#ThePowerOfX Speaker: Meet Jo Eyre

Jo Eyre takes the TEDxCapeTown Power of X stage in 2021.

Josephine Eyre, a PhD candidate focused on creative collaboration in the metaverse, is on a mission to help people deeply connect with each other using technology as an enabler. 

She has a passion for human communication, digital anthropology and frontier technologies, and is curious about how emerging technology impacts the nature of human communication. Jo’s research is focused on workplace communication in extended reality environments and her power of X - the power of virtual reality - will explore how the metaverse could reignite workplace creativity and inspire us to achieve what is seemingly impossible. 

We asked Jo a couple of questions to help you get to know her, before she takes the TEDxCapeTown stage. 

Your number one reason for wanting to give a TEDx talk this year?

The pandemic has completely changed how we work. As a long-time remote worker, I felt I could help others adapt to a new way of working. I want to share the beauty and wonder of using VR for creative collaboration at work.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I’d like to learn how I can go from having a cool idea in a fairly niche field to being able to communicate it and its impact to a general, non-expert audience in a way that inspires! It’s such an incredible privilege to be able to do this and be guided through how I can achieve this goal most effectively.

What's your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Tea; milk, no sugar and as strong as possible! Yorkshire Tea is the best! It’s always tea time.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

I would love to be able to communicate in all different languages and instantly know how best to distill a concept or idea for anyone upon meeting them. I'm working on it!

If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would that be?

The late, great Freddie Mercury! I’d need some significant voice coaching first though.