Women play a pivotal role in the world of immersive reality. Immersive reality consists of Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Cross Reality (XR) and Mixed Reality (MR). We created a list of women who are using immersive reality to make a powerful impact in the world and culture through innovations in medical, gaming, art, ethics and more.
1. Anna Zhilyaeva
Twitter: @AnnaDreamBrush | Website: annadreambrush.com
Anna is an artist who uses Google Tilt Brush to create magnificent virtual artwork. She recently recreated the famous “Liberty Leading the People” at the Louvre in virtual reality. You can view some of her magnificent work on her website and also on her twitter account.
2. Eva Hoerth
With the emergence of every new technology, there is often a question of ethics, and that’s what Eva does. Eva is an advocate for psychology in emerging technology. She is also part of the
WXR Venture Fund, a venture capital firm that supports women-led VR startups.
3. Jessica Outlaw
One thing we often forget when it comes to implementing new technology is the social aspect of it. Thankfully, that’s what Jessica specializes in. She founded
The Extended Mind, a company which consults on using behavior analytics to improve the user experience. Her company recently published a study, conducted among 600 users, highlighting the harassment they face using virtual reality. Jessica is also the 2017 Oculus Launch Pad winner.
4. Amber Osborne
@MissDestructo | Website: amberosborne.com
Amber is a
VR/AR Marketing Strategist and former Chief Marketing Officer at Doghead Simulations ; a virtual reality software company specializing in education. Amber has diverse industry exposure ranging from startups such as Tilt Five to global brands such as Adobe, Audi and Lenovo.
5. Jennifer Dowding
Jennifer is the Senior Producer at
Evasion, a multiplayer VR combat game that is set to be released on October 10th, 2018 on PS4 and on Steam. She posts the latest news in the world of VR gaming.
6. Malia Probst
@TheMalia | Website: medium.com/@TheMalia
Malia is the founding partner of
VRScout, Co-Founder of WXRfund and hosts the Real Virtual Show. She posts regularly on twitter, has her own blog on Medium, and does podcasts as well. She is, without any doubt, one of the top influencers in the world of VR.
7. Cathy Hackl
Cathy is deeply passionate about AR, VR, and XR. She talks about how AR and VR can be used as the new medium of communication for marketers. She has also done a number of
talks about immersive technology. If you are interested in AR and VR and want to see how you can use it for marketing purposes, give her a follow.
8. Adriana Vecchioli
@AdrianaVecc | Website: adrianavecchioli.com
Adriana is an artist, UX designer and filmmaker who has years of experience under her belt with immersive technology. She is the Co-Founder of
Velvet Unicorn, which creates immersive experiences for people to access using their smartphones, such as NBA AR and MidnightSky VR.
9. Dr. Helen Papagiannis
@ARstories | Website: augmentedstories.com
Dr. Papagiannis is a major influencer and pioneer in the AR world since 2005. She is a sought after professional keynote speaker (including TED) and an invited member of the World Economic Forum AR VR council . She also authored the prominent AR book called . If you want a deeper understanding of AR, give her a follow Augmented Human
10. Helen Situ
Helen has a strong knowledge of the immersive technology space. She has been previously involved with
NextVR, and is currently the CEO of Moment XR. She is also involved with Virtual Reality POP, Age of Life, and SXSW Conference & Festivals.
11. Sarah Stumbo
@sarahstumbo | Website: sarahstumbo.com
Sarah is a software developer who works at Unity 3D’s
Made with Unity Team, where she specializes in XR content creation. She is also a fan of art, games, and new realities.
12. Jennifer Scheurle
@Gaohmee | Website: gaohmee.com
Jennifer is an award-winning game designer with numerous titles under her belt. In 2017 she was named as one of the Top 30 Women in Games, and 30 Under 30 by the
MCV. She used to work on the multi-award-winning Earthlight franchise: a spacewalk VR experience created through the collaboration with NASA and other space agencies.
