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Celebrate Women in XR and Explore Immersive Tech (VR/AR)

Allies participate in a lively and inclusive environment— with everyone learning more about virtual reality and augmented reality, together.

On the eve of the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver, the WXR Fund co-hosted a Celebration of Women in partnership with Accenture at The Cube, a co-working space for immersive tech startups. Women and men from the local XR community as well as guest as far flung as Korea gathered to learn from one another, get inspired, and kick the Summit off with some strong feminine energy.

Three fantastic leaders joined us for a panel: angel investor Amy LaMeyer, Raffaella Camera of Accenture, and Jean Luo of Snap. The conversation focused on their professional journeys and the key choices, mentors, and opportunities that helped them succeed.  Camera shared why gender equity in XR is important:

“An equal representation of women and men in the workplace is essential for any business. Women and men often have different approaches to solving problems or creating solutions, where women generally rely more on their empathy and listening skills. Achieving innovation takes a wide and diverse range of approaches and skills. So, it’s a benefit for everyone–men included–to grow the representation of women at all levels of the organization and to welcome their contributions.

 Immersive tech, in particular, requires equal representation. This space is about creating something that didn’t exist before--taking current behaviors, processes or human needs, and finding a better way forward. The best solutions occur when we include multiple viewpoints, behaviors and aspects of life such as art, advertising, technology or academia. Whatever compels you to create is worth it.”

We capped off the conversation by asking the panelists what they were most proud of in the spirit of celebrating their achievements in the industry. Enjoy the social highlights below, and we hope to see you are a future event soon!

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