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The program for this year's WEAR 2020 Online will explore the Fusion of Textiles and Technology Through Wearables - featuring insightful sessions covering industry and opportunity, product development and execution, understanding e-textiles, power and connectivity, health and wellness applications, sustainability in the world of wearables, and so much more!

*This year's virtual conference schedule will take place in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

Session I: Exploring Industry and Opportunity
Session Description
Presentations will address what is on the horizon for e-textiles and wearables offering attendees greater insight into the current marketplace.
 
Keynote: Exploring Recent Commercial Business Model Trend Shifts in the Wellness Market
Exploring recent commercial business model trend shifts in the wellness market that may offer insights for how smart textiles, wearables or flexible electronics can support consumer use cases that help users live healthier lives and reduce their cost of care. 
Stacey Burr | Vice President Product, Google, Inc
Accelerating Innovation in The Wearable Decade
The wearables segment emerged in the last decade and has been growing feverishly over the last few years. As we enter the next decade, the prospects for wearables couldn’t be brighter. In this presentation, Pankaj Kedia, who leads the wearables business for Qualcomm Technologies, will share his vision for the next decade, outline the opportunities and challenges ahead, and layout a roadmap of innovations required to win.
  • Wearables Market: Size, Growth, Trends
  • Wearables Segmentation
  • What Happened in the last decade
  • What is Expected in the next decade
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • Qualcomm's Innovation and Plans

Pankaj Kedia | Sr. Director & GM, Smart Wearables Segment, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Smart Textiles in the 2020s: Predictions
It’s finally 2020 – we were promised flying cars, time travel, and vacationing in space. Although we are close to many of these technologies becoming realities the world of textiles is slowly coming into the future. As we enter the next decade, mega-trends such as climate change, the need for passive remote health monitoring of our loved ones, and the continued smartness of everyday objects will push the need for innovation in the textile industry. In this talk, I will relate some key predictions of what sorts of smart textile + e-textile product categories will be pulled by the market. This talk will also discuss the work being done at Funxion.
 
Dr. Raj Bhakta | Co-Founder and CEO, Funxion
Facilitated Networking
Break
Session II: Building a Foundation
Session Description
This session will feature presentations on aspects necessary to product development and execution. Presentations will cover topics such as data, user interface, IoT and strategies for protecting your IP.
 
Building a Consumer-Centric Digital Health Company
This presentation will detail how Embr Labs puts customers at the center of our product and technology roadmaps. Covering key insights learned through consumer sales and primary market research, this talk will share the process for translating those into new product features that drive meaningful growth. By evaluating consumers as the most important stakeholder, wearables companies in the health and wellness space are more likely to drive adoption and create meaningful outcome.
Sam Shames | Co-Founder, Embr Labs
Intellectual Property Strategy for Smart Fabric and Wearable Device Startups
Do you know how to protect your patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP)? Join Western Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Wayne Stacy for a discussion about IP strategies and why smart fabric and wearable technology startups should consider them. The discussion will include:
  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure
  • The types of resources and assistance available through the USPTO

Wayne Stacy | Regional Director, Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Collaboration Is Key
It’s never easy to get everyone to agree, but for e-textiles, this can be particularly challenging! With parties from across the textiles and electronics industries, plus regulatory and environmental interests, there is no shortage of ideas or opinions. Learn the answers to questions you didn’t even know to ask. A crash course in terminology, orders of magnitude, and diplomacy for a productive dialogue about e-textiles. Plus, an update on standards for evaluating e-textiles and how you can join the conversation.
Erika Simmons | Technical Director, AATCC
Session III: Textile Innovation- Part One
Session Description
This session will explore the innovation of e-textiles in two parts. First from an application perspective, then research.
 
Panel: The Big Picture - Where Textiles Meet Electronics
This panel will discuss the interfacing of soft components (textiles) with rigid (electronics). The advisory board will discuss considerations for e-textiles and wearables, where the gaps exist and what opportunities are emerging.
Advisory Panelists Include:
  • Stacey Burr, Product Management, Google Inc.
  • Dan Ledger, Founder, Path Collaborative
  • Tom Martin, Professor Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Erika Simmons, Technical Director, The Americas Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATTCC)
  • Charla Triplett, Founder and President, Catalyze
Textile Computing: The Importance of a Connective Society
Myant believes the world would be a better place if we could create a continuous, ambient connection between you and your body, your community and the world around you. We have found the medium to do just that: textile. Myant is the world leader in textile computing.
 
Ilaria Varoli | Executive Vice President, Myant
Connected Coaching With Sensor Integrated (APP)arel
Co-Presented by Steven Webster (asensei) and Michael Corbett (WEEL Technologies)

What if you could have the voice of a world-class athlete or coach in your ear as you practice the sport of your choosing? Guiding you through your yoga teacher training until your pose is perfect? Coaching you through complex exercises like rowing or TRX? That’s what asensei and WEEL have collaborated together to bring to market with app-connected apparel that understands real-time posture and form. In this presentation, Steven Webster and Michael Corbett will: share the technology behind this new category, how they combined core competencies around sport motion capture and analysis, digital coaching and the integration of electronics into apparel. Find out how sports apparel and equipment brands can turn low-margin transactions into high-margin subscriptions that create deeper customer engagements.
 
