Boasting is really not my style, but if I’ve learned one thing over the years it’s that if you don’t promote yourself first, no one else will either. For the past two years, I’ve been putting myself out there as a voice in wearable and fashion tech. I’ve done this in many ways: through my podcast, YouTube channel, my various articles on the subject, through my speaking engagements, interviews, and even via events and social media. This is despite the unmistakable sexism that’s embedded in both technology and journalism (witness the comments on a recent YouTube video I posted on smart glasses, which has racked up more than 70K views: “terrible video, “she’s hawt” and “blah blah blah.”)
Despite the fact that building a brand from scratch sometimes feels like an uphill battle, I’ve had some amazing experiences along the way, and this past year (2017) was no exception. I made my first national TV appearance (two of them, actually) and had the opportunity to speak in Tallin, Estonia, one of the world’s emerging capitols when it comes to cryptocurrencies and digital citizenship. The new year (2018) was marked by a fantastic recognition from a group of women I really admire.
Reacting to the lack of female representation on stage at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, Women of Wearables, an organization dedicated to the advancement of women in wearable and consumer electronics, published this report. It lists the top 100 women in this field, and I’m honoured to be named as one of them. I also feel privileged to be among such amazing company. Thanks, Women of Wearables for the distinction!