Woman Using a Samsung VR Headset at SXSW. Photo courtesy of  Nan Palmero https://flic.kr/p/qJPZEL (CC BY 2.0)
Special Event

Gender Bias in Tech: A Virtual Reality Experience

Thursday, September 13, 2018

What happens when a young female coder joins a male-dominated floundering startup that's deep in an identity crisis?

UTURN is an interactive live-action VR comedy where viewers get to experience both sides of the gender divide, with interwoven stories that allow viewers to embody either a female or male character.

The virtual reality film will be be presented by its creator, Nathalie Mathe, and will be followed by a facilitated discussion of the experience and issues raised. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of gender dynamics in tech workplaces.


Space is limited; advance registration recommended. Free.

Three sessions are available; limit of 20 participants per session.

12:30 – 2:00 pm  

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2:30 – 4:00 pm  

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4:30 – 6:00 pm  

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Nathalie Mathe
Creator/Producer, UTURN

Adrienne Seal
Consultant, SpiritTree Consulting

Catherine Cronquist Browning
Associate Director of Student Affairs, UC Berkeley School of Information

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Photo: Woman Using a Samsung VR Headset at SXSW. Courtesy of  Nan Palmero/Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

Sponsored by Samsung. Thanks to Samsung for the use of the Samsung Gear virtual reality headsets.

Last updated:

September 11, 2018