Day 1 | Thursday, June 20, 2019

WEAR 2019 | Day 1

Registration and Opening Welcome Remarks

  1. Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Session I: Market Dynamics & Industry Innovations

In this opening session of our conference, leading industry experts share insights on smart fabrics and wearable device market trends and growth outlook, funding gaps, and overcoming barriers for entry into the marketplace.


Learn how stakeholders in the industry’s most innovative technology offerings have overcome common challenges and demands.

  1. A Customer-Centric Approach to Creating a Lifestyle Wearable

    Aimée Hart | Head of Marketing of Oura

    A wearable is more than a gadget. It’s technology that functions as an extension of its user, empowering them to better understand who they are and how their body works. Oura created a ring that is beloved by users for its comfort, aesthetic, accuracy, and insights. In this keynote, we will share the evolution of Oura as a product and as a brand. We will discuss the notion lifestyle brands, including our approach to positioning Oura as a lifestyle brand, and key learnings on how to create one.

  2. NSF SBIR/STTR: Investing in High-Risk, High-Impact Innovation

    Linda K. Molnar | Program Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, Engineering Directorate of National Science Foundation (NSF)

    In this presentation, Linda will take a closer look at:

    • Why the government funds science
    • Next fields of technology innovation
    • Partnerships and programs
  3. The Digital Transformation of Physical Industries and what it Means for Wearables Digital Transformation

    Jon Melnick | Research Director of Lux Research

    The Digital Transformation of Physical Industries and what it Means for Wearables Digital    transformation is impacting traditionally non-digital industries like healthcare, manufacturing and consumer goods, in nearly every part of those businesses from new products to optimizing operations. However, figuring out what that actually means and how to respond is less clear. Is it more a threat or an opportunity? Incumbent players risk losing market share to peers who successfully integrate digital tools into their organization and to new, digital-native competitors. In parallel a flurry of wearable electronics investment and innovations have, so far, resulted in only a handful of truly successful commercial products. In this presentation we will explore:

    • The key trends and value propositions driving the digital transformation of physical industries

    • The state of wearable electronics innovation and its place within the broader digital transformation

    • A case study in the digitalization of healthcare and using it to identify new business opportunities for wearable electronics

  4. The Embr Wave: From Thermal Comfort to Thermal Wellness

    Elizabeth Gazda | CEO of Embr Labs

    What started as an MIT student project in the summer of 2013 to heat and cool people directly as a way to help buildings save energy has evolved in Embr Labs: a fast-growing start up with a consumer product to help thermally underserved populations take control of temperature and feel more comfortable in their own skin. This talk will share the Embr Labs story from our beginnings at MIT, through years of engineering and customer testing, to launching Embr Wave on Kickstarter in 2017 to today's strategy as the leader in Thermal Wellness.  Our talk will cover:

    •  Why has temperature been undervalued as a component of the $4.2 trillion dollar wellness market

    •  How consumer data opened the door to new thermal insights and interventions

    •  How startups can successfully collaborate with corporate partners to scale

    •  What's next for Embr Labs?

  5. Morning Networking Break

Session II: Wearable and Smart Fabric Standardization

Moderator:  Ben Cooper, Director, Technical Business Development- Boston Innovation Center, Flex


Join us in this session for a collaborative discussion on current standards, an overview of new developments and how we can make strides for continued progression to close the gaps and develop a solid foundation.

  1. Manufacturing Standardization Case Study- iRobot Smart Vacuum

    Scott N. Miller | Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Innovation

    • Moving from Prototype to Product
    • Manufacturing partnerships & to scale
    • Pain pitfalls of going to market
  2. How the E-Textiles Industry Is Preparing for Mass Production Through Industry Standards

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

    The e-textiles industry is on the verge of going from a boutique industry to one that will involve mass production and a customer base that will span all market segments, from consumer wearables to military, automotive, medical and aerospace. Although this will result in fantastic opportunities for e-textiles technologist and component suppliers, it will also present many challenges.

    • How will reliability be assured?
    • How can we keep production cost low to ensure profit?
    • How do we qualify a large, global supply chain?
    • What will be the appropriate test methods and requirements expectations for my product?

    For the past two years, volunteers from across the global e-textiles ecosystem have come together through the IPC E-Textiles Committee to develop solutions to these and many other questions through the development of industry standards. These standards will provide a level playing field for the e-textiles supply chain for competing in a global marketplace and will also provide companies that may be new to these technologies with resources they can use for implementing e-textiles technologies into their product roadmaps. In this presentation, Chris will discuss the benefits of IPC international standards, provide updates on the activities of the IPC E-Textiles Committee and share how WEAR Conference attendees can shape these standards and develop new standards to help their businesses.

  3. Creating a Global Compliance Philosophy

    Maria Marecki | Senior Regulatory Consultant of Compliance & Risks

    Products are more innovative than ever; however, the quicker products go to market and the more features and functions they incorporate, the more potential risk they present to consumer health and safety and to the environment. Wearable product compliance can be challenging as one wearable product may include aspects of multiple types of products including, apparel, footwear, jewelry, electronics, and medical devices. This presentation will discuss a triage approach to creating a global “compliance philosophy” of the most stringent and unique requirements globally, intended to satisfy as many countries as possible.

