Sex Tech and Health Debate

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 16:00 — 17:30

During Re-Wiring Wellness, Makerversity looks at ways to challenge tech’s social impact. This programme forms part of Somerset House‘s wider programme exploring themes surrounding wellness. It runs alongside Somerset House Studios’ Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy programme. During 24/7‘s closing weekend Re-Wiring Wellness explores health tech’s challenges and solutions.

Sex Tech and Health Debate

Saturday 22nd February, 4pm-5.30pm, River Rooms

Somerset House (New Wing Reception, Lancaster Place)

£10

Sex and reproductive health affects all of us. Yet it is still often seen as taboo to educate ourselves on our own bodies and sex habits. How can health tech help break down assumptions? And how can we create more feminist and LGBTQI viewpoints via inclusive sex tech? Join our speakers exploring sexual health via innovative apps, smart vibrators and femtech. How can we push these ideas further – and challenge who can access this personal (care) data?

With:

Josh Armistead is the co-founder of Troglo, an app to track your sex habits and experience with personalised information. Their aim is to lift the shame around sex and talking about STDs – and to educate about this with a particular focus on gay and bi men as well as mental wellbeing linked to sex in the LGBTQI community.

Jas Matharu founder of femtech app Elara Care. It provides tailored information focusing on women’s health. Decoding data on hormones gives users insight into their physical and mental wellbeing.

Mara Pezzotta is a designer working on the concept of Controversial Design and how to challenge the way we explore Sex, Food and Death with design. Particularly focused on how social behaviours influence objects and how to use design to influence society.

Soumyadip Rakshit is the co-founder & CEO of smart vibrator company MysteryVibe. They combine digital tech with sex toys to explore and educate about pleasure in new ways.

Chaired by Makerversity Cultural Programme Producer Claire Mead. Claire works in cultural programming to explore the social power of art and design. She also works as in the cultural sector around issues relating to sexuality, gender, sexual health and mental wellbeing, especially as they relate to feminist and LGBTQIA+ issues.

During Re-Wiring Wellness, Makerversity looks at ways to challenge tech’s social impact. This programme forms part of Somerset House‘s wider programme exploring themes surrounding wellness. It runs alongside Somerset House Studios’ Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy programme. During 24/7‘s closing weekend Re-Wiring Wellness explores health tech’s challenges and solutions.

Re-Wiring Wellness – Other Events:

Queer Health Late

Saturday 22nd February, 6pm-8pm, River Rooms

River Rooms, New Wing, Somerset House, Lancaster Place entrance

Free

The LGBTQI community faces specific challenges around healthcare and mental health. However, there is often a lack of access to basic information and needs. This is an evening to come discuss, educate and share resources together – by the community, for the community.

Mental Health and Tech Debate

Saturday 22nd February, 2pm-3.30pm, River Rooms

Panel discussion

Somerset House (New Wing Reception, Lancaster Place)

£10

Tech can often be seen as harmful to our mental well-being. How can we flip the script and use it to create new conversations – using tech to foster connections? Join our panel of speakers – working across mental health, digital tech, light design and immersive installations. We will discuss ways health tech can solve rather than cause issues around isolation, stress and lack of communication.

Maker Demo: Compact Cane

Saturday 22nd February, 1-1.40 pm, River Rooms

River Rooms, New Wing, Somerset House, Lancaster Place entrance

£3

Come find out more about Nia Simpson’s practice and Compact Cane, her electronic white cane for visually impared people, in the context of innovative smart health tech focusing on accessibility and social good.

Mental Fitness Workout/Workshop

Sunday 23rd February, 2pm-3.30pm

Workshop

Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, Somerset House, Lancaster Place entrance

£10

Join George Taktak from Feeliom and How Mental to learn how to start taking care of your mental fitness! A chill Sunday session with a mix of solo and group exercises and tips you can take into your everyday life and the workplace. No meditation experience required, all welcome.

Re-Wiring Wellness Showcase

22-23 February 2020

G16, New Wing, Somerset House (Lancaster Place entrance)

Free

A drop-in showcase of Makerversity members working around health tech, art and design. Come discover new projects, prototypes and radical responses around health, bodies and sex. Talk with Makerversity’s community, change your perspective – and bring your ideas! Featuring George Taktak (Feeliom), Shruti Grover (Hetco), Shilpa Sehdev, Mara Pezotta, Josh Armistead (Troglo), Shelley James, Nia Simpson (Compact Cane), Jas Matharu (Elara Care) and Niki Göransson (Studio Lära).

When
Saturday 22nd February 2020
16:00 — 17:30
Where

River Rooms
New Wing
Somerset House
Strand
WC2R1LA London