we are praxis.

About Us

praxis aims to increase empathy and decrease bias through research-backed VR experiences.

Research has shown that VR has the power to expose the experience of discrimination and increase empathy. We pair immersive technology with engaging bias training to create sustainable change for individuals and organizations.


What We Do.


Researched Curriculum

We provide research-backed and data-driven trainings. Walk through each training module designed specifically for diversity and bias trainings.

High-Quality Experiences

Engaging technological experiences are proven to outperform traditional methods. Our expert developers and designers create production level material.

Standardized Metrics

Along with our curriculum and training, we provide quantifiable metrics to see improved understanding and empathy of implicit bias within the workplace.

Who We Are.

We are a group of creative designers, experienced developers, and passionate leaders. We have experience in research, experience production, curriculum creation, and business development.

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Elise Smith

Elise is a Stanford joint degree student pursuing an MBA & MA in Education. She has developed early iterations of Watson for Education products, and led B2B business development at IBM Watson. Elise has also been a funder at a philanthropic venture fund where she invested in entrepreneurs advancing diversity & inclusion strategies and developed unconscious bias trainings.

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Demi Horvat

Demi is a Stanford MBA candidate. She was a consultant for several years at the Boston Consulting Group in NYC focused on consumer and technology. Demi also has management experience: she managed a $50M P&L and team of five as a category lead at and Walmart eCommerce.

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Heather Shen

Heather is an Electrical Engineering Masters candidate at Stanford. She has previously worked at NASA on computer and synthetic vision, and also designed AR hardware for the Hololens headset team at Microsoft. Last summer, she also worked at Bain, integrating her passion for technology with project management and strategy.

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Melina Lopez

Melina is majoring in Product Design with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. She is an experienced VR developer and codes 3D models and experiences at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab. Melina founded the Stanford SIGGRAPH chapter for computer graphics and interactive techniques, and is also an artist, which informs her code and design work.

What They Say About Us.

  • Praxis was recognized by a group of Venture Capitalists and Investors in the Coalition of Black Excellence (CBE) Pitch Day for our novel and exciting idea to revolutionize education spaces.

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    Feb 22, 2019
  • Praxis was selected to pitch at the New Voices Presents Black Women Talk Tech Pitch Black in New York City. Of 100 applicants, we were recognized for second place and received feedback from expert judges, entrepreneurs, and investors.

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    Mar 1, 2019.


Get In Touch.

We are excited to grow and build our product. Send us a message if you're interested in hearing more, being a beta tester, or just want to give some encouragement.

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