15. THE FUTURE OF SEXTECH
FINTECH, EDTECH, HEATHTECH …AND NOW WHAT IS SEXTECH?
Sextech refers to any technology or tech-driven venture that enhances the human sexuality experience. Its the US$30 billion industry that you've never heard of... and no, its not just sex robots and VR porn.
On this episode, Sara and Jye's worlds collide as we talk all things sextech with Gavin Heaton of Disruptor's Handbook . Together with Bryony Cole, Gavin is also part of the team that hosts the Future of Sex global hackathon and accelerator series.
Gavin gives us his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges for sextech companies, and how they're changing the world. He explains why sextech is at the point where social media was years ago, and how its recent exponential growth has been driven by female founders.
We then talk about Asia's first sextech hackathon that took place in Singapore in May - what it is, how its structured, what the winning ideas were and how you can get involved!
MORE JUICY BITS ON THE SHOW
8:48 – 11:00 Why and how sextech is changing the world
11:25 – 18:00 Examples of sextech companies
25:00 – 28:00 Why now is a unique time for sextech
33:40 – 58:00 What happens in a sextech hackathon and why you should try one
WORDS OF WISDOM
“With sextech, we are actually opening up these massive challenging, exciting, vibrant taboo conversations that are really forcing us to go into new directions.”
“Once you start talking about the link between health, sex and well-being then, suddenly you have a way in to a conversation that people should be having but maybe we are not having enough.”
“We are seeing a lot of education starting to emerge in the areas of sex but also in terms of sexual well-being not just for well-aided people but also for people with disabilities.”
“The exciting part about this is that we are seeing the emergence of female founders. One, because they can. Two, because they have the ideas. And three, they’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.”
OTHER GREAT REFERENCES YOU'LL LOVE
Does the growing global sextech industry have a place in Asia? - Great read about sextech and it’s potential in Asia.
Women of SexTech – an inclusive community of sex-positive women changing the sex tech industry.
Smile Makers – A sex toy company, which is said to be the “No.1 Brand For Women's Sexual Pleasure”. Also, a judge of the sextech hackathon in Asia
Future of sex podcast – Hosted by Bryony Cole, the Future of Sex podcast explores the evolving worlds of sex and tech. Teledildonics, intimacy, relationships, VR, AR and AI in the modern world.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
What excites you most about the future in sextech? Leave us a comment below - we'd love to know!