Voice & Education

Special Event
Theater 6:30–8:30pm
  • Regular $15
  • Media Center Members FREE

Presented in partnership with:

A new event series about conversational A.I. and how it’s changing the world as we speak. Literally.

In these series of panels, presentations, and demos, we'll be exploring the ways interactive voice technology has shaped industries and artists. 



How is voice A.I. shaping our experiencing of learning? How is it affecting children as they grow up with the technology?

In our second event in the series, we'll be delving into voice A.I.'s applications in the education space.


  • 6:30-7:45 PM: Presentation + Panel (Theater)
  • 7:45-8:30 PM: Mixer (Lounge) – Free beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery


Katie Ernst: Co-Founder / CEO, Select a Story

Katie Ernst is the Co-Founder and CEO of Select a Story, a publisher of interactive audio, print and e-books. Select a Story’s first interactive audiobook, Cinder/Charming, is currently available on Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Katie is also the co-host of the podcast Talk to Me on which she muses about everything voice tech. Katie’s had a somewhat nontraditional background. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Law School New Orleans in 2007. After practicing law for a year and being highly successful, she left the full-time practice of law to take care of her ailing mother. While she helped her mother recuperate from a devastating autoimmune disease, Katie decided to try her hand at fiction, ultimately publishing half a dozen books, mostly for children and young adults. During that time she also edited and produced a number of successful anthologies featuring over two dozen New York Times best-selling authors. More recently, she’s returned to the practice of law, but in her downtime she became obsessed with voice-first technology and decided she needed to bring all of her skills together: storytelling, publishing and negotiation. 

Lauren Wagner: Product Marketing, Google Assistant 

Currently working on product marketing for the Google Assistant, Lauren’s experience spans academia, startups, and venture investing. Before joining Google, Lauren was the Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Truveris, a digital health startup accelerating the future of the pharmaceutical industry. Lauren began her career working in strategy for Telefonica Digital – the innovation division for the world's 3rd largest telecommunication company – in Europe and Latin America where she built Wayra, a startup accelerator that has financed over over 500 startups. Following a move to San Francisco, Lauren joined Aberdare Ventures and later went on to consult for startups like Guardant Health, Sproutling (acquired by Mattel), and Elance. Lauren holds Masters degrees from the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University and Cornell University. Her research on conversation theory and technology use has been published in Social Science & Medicine and the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine. Lauren is a mentor at 1776, a contributor at VentureBeat, a Fellow at the Health Innovation Technology Lab at Columbia University, and a cited expert at the Pew Research Center. She was an invited delegate at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

Zachary Haynes: Director of Global Business Development, Oxford Dictionaries

Zachary Haynes is the Director of Global Business Development for Oxford Dictionaries, responsible for solutions that aggregate the world’s best dictionary data on the innovative platforms, products, and services that we use every day.  Prior to working in business development, he was a writer, producer, and creative director for branded content campaigns, and a script coordinator at Warner Brothers Television.  Zachary attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and grew up in the East Village. 

Daniel L. Burstein: Managing Partner, Millennium Technology Value Partners

Dan Burstein co-founded Millennium Technology Value Partners with Sam Schwerin in 2002. He has been actively involved in many of Millennium's most important investments including Facebook, and Alibaba, and led the firm's investment in Twitter. Before Millennium, Dan was Senior Advisor at The Blackstone Group, where he worked for 12 years in a variety of capacities. Over the course of his career, he has been a consultant to the CEOs and senior executives of major global corporations including Sony, Toyota, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems. He has also been a forum fellow at the World Economic Forum in Davos and has been honored many times for his books and journalistic work, including awards from the Overseas Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi. He has been writing about Artificial Intelligence and the “futuristic” technologies of the 21st century since the 1980s. The New York Times bestselling author of 14 books, Dan has written about technology trends, global economic issues, and popular culture. AlwaysOn has named Dan to its lists of the "Power Players" in New York’s venture capital community, the top 100 Power Players in Digital Media, and the top venture capitalists in the U.S.

Daniel Pianko: Co-Founder / Managing Director, University Ventures

Daniel Pianko is co-founder and managing director at University Ventures. With over a decade of experience in the education industry, Daniel has built a reputation as a trusted education adviser and innovator in student finance, medical education, and postsecondary education. A frequent commentator on higher education, Daniel’s insights have been featured in national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, TechCrunch, Inside Higher Ed, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Daniel began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, and quickly became intrigued by the potential of leveraging private capital to establish the next generation of socially beneficial education companies. After leaving Goldman, Daniel invested in, founded, advised, or managed a number of education-related businesses that led to the creation of University Ventures. Prior to founding University Ventures, he established a student loan fund, served as chief of staff for the public/private investments in the Philadelphia School District, and worked as a hedge fund analyst. At University Ventures, Daniel leads the firm’s investments in the pioneering Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, University of Nicosia/St. George’s University of London Medical School, Vemo Education, Qubed Education, Examity and Galvanize. He serves on a number of nonprofit


Jason Herndon: VP of Technical Innovation, RAIN

Jason is VP of Technical Innovation at RAIN, a digital consultancy that helps brands innovate at the intersection of marketing and technology with a focus on Voice and Conversational AI. Based in the company's Lehi, Utah office, Jason manages cross-functional teams focused on digital ecosystem development. He also enjoys backpacking, and is always chasing that perfect brew.


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