There is Fintech, Edtech, Greentech… and of course – Sextech. According to the Guardian, sextech is estimated to be a 30 billion USD industry that is growing at 30% each year (faster than the drone industry!). This is your chance to get involved in a quickly advancing industry and collaborate with other sex geeks!
WHAT IS SEXTECH?
“Technology, and technology-driven ventures, designed to enhance, innovate and disrupt in every area of human sexuality and human sexual experience.”
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!
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
HOW DOES A SEXTECH HACKATHON WORK, YOU ASK?
First, 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.
Participants will also have the opportunity to attend SPARK Fest on Day 2 of the hackathon to learn more from the various talks, brands and art. It is also an opportunity to test out ideas with festival goers (see Hackathon format on the registration page for more details).
Meet some of our sextech speakers and mentors
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.
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.