When Antonia Forster (Senior VR/AR Technical Specialist at Unity) came out to her family as LGBTQ+, she received aggressive backlash.
Reflecting on how this could have been prevented, she discovered that lack of exposure to queer stories is a strong predictor of homophobia - and created a cutting-edge virtual reality project to address this. The result is the world's first LGBTQ+ VR Museum, an award-winning virtual experience, dedicated to celebrating the stories and artwork of LGBTQ people by preserving queer personal histories.
Join Antonia as she shares her personal journey as a self-taught coder (with no Computer Science degree); the tools she used to build a VR museum; and the life lessons she learned along the way.
About the Speaker
Antonia (she/her) is Senior VR/AR Technical Specialist at Unity, an award-winning Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant, and an international keynote speaker with a decade of experience. Combining her self-taught coding knowledge, with her skills as a TEDx speaker, Antonia is a passionate advocate for women, LGBTQ+ people, and marginalised voices in tech. Her clients include NASA, Stanford University, Sky TV, Yahoo!, AstraZeneca, the Science Museum, Kew Gardens, London Pride, Bristol Pride, and many more.
Antonia has been shortlisted for Nature's John Maddox Prize, the Women in IT "Advocate of the Year" award, and won the YTKO Breaking Barriers award for her impactful advocacy for women in tech. She is the Director and Producer of the world's first LGBTQ+ VR museum, winner of the New Voices award at Tribeca Film Festival.
Start time: 1pm
Duration: 1 hour (30-minute talk followed by Q+A)
Location: Function Room 6 (level 2)