ARVR Women and Allies is a group for women in the immersive tech industry that supports community connection, education and professional growth.
We’re an online network and real-world meetup focused on increasing representation and multicultural leadership in Virtual and Augmented Reality. We believe in immersive tech for social good. We welcome our members to come together for inspiration, encouragement and a departure from the status quo.
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.
An immersive future must be an inclusive future.
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.”
According to Kapor Center’s latest brief on Women and Girls of Color in Computing (https://www.wocincomputing.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/WOCinComputingDataBrief.pdf):
• 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.