Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology 2014 Conference Program


Wednesday - April 23, 2014

7:30   Workshop Registration
8:00 pearce and dia

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Dia Campbell, Techstyle Specialist and Pearce Melcher, Tech Research, Sparkfun Electronics. For more information click here.


12:45   Conference Registration
1:30   Opening Remarks and Presentation of the Advisory Board and
DIY Opening Networking Activity provided by Sparkfun electronics
2:30   20 year Technology Roadmap: Trends in the Horizon Relevant to Wearable Electronics
2:20 brody

Manufacturing's Open Source Future
Paul Brody, Vice President & Global Industry Leader, Electronics, IBM

Paul Brody leads IBM's Global Electronics Industry team serving the world's top electronics companies. He has more than 15 years of business strategy consulting experience in the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia, working primarily in electronics and supply chain management. Paul's work ranges from detailed operations transformation in factory planning up to CEO-Level enterprise transformation plans.

2:50 indu

5 Trends in the Health Tech Space
Indu Subaiya, Co-Chairman & CEO, Health 2.0

Indu Subaiya, MD, MBA is Co-Chairman and CEO of Health 2.0, a company that promotes, showcases and catalyzes new technologies in health care through a worldwide series of conferences, code-a-thons, prize challenges, and more. Prior to co-founding Health 2.0, she was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Physic Ventures, a consumer health and wellness investment fund. Today she'll discuss the 5 major trends in health care and how they are also being exemplified in the wearables industry.

3:20   Networking Break
    Infrastructure Ecosystems & Supply Chain
4:00 sonny vu

Getting a Wearable Product to Market
Sonny Vu, CEO & Chairman Misfit Wearables

Sonny Vu is the founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable computing products, including the award-winning Shine, an elegant activity monitor. Founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world's first iPhone-connected hardware medical device (Red Dot & GOOD Design Awards). Built AgaMatrix from a two-person start-up to shipping 15+ FDA-cleared medical device products, 1B+ biosensors, 3M+ glucose meters for diabetics. Worked at Microsoft Research on machine learning / linguistic technologies.

4:30 brauer

The Human Cloud at Work: Wearable technologies and productivity and performance in the workplace
Dr Chris Brauer, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr. Chris Brauer is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Innovation at the Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Goldsmiths, University of London. Chris researches the socio-economic impact of emerging technologies and digital life. Chris led the 'Human Cloud' research project in collaboration with Rackspace focused on the mainstream transition of wearable technologies from entertainment to lifestyle and health and well-being applications. His latest research, 'The Human Cloud at Work', analyses the impact and relationship of wearable technologies on productivity and performance in the workplace.

5:00 akseli

Forgettable Textile Integrated Sensors
Akseli Reho, CEO, Clothing+

Akseli Reho is the founder and CEO of the Finnish wearable sensor pioneer Clothing+. With a M.Sc. degree in telecommunications, Mr. Reho has been an active member in the wearables community since 1998 and his work has been instrumental in bridging the gap between electronics and textiles in manufacturing.

5:30   Closing Remarks for the day
5:45-7:30   Opening Day Electronic Tie Mixer


Thursday - April 24, 2014

8:50   Opening Remarks
9:00   Applications: Personal Safety and Concussion Technologies

Reebok Wearable Electronics: Fit for Life
Paul Litchfield, Vice President Advanced Concepts, Reebok International

Paul Litchfield is Head of Reebok Advanced Concepts. One of the most influential product creation experts working in the athletic footwear, performance apparel, and sporting goods industry today, Paul currently holds over 160 granted patents and patents applications pending, and has been long regarded as one of the leading innovators in the field.


Head Gear Sensors for Concussion Monitoring: Practical and Scientific Issues
Dr. David B. Camarillo, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering

David Camarillo is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University. He is an expert in instrumentation and biomechanics whose research interests include medical technology design as it applies to mild traumatic brain injury, in vivo microscopy for infertility, and flexible robotics for cardiovascular therapy. He directs a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded laboratory working to solve these problems.

10:00   Designing for a Future - Innovations in Wearable Technology for Health and Wellness Applications

Body-sensing Technology that Improves People Lives
Davide Vigano, CEO, Heapsylon

Davide Vigano' is cofounder and CEO of Heapsylon, a wearable device startup based in Redmond (WA) USA. The company's vision is that "The Garment is The Computer." After PC's, smartphones and tablets, smart clothing will fuel the next wave of innovation in personal computing. Heapsylon is developing a family of smart garments including Sensoria Fitness: a smart sock that can detect pressure, force and communicate data related to activity type and level, simplified Gait analysis and more.

10:30   Networking Break
11:15 deepak

Making Digital Health Mainstream- A Form Factor Overview
Deepak Prakash, Global Director of Marketing, Vancive Medical Technologies

Deepak Prakash is the Global Director of Marketing at Vancive Medical Technologies, an Avery Dennison business. Deepak leads Vancive's Digitial Health business, and is focused on commercializing their Metria Informed Health platform. He brings over 17 years of experience in medical devices encompassing marketing, business and product development.

