Notes from the AVIxD Annual Member Meeting 2018!

Another great meeting in the history books.  Here are the notes. 

Please contact us at if you have any questions or you would like to join us for some of the upcoming efforts.


AVIxD Annual Meeting

April 4, 2018 – SpeechTEK


Note: See presentation on SlideShare at:

  • We need YOU!  Looking for more involved people at all levels
    • Many hands make light work!
  • Next Meeting: AVIxD Virtual Membership Summit – May 4th, 2018, Noon Central time.
    • Topics:
      • Increasing AVIxD membership – growing the pipeline from “occasional member” to “involved member” to “board.”
      • Projects
      • Open forum for discussion


Challenge from Jim Larson: He would like to see AVIxD do something on:

  • Guidelines for designing for Multi-Modal, i.e. Alexa Show and similar devices
  • Job description for VUI designers.
    • We already have something of a start on that with the presentation today at 4:30 pm: AVIxD presents: What Makes a Customer Experience Designer


Group discussion:  Difficulty of hiring designers

  • Some designers have “pompous” or difficult attitude
  • People with pure usability background may be more humble
  • Is knowledge of a specific tool a job requirement?  Probably not
  • What about people coming from a computational linguistics / NL background?  Could be a good fit
  • What about outreach to STC (Society for Technical Communication) chapters?  This could be a good source of memberships / interested people


Discussion about Tools

  • Convergys has Pathmaker tool which is open sourced
  • Other people are still using a variety of tools


Virtual meetings

  • Group seemed very open to the idea of having virtual members meetings which would be like Brown Bags but instead of having a speaker we would have a variety of topics like a round table.
  • Since so many of us are the only ones in our organization it is important to get that sharing.


Outreach to Chatbot companies

  • Bot part works well, how to also use them to support IVR?


Idea for AVIxD website – Collect links to VUI educational resources other places on the web – Need a bit of a web refresh


Discussion topic – “Voice” vs. “Conversational” Design


Outreach to universities

  • Promoting student memberships at places with computational linguistics programs such as UCSD, Berkley
  • International universities

Annual Members Meeting at SpeechTEK!

Mark your calendars! The Association for Voice Interaction Design will once again hold its 2018 annual members meeting. This is your opportunity to find out how you can get involved! What do YOU want in a professional organization? Do you have an idea for a committee or a project? Would you like to present at a brown bag or give us a paper? We need your voice in the conversation!

If you’re coming to SpeechTEK in-person, check us out – we’re on the schedule in SD 204

Or, you can attend virtually! This year we’ll be streaming live with Periscope again. Download the app on your cell phone now from the App Store or Google Play to get ready, and follow us on Twitter @avixd.

The AVIxD organization seeks to connect folks in the voice interaction design industry. Our goal is to provide a forum for this community to find and share professional resources, while promoting awareness of the VUI field and advocating for good design practices. Not a member yet? No problem. Visit ahead of time to join – or just show up to learn more.

Spread the word! #SpeechTEK2018 @avixd

Here’s the EventBrite Link:


Oh No! Wikispaces is end of life.

Hello VUIDs,

We are very sad to learn that Wikispaces has decided to discontinue its services.

However, do not fret.  AVIxD will make sure we move all our hard earned knowledge to a new interface.  Once we have more news, we will adjust our links and put out a notice.  To learn more about Wikispaces’ decision.


AVIxD Board Members Election 2018– How to Run for the Board

The board of the Association for Voice Interaction Design (AVIxD) is preparing for the annual election of new board members. This email explains how to run for the board.

The board is expanding to 9.  Two seats are up for re-election and 2 seats available. The current members whose terms are complete are Crispin Reedy (Versay), and Amy Goodwin (West).  Members who have a year left to serve are; Helen Vanscoy (PTP), Mark Smolensky (AT&T), Deborah Rapsinski (Think Tank Partners), Kristie Goss (Convergys), and Shelley Moore (Verizon).

Any number of candidates may run. You can nominate yourself or someone else (we definitely encourage self-nomination — if nominating someone else, please first make sure they’ve agreed to serve if elected).

If you would like to run for the board in this election, please email by Wednesday March 21st. In that email, please include a brief statement about your candidacy, which we will publish to members in the election. Please limit statements to 500 words or less.

After the election, the board will determine its officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.). In terms of time commitment, the board meets by phone once every month, with additional meetings called as necessary (mostly around SpeechTek for preparation). Apart from this, the workload varies, depending on current AVIxD activities. Some weeks as little as 1 hour is required; at other times, 5 or more hours/week may be required.

Elections will be conducted via on-line ballot, starting March 28th, ending April 4th. Instructions for casting your ballot will be provided in a follow-on email. If you have any questions about the election or board member duties, feel free to contact us at

Candidates must be current voting members of AVIxD. If you’re not a member and want to participate in the election, just join at at the Professional level. If you have any questions about your membership status for the election, just contact us at

Thank you very much, and we look forward to hearing from you!

AVIxD 2018 Election Committee