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Women & Wearables
March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pmFREE
We Are Wearables + Electric Runway have teamed up to host “Women and Wearables,” a night of celebration, conversation, and activism empowering women in wearable tech. This special edition of WWTO will touch on the opportunities & challenges for women in hardware, the need for diversity in tech teams, and the journey of the female founder.
In addition to an all-female cast on stage, we are also hosting female-founded or female-focused startups and organizations in our demo area.
The goal of this event is to raise awareness, drive conversation and illicit action on the need for diversity in tech in the Toronto wearable and hardware space.
Participating companies: InteraXon (Muse), Linkitz, eSight, OCADu’s Social Body Lab, CFC ideaBOOST, Ripple, Daniel Christian Tang, Ladies Learning Code, Women of Wearables, and more to be announced soon!
Beverages & food will be provided including beer from Lake Wilcox Brewery and pizza from Pizza Pizza courtesy of Herscu & Goldsilver.
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6:30-7:00: Registration & Networking (Expo open)
7:00-7:10: Opening Remarks – Paula Kwan, Co-Organizer of We Are Wearables
7:10-7:20: “Women and Wearables” – Amanda Cosco, Founder of Electric Runway
7:20-7:35: Keynote TBA
7:35-7:50: Keynote – Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre
7:50-8:20: Panel: Diversity and Design – Women in Wearables
• Kate Hartman – Director of the Social Body Lab, OCAD University
• Ariel Garten – CEO & Founder of InteraXon, makers of Muse
• Sky Gillespie, Director of Digital Communications, Ripple
• Yvonne Felix – Partnerships at eSight, smart glasses for the nearly blind
• Lyssa Neel – CEO & Founder of Linkitz, wearable toys for girls
• Moderated by Amanda Cosco, Founder of Electric Runway
9:00-10:00: Networking and expo area
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A huge thank you to MaRS Discovery District Centre, Proto3000, Herscu & Goldsilver, BetaKit and Super Ventures for your continued support and commitment to the We Are Wearables community.
MaRS Discovery District Centre in Toronto is one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS cultivates high-impact ventures and equips innovators to drive economic and societal prosperity. Learn more at www.marsdd.com.
Proto3000 provides professional 3D Printing Services, Rapid Prototyping Services, Stratasys 3D Printers, 3D Laser Scanning services, and 3D Laser Scanners. Learn more at www.proto3000.com.
Herscu & Goldsilver is a boutique Toronto-based public relations agency focused on driving awareness around technology, lifestyle and crowdfunding products and services. Learn more at www.herscugoldsilver.com.
BetaKit is Canada’s leading site for Canadian startup news and tech innovation. Learn more at www.betakit.com.
Super Ventures is the first fund and incubator dedicated to technologies giving people superpowers: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality & Wearable. Learn more at www.superventures.com.
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Women of Wearables (WoW) inspires, supports and connects women in wearable tech, IoT and VR/AR by providing visibility, support, mentorship and connections for our community through our events and wearable tech workshops. Through this, we can help the gender and diversity gap that is apparent in the wearable tech, IoT and AR/VR industries and encourage and inspire young girls to choose STEM subjects for a career in STEM. Please sign up here if you would like to be notified about our activities or if you would like to be involved. You can also connect with us via Twitter @Women_Wearables. Looking forward to meeting all our WoW women!
Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to be the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders – not just consumers – of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way. Learn more at http://ladieslearningcode.com.
Third Wave Fashion was founded to help smart people like you to manage the breakneck speed with which fashion and technology are converging. We do things like provide guidance to giant tech companies about how to enter the wearable tech market, teach luxury fashion brands how to successfully partner with the new breed of fashion tech startups, and oh yeah: we publish a beautiful magazine about fashion tech + wearables. Learn more at http://thirdwavefashion.com.
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We Are Wearables is on a mission to foster adoption and facilitate innovation in wearable tech. We believe that wearable technology is augmenting the human experience making us better at everything we do in work, life and play. We act as a platform to showcase both local and global entrepreneurs, startups, organizations and thought leaders making this happen. We Are Wearables is the largest wearable tech community of its kind in the world. We currently have a total digital reach of over 120,000. Join the Wearable Revolution at www.wearewearables.com.
Electric Runway is a future fashion event and content series with a mission to share stories, expertise, and inspiration from the front lines of fashion tech. The company was founded by journalist and entrepreneur Amanda Cosco in July of 2015 and has since grown into a global brand synonymous with the future of fashion. Lean more at www.electricrunway.com.
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Interested in sponsoring, speaking, demoing or volunteering at this or other WWTO events this year, contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.