Originally published at: http://mycroft.ai/blog/mycrofts-world-tour/
Mycroft is going global. Next week our CEO, Joshua Montgomery, is beginning a series of talks around international language support and community building. The first meetings will be held in Reykjavik, Amsterdam, and Vienna. If you live in those cities, get in touch! We would love help in coordinating event locations and recruiting community members to get excited about Mycroft.
A diverse and international community is invaluable to a voice assistant. Just by using Mycroft and Opting-In, we gain various accents to improve Wake Word spotting and STT. Exposing the technology to more people worldwide builds a base who can translate Mycroft into their local languages.
Mycroft’s next considered stops are Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, and Barcelona. If you live in or near those cities and can help arrange an event, spread the word, or just want to know when plans finalize, please fill out the form or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Mycroft Learns a New LanguageWe've published a blog on everything that's needed to make a voice assistant speak a new language. The last post was a high-level and technical overview. We've got some updates now:
- We’re putting the finishing touches on a translation suite that will let skills and dialogue be translated from one language to another.
- For STT, voice.mozilla.org is now collecting recordings in 15 languages and localizing for another 20.
- For TTS, our Mimic suite for collecting recordings and training a voice is coming soon.
Introductions to groups are also appreciated. We would love to work with local companies who could use a voice assistant who speaks the local language, and any educational institutions and governments with interest in preserving and utilizing the local language.
In addition to the events for local language support, Joshua will be presenting on early-stage startup fundraising. If you or someone you know would like to learn how we’ve used crowdfunding to build Mycroft from an idea in a makerspace to an international company building a large open source voice project, let us know.
Tentative dates for the events are:
ReykjavikAugust 8, 7 PM International Language - RSVP
August 9, 7 PM Startup Fundraising - RSVP
ViennaAugust 12, 5 PM International Language
August 13, 7 PM Startup Fundraising
AmsterdamAugust 22, 7 PM International Language
August 23, 7 PM Startup Fundraising
Please check back for locations and more information.