Steven Webster | CEO, Asensei
Making It Real: Designing a Product to Fill the Gap Between Breadboarding and Looks-Like Prototypes for E-Textiles

For a company to go from a breadboard to a looks-like prototype of an e-textile product, it often requires significant investment and collaboration. This talk aims to highlight challenges in the prototyping process and how new prototyping tools can be used in industry to create a smoother transition from an early, breadboard prototype to a compelling, looks-like prototype.
 
This presentation will also highlight the design process used internally to develop parts for easier prototyping based on customer experience with bridging this gap. This talk is aimed toward engineers and fabricators who are interested in learning about a new prototyping tool and who want to better understand the challenges of making laminated e-textile looks-like prototypes.


Madison Maxey | Founder & Technical Lead, LOOMIA
Cloth-based Nanotechnology Providing Digital Diagnostics in Healthcare
Nanowear is the new standard-bearer for remote monitoring utilizing it's proprietary FDA 510(k)-cleared, cloth-based nanotechnology. These nanosensors capture 15+ medical grade bio markers directly from the skin, enabling a closed loop digital system for specific machine-learning algorithms built on terabytes of unique human data. While the first targeted therapeutic vertical is cardiovascular and Congestive Heart Failure digital diagnostic alerts, Nanowear’s connected-care platform has multiple application opportunities across therapeutics and other industry verticals, including neurological monitoring, clinical and pharmaceutical research, and military and industrial safety and readiness.
 
Venk Varadan | Co-Founder and CEO, Nanowear
Facilitated Networking
Session III: Textile Innovation- Part Two
Session Description
A continued exploration of innovation in e-textiles from a research perspective.
 
A Driving Force for Textile Innovation
The Smart Textiles Institute is one of the leading international players in the next generation of smart fabrics, wearable health care and sustainable textiles and fashion. The academic institute (part of Science Park Boras, Sweden) brings together strategic partnerships across academia, business and policy-makers. The innovation model reaches across the whole value-chain from education to concept, prototype, production and commercialization with over 450 research- and company project since the start in 2006. Our partnerships are large and small in scale, local, national and international. Smart Textiles is an established player on the international arena with Silicon Valley as example.
 
Susanne Nejderås | Director, The Smart Textiles Institute, Sweden
Transforming Everyday Yarns/Fabrics into Wearable Devices
Significant breakthroughs have been made in the development of wearable technologies by integrating functional nanomaterials into fiber-, yarn-, and fabric-devices. Due to their versatile chemistry and facile processability, two-dimensional (2D) transition metal carbides, i.e. MXenes, are promising candidates for achieving the next generation of textile-based devices such as batteries, capacitors, antennas, sensors, etc. This talk provides an overview of our collaborative work with HP Inc., which bridges a gap between 2D nanomaterials research, ink development, and textile manufacturing, which will enable better performing wearable devices for an ever-growing smart textile industry.
  • Discovery of MXene nanomaterials, development of functional conductive inks and its promise for next generation of wearable devices will be introduced.
  • Recent advancements in washable and knittable touch sensors and energy storage devices will be presented.
  • Key findings from our recent collaboration with HP Inc. on the development of printed electronics for smart textile applications will be explored.

Simge Uzun | Graduate Researcher, Drexel University and HP Inc.
Session IV: Powered and Connected
Session Description
A look at some of the technology necessary to enable power and connectivity.
 
The Experiences Enabled by Battery-Free Bluetooth
Wiliot is building the first battery-free Bluetooth tags by harvesting energy from radio waves. Bluetooth tags with no maintenance, a paper-thin form factor, and sensors, open up a world of possibilities in apparel from the birth of a product to repurposing. Bluetooth connectivity enables devices as common as a smartphone to identify products, revealing new insights and creating new consumer engagement experiences in the retail environment and also when the product is taken home. In this session, Wiliot will share its progress with prototyping the first battery-free Bluetooth tags and the lessons it has been learning regarding the new opportunities in connecting people with products.
 
Steve Statler | Senior VP, Wiliot
Wireless Charging for Soft Systems: Solving User Friction One Coulomb at a Time
Overcoming user friction in wearables has long been a limiting factor for mass adoption of technology. In clothing, the expectations on the user experience raise the bar even further. Analog Devices has developed a way to effortlessly charge clothing and other soft systems with a washable, textile integrated wireless charging coil and associated charging hanger and drawer. ADI's solution has the advantage of not relying on tight coil alignment tolerances, is fully washable and charges batteries for a distributed motion sensing garment in 2-4 hours. Now we can expect to have our clothing charged as is it waits for it's next wear with this unique integrated system.
 
Dr. Patrick Riehl | Integrated Circuit and Systems Designer, Analog Devices
Dos and Don’ts of Wearable Batteries
With so many batteries on the market, it can be hard to choose one with the best performance and safety characteristics for your application. In this presentation, we will review the advantages and disadvantages of the various battery technologies commonly considered for use in wearable devices, including lithium primary, alkaline, solid state, and lithium-ion cells. Using test data and recreation scenarios, we will talk in detail about how the electrical and thermal treatment of these battery types affects the final user experience. Finally, we will discuss various failure modes of lithium-ion cells and important considerations when evaluating a cell for safety and quality of manufacture.
 
Keith Beers | Principal Engineer, Exponent