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SPARK Fest Asia will be organising Asia’s first Sextech Hackathon from 18-20 May 2018 where people of all job descriptions with an opinion or idea on sexual wellness are welcomed to come shake things up.

Sextech is defined as 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 education, long-distance relationships, disability and sex, to closing the pleasure on third age sex. The human sexual experience is broad and diverse. According to the Guardian, sextech is a $30 billion USD industry growing at 30% a year, potentially outpacing high growth sectors like drone manufacturing.

Through the hackathon, SPARK Fest Asia hopes to encourage the next generation of local innovators and problem-solvers to come on board to solve challenges in the world of sexual wellness. “Similar to other STEM movements, we are especially hoping to see more female and diverse leadership in Asian sextech ventures. With examples like Unbound (USA), which has just raise 2.7 million USD, Dame Products (USA), and Intimate.io (AUS), women and diversity have proven to bring about creative innovations and disruptions in this area – and we need that element of “out of the box” thinking in Asia as well,” says SPARK Fest Asia founder and Women of SexTech member, Erin Chen.

The opening night of the hackathon will be held at the Straits Clan, where participants and Straits Clan members will hear from international speakers on the various challenges and opportunities in the sexual wellness industry. Hacking and pitching will take place on the following days at the Hive Lavender, a co-working space for creatives and makers, as well as the location of the SPARK festival.

Speakers and mentors for Asia’s first Sextech Hackathon • Sanderijn Van Der Doef, Psychologist & Sexologist (Netherlands) • Dema Tio, Founder of Vibease (Singapore) • Sam Zhao, Founder of Yummy (China) • Mattias Hulting, Founder of Ramblin’ Brands (Singapore) More mentors and hackathon prizes will be announced at a later date.

For more information on hackathon format and registration, please visit https://asia-first-sextech- hackathon.peatix.com.

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