About Viv Galinari
Based in London, Viv Galinari is a technical and AR artist. For those less familiar, AR (or augmented reality) involves layering visual and auditory information onto reality to create digital immersive experiences. You might have used an AR face filter on Instagram, for example.
With a journey that has seen her work in a variety of roles, Viv has mastered skills in creative coding, augmented reality and visual programming – and was even voted one of the top women in tech, winning the TechWomen100 award in 2020. Now working for Meta – previously named Facebook – Viv is testament to power of up-skilling when changing careers.
After graduating from university in Maringá, Brazil in 2004, Viv initially moved to London to further her career, starting out in the marketing and membership management team at D&AD. But it was while getting her BSc in Business and Innovation at Birkbeck University – and after years of believing that coding was a skill suited only for men – that Viv decided that it was time to learn the skill for herself.
So with little resources and unable to do a costly bootcamp, she taught herself code. It paid off when Viv landed a role as a software developer, creating custom web apps for the BBC, while continuing to experiment in the world of social AR.