WEAR Conference debuts new look, 2016 conference dates in Boston, Mass

Long-running conference will convene May 24 – 26, 2016 at Seaport Boston Hotel under WEAR Conference name.

AKRON, OHIO December 1, 2015 – WEAR Conference (www.wearconferences.com), the longest-running smart fabrics and wearable technology conference event series, announced 2016 conference dates on the heels of a new branding direction.

Smithers Apex’s long-running Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology conference, and Wearable Technology UX event, will merge in 2016 and convene under the name WEAR Conference.  The new name reflects the depth and breadth of WEAR Conference content:  smart textiles, wearable technology, material innovation and the business of wearables and  consumer experience.

WEAR Conference 2016 will take place May 24 – 26, 2016 at the Seaport Boston Hotel in Boston Harbor.  This super-event for the wearable technology and smart fabrics industries attracts a global delegation of established brands and startups from across the value chain – retail sports giants, medical device manufacturers, major fashion brands, consumer electronics companies, raw materials and component-makers, and end-users.   

“We’ve only just begun to experience the explosive growth this industry will see,” said Barbara Fowler, conference director for Smithers Apex.  “We’re proud to be the longest-running conference dedicated to the business of wearables.  This is an incredibly exciting time for the industry – the WEAR Conferences have seen businesses launched, matched products to investors, and helped shape the conversation around wearable tech.  Our expert advisors represent top brands from across the supply chain and bring a collective expertise that you can’t find elsewhere.”

The WEAR conference 2016 program, yet to debut, has been curated by an all-star advisory panel that includes Stacey Burr, VP General Manager, Digital Sport at adidias, Kate Drane, Senior Director of Midwest Outreach for Design, Tech and Hardware at Indiegogo, Hap Klopp, Chairman at Obscura Digital, Desney Tan, Director Medical Devices at Microsoft, and many more. 

WEAR Conference attendees can expect to hear from a diverse group of designers, developers, manufacturers and end-users about the integration of fashion and technology, strategies for innovation in the supply chain, augmented reality and VR, crowdfunding, wearables for health, medical and fitness, and much more. 

Smithers Apex, formerly known as IntertechPira, is a global business that provides events, market research, publications and strategic and technical consulting to an expanding list of niche, emerging and high-growth industries, including home and personal care; lighting, imaging and displays; plastic electronics and alternative energy.  For more information about Smithers Apex, please visit www.smithersapex.com