WEAR Conference 2016 Heads to Boston Harbor May 24-26, 2016

Preeminent wearable technology, smart textiles, material innovation and consumer experience conference to convene May 24-26, 2016 in Boston’s innovation corridor

Akron, OHIO May 3, 2016 – The Smithers Apex WEAR Conference (www.wearconferences.com,) the longest-running conference dedicated to smart fabrics, wearable technology, material innovation and the business of consumer experience will take place May 24-26, 2016 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

The WEAR Conference agenda features three full days of programming, pre-conference workshops and tours, and over 50 presentations on six distinct tracks including Smart Fabrics, Wearable Technology, Consumer Experience, Smart Clothing Supply Chain Dynamics, Enabling Wearables Through Tech Development, and The Business of Wearables.  Attendees will benefit from presentations on crowdfunding, digital health, security, privacy and regulation, augmented human experience, fashion, design thinking, wearables for social change and the greater good, investing in technology and more. 

Pre-conference workshops include a class on Prototyping Wireless Wearables where participants leave with their own LilyPad Simblee, and an engaging session on The Hardware Journey: Getting from Idea to 10,000 Units led by Dragon Innovation and Radicand which explores the challenges of moving from concept to high-volume manufacturing.  The Tours celebrate some of the greatest innovators in and around Boston, including an intimate look inside the famed MIT Media Lab, VIP access to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston exhibit #techstyle, a tour of The Grommet, Voxel8 Labs, a design-thinking workshop with the team at Altitude, and a special workshop on ID & UX considerations in garment-based sensors at Manta. 

“The WEAR 2016 program promises to be our best and most comprehensive yet,” said Conference Director Barbara Fowler. “We’re excited to bring so much great content to Boston - from smart fabrics innovation and supply chain dynamics, wearable tech development, 3D printing, AI, health and wellness, how to make sense of all the new data, creating devices with the consumer in mind, and applications that enhance human experience and wellbeing.  It’s three incredible days planned in the epicenter of Boston’s bustling technology hub.”

Keynote speakers include Dr. Hugh Herr, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab, on The New Era of Bionics: The Science of Extreme Interface; Theo Forbath, Global Vice President, Digital Transformation at Cognizant Digital Works presenting The Revolution Will be Digitized; Prof. Dr. Rosalind Picard, Founder and Director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of  Empatica, Inc., and Co-Founder of Affectiva, Inc. on What Can a Wristband Tell You about your Brain Health?; and Jules Pieri, Co-Founder & CEO of The Grommet reflecting on 1995-2016: What has Changed about Product Launch?

WEAR 2016 attracts an A-list of technology companies, wearable technology developers and manufacturers, apparel and fashion companies, supply side companies to the tech and textile industries, independent fashion designers, consultants, governmental agencies and academia.

For more information on WEAR 2016, visit www.WearConferences.com and look for hashtag #WEARcon2016

About Smithers Apex

Smithers Apex 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