Introducing the new Smart Fabrics Program at IFAI Expo 2017, including education, discussions, workshop, and contest designed to:
-Facilitate new partnerships, discussion, and ideas
-Give attendees access to experts, materials, and education
-Showcase innovative suppliers
-Create a common understanding among textile, technology, manufacturing and design
Advanced Textiles Conference – Smart Fabrics Track
Classroom: Tuesday all day + Wednesday morning, *Register Expo Plus – Advanced Textiles
Explore Smart and interactive textile technologies from mechanical, chemical, and biological to electronic.
A gathering place for e-textiles innovators, suppliers, beginners, and experts – on the show floor.
Coffee provided by Jakob Mueller
Open to all, during show floor hours
- Watch Intro to E-Textiles video
- Collect kit components from the leading suppliers
- Work with experts to assemble an e-textile device
- Network while learning with your hands
Ask the Experts
Open to all, Wednesday Noon – 2pm
Experts from various backgrounds (electronics, materials, testing, mechanics, etc.) will field questions from the audience.
Open to all
Discussions focused on specific e-textiles markets, facilitated by application specific experts.
|Day||Time||E-Textiles Discussion||Discussion Leader|
|Wed||2:30pm||Bio / Medical||Dr. Diana Wagner, Wyss Institute, Harvard University|
|Wed||3:30pm||Structures / Geo||Todd Dalland, Pvillion Inc.|
|Wed||4:30pm||Apparel||Despina Papadopoulos, Principled Design|
|Thurs||11:30am||Health / Fitness||Ben Cooper, VF Global Innovation Center|
|Thurs||12:30pm||Virtual Reality||Eduardo Siman, Intradeco Apparel|
|Thurs||1:30pm||Home||Madison Maxey, Loomia|
|Thurs||2:30pm||Protection||Brad Cooper, Fruit of the Loom/Spalding/Russell|
|Thurs||3:30pm||Automotive||Rodrigo Caula, Faraday Future|
|Thurs||4:30pm||Military||Clare King, Propel LLC|
|Fri||10:30am||Sports||Dr. Mounir Zok, United States Olympic Committee|
|Fri||11:30am||Aerospace||Mary Hakam, Woodlands Textiles LLC|
|Fri||12:30pm||IP Wearables, Design Patents,
|Meressa Frederick, Elizabeth Ferrill,
Clara Jimenez, Finnegan
E-Textiles Hackathon Design Challenge
Open to all, pre-registration (complimentary) required
- Attend the Advanced Textiles Conference – Smart Fabrics Track
- Use only materials found in the E-Textiles Workshop to create the most innovative new e-textiles product.
- NC State’s Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Russell Gorga and University of Rhode Island’s Dr. Kunal Mankodiya will be on hand to advise.
- Submit project to the panel of judges by Thursday at 5pm
- Winning project and materials benefit from publicity. Industry benefits from innovation!
Interested in competing or judging? Contact Casey Strauch
|Tues||8am||7pm||Advanced Textiles Conference + Networking|
|Wed||8am||11am||Advanced Textiles Conference + Networking|
|Wed||11am||5:30pm||Kickoff and project work|
|Thurs||8am||11am||E-Textiles Standards Roundtable + Keynote|
|Thurs||5pm||5:30pm||Projects due, Judging|
|Fri||9:30am||2pm||Project Presentations and Winner Announcement|
E-Textiles Standards Roundtable
Open to all, Thursday 8 – 9:30am
A discussion, moderated by the Department of Commerce, to bring together organizations who are creating standards and find the best way forward.
Interested in participating in the Smart Fabrics Program?
Contact Casey Strauch
Smart Fabrics Program Supporters
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