AnxietyTech is a conference started by Kari & Jamund Ferguson, a husband and wife team that aims to “explore how technologists can better contribute to the growing mental health challenges in the world”. They brought together researchers, technologists, and mental health professionals to discuss the intersection of mental health and technology. It is a conference for programmers, researchers, technology developers, and health providers in order to expand the conversation surrounding how technology is changing the way in which we understand and approach mental health challenges.
The event started with two keynote speakers before diverging into two rooms, with two different speakers presenting at the same time in different rooms. Attendees were given an agenda and speaker bios beforehand and you got to choose who you wanted to see. Topics included mental health wearable technology, using AI to help treat mental illnesses, designing for healthier technology habits, and using immersive tech as a form of therapy (among many others).