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    By Craig Newmark

    Folks, you know Im a big supporter of women in tech and great nonprofit initiatives like the Women Startup Challenge. This is important stuff because, even today, only 7% of investor money goes to women-led startups. Businesses owned by women perform just as well as and even better than those owned by men, and were still not investing in these ventures as much as we should be.

    The thing is, virtual reality is the new tech frontier, and weve gotta make sure that theres equitable footing across all tech sectors regardless of demographic. To that point, we should all be paying more attention to the game-changing work happening in these emerging fields. And speaking of, if youre a woman-led VR, AR, or AI startup, make sure to apply for the Women Startup Challenge, which will be hosted at Google in NYC on February 15th. Ive partnered with Women Who Tech and investors Fred and Joanne Wilson to provide a $50,000 grant to the winning startup.

    Here are 5 women to watch in the VR field:

    1. Nonny de la Pea is the Founder of Emblematic Group. She created a VR Experience called Hunger in Los Angeles that tries to foster empathy by immersing people in the experience of what it feels like to be hungry and on the streets of LA. Her question is, what if you could experience a story with your entire body, not just with your mind? de la Pea is working on a new form of journalism that combines traditional reporting with emerging virtual reality technology to put the audience inside the story. Hungers just one example of a problem in this country that doesnt get nearly enough resources. Using the latest VR technology, Hunger in Los Angeles, puts the participant in the First Unitarian Church, allowing them to become witnesses to the problem first-hand. This is really one way to use tech for social good.
    2. Elizabeth L. Reede is the Cofounder and CEO of WoofbertVR, a platform that creates immersive experiences and enriched content to promote art education. Woofbert VR allows people to view art and cultural institutions from anywhere and harnesses the best of VR to promote cross-cultural exchange. Reedes really got her boots on the ground democratizing access to the arts through virtual reality.
    3. Christina Heller is the Cofounder and CEO of VR Playhouse, an LA-based studio and production company that focuses on VR and AR. Hellers company has worked with brands like Red Bull, Honda, Discovery, Time Inc., and Toyota. In collaboration with cutting-edge artists and thinkers, theyre developing stories and building worlds that capture the tremendous potential of virtual and augmented realities across many verticals.
    4. Liv Erickson is a VR Developer at Microsoft, where she helped build the Oculus Rift and Meta Glass. Shes also the Cofounder of the ARVR academy, where shes working to empower a next generation of VR developers. Ericksons focused on immersive computing, getting kids interested in programming, and bringing virtual reality to everyone.
    5. Alisha Seam is a Robotics Engineer at AT&T Foundry. Seam works with the Silicon Valley startup community. Shes done research on everything from virtual reality to robotics and artificial intelligence. A lot of Seamss focus is on emerging technologies and their applications in automation and immersive visualization.

    Who are your favorite women in VR? What women in the VR field do you think should enter the Women Startup Challenge? Please comment with suggestions. Thanks!

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    Source: 5 Women Changing the Virtual Reality Scene | The Huffington Post
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    12-04-2016 10:46 PM
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    I enjoy getting information on Twitter and stumble upon Mrs. VR (@Mrs_VReality). Unfortunately, I have no clue who is Mrs VR as she often post a lot of interesting VR topics.
    Chemy JMHT likes this.
    12-05-2016 09:55 PM
  3. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    Well as you could read on the chat, there are a lot of great VR ladies among us here or near VR Heads!
    12-06-2016 06:06 PM
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    Most definitely check out the Women in VR Facebook group - probably one of the most helpful VR groups in VR --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/womeninvr/
    Very nice! Sent a request to join
    Chemy JMHT likes this.
    12-07-2016 09:44 PM
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    Most definitely check out the Women in VR Facebook group - probably one of the most helpful VR groups in VR --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/womeninvr/
    Great I also sent a request to to join!

    Welcome to the Forum, nice to have you here, it would be nice if you can post there an invitation also to this Forum and Thread, also if there is an invitation just for commenting on any thread on this Forum you can participate to win a Oculus Rift + Touch.
    12-10-2016 07:40 PM

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