ARVR Women and Allies is a group for women in the immersive tech industry that supports community connection, education and professional growth. We're focused on increasing inclusion for under-represented groups as creators for the next computing platform: Virtual and Augmented Reality. We're an online network and real-world meetup that comes together for inspiration, encouragement and a departure from the status quo.
There’s little indication marginalized voices are included in conversations about the future, as much as they are recognized for their absence, especially in the funding arena. In March, Greenlight Insights and WXR Venture Fund reported that with more than $1.9 billion dollars raised by augmented and virtual reality startups in 2017, “only 7.7 percent of all venture funding deals went to female CEOs.”
• 12 percent of women who work in computing and information science occupations across the US are black or Hispanic. Meanwhile in Silicon Valley, only 2 percent of women working in tech are black, Hispanic, Native American or Native Alaskan.
• About 1 percent of venture capitalists are black women, and Hispanic women come in at 0 (yes, zero) percent, compared with white women at 11 percent and Asian women at 6 percent.
• Women of color account for 80% of the new female-led small businesses, but in tech, Black women account for less than 4% of female-led startups.
ARVR Women makes space for conversations and initiatives that address the impact of working in an imbalanced industry and the systemic forces that undermine change. We're a work-in-progress , excited about the evolution of the immersive tech industry, and how we can advance it, together.
"ARVR women fills a need in an industry where women felt unheard and overlooked and managed to pull together the largest group of women ARVR developers and enthusiasts in the country. As a former student of their academy, I can say I learned the most about this awe-inspiring technology from this group. It was truly a gift in my life to work with such talented women with decades of industry experience. The founder created a rose from concrete to where hundreds of ARVR professionals are now within a few degrees of separation from each other."
--Jessica Buchleitner, Media, Journalism, Communication and Development