Heather Raikes

Heather Raikes is a hybrid creative practitioner specializing in virtual, augmented and mixed reality (XR), immersive experience design, and dynamic interfaces between the body and technological systems. For the past two decades, she has pioneered innovation in art, design and technology – probing, discovering and creating next-generation sensory experiences.

Heather Raikes is currently Creative Director for Mixed Reality Studios at Microsoft. She is also Founder and Creative Director of Neopoetics®, a platform for innovation that applies future-focused art and design research to the developing XR medium.

Heather has a PhD from DXARTS, the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media, specializing in mixed reality and immersive experience design, and a deep creative background in digital performance and body/technology interface.