The Open Voice Network (OVN) is dedicated to making voice assistance worthy of user trust—especially for a future of voice assistance that will be multi-assistant, multi-platform, multi-device, multi-modal, and multi-use.


The Open Voice Network will achieve its vision through the development, proposal, and implementation of standards for the global voice industry. Standards that make voice assistance worthy of user trust.


The Open Voice Network is guided by four values. It seeks a world of voice assistance that

  1. is worthy of user trust;
  2. enables user, ecosystem, and architectural choice;
  3. is inclusive and accessible;
  4. is open in software and hardware, serving as a foundation for commercial differentiation.

History and Affiliations

The Open Voice Network emerged from 2016-2018 research on the potential of AI-enabled voice assistance conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Auto-ID Laboratory, Capgemini Consulting, and the Intel Corporation. In late 2018, seed funding was provided to initiate research into voice assistance technologies and potential standards, and to develop The Open Voice Network.


The Open Voice Network (OVN) is an independently funded and governed non-profit industry association which operates as a directed fund of the Linux Foundation.

Financial support for the OVN comes from sponsoring enterprises and entities. Strategic direction, by a Steering Committee comprised of senior executives of sponsor organizations. Day-to-day management is provided by an Executive Director who reports to the Steering Committee, as well as the chairs of OVN standing committees and moderators of OVN communities.

As a directed fund of the Linux Foundation, the OVN enjoys access to the expertise, and shared legal, operational, and marketing services, of the LF, a world leader in the creation of open source projects and ecosystems.

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is dedicated to building sustainable ecosystems around open source projects to accelerate technology development and industry adoption.

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation provides unparalleled support for open source communities through financial and intellectual resources, infrastructure, services, events, and training. Working together, the Linux Foundation and its projects form the most ambitious and successful investment in the creation of shared technology.

For more information, please visit https://www.linuxfoundation.org/.

Open Voice Network Steering Committee

Mike McNamara, Chair of Steering Committee

Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Target Corporation

Mirko Saul, Member

Head of Digitalization and Innovation, Schwarz Digital GmbH & Co., KG

Ali Dalloul, Member

General Manager, Strategy and Commercialization, Azure AI Cognitive Services, Microsoft Corporation

Joel Crabb, Member

Vice President, Architecture, Target Corporation

Doug Rogers, Member

Chief Security Officer, Wegmans Food Markets

Dan Cundiff, Acting Chair of Open Voice Technical Advisory Council

Principal Engineer, Target Corporation

Scott Nicholas, Of Counsel to the Open Voice Network

Senior Director of Strategic Programs, Linux Foundation

Kristi Dank, Secretary Pro Tempore + Member, Open Voice Network Leadership Council and Operations Team

Director, Target Corporation

Jon Stine, Executive Director of Open Voice Network

Champions the mission and vision of the broader OVN community

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