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This weekend, the Girls in Tech Seattle team will be launching with an inaugural event – the VR/AR Create-a-thon!

This event will be hosted by Startup Hall on the University of Washington campus and is expected to reach 100+ women developers, designers and VR/AR enthusiasts.

 The create-a-thon will be a day long event where everyone can learn new skills, use what they already know, and meet other women in the VR/AR space. Along with a day of creating/hacking, we will have a set of panels and talks about development, design and history of VR.
We’re super excited to announce our panel that will kick-off the event!!
These leaders from the community will be sharing their experiences and we hope to learn about the growing landscape of VR/AR in Seattle along with opportunities from women in technology!


Panelists joining us at the Girls in Tech Seattle launch: 


Cynthia Tee
Cynthia Tee
As Executive Director of Ada Developers Academy, Cynthia is responsible for training women from diverse backgrounds for software development jobs and expanding Ada’s programs. She joins Ada from Microsoft where she spent 20 years building and managing highly effective technical program management teams. Throughout her career, Cynthia has enjoyed recruiting, mentoring, and guiding men and women engineers through career and life transitions. Cynthia earned her Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was born and raised in the Philippines, and currently lives in North Seattle with her husband and 2 children. She is an avid aerial lyra and pole dancer, teacher, as well as an aspiring personal trainer and coach.


 Rebecca Lovell
Rebecca Lovell

Rebecca Lovell, Director of Entrepreneurship and Industry, City of Seattle

Rebecca leads a team that drives the City’s sector strategy, with a goal of making Seattle the most innovative and equitable place to start and grow a business, having previously served as the City’s first Startup Advocate. Prior roles include Program Director, Alliance of Angels, Executive Director, Northwest Entrepreneur Network, Chief Business Officer, GeekWire and adjunct instructor on venture capital investing for the UW Foster MBA Program. She brings 20 years of operating and management experience to her leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, was recognized as one of the top 100 women in Tech from the Puget Sound Business Journal, and Tech Flash’s “Do Gooder of the Year,” and currently serves as a mentor for 9Mile Labs and Techstars.  A phi beta kappa graduate of Carleton College, she received her MBA from the University of Washington, and is endlessly devoted to family, friends, entrepreneurship, and karaoke.


Adrienne Hunter
Adrienne Hunter is the Lead Designer and Founder of Tomorrow Today Labs, a VR studio in Seattle WA working on video games and a developer plugin called NewtonVR. She is also one of the founding organizers of the VR/AR Collective, an inclusive group focused on normalizing the presence of women, POC, LGBTQ and other underrepresented groups as vital contributors to the VR/AR field


Stephanie Hurlburt
Stephanie is a Graphics Engineer and owner of Binomial, a software consulting firm in Seattle focusing on building all things AR/VR, C++, graphics, engines, games, and more. She is passionate about graphics, math, art, science and loves optimizing systems and researching tough problems. Stephanie likes building engines and tools that enable others to express their creativity and learn. She likes learning new things and collaborating with people and creating community.

Panel moderated by,

Sonal Mane
 Sonal Mane
 Sonal is the Managing Director of GIT’s Seattle chapter and excited to foster the growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in Seattle’s technology and startup world!
At Microsoft, Sonal runs National Programs for the US DX Startups team. In this role, she has responsibilities for startup initiatives to create a portfolio of high potential startups. Sonal is a senior business leader with over ten years of experience in business and product development. Prior to joining this role, Sonal was based in Chicago managing strategic initiatives and partnerships across the startup ecosystem. Sonal also served as a Senior Investment Associate at MATH Venture Partners. Sonal has launched flagship products such as Windows 8, Bing and Office 2007. As a national advisor to Pipeline Entrepreneurs, Sonal is passionate about connecting with fellow entrepreneurs to build and grow businesses. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial  Center.

Date/Time: June 18th at 9 am

Venue: Startup Hall

Eventbrite is here