New CRL event to highlight women in product design

Published 05 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, london, tech, crl

CRL is running a new event to celebrate the rich female talent that exists within the hardware sector, and products that have been developed specifically for a female market - both at CRL and throughout the wider industry.

Hardware for Women will shine a spotlight on a number of inspirational entrepreneurs, the theme of the event being changemakers; entrepreneurs whose products have been developed to tackle wider social problems, whether related to health issues, safety, sensuality, the list goes on.

These products have been created with women as the target audience, and shaped by women - with the event exploring how that informs product development, how they’ve engaged with their audience and where they see the future of their products.

CRL is running a new event to celebrate the rich female talent that exists within the hardware sector, and products that have been developed specifically for a female market - both at CRL and throughout the wider industry.

Hardware for Women will shine a spotlight on a number of inspirational entrepreneurs, the theme of the event being changemakers; entrepreneurs whose products have been developed to tackle wider social problems, whether related to health issues, safety, sensuality, the list goes on.

These products have been created with women as the target audience, and shaped by women - with the event exploring how that informs product development, how they’ve engaged with their audience and where they see the future of their products.

The event takes place at CRL’s base near London on 29 November 2018 - click here to register


Speakers include:

Chakshu Saharan, founder and MD of Ignius

Being an IoT enthusiast, Saharan is passionate about bringing the advantages of connected technologies to address some of the most compelling ‘use-cases’ primarily in emerging markets – where the need is greater but resources fewer.

Ignius’ first product aims at addressing the issue of sexual violence by mobilising efficient and reliable help in emergencies.

Before starting Ignius, Saharan worked as a Management Consultant in Europe and Asia for leading multinationals.

Nadiya Siddique, founder of UNA by Stealthy

Nadiya Siddique, UNA by Stealthy

In 2015, Siddique lost her academic scholarship and place to study a Masters in Fashion having sustained two broken ankles during a hiking accident later discovering she was critically vitamin D deficient.

In 2017, Stealthy was born after months of research and Siddique’s passion to create an innovative product to bring Vitamin D deficiency awareness to women globally.

Una by Stealthy is the first modular UV sensor enabled jewellery collection designed to tackle Vitamin D deficiency in women, with the product winning the London College of Fashion / Set Squared Partnership Hackathon in July 2017 and NYU Abudhabi Hardware Launchpad in December 2017.

Subsequently, in January 2017, Stealthy won a prototyping grant from WEAR Sustain funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Innovation Action ICT-36-2016.

Solveiga Pakštaitė, Mimica

Pakštaitė is an inventor and entrepreneur with an industrial design background, which makes her obsesses over the tiny things that affect really big things.

She specialises in user-centred and sustainable design and is passionate about creating elegant, intuitive and beautiful products that improve the quality of our everyday lives.

She is the inventor of Mimica Touch, a biologically accurate food spoilage indicator that reduces food waste and improved food safety. The product has a granted patent and has been awarded prizes - most recently she was named MIT Technology Review’s Inventor of the Year.

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