Event report: YouPorn x Future of Sex sextech hackathon New York

Sponsored by YouPorn, this hackathon was designed to change the cultural conversation about sex - starting with four significant, open-ended challenges for the hackathon teams to tackle.


Powered by data, supported by mentors and energized by the New York sextech community, we saw two days of intense team forming, business modelling and pitching. Across the weekend, the YouPorn mentors worked with the teams to validate their ideas, test out their business assumptions and provide insights from their rich experience in bringing digital products to market in the challenging sextech landscape.

As with previous sextech hackathons, there were plenty of hackathon first-timers - with around 50% indicating that this was their first hackathon experience. The participants, themselves, came from a wide range of backgrounds - high school teachers, psychologists, marketing and advertising strategists, mixed and matched with hardcore programmers, VR experts, user experience and graphic designers. Most teams formed during the lighting pitch and “speed networking” sessions - forging new friendships and creating new businesses opportunities in the process.

The four challenges focused the teams’ attention and rigorous mentoring and pitch support saw amazing solutions emerge after only 48 hours:

  • YouPorn challenge: How to leverage YouPorn's technology, content and production to improve the sex lives of 10 billion people

  • Womanizer challenge: How do we close the orgasm gap? Is there a way to make sex more about giving than getting?

  • Miss VVs Mystery challenge: How do we show that confidence is sexy and use that confidence to change the conversation around sex?

  • Okayso challenge: How do we reinvent sex education for teenage boys? How do we create a new language around intimacy, respect and consent?

The summary report from the event can be seen below.

The winning teams will be joining the next cohort of the Future of Sex / Disruptor’s Handbook sextech accelerator.

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Bryony Cole