Voice technology The Alexa Conference is coming to Chattanooga, with EPB as a major sponsor.
The Alexa Conference will take place Jan. 17–20, and hundreds of attendees from around the world are expected to attend, according to a news release.
"EPB has played a central role in Chattanooga's story as a technology-oriented city," conference producer Bradley Metrock said in a prepared statement. "EPB's partnership with The Alexa Conference demonstrates a continued level of commitment to Chattanooga's evolution."
EPB will lead a tour of the city, in partnership with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, so tech talent attending The Alexa Conference can see all that the city offers.
"Through our ultra-high-speed internet and the work of our Innovation District leaders, Chattanooga is letting the world know we're a place for innovation," Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said in a prepared statement. "The Alexa Conference is a great opportunity for visiting businesses, as well as exposure for Chattanoogans who want to work for or build the next great tech company."
Hodgen Mainda, who leads community development for EPB fiber optics, said that sponsoring the conference is an opportunity to showcase Chattanooga’s communitywide gig-speed network.
He also said that EPB wants to cultivate thought leaders, developers and entrepreneurs who are focused on the growing voice-enabled technology industry.
"When Chattanooga became the Gig City a few years ago, part of our vision was to offer our communitywide network as a living laboratory for new technologies," he said in a prepared statement. "Hosting The Alexa Conference is an incredible opportunity for us to join with those who are on the cutting edge of one of the technologies that is accelerating the development of the internet of things."
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Updated @ 3:11 p.m. on 7/17/17 to correct a typographical error.
Updated @ 10:11 a.m. on 7/18/17 to note that The Alexa Conference is independent of Amazon.