USERNAME: SX NOIR
SX Noir is a self-proclaimed “thot leader” leading the conversation on the intersection of Sex work and Sex tech. SX has created a podcast “Thot Leader Pod” in an attempt to hack the conversation on Sex, love, dating and tech. Creating more empathy in digital space is the key to intimacy.. SX is from Missouri, very into Frank Sinatra and adult animation. SX aims to de-stigmatize the conversation regarding Sex in digital space.
Alison (she/her) is a cybersecurity professional, founder of WITPGH, SEXTECHSPACE, and previous president and co-founder of WOST. She holds a Master’s in Cybersecurity Engineering and Policy Compliance from GWU where her research focused on FOSTA-SESTA. She has presented at the Cybersexurity panel at DEFCON, Google, Linuxfest, and more. She is a recipient of the (ISC)2 Center for Cyber Safety and Education award and BiTCH 50 2019 Science and Technology acknowledgment. Her area of expertise in the field revolves around data privacy with particular concentration in policy, compliance, nonconsensual pornography/revenge porn, sextortion, disinformation, and more.
USERNAME: KIANNA CHAUNTIS
USERROLE: CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Kianna is a web developer, graphic designer, photographer and music producer living in Austin, Texas. She has worked with numerous clients and organizations to help shape the look and visual appeal of their presence in digital spaces. She is also a former burlesque dancer and sex worker, having worked in the nightlife entertainment industry as both a performer and event promoter for over a decade. Currently she runs her freelance business Aethernet Online where she aims to continue helping brands cultivate unique identities on the web.
USERNAME: KATE ZEN COLE
Kai Zen Cole (they/she) is a software engineer and migrant labor organizer. They’ve worked on data science projects for audio fingerprinting at a machine learning startup, and freelanced in building housing data dashboards for City Council. They’ve also taught coding at Per Scholas to underrepresented communities in tech. They are the co-founder and Outreach Director of Red Canary Song, as a dominatrix with a background of 13 years in sex worker rights organizing in NYC, Montreal, Toronto, and the UK. Kai has worked on data privacy trainings for sex workers at Tactical Tech, and is a core member of Hacking//Hustling, and a Community Advisory Board member at the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project.
USERNAME: CINDY GALLOP
Cindy Gallop is the founder and CEO of www.makelovenotporn.com, launched at TED 2009 – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’. In 2013 she turned MakeLoveNotPorn into the world’s first user-generated, human-curated social sex videosharing platform https://www.makelovenotporn.tv/ socializing and normalizing sex in order to make it easier to talk about, to promote consent, communication, good sexual values and good sexual behavior. MakeLoveNotPorn is spearheading the Social Sex Revolution https://socialsexrevolution.com/(the revolutionary part isn’t the sex, but the social). Cindy is raising the world’s first sextech fund http://www.alltheskyholdings.com/ . She speaks at conferences globally and consults, describing her approach as ‘I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.’
USERNAME: LORA DICARLO
In 2017 Lora Haddock DiCarlo founded one of Oregon’s fastest-growing tech startups, Lora DiCarlo, which develops and markets robotic consumer products for womxn’s sexual health and wellness. Lora is the inventor of Osé, Lora DiCarlo’s flagship product, which holds 9 patents in micro-robotic technology and was a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Robotics and Drones product category . When the award was redacted, Lora opened the public conversation about gender bias and inclusion in the tech industry, and worked with CTA to update their policies for 2020. Not only that, but she also came back to win two additional awards in robotics for her newest products, Onda and Baci. Lora sits as a board member for the Technology Association of Oregon, and is also involved in TAO’s Diversity Initiative Working Group. To date, she has raised $6M for the company, and even received government funding from the State of Oregon. Lora is an internationally sought after speaker and has appeared at events including Forbes’ Global Women Summit, SXSW, Tech Open Air, TechCrunch Disrupt, and Women in Tech, among many others. Lora has been listed as one of the top women disrupting HealthTech by Forbes.
USERNAME: BRYONY COLE
Bryony Cole is a sextech researcher, podcaster and industry analyst. With over one million downloads of her Future of Sex podcast, and extensive global media coverage she is the trusted authority for industry insights in The New York Times, The Today Show, Wired and many other global media. She is a sought-after consultant who partners with organizations across the world forecasting trends in the sextech industry for governments, tech titans and entertainment companies.
USERNAME: LIDIA BONILLA
Lidia Bonilla is a pleasure strategist and product inventor, committed to women having lives full of power, pleasure, and intimacy. Her signature program, The Pleasure Reset, is a life changing 6-week course where you are guided through a deep dive into your love life. She also is the founder of House of Plume, an intimate lifestyle brand that provides the discerning consumer with storage options for their pleasure items. She is the co-founder of the Women of Sex Tech, a global organization dedicated to merging sex and technology. She is a highly sought after expert, whose work has been covered by the New York Times, Refinery 29, Forbes and Essence Magazine. She’s passionate about speaking on topics like making pleasure a habit, learning how to love your body, and creating a life of freedom and authenticity.
USERNAME: POLLY RODRIGUEZ
Polly Rodriguez is the co-founder and CEO of Unbound. With a background in strategy consulting, Polly started her career at Deloitte, where she was ranked the top analyst and consultant for two consecutive years, specializing in brand turnarounds during the recession. She went on to scale the YCombinator dating startup Grouper to $5M in revenue. With a BS in Economics from Miami University, Polly’s favorite job was working for Senator Claire McCaskill in Washington, DC on the Affordable Care Act. She has a penchant for bourbon, the St. Louis Cardinals, ricotta cheese, and ponies.
In 2015 Lidia Bonilla and Polly Rodriguez met in a hotel bar in Flatiron to commiserate over being female entrepreneurs in the sex tech industry. They were in an industry dominated by men and they couldn’t open bank accounts, take out Facebook or Instagram ads, use payment processors or get investors to take them seriously. Instead of giving up, they decided to create a community with other female founders who were facing similar challenges. What started as a small group quickly grew into a movement.
Today, The Women of Sex Tech represent artists, creators, entrepreneurs, journalists, educators, innovators, and engineers in over six cities globally. Collectively, they generate millions in revenue and have secured funding from some of the top tier venture capital funds in the world. Their mission is to change the way the world views human sexuality and to create a community that fosters femme-identifying entrepreneurship. The Women of Sex Tech is much more than a small group of female founders, it’s a movement, and we hope you’ll be a part of it.