst.Community. Quoted by organizations as diverse as The Mayo Clinic to Voicebot.AI, and cited as a top voice and AI influencer, Bradley has become a leading figure of the #VoiceFirst movement.
SANJAY POTHEN is Director of the Emerson Launch Entrepreneur Track at Emerson College. The Launch works in the intersections of arts, communication, and technology to combine these attributes with various resources in order to provide students with the guidance they need to “launch” their ideas outside of the classroom. Sanjay's career began in management consulting and ultimately transitioned into digital and mobile marketing and advertising. He is passionate about helping brands engage with consumers in impactful ways and scale emerging media and technologies. Having successfully founded a variety of startup companies himself, Sanjay is a driven entrepreneur with specific knowledge of the startup ecosystem. He first started at Emerson College as an Emerson Launch Mentor and has now taken on the role of Director to help infuse creative and problem-solving thinking skills into academia.
SARAH ANDREW WILSON is the Chief Content Officer at matchbox.io, overseeing content for some of the most popular Amazon Alexa skills, including Question of the Day and Kids Quiz. She previously spent over 20 years in the music industry, working with internationally renowned performing artists and educators at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Levine Music, Wolf Trap Foundation, and Washington National Opera. Sarah holds an Executive Certificate in Arts & Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, and music degrees from the University of North Texas (B.M.) and Arizona State University (M.M.).