Beginning her journey as an entrepreneur seeking to enhance educational practices and training systems in the medical profession by way of incorporating VR in the mainstream framework, Dr. Sana Farid has come a long way in just under two years. An Innovator, Emerging Women Leader, a passionate VR Researcher and Educator, her vision quickly led her through the initial phases of her start-up and made her a well-reputed name in the AR/VR community. Having been conducting workshops in immersive technologies since 2016 covering topics such as Virtual Reality Education in Schools, Assistive Technology and effective use of Virtual Reality for Corporates, Dr. Sana is an award-winning speaker and trainer in VR today, predominantly supporting government and non-governmental initiatives, and helping envision, strategize and streamline critical and emergency response VR training and interpretative solutions for healthcare, education, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
A member of Bahrain Technology Association, Women Techmakers, AR/VR association as well as being one of the “100 Bahraini Notable Women” who transformed Bahrain, Dr. Sana has just earned herself the ambassadorship of the Middle East region for Women of Wearables (WOW). Continuing her role as a strong advocate of women empowerment programs, Dr. Sana became a member of WoW earlier this year, which is UK’s and Europe’s first organization that supports, encourages and connects women in wearable tech, fashion tech, IoT and VR/AR. Being a strong supporter of women empowerment, she is of the view that “Having women on board has more chances of making your company successful”. However, she encourages women to use their natural talents for themselves, “Technology needs more women who work for themselves after they graduate and fulfil their dreams.”
WoW, itself, is the brain-child of Marija Butkovic, also co-founder of Kisha Smart Umbrella – a wearable tech startup. A digital marketing and business consultant, Marija has worked for different industry sectors including legal, journalism, tech, IoT, wearable tech and fashion tech. She was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in UK tech: The 2017 longlist by Computer Weekly. Her WoW venture emulates her personality empowering women around the globe with more than 8,000 members from over 20 countries. The growing community boasts of women and girls as startup founders, SMEs, industry experts, accelerators, incubators, industry partners, bloggers, journalists and investors.
Find the full interview with Dr. Sana Farid here.