Image credit:  If [Dir. Dee Harvey]

Join us for this interactive and informative evening event at the Eagle Labs Brighton on 17 March to explore feminine health and how immersive technologies can shine a light on taboo issues.

Book your place

This event is free for all, but sign up in advance is essential. Register here

Date and time

Tuesday 17 March | 17:30-20:00

Where

Barclays Eagle Lab Brighton | Brighton

About this event

According to the Vision for Women and Virtual Reality Report, 14% of immersive tech companies in the UK are directed by women. Female-identifying and non-binary people still lack representation both in front of and behind the screen, but the stories told and the topics explored often shy away from subjects considered taboo or niche. Why do we still find it so difficult to discuss feminine health, and how can immersive technologies shine a light on some of these issues?

This event will explore:

  • Untold female stories are being told through XR;
  • The potential of XR and haptics to educate people on the inner world of middle-aged women’s bodies and the reproductive diseases;
  • How XR can alter our cognitive biases and shift our perspective on gender and identity.

Agenda

17:30 | Doors open

18:00 | Welcome & Introduction

18.10 | Keynote Speech from Dominnique Karetsos CEO & Co Founder Healthy Pleasure Collective, Founder Intimology Institute, Industry Architect & Speaker

18.30 | Panel Discussion, moderated by Sarah Ticho.

19.10 | Q&A

19.15 | Informal conversations

20.00 | Close

Benefits of attending:

This is an inclusive event, and everyone is welcome to attend. By joining us you will get the chance to:

  • Meet an interdisciplinary community of technologists, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers and artist practitioners;
  • Learn about the important role women, non-binary and genderqueer people play in storytelling and technology;
  • Free food and drinks!

About our speakers

Dominnique Karetsos | CEO & Co Founder Healthy Pleasure Collective | Founder Intimology Institute | Industry Architect & Speaker

With a preference for working in disruptive industries and challenging environments, it’s no surprise that Dominnique specialises in growth for sexual health wellness technology start-ups.

She is instrumental in shaping the next generation of femtech brands entering the market and has a true entrepreneurial calling for being part of the sexual health wellness technology revolution. An established business architect, founder and innovator, BBC radio broadcaster and global business development professional, Dominnique has nearly two decades of experience delivering results in multi-sector business transformation.

Previously Head of EMEA Intimina for the world’s leading intimate lifestyle company, Lelo Group, she is focused purely on sexual health, wellness and technology. Dominnique now invests and / or sits on several advisory boards for the likes of luxury female pleasure brand, Pureeros.com, USA based getluwi.com, Elara.care and co-founded break-through Healthy Pleasure Collective, the first integrated agency for sexual health wellness technology Start ups, with business partner Dr Maria Peraza. She loves pairing the latest technology with femtech products to generate powerful and lasting innovations that are the motors for economic and social change and most of all bring innovation to sexual health.

@DKaretsos

Dr Camille Baker | Interdisciplinary Artist, Curator and Researcher at the University for the Arts

Dr. Camille Baker is a Reader for the School of Communication Design at the University for the Arts, Epsom, Surrey, UK. She is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and researcher with a background digital media practices and experience in wearable technology and e-textiles, mobile media art and performance, the body, VR/AR performance, digital art curating, video art, new media art, alternative music, interactive installation, and emerging technologies research and education. She explores new mechanisms to elicit engaging experiences using evolving approaches to participatory performance.

Dr Baker’s first monograph was released in August 2018, called New Directions in Mobile Media and Performance, with Routledge, Taylor & Francis. This book features theory and practice on mobile devices, Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality and wearable technology in various forms of artistic performance, especially since the release of the first iPhone.

@swampgirl67

Dee Harvey | Immersive Writer-Director and Founder of Controvert

Dee Harvey is a writer-director specialising in immersive technology. She is a founder of Controvert, a company focused on using immersive and interactive technology to tell stories in new ways. Her follow up to IF is HeartBeat an animated verbatim documentary about miscarriage told in 360VR which was long listed for Sundance’s New Frontier Story Lab. She is also developing The Bomb, a story about Post Partum Depression told through augmented reality.

@deeharvey

In partnership with

    

Barclays Eagle Labs begun from a simple idea of re-purposing under-used Barclays’s space, our network of Eagle Labs has expanded quickly since our launch in 2015. Our mission is to fuel the UK’s entrepreneurial community by accelerating high-growth businesses through collaborative innovation and provide access to emerging technologies.

Presented as part of

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Spring Forward is a Brighton-based, month-long celebration of the role of women in digital culture and runs throughout March in parallel with Women’s History Month.