Press Release
July 9, 2018
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New Jersey Economic Development Authority and More Than 60 Partners Join Forces for Voice Summit July 24-26 at NJIT in Newark

The year's largest voice-technology event sponsored by Amazon Alexa provides rare opportunity for developers and companies from across the state to get ahead of a fast-moving industry shift

Illustrating the City of Newark’s rise as a global technology hub, the VOICE Summit sponsored by Amazon Alexa and other leading companies such as Microsoft, Yext and Panasonic will take place July 24-26 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The largest voice-tech event of the year is expected to bring together more than 1,500 software developers, designers, brands, agencies and media companies focused on the next generation of applications that leverage conversational input via voice and chat.

“As we reestablish New Jersey’s leadership in the innovation economy, the decision to host the VOICE Summit at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark highlights how well-positioned the state is to become the hub of cutting-edge technology,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “With Amazon, Google and Microsoft providing hands-on training under one roof for three days, this is a remarkable event for technologists from across the state and country and shouldn’t be missed.”

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) is sponsoring the event in concert with 60 other sponsors, including Audible, Panasonic, Prudential,, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, and the NJ Tech Council.

As part of this effort, the EDA is supporting a statewide campaign to encourage developers to capitalize on this rare opportunity. Through this campaign, developers can access a $100 three-day pass through July 16th, a $295 savings off the list rate of $395. After the 16th, the passes will be $150.

In all, there are more than 175 speakers from eight countries and 30 states providing training, research and thought leadership at the cutting edge of the voice-first era. Speakers from LEGO, Panasonic, Audible, Yext, Prudential, Capital One, Mercedes Benz, and Mayo Clinic will be in attendance.

“We’re thrilled with the results for our inaugural event and the partnerships we’ve been able to forge locally in Newark and statewide,” said Pete Erickson, event creator and founder of Modev, the organization producing VOICE. “The stage is set for all those who wish to get into the voice-first market or those tasked with staying ahead of the impending disruptions that are set to take place.”

Those wishing to use the EDA campaign can access the event at and use the code "NJDEV" at checkout for the three-day pass.

About Modev:
Modev was founded by Pete Erickson in 2008 on the simple belief that human connection is vital in the era of digital transformation. Today, Modev leverages exponential technologies and methods to build communities at scale, manage transformation strategies and produce market leading events such as VOICE Summit sponsored by Amazon Alexa and Spinnaker Summit sponsored by Netflix. Modev also curates specialty communities such as Voicehacks, and Security by Design. Modev staff, better known as “Modevators”, include more than 45 community building and transformation experts from around the world.

About VoiceSummit:
VOICE is a three-day summit at the forefront of natural language processing, Sponsored by Amazon Alexa and hosted by Modev. The Summit will be held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on July 24-26, and serve as a gathering place for more than 1500 developers, designers, C-level executives, leading brands and agencies who are reimagining how we interact with technology through voice. The program will consist of keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops and demos. Host Committee includes NJIT, City of Newark, Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Newark Community Economic Development Council and Medina Citi.

For VOICE Summit
Lisa Throckmorton, 703-287-7803