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Saturday, March 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Open Source Sex Science & the PSIgasm Project

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Our leading scientific institutions are failing to address sexuality with candor or rigor due to pressure from funding sources, journals, and cultural stigma. The resulting gaps in our collective understanding of human sexuality effect each of us, but are especially harmful to marginalized communities.
The PSIgasm Project is an open source hardware project aiming to create sophisticated, inexpensive DIY tools to record physiological data about the human sexual response. We cast custom silicone inserts embedded with sensors to monitor pressure, temperature, heat flow, and blood volume density. This data is streamed wirelessly to a computer and displayed in real time.
By taking the systematic investigation of sexuality out of academia and industry, we gain access to larger and more varied datasets and reduce our dependence on politically motivated funding sources. Crowd funding and DIY communities are now making this plausible on a large scale for the first time.
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Maggie Mayhem

Co-founderMayhem MultimediaMaggie Mayhem is am HIV prevention specialist gone rogue. From 2003-2010 she worked as an HIV test counselor, clinic coordinator, and eventually the HIV Senior Specialist of Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco, CA. In 2009 a grant sent her to Bagamoyo... Read More →
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Ned Mayhem

Co-founderMayhem MultimediaNed Mayhem is a physics graduate student who moonlights as a queer porn performer. Ned co-founded the PSIgasm Project in 2010 with his partner and the project's brainparent, Maggie Mayhem. When they aren't hacking dildos to quantify arousal response, Ned... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Radisson Town Lake, Town Lake Ballroom

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