Day 2 | Tuesday, June 12, 2018

WEAR 2018 | Day 2

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  1. Welcome & Opening

    Ashli Speed, Conference Producer, Smithers Apex and Stacey Burr, Founder, Future Standard, Alumni of Digital Wear at DuPont, Textronics, adidas

Session I: Industry and Market Timing

This session will take a look a self-reflective look at the companies that have come and gone into the space, timing trends and the impact. What can we learn from those who have entered the space and left.

  1. State of the Industry

    Dan Ledger | Founder of Path Collaborative

    We are living in exciting times.  Over the last few years, we've seen an explosion of innovative smart apparel / wearable offerings from companies large and small addressing an increasingly large variety of applications.  These have been fueled by innovations in manufacturing, sensing, energy storage/harvesting, advanced materials, behavioral science and many more.  The future of this space is brighter than ever.  In this session, we'll look at the state of the smart apparel / wearables industry as of mid-2018.  We'll explore how companies are innovating around some of the big challenges that we face in this space and bringing us closer to this bright future.

  2. A Look at Market Timing

    Stacey Burr, Founder, Future Standard, Alumni of Digital Wear at DuPont, Textronics, adidas

    With emerging innovations, being too early or too late are equally risky.   Wearables and Smart Fabrics have moved through phases of optimism and realism.  Where are we today?  Market timing can be impacted by tech platform shifts, competition, economic tides, or luck.  Times are changing.  Where are the emerging opportunities for Wearables and Smart Fabrics? 

  3. Panel: Timing is Everything

    Moderated by Stacey Burr. Panelists Include: Intel Corporation and WEEL Technologies

    Is success in this industry based off perfect timing, or perfect luck? This panel will take a look at some of the recent successes and those who have changes course and analyze if there is a way to predict success in the smart fabrics and wearable tech industries.

  4. Morning Networking Break

Session II: The Gap that Exists

This session will cover the gaps on standardization, technology and economy between fabrics and tech and how the two industries can find a common language. As the only conference that brings the Smart Fabric industry and Wearable Tech industry together in one room, what are we learning from each other and how are we using this knowledge to grow the industry?

  1. Textiles and Tech Coming Together

    Anuja Bagul | Senior Material Scientist of Material ConneXion

    This session will address the gap that exists between the textile and technology industries, covering two major issues: convergence of lifespans, and sustained user engagement. The presentation will offer insight on how to navigate the rapidly changing world of fast fashion and the ever-upgrading world of wearables, and illuminate the innovation taking place within the smart fabrics industry to transform wearables from a novelty item to a utilitarian necessity.

  2. Reigning in the Expectations

    Michael Corbett | General Manager of WEEL Technologies

    • By giving a virtual tour of different plants – electronics manufacturing vs textile manufacturing - we can help gain an understanding of what expectations are doable.
    • Best Construction Techniques.
    • Natural fibers are new every month – what can be controlled vs what can’t
  3. Tech in Textiles and the Misunderstanding in Vocabulary

    Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, Director of Engineering, Technical Program Lead at ATAP, Google ATAP and Paul Dillinger, VP Head of Product Innovation, Levi Strauss & Co

    The Jacquard team will talk about the learning curve in vocabulary with tech vs textiles.

  4. How to Talk to a Textile Person: Networking Game

    Tom Martin | Professor Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Virginia Tech

    Successful smart fabrics products need teams with a range of expertise to get from concept to market, with people from technology to textiles and beyond. An important part of a well-functioning team is knowing how to talk to each other. This short networking game will help you meet other attendees, find out about how they work, and learn how they declare success.

  5. Networking Lunch

  6. Panel: Funding Gaps

    Panelists Include: America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF

    Funding bodies are different with Tech and Textiles, as well

    Panelists Include:

    • Linda Molnar, Advance Manufacturing and Materials, NSF
    • Raymond P. Thek, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  7. Panel: Town Hall Conversation

    Panelists Include: Intel Corporation, 3dMD, IOClothes, Principled Design and Living in Digital Times

    Let’s fix the problems. What is our action plan? 

