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.

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.

E-Textiles Workshop

A gathering place for e-textiles innovators, suppliers, beginners, and experts – on the show floor.
See the 2017 E-Textiles Workshop Booklet here.
Coffee provided by Jakob Mueller

Open to all, during show floor hours

  • Watch Intro to E-Textiles video
  • Visit the E-Textiles Workshop 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

A diverse panel of experts will be available to field questions on how to ‘Do It Yourself’. What do you need to bring that really good idea into production?  Who do you need to link with? How do you improve the probability of technical success? The panelists represent multidisciplinary fields within the manufacturing value chain:  IP, Law, Standards, Flexible Substrates, Electronic Components and Interoperability.  The mission is to exchange understanding among the diverse points of view.

Don’t Leave Valuable IP Unprotected 
Open to all, Friday 12:30-1:15pm
Intellectual Property attorneys, Elizabeth Ferrill and Clara Jimenez from Finnegan, will provide practical advice that attendees can share with their design teams and seamlessly integrate to their R&D processes.

Market Discussions
Open to all, See Schedule
30 Minute, open forum discussions focused on specific e-textiles markets, facilitated by application specific experts. Discussion topics include Bio/Medical, Structures, Apparel, Health/Fitness, Virtual Reality, Home, Protection, Automotive, Military, Sports, and Aerospace

E-Textiles Hackathon Design Challenge

Open to all entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students, engineers, artists, makers, and creators
Pre-registration (complimentary) required

A contest to spur innovative, new e-textiles products with commercial value, using only materials found in the E-Textiles Workshop

  • Attend the Advanced Textiles Conference – Smart Fabrics Track
  • Teams will be assigned by the on-site Hackathon Advisors: NC State’s Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Russell Gorga
  • Projects displayed on Friday with winners announced at 9:30 am
  • Submit project to the panel of judges by Thursday at 5 pm
  • Winning project and materials benefit from publicity.  Industry benefits from innovation!
  • Prizes (sponsored by IFAI’s ATP division). 1st place team: $1,500.  2nd place team: $500

To Participate:

  • Complete the Hackathon Entry Form by September 20.
  • Register for your IFAI Expo/Advanced Textiles Conference badge, using instructions you’ll receive by email.

Interested in competing or judging?  Contact Casey Strauch

Hackathon Flyer

Hackathon Design Challenge Schedule

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 11am 5pm Project Work
Thurs 5pm 5:30pm Projects due, Judging
Fri 9:30am 2pm Project Presentations and Winner Announcement


Interested in participating in the Smart Fabrics Program?

Contact Casey Strauch

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For additional information, visit these links:

2017 E-Textiles Workshop Booklet

Smart Fabrics in Advanced Textiles Source

E-Textiles in Advanced Textiles Source

Advanced Textiles Programming at IFAI Expo

IFAI Expo Schedule-at-a-Glance

Advanced Textiles Conference Schedule

2017 IFAI Expo Speakers

Show Floor Map and Exhibitors

Exhibitor List

IFAI Expo Testing Program

IFAI Expo Mentor Meetings

Advanced Textiles Attendee Brochure

Advanced Textiles at IFAI