Dutch scale-up DialogueTrainer wins CES innovation award 2023

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AMSTERDAM, October 13, 2022 – DialogueTrainer, a scale up in online conversation training, has won the prestigious CES innovation award. This prize is awarded annually to companies that distinguish themselves in the field of design and technology. The Dutch winners were announced today in the Beurs van Berlage. In January, DialogueTrainer will showcase its innovative training at the annual CES event in Las Vegas to a global audience.

F.l.t.r.: Maurits Berger (Project Manager Economic Missions at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO), Sabine Stuiver (CMO and co-founder of Hydraloop, winner of the CES BEST of the BEST Award 2020), Jordy van Dortmont (CTO DialogueTrainer), Frank van der Meulen (CCO DialogueTrainer), Michiel Hulsbergen (CEO DialogueTrainer)

CES is a major international technology trade show for innovative companies, ranging from promising start-ups to established brands. The CES Innovation Awards recognize companies that excel in:

  • Technology and functionality
  • Aesthetics and Design

An expert jury assessed all entries, primarily exploring the question: What makes the product unique and innovative?

Instant feedback on virtual conversation exercises

“The new generation is looking for ways to develop professional conversational skills,” says Michiel Hulsbergen, CEO of DialogueTrainer. “We simulate conversational situations to help people feel more confident and comfortable when communicating, especially in the workplace. We have implemented our training platform in several sectors in the Netherlands, such as business and the private sector, healthcare, and education. The recognition we received by winning the CES Innovations Award is a great stepping stone for us to be put on the map internationally.”

Micky Adriaansens, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands came to visit DialogueTrainer and is impressed by our innovation.

About DialogueTrainer

DialogueTrainer is a spin-off of Utrecht University. The company allows users to practice their professional conversation skills with online virtual actors, on any digital device, including VR headsets. These virtual actors may assume various roles, such as customer, colleague, candidate, client, or patient. The actor responds to every answer given during the conversation with speech, intonation, emotion, facial expression, and body language. DialogueTrainer measures what the participant is doing and provides instant feedback about the choices made. This makes it clear to an employer or trainer where the learning needs of a group lie, how the individuals in that group develop, and what can still be improved. DialogueTrainer is now being used in several sectors, including healthcare and education. For a demo, visit the demo and website for more information.

CES 2020

We were at the largest tech fair in the world!

At the beginning of January 2020 the time had come! We were at CES 2020: the stage for global tech innovations. Together with 49 other Dutch start-ups, and accompanied by secretary of state Mona Keijzer and Prince Constantijn, we traveled to Las Vegas. There we introduced visitors to a completely new approach in the field of communication training and of course our virtual training actors.

The largest tech fair in the world

CES is the largest trade fair in the world when it comes to technological ideas and developments. No less than 200,000 visitors come here every year. TechLeap NL has selected us to show our innovation in the field of learning and development to this wide audience, within the pillar “Future of Education”. Our innovative conversation simulations allow users to practice tricky conversation situations online with virtual training actors. Situations that are recognizable and realistic. Where scores and feedback give you insight into your performance and motivate you to practice further.

Part of the Dutch delegation

In total, fifty Dutch start-ups traveled to Las Vegas in January. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RVO organize the mission; State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Mona Keijzer and Prince Constantijn supervised the mission from the Netherlands.

DialogueTrainer worldwide

At CES, visitors experienced how online conversation simulations can be used to train conversations anytime, anywhere. Our virtual training actors are multilingual, so they can also be used outside the Netherlands. Currently, professionals from countries such as Belgium, England and America already train difficult conversations on our platform. The visit to CES Las Vegas was an important start to expand this.

We look forward to presenting our product and sharing it with the visitors on CES 2021!