13. Jenn Duong
@jenndefer | Website: jennduong.com
Jenn is an immersive Director and Producer. She has directed and produced VR content ranging from short-form documentaries, to music experiences with artists like Banks. In 2015, Jenn co-founded Women in AR//VR to provide resources, opportunities, and collaboration for females in the immersive reality industry.
14. Lisa Padilla
@lisapadilla | Website: lisacast.com
Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer at
NewPathVR, a company that conducts psychological research on user experience in virtual reality. Lisa has over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, which she is implementing in VR to improve the user experience.
15. Alexandra Etienne
Alexandra is an AR/VR evangelist and an advocate for women in immersive reality. She is the Customer Success and Digital Marketing Manager at
Lightform, a California based company that creates AR projectors. She posts videos, opinions on twitter, and attends conferences as a speaker for AR.
16. Amy Peck
Amy is the Founder and CEO of
EndeavorVR, a consulting group that provides services to enterprises looking for immersive technology. She has years of experience working with advertising agencies, photographers, and directors. Her passion for VR began when she ran the Enterprise Division at Leap Motion. She is also an active member in the community, and is involved in groups such as the Women in Tech and Women in AR/VR.
17. Samantha Kingston
Samantha is the CEO of Virtual Umbrella . Virtual Umbrella is a marketing consultancy working in the immersive technology industry. Virtual Umbrella has worked with companies such as Orsted, Sky, BBC and more. Samantha has released her first 360 film, called Anonymous, on the topic of children of alcoholics in the UK. Anonymous premiered at Raindance 2019 and is now on tour
18. Shauna Heller
@HellerGeeksOut | Website: medium.com/@hellershauna
Shauna has an extensive background in the world of immersive technology. Previously, she has been the Developer Relations Specialist for Oculus VR. Later, she founded
Clay Park VR which provides VR strategy and advisory services to corporations, institutions, brands, and developers. She is currently the President of North America at AiSolve Limited, which creates state of the art VR, IR (immersive reality), and mixed reality content for companies.
19. Stephanie Llamas
@ | Website: XRSteph superdataresearch.com
Stephanie is the Head of Strategy and Research at
SuperData, a Nielsen Company, where she specializes in research methodology, consumer insights, and virtual and augmented reality. Her work has been presented at events such as CES, GDC, and SxSW and she has featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, and CNBC.
20. Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram
Dr Haram is a practicing surgeon and major influencer in the digital healthcare industry. She is the founder and CEO of Proximie, which uses utilises AR in real-time to virtually transport surgeons into any operating room anywhere in the world to deliver the best patient care. She has done a Ted Talk on How augmented reality could change the future of surgery , which we highly recommend.
21. Martina Welkhoff
Martina is the Founding Partner of the
WXR Fund; a venture fund helping women-led startups in immersive technology. She is a serial entrepreneur, and is also the Venture Partner at Jump Canon, a company that focuses on underrepresented founders in emerging technology.
22. Samantha Wolfe
Samantha is the author of
, a book we featured in one of our earlier articles that covers how VR is going to open up new avenues for marketing. She is connected with other influencers in the space, and tweets frequently about immersive technology. Marketing New Realities
23. Abby Albright
Abby is the Founding Partner of the
WXR Fund along with Martina Welkhoff and Malia Probst. Her recent work includes leading the AR section for Daqri. She is heavily involved in the world of immersive technology, emerging technology, and gender equality advocacy.
24. Morgan Mercer
Morgan is a social entrepreneur who is using VR to improve the wellbeing of the humankind. She is the Chief Executive Officer of
The Vantage Point, a Los Angeles based company that uses virtual reality to combat sexual violence and harassment at the workplace.
25. Sarah Hill
@SarahMidMO | website: tryhealium.com
Sarah Hill is the CEO of Healium, a neuro-immersive media company that creates AR and VR products to manage stress. Her company built the world’s first VR and AR platform powered by consumer wearables
We will continue to add to this list as time passes. If there is anyone you feel we missed in the list above, please leave their name in the comments below!
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