EmpowHER VR

 

 

About

EmpowHER VR was created as part of Oculus Launch Pad 2018. It provides basic principles of empowering self-defense by utilizing the immersive capabilities of Virtual Reality.

Why We're Here

We want ALL women to walk safely and confidently without fear–knowing that they have the tools to deal with whatever situation might come their way.

Sexual violence affects women disproportionately, the researchers found. One-third of women said they had been victims of a rape, beating or stalking, or a combination of assaults.

U.S. Department of Justice

Self-Defense is not just a set of techniques; It’s a state of mind, and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.

Rorion Gracie

CO-FOUNDER OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

The Training

MODULE 1

Personal Boundaries

MODULE 2

Situational Awareness

MODULE 3

Verbal Self-Defense

MODULE 4

Physical Self-Defense

Additional Resources

Hotlines:

The National Domestic Abuse Hotline
1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224

National Sexual Assault Hotline
800.656.HOPE (4673)

The Rape Crisis Center
210-349-7273

In-Person Courses:

Model Mugging

Impact Bay Area

Eskabo Daan: Self-Defense for the People

ESD Global

Books

The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker

Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation by Kathleen Kelley Reardon, PhD 

If there’s a resource we should add, please reach out and let us know!

Team

Neilda Pacquing

FOUNDER

Neilda Pacquing is the Founder & CEO of MindGlow, Inc. and is a San Francisco Bay Area native and UCLA alum. She is no stranger to bringing technology to the masses. Before starting her company, she designed a wide portfolio of software applications as a UX designer at Bank of America and Sephora.

She is an alum of Oculus Launch Pad and XR Studio by Mozilla.

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Angelo Hizon

3D ARTIST

Angelo Hizon is a two-time Oculus Launch Pad Fellow with a B.A. in Sculpture and an M.F.A. in 3D Modeling from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 

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Sarah Hashkes

ADVISOR

Sarah Hashkes is a martial arts and certified self defense instructor with a second degree black belt and over 20 years of training. She received her BS in Physics and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience with a focus on how to use VR for movement training and is a VR developer.

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Niko Korolog

COMPOSER, PRODUCER, AND GAME AUDIO PROFESSIONAL

A graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Niko Korolog has a background in Classical and Electronic music composition and Game Audio implementation. His clients have included Oculus, Razer, and a slew of independent game developers and filmmakers. Niko is also an accomplished pop producer.