Dec 11, 2017
TRT World is a global news media organization headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. Derrick Fountain oversees TRT World's product and R&D group and has led the launch of three Alexa skills and Google Assistant apps. TRT World has a news-based voice app as you might expect, but Derrick's team has also built two games that reinforce the company's mission around news and its brand. One of them recently won an award from Google. The apps all have high production quality with professional voice recordings and are multi-modal supporting both voice and text. Derrick offers insight into his start in audio publishing in 2004 and move to voice in 2007 and 2017 shift to voice assistants. He also discusses a global view on voice technology and how voice assistants are being used today in the Middle East.