VR & Parenthood—The Founder of Child Proof Yourself on Positive Tech
Recently we talked to Anastasia Miron—social entrepreneur (or mompreneur, as she prefers to call herself), speaker and founder of the VR solution called Child Proof Yourself. It’s an educational game for parents, who want to explore and improve their parenthood skills and relationship with their kids.
“Books and classes and videos are good tools, but not as effective and immediate as VR experiences. Through immersive experiences we create awareness and trigger empathy”, we read on her website.
In Anastasia’s opinion, both VR and AR can help change and improve the current way we approach not only raising our kids, but also education, medicine, wellness and much more.
We asked Anastasia to share her thoughts on mixed reality, Positive Tech and what can we expect in tech this year.
We’re at the beginning of 2018, what are your technology predictions for 2018? What trends are going to die and which of them are going to strive?
It is hard to say for sure and with 100% precision what trend will do what. AI, Blockchain technology, self-driving cars, are definitely taking over the news and are here to stay, but there are many other interesting areas to look at. For example, I see a lot of progress in biomimicry, nanotech, biotech. It is very inspirational to see different industries overlap and generate solutions that are usually life-changing.
How do you understand “Positive Tech”?
To me, Positive Tech is a process, rather than a product. Positive Tech aims to solve a social problem, by using tech as a tool. The design thinking process behind Positive Tech is more complex than design thinking process behind “regular” applications of tech. It comes from a strong desire to solve an existing, burning social problem or prevent one. I always say that tech is neither good or bad, it depends on how we use it. Well, I have made my pledge to the world, to dedicate my entire life to use tech to solve social related issues. Here I am doing it, deeply involved in Positive Tech.
What are the best Positive Tech examples of VR or AR that have the biggest potential?
VR for children in hospitals, that can help with eg. pain management, VR for elderlies in hospices to help make their bucket list wishes come true, VR education for doctors, AR/VR for autistic children to help them learn…There’s plenty.
You have a strong technical background—what was your career path and how come you are now developing and designing VR apps?
I am a social entrepreneur, as such, I must be versatile and be good at many things and if I am not, I must learn it. Launching startups makes the founders wear multiple hats, in my specific case I have been always curious about learning more and more and challenging myself, at the moment I develop and design a VR app, but I am not a designer nor a developer. I hire professionals to execute my vision, as I follow their advice and professional inputs.
When did you come up with the idea for Child Proof Yourself? Did it come from your personal experiences as a parent?
Before becoming a mother, I read at least 30 if not more books about parenthood, I went to all the classes a person can possibly go to, I took multiple workshops, I helped friends with their children, etc. So when I became a mother, I thought I was ready. But I wasn’t! Motherhood hit me as a train and wracked my world. For example, when my infant started choking, I almost fainted, which is the worse reaction a mother can have, as you become useless when laying on a floor without senses. After that moment, I understood I need to come up with a better way of teaching and learning parenthood, so VR seamed a pretty good fit. In VR we have so many options of how to re-wire or trick the brain into deep learning and behavioral change. I was in love and hooked on VR from the first sight.
When will it be possible to try your application?
The mobile version of the app is already in beta testing, there is a waiting list request form on the website.
How do you envision the future of your company?
As a very “modest” founder, I want it to take over the world, to be used by each parent on the planet and make the world a better place. I want Child Proof Yourself to transform the way we look at, prepare for and approach parenting. No present or future parent can hide from me! :)
What are the events you’ll be attending in the near future?
Living in Silicon Valley, definitely have spoiled me with amazing events, interesting meetups, high-quality conferences etc. I have to be selective and well focused when I choose the events I go to. If I’d show up to all the events I am interested in or invited to, I would be always out and about, mingling and not getting much work done. I mostly follow events focused on Social Good, Women in Tech and Exponential Tech. For sure I’ll attend events at Singularity University, AWE US, Women in Health Tech and SoCap.