The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS - www.avios.org) is a not-for-profit foundation created in 1981 with the goals of informing, educating,and providing resources to developers and designers of speech and natural language technologies. AVIOS holds a yearly conference in San Jose (www.conversationalinteraction.com) and has local chapters in NY, Boston, the Bay Area and Israel. It also sponsors an annual Student Speech Application Contest. Anyone interested in the conversational interface, professional or just starting out, is welcome. In our local chapter meetups we host talks by people developing new conversational technologies. If you'd like to present, to learn from your peers, or learn something new, you are encouraged to join.