The end of the year is a great opportunity to take stock. As individuals, we can grab this opportunity to celebrate our successes and look forward to what we’d like to achieve in the next year. Because if we don’t celebrate our successes, there’s always a danger that we’ll be too busy to appreciate what’s been good. So with that in mind, here are our sex highlights of 2017.
We thought we’d seen our last Eroticon in Bristol in 2016, so we were delighted to find that Molly Moore, Michael Knight and Girl on the Net were revamping the erotic writers’ conference in London in 2017. It’s always been an amazing opportunity for us to connect with sex bloggers, erotic writers, and other fantastic sex-positive people, and this year was no exception. We were pleased to sponsor the event, meet some incredible people, and show off prototypes of the toy we’d release later that year – the Queen Bee (more on this later!). Check out our round-up of 10 things we took away from Eroticon 2017.
Queen Bee launches in New York
Slightly self-indulgent to include one of our own stunts, but one of our highlights this year was the launch of the Queen Bee in New York. We’d been working so hard on the Queen Bee for so long – bringing the patented PulsePlate technology to a clitoral sex toy – that when it finally got into the hands of some eager first customers, we couldn’t wait to hear what they thought. Luckily we created more than a little buzz, with the world’s first ever orgasm pop-up in the streets of downtown Manhattan. People queued around the block to ‘try on’ their orgasm in one of our changing rooms, and take home a Queen Bee of their own.
Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit
Although we couldn’t attend in person, we wanted to support what we know is a fantastic educational event. Along with our colleagues at Doxy and Sheets of San Francisco, we sponsored the blogger lounge at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, where Doxy’s US rep did us proud by creating a lively space for bloggers to meet and hang out, with some excellent British snacks to keep them going throughout the day. It’s such a great conference, and you can find out more about it by reading Kirsten Schultz of Chronic Sex’s write-up here: plenty of food for thought that will carry us through into 2018.
Sex Tech Hackathon
This event is now in its second year, and we hope it will see many years more! At Goldsmiths University, Hacksmiths takes over an old church for the weekend, filling it with sex tech gadgets and a crowd of enthusiastic and imaginative hackers. Over the course of 48 hours they come up with radical new ideas for sex tech, and build some of their incredible inventions. This year there was a machine that squeezed and hugged you, augmented reality full-body experiences, software that would help users custom-design a packer that suited their body, and even virtual reality games which simulated ‘whack-a-mole’ but it wasn’t a mole you were whacking… We were delighted to be able to sponsor an event that explored some of the roads less travelled when it comes to sex tech. There’s a fantastic and thorough write-up of the event in the Guardian, and we’re told that Hacksmiths hope to run the hack again next year – so if you’re interested in coming along check out their website!
Science Museum Sex Lates
We’re big fans of sex science: our first ever sex toy – PULSE – was created after one of our co-founders was flipping through a science journal (you can read the full story of PULSE here). So when we got the opportunity to hang out at a sex-themed night at the Science Museum we leapt at the chance! Our Adam spent all evening hanging out with sex geeks and enthusiasts, explaining all about the unique oscillating technology we use in most of our toys, and attendees got to find out about sex toys past and present, as well as listen to debates on sex and robotics and take part in creative activities like play-doh genital sculpting. It might sound a little unusual, but it’s our idea of the perfect evening!