    Panelists Include:  

    • Todd Harple, Director, Experience Innovation and Pathfinding, Olympic Technology Group, Intel Corporation
    • Christopher R. Lane, CEO, 3dMD
    • Ben Cooper, Managing Director, IOClothes
    • Despina Papadopoulos, Founder, Principled Design
    • Julie Sylvester, Producer Fitness & Wearables, Living in Digital Times
  8. Marketing Direct To The Consumer via Infomercials

    Kyle Eckhart | Vice President, Client Development of R2C

  9. Afternoon Networking Break

Session III: Standardization & Regulations

What are the missing standards? Where are the miscommunications between textiles and tech when it comes to standards and regulations?

  1. Avoiding a Miscommunication with Regulations

    Patty Adair | Director of the Risk Management Group of Consumer Product Safety Commission

    • What’s in our jurisdiction?
    • What are the existing regulations that apply to textiles and apparel?
    • There is new stuff applying to old regulations
    • What are potential hazards with these products?
    • What framework should companies be working within
  2. Facilitating Trade for Smart Textiles through Standardization

    Jennifer L. Rodgers | Director, Technical Committee Operations of ASTM International

    ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. Early and formal association between innovation in the smart textiles industry and standards development communities can avoid unnecessary delays, saving time from product development to marketplace acceptance. ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles, and specifically Subcommittee D13.50 on Smart Textiles, is helping to bridge the gap between innovation and market quality and acceptance through the development of standards. The presentation will provide an overview of ASTM, Committee D13 and the standards development process.

  3. How Industry Standards Interconnect Industry, Reduce Costs and Accelerate Innovation

    Chris Jorgensen | Director Technology Transfer of IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries

    Consensus-based industry standards ensure quality product, speed up time to market, lower overall costs for design and manufacture of product and accelerate technological innovation. For more than 60 years, IPC committees of volunteers from the electronics supply chain have produced more than 300 industry standards in the spirit of collaboration and betterment of industry. It is in this same spirit that the e-textiles community approached IPC to form a committee of its own to develop e-textiles industry for industry.

    In this presentation, Chris will discuss the benefits of industry standards and standards development, provide updates on standards being developed by the IPC E-Textiles Committee and share how WEAR Conference attendees can help shape these standards and develop new standards.

  4. Tech, Textiles, and Fashion: Different Approaches to Intellectual Property

    Candice Decaire | Partner of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

    “Smart wearable” clothes (or patches or tattoos) combine sensors, power sources, and other electronics with novel textiles and flexible substrates. They are designed to meet consumers’ need for high performance, comfort, and mobility.  Successful wearable products also target fashion (it’s not a wearable, if no one wants to wear it!).  Protecting innovation in these different areas – tech, textiles, and fashion – traditionally entails somewhat different approaches to intellectual property.  We will consider the viewpoints of wearable innovators coming from different backgrounds, to flag relevant IP issues and solutions.

  5. Panel Q&A

Session IV: Sustainability Tying Fabric and Tech Together

What are some sustainable initiatives, case studies and models that we can learn from and take home to become a more sustainable industry?

  1. Sustainable Innovation

    Dr. Amanda J. Parkes | Chief of Technology and Research of Future Tech Labs

    Helping new technologies and sustainable innovations connect, collaborate, and create.      

  2. Circular Solutions – Minimizing Waste in the Apparel Value Chain

    Panelists Include: Patagonia, Lenzing Fibers, and Textile Exchange

    Moderator: Celeste Lilore, Director of Industry Engagement, Textile Exchange

    Panelists include: 

    • Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development Apparel, Lenzing Fibers
    • Claudia Richardson, Materials Innovation Manager, Patagonia
    • Inka Apter, Manager Fabric R&D, Eileen Fisher, Inc.

Session V: Athletics

As one of the biggest uses for smart fabrics and wearable tech, how are we continually working to improve performance and design

  1. Panel: Peak Performance

    Moderator: Living in Digital Times. Panelists Include: Halo Neuroscience and Solos by Kopin

    The consumer’s goals are fitness and health, but the elite athlete demands more. Connected coaching techniques involving AI and data analysis are teaming up with Fitness devices to deliver actionable real time results. 

    Panelists include:

    • Dr. Daniel Chao, Halo Neuroscience
    • Dr. Ernesto Martinez, Solos by Kopin
    • Steven Webster,CEO,  Asensei
  2. Closing Remarks For The Day

  3. Evening Networking Reception