Asia's 1st SexTech Hackathon
*The event price includes goodies, food and drinks and bonus access to SPARK Fest during the hackathon*
A Sextech Hackathon... Say what?
There is Fintech, Edtech, Greentech... why not Sextech?
AI, 3D printing, big data, cryptocurrency, mobiles apps, VR / AR, robotics... We are at a time where technology is adding to the speed of disruption and transformation across all industries and areas of life.
This includes our relationships and sexual experiences.
Over the next few decades, our sex lives will change dramatically. This is taking place in parallel of a continually changing landscape of gender, religious and political norms.
At such a time, we have an opportunity and need to find creative and innovative ways to use technology to proactively shape how the world of sexual wellness will change.
This could mean addressing challenges from access to quality sex ed to long distance relationships to disability + sex to closing the pleasure gap to third age sex... the human sexual experience is broad and diverse!
As an industry, SexTech is estimated to be a $30 billion USD industry by 2020 and grow at an annual rate of 30% (faster than the drone industry!).
This is your chance to get involved in a quickly advancing industry and join a movement that can change the world.
What is SexTech?
"Technology, and technology-driven ventures, designed to enhance, innovate and disrupt in every area of human sexuality and human sexual experience.”
In other words, sextech is technology-enabled innovations that tackle the evolving social challenges around sex and sexual well-being.
Why Should You Care?
Our friends at the recent Sydney Sextech hackathon put it quite nicely: "Innovations in sextech will allow us to experience, express, and understand our sexualities in ways we never thought possible. The key value of sextech products and services is that they are designed around relationships, bringing new ideas of intimacy, pleasure and desire to the human experience. While there is plenty of potential in this space, it is largely untapped.”
This is a universal topic that affect every person in some way.
How does a Sextech Hackathon work?
Unlike other hackathons, this is not a techy hackathon. If you code, great! If you don't know how to code, that's ok too! This is about coming together to solve challenges in the world of sexual wellness. "Hacking" will take place over a weekend where participants will collaborate intensively on creating sextech products - this might look like a prototype, a design, a campaign or a concept.
Who can Participate?
We welcome people of all job descriptions, whether you’re a designer, developer, marketer, entrepreneur, project manager, therapist or sexologist. Diverse groups often work incredibly well together to produce the best results.
In particular, if you identify with any of the below - WE WANT YOU!
- You have an opinion/idea on sexual wellness
- You consider yourself to be inclusive and open to new perspectives
- You are ready to shake things up
- You are passionate about making change
Format & Schedule
We kick off Friday evening May 18 with talks from a diverse group of mentors. That evening, you will also be forming your teams.
On day 2 (Sat. May 19), participants have bonus access to attend SPARK Fest happening at the same venue to get more inspiration, test their ideas and work to bring their idea to life. Hacking and meeting with mentors will take place at the same venue. Pretty sweet.
We complete the hackathon on Sunday with a pitch competition to a panel of judges.
May 18 FRIDAY 7-9:30PM: Sextech talks, Team formation
May 19 SATURDAY 9am - 4pm: Hack day, work as teams, visit SPARK Fest, receive mentoring from industry leaders
May 20 SUNDAY 9am - 5pm: Hack day, Pitching. Winner!
Categories you can work on at the Sextech hackathon:
Our Speakers & Mentors
DEMA TIO, Founder of Vibease (SG) Founder of Vibease, the world’s first smart vibrator. Vibease has gained recognition from the tech industry including Crunchies Awards 2013 nomination and Best luxury toys of 2015 nomination. His vision is to make the world a better place through sex-positive and technology.
SAM ZHAO, Founder of Yummy (China) Sam founded Yummy based on one simple idea: for all of us, every woman, to feel comfortable about our own life, to feel confident about our desires. A community of over 2 million people, Yummy has been covered by media including, the Southern Weekly, CCTV, Wall Street Journal, among others.
MATTIAS HULTING, Founder of Ramblin's Brands (SG) With 10+ years of experience in the beauty care business across Scandinavia and Asia, Mattias found Ramblin' Brands to revolutionize consumer categories that have room to grow. Smile Makers, the company’s first brand, is doing that in the sexual wellness industry, being awarded some of the most prestigious design awards and beating brands like Nike, Coca-Cola, and Apple.
SANDERIJN VAN DER DOEF, Psychologist & Sexologist (Netherlands) Sanderijn is an international expert and leading authority in the field of sexual development and sexuality education of children and young people. Since 2008, she has worked regularly in China to train trainers and teachers in sexuality education.
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