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Women Who Code Portland - Alexa’s Got Skills: Intro to Voice Technology

1120 NW Couch Street #320
Portland, OR 97209, us (map)



Women Who Code Portland is pleased to announce an Intro to Voice Technology, in partnership with Women in Voice. This talk & hands-on workshop will be lead by Joan Palmiter Bajorek, the Founder of Women in Voice.

The topics that will be covered during this session are:
- How do Alexa, Ok Google, and Siri work (voice assistants)?
- Why is voice taking off right now? Is that related to artificial intelligence?
- What does it take to build my own Alexa skills and Google actions?
- Why does this matter in the big scheme of things?

This talk is for a general audience, but we will also explore technical topics of natural language processing, machine learning, and neural networks. No coding experience required.

We will live-stream this event: link TBA.


5:30-5:45 - Arrive, check in, networking
5:45-5:55 - Welcome from WWCode Portland and Mozilla
5:55-6:25 - Intro to Voice Talk
6:25-6:45 - Question and Discussion
6:45-7:40 - Hands on Workshop
7:40-7:45 - Closing


Joan Palmiter Bajorek is the Founder of Women in Voice (https://womeninvoice.wordpress.com/). She is a Speech Technologist and PhD Candidate at the University of Arizona. Exploring speech recognition and virtual reality in educational technology, i.e. Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, she is the Principal Investigator of an international team in collaboration with the startup ImmerseMe. Her research has been published by Cambridge University Press, The Linguist List, The FLT Mag, and Issues and Trends in Educational Technology. As a public speaker, she has recently spoken at VOICE Summit by Amazon Alexa, UX@UA, iSpace Tech Talks, American Association of Applied Linguistics, R-Ladies, Rosetta Stone, Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, and the podcasts “This Week in Voice,” “The Vocal Fries,” and “Voice & Beyond.” She holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis and undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington.

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