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 were held in Reykjavik, Amsterdam, and Vienna. We’ve since hosted events in Berlin, Paris, Madrid, and Lisbon. Coming up are Barcelona and London. 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.
November 5, 7:00 PM – International Language – RSVP
November 6, 7:00 PM – Startup Fundraising – RSVP
November 15, 6:30 PM International Language – RSVP
November 14, 6:30 PM – Startup Fundraising – RSVP
Edinburgh – Coming soon!
Reykjavik – August 8, August 9 – Recap
Vienna – August 12, August 13 – Recap
Amsterdam – August 29 – Recap
Berlin – September 12 –Recap
Paris – September 18, September 19 – Recap
Madrid – October 5, October 8 – Recap
Please check back for locations and more information.
We’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.
To make use of these systems for internationalization, we benefit from recruiting contributors for translation, voice recording, and coordinating local tech communities excited about voice.
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.