Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Tom Houwing studied classical music at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. In 1999, after 15 years within the music industry and education, he switched career to speech technology, leveraging his past experience within the IT industry starting as Voice User Interface Architect at Speechtel Benelux B.V.
In January 2002 he joined VoiceObjects AG. Besides positioning VUI design as an essential component within the voice business, he built up their VUI Group. In his role as Principal VUI, he was overall responsible for the quality and creative direction of VUI design.
Since October 2005 Houwing directs his own business, voiceandvision.