Voice &: Creativity

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. You'll also get to experience these innovative voice skills live and in person.



How can voice interactive technology influence the creative process? How can it be used to help us live, work, and play more creatively? How can we use voice A.I. to build new, genuine, and vibrant experiences?

In our premier event in the series, we'll be delving into voice A.I.'s applications in cases where our technology helps us open up our creative horizons.


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


Umang Shah, Principal at Inovari.

Umang Shah is an American marketing executive. He is the leader of Inovari, LLC an advisory consultancy focused on marketing, innovation, and strategy for startups. He currently works as acting CMO for Flock U, a startup aimed at marketing towards millennials. Umang Shah has been a frequent speaker at numerous conferences including eBev, AdWeek Asia, and Social Media Marketing World. While working as Walmart's Director of Social Strategy, Shah was named as one of Brand Innovators' 40 Under 40 in New York City. In 2014 he moved to Campbell Soup Company as the Director of Digital Marketing & Marketing Innovation, where he was named to the Adweek 50 List of Vital Leaders in Tech, Media and Marketing. Prior to Campbell's, Shah was social media strategist for Microsoft.

Greg Leuch, Head of Product at Poncho.

Greg Leuch is a creative designer, programmer, hacker, and artist based in New York City. He is the Head of Product at Poncho, the most popular chatbot on Facebook Messenger and one of the top weather apps in the App Store. He was the Head of Product at Betaworks, and is also the co-founder (tech and R&D) of XOlator, a creative agency for creating digital work for various clients, including Nike, Interior Design magazine, Gui.de, Listings Project, and others. He was a Senior Designer at BuzzFeed, and has also worked for other internet culture companies, including Know Your Meme, Rocketboom, and Magma. He also participated as a virtual research fellow with the Free Art & Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab), where he has produced numerous viral projects, including Shaved Bieber, Tinted Sheen, Ctrl+F'd, along with collaboration on the Google Street Car prank.


Will Hall, Chief Creative Officer at RAIN. 

Will is now the Chief Creative Officer at RAIN, leading combined teams of strategists, engineers, and designers. He serves on multiple advisory boards on Voice and emerging technology, and has been declared the "winner" of Pinterest. Over the past 14 years, he's worked at agencies with key clients like Amazon, Adobe, Facebook, Sony, Adult Swim, Puma and others. He is also an adjunct professor of Design at NYU. 


Marty Swant, Technology Reporter at Adweek.

Marty Swant is a technology staff writer for Adweek, where he specializes in digital marketing trends, social platforms, ad tech and emerging tech such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence.


  • Wednesday, June 13: Voice & Connected Experiences
  • Wednesday, August 8: Voice & Gaming

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