We've made a pretty significant change to our 8th annual Speech Industry Awards. To better cover the full range of market developments, we replaced our Market Leader awards with our newly expanded Star Performer awards. This enables us to more deeply examine the industry's biggest trends, while also letting us recognize important accomplishments from smaller, niche companies.
This year, there were notable advancements in mobile authentication, intelligent assistants, visual IVR, wearable devices, natural language, analytics, and mobile voice search. Thanks to our 15 Star Performers, all of these efforts were propelled to new heights.