Kate van Niekerk

Kate van Niekerk

Track: AR/VR/MR

Topic: VR, UX, and social justice: adjusting perceptions of empathy and responsibility in design

Join us in an informative session @APPortunity (24th January, 2018, Duration: 45 Minutes, 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM) in one of our Session Halls for “AR/VR/MR”.

We are increasingly seeing the potential for VR to create empathy by immersing users in the real experiences of other people. In doing so it has the potential to create social change, but also raises new questions about our responsibilities towards the users who are being immersed in these experiences, our own biases as designers of the technology, and the very meaning of empathy.
At this session learn while the changes in technology are exciting and filled with potential, we need to reflect on why we are designing these new products and our own role in the impact they make.


Kate is a user experience designer at Freethinking, with a special interest in content strategy, ethnographic research, and inclusive design. She has a background in anthropology with a master’s degree in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town, a love of writing, gifs and all things human-centered.

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