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Saturday, November 8 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Women in Virtual Reality

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Although women make up a substantial portion of virtual reality users, enthusiasts, developers, and content creators, they are often underrepresented in positions of power in the industry, and face a variety of barriers, misconceptions, and discrimination in virtual environments that both mirror and differ from similar challenges in the "real" world. This panel will discuss the critical importance of diversity and inclusiveness in the emerging metaverse, and specifically address strategies to advance and encourage women's contribution in the field.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Editor, Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov covers artificial intelligence for CIO magazine and cybersecurity for CSO online. She has also been the editor of Hypergrid Business since 2009. During her twenty years as a journalist, she's run a business news bureau in Shanghai, covered wars in the former Soviet Union, and wrote about local politics for the Chicago Tribune. But none of that prepared her for covering OpenSimulator, which has been both intensely... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julie LeMoine

Julie LeMoine

Julie LeMoine is the founder of 3D ICC, which offers the enterprise-grade Terf immersive virtual reality environment. She was also the founder and head of the Fidelity Center for Applied Collaboration, a four-time E2.0 speaker on Social Media. She helped start the entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Jacki Morie

Virtual Environment Pioneer
Jacquelyn Morie has 25 years experience in developing innovative techniques for virtual reality environments. She spent 13 years as a Sr. Research Scientist at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), where she created novel VR telehealth care activities. She also worked... Read More →
avatar for Gwenette Writer Sinclair

Gwenette Writer Sinclair

Gwenette Writer Sinclair is a research associate at the Institute for Simulation & Training, at the US Army Simulation & Training Technology Center, UCF. She specializes in virtual world development design for immersive interaction and collaboration, personalized training and curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Karen Zastudil

Karen Zastudil

volunteer, Avacon
Karen Zastudil is consultant and an expert in adult education and virtual learning. Karen is also the creator of Sagaversity in Second Life. Along with the other members of this panel, a co-founder of the Women in Virtual Reality organization. Specialties include: personalized... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Business Track

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