The Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) has awarded funding to Ida XR Studio to establish a networking community of women, non-binary and trans people who work or are interested in immersive and extended reality (XR) technologies.
The Ida Network is a new initiative spearheaded by Leah Kurta, a digital consumer psychologist at i2 media research who explores how audiences respond to immersive technology, and Victoria Eyton, Senior Creative Producer and Creative Director for DARKFIELD. Leah and Victoria united over their passion for wanting to help women and non-binary people in the industry gain confidence, contacts and social capital. Through The Ida Network, they aim to promote the identities and ideas of marginalised genders for a prosperous immersive tech sector.
One way to achieve this is by offering informal networking events across the UK and beyond. The next meet-up will be held at Sheffield DocFest on Sunday 18 June, ahead of the Alternate Realities Summit. This free event is open to women, non-binary and trans people who work or are interested in the immersive technologies industry.