  4. Networking Lunch

Session III: Intellectual Property and Data Collection

Moderator:  John Vaskis, Vice President of Sales, Indiegogo


With more devices and gadgets being developed to collect data and monitor our well-being from our personal electronics, many questions have arisen about who defines what we can collect and what is off limits. Who owns the data collected? Do you know best practices how to protect and keep your intellectual property safe? What is your current awareness of ethics in technology? All of this and more will be discussed as we continue to explore advanced communications in technology.

  1. IP Strategy is a Business Strategy: What Smart Fabric Startups Need to Know

    John Cabeca | Director of West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley

    Do you know how to protect your patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP)? Join West Coast Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director John Cabeca 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
  2. Leveraging Intellectual Property to Protect Hi-Tech Fashion and Design

    Virginia L. Carron, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP Samhitha Muralidhar Medatia, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

    Innovative companies using hi-tech materials producing state-of-the-art fashions become instant targets for copycats. This is especially true where goods can be reverse engineered and sold via online platforms from anywhere in the world. Smart companies employ a strategic arsenal of IP weapons to stem the flow of cheaply made and imported goods. The presenters will engage in a dynamic conversation that explores the differences between intellectual property protections, when to obtain them, and how to leverage them to the maximum effect, by sharing their strategic insight into what works and what does not when aiming to protect valuable assets in hi-tech fashion and design.

  3. Harvesting Consumer Body Shape Information for Wearable Design Initiatives

    Chris Lane, CEO, 3DMD

    Today consumers are experiencing a convergence path of the $1.5T USD apparel and $500B  USD mobile device markets. With each passing year, companies are providing various options of wearing technology with intelligent function directly on their person – health and fitness, communications, entertainment, etc. As each individual consumer can be a unique size or shape and move in a unique manner, wearable designers and manufacturers are embracing the technologies that support advanced human factors initiatives to make these technologies really wearable – made with comfort, fit, fashion, and function in mind. These initiatives are now implementing the latest generation human-form capture techniques that combine traditional 3D surface scanning with 3D motion capture to provide human factor engineers and designers with a progressive sequence of anatomically-precise 3D shape images of a consumer going through a series of poses or actions relevant to the wearable technology’s location on the human body. This talk will cover transitioning this highly advanced technology from the Corporate Innovation Center into an exciting, revenue-generating retail experience, as well as industry initiatives to secure and protect consumer shape information.

  4. Afternoon Networking Break

Session IV: EcoSensibility & Environmental Impact

Moderator: Dr. Patricia Wilson, President and Principal, Fabric Works


Discover how to get great ideas off the ground by creating sustainable initiatives in the fashion and technology industries which can be implemented for cost-effective practices that yield real environmental benefits. We’ll explore Use and Reuse Vs Waste and setting benchmarks for ethics in technology, and how does the waste stream and regulations play into shaping environmental regulations and industry best practices? What is the impact of hybrid fabrics? 

  1. Recycling, Reimagined: Repurposing Material Waste for a Sustainable Future

    Lavion Gibson | Senior Design Manager of Rothy’s

    In this presentation, Rothy’s Senior Design Manager Lavion Gibson will detail how Rothy’s brought fresh thinking to footwear, transforming post-consumer plastics and recycled materials into beautiful shoes. Exploring every aspect of Rothy’s design journey — from materials, to production, to supply chain and fulfillment — Lavion will share how attendees can broaden their view of sustainability to pave a better path forward.

  2. Starting With New Rules: A sustainable approach to developing the e-capable textiles of tomorrow

    Timm Smith | Chief Marketing and Technology Officer of VOORMI

    In a continually swelling landscape of consumer goods, the conversation has increasingly shifted  from ‘what we make’ to ‘the impact we have in making it’.  While a multi-dimensional & complex  question to answer, the overarching objective is clear:  To build long lasting products with well thought through pre & post consumer ecosystems.  Sustainability of the product, must, by nature be built in from the beginning of the design process - especially as we think about the e-capable textiles of the future. This talk is case study in the sustainable, holistic approach to product design, supply chain, and business model in the development of a unique e-capable class of textiles:  From inception to commercial validation.  The talk will include: 

    • The role of end-use durability as a key factor in minimizing overall environmental impact
    • The thoughtful use of Natural Fibers as a tool in balancing biodegradability and longevity
    • The development of a unique adhesive-free ‘method-of-make’ for the integration of flexible films and other e-capable substrates
    • The impact of local supply chains on agility, speed to market, and overall reduced carbon footprint
  3. Panel: Setting Benchmarks in Sustainability and the Path Forward

    Featured Panelists Include:

    • Lavion Gibson, Design Director, Rothy’s
    • Dan English, CEO and Founder, VOORMI
    • Tim Smith, Chief Marketing & Technology Office, VOORMI
  4. Day 1 Closing Remarks

  5. Evening Networking Reception