    Wearable for Animals
11:45 meloday

Wearable Technologies for Communicating with Working Dogs
Dr. Melody Jackson, Director, Animal Interaction Lab, Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Jackson is the Director of Georgia Tech's new Animal Interaction Lab and has also directed the GT BrainLab since 1998. In the BrainLab, she has researched assistive technologies for people with severe motor disabilities, specifically in the area of brain-computer interfaces. She has worked with and trained horses and dogs her whole life; she is an international-level dressage rider, earning her USDF Silver Medal in 2013.

12:15   Lunch
    The Garment as a Technology Hub
1:30 Christoph

warmX - Knitted Electric Circuits Using the Example of Heated Underwear
Christoph Müller, CEO, warmX

2:00 kim

Learnings from commercializing miCoach HRM garments
Kim Scheffler, Wearables Development Manager, Adidas Wearable Sports Electronics (aWSE)

Kim Scheffler has been integrating electronics and textiles for 8 years. She was part the commercial launch of the NuMetrex® heart rate monitoring apparel line at Textronics and carried her textile-focused product development & commercialization role into the adidas miCoach line when Textronics was purchased in 2008.

2:30   Networking Break

Julia Koerner, Lecturer SUPRASTUDIO, UCLA

Julia Koerner is lecturer at UCLA's SUPRASTUDIO, led by Greg Lynn. She holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Further, a Master of Science from the Architectural Association, London. Julia worked with international offices in both New York and London, including Ross Lovegrove Studio. Her most recent collaborations for Additively Manufactured fashion pieces involved Haute Couture fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, and 3D printing company Materialise. She won several awards including the MAK Schindler Architect in Residence scholarship in Los Angeles 2010.

3:30 janet

Smart RGB LED Pixel Systems for Wearable Applications
Janet Hansen, President & CEO, Enlighted Designs

Janet Hansen has been creating custom illuminated clothing for more than fifteen years, and is the founder and Chief Fashion Engineer of Enlighted Designs, based in southern California. Her clothes are worn by rock stars, acrobats, dancers, sports mascots, and a variety of other international clients. Janet's work combines her interests in art, fashion, design, and entrepreneurship, as well as her formal training in engineering. She holds a B.S. in General Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and a Ph.D. in Biomechanical Engineering from UC San Diego.

4:00   Shark Tank Panel: Four pre-selected startups presenting a projectto venture capitalists, crowdfunding and angel Investors

Panel Moderator: Hap Klopp, Chairman, Obscura Digital and founder of The North Face

Enrico Beltramini, Managing Partner, FT Accelerator
Kate Drane, Hardware Marketing Director, Indiegogo
Lili Balfour, Founder & CEO, Atelier Advisors
Anne DeGheest, Managing Director and Founder, HealthTech Capital

5:15   Closing Remarks for the Day

Friday - April 25, 2014

8:50   Opening Remarks
    Game Changing Technologies
9:00 mike hack

Flexible OLEDs: The New Paradigm for Displays and Lighting
Dr. Mike Hack, Vice-President and General Manager of OLED Lighting and Custom Displays, Universal Display Corporation

Dr. Michael Hack, is Vice-President and General Manager of OLED Lighting and Custom Displays at Universal Display Corporation. He is responsible for developing and commercializing advanced high efficiency next generation OLED products, with a special focus on flexible display applications and solid-state lighting. Prior to joining UDC in 1999, he was associated with dpiX, a Xerox Company, where he was responsible for manufacturing flat panel displays and digital medical imaging products based on amorphous silicon TFT technology.

9:30 dan

Innovating the Smart Glasses Revolution
Dan C. Cui, Vice President Business Development, Vuzix Corporation

Currently Vice President of Business Development at Vuzix, Dan's career as a sales, marketing and business development professional is focused on introducing leading-edge technology and products into new markets on a global basis. Dan has held senior positions in the consumer electronics, e-commerce, semiconductor, system and electronic design automation (EDA) industries. Prior to joining Vuzix, he held the position of Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Myvu (formerly MicroOptical) Corporation, one of the early Head Mounted Display (HMD) market leaders and developer of the first Android® smart glasses.

10:00   Networking Break

Fashion-Tech: Eyes on the Design
Anouk Wipprecht, Artist, Designer, Curator and Lecturer

Dutch based designer Anouk Wipprecht is working emerging field of "fashiontech"; a rare combination of sartorial knowhow combined with engineering smarts and style, she has in a very short period created an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs bringing together fashion and technology in an unusual way. Based on microcontrollers and sensors, she creates technological couture; with background in fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction design, she constructs systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence; projected as 'host' systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them.

    Closing Keynote
11:15 holmes

What Traditional Technology Firms Can do to Enable Smart Clothing?
Steven Holmes, VP New Devices Group & General Manager -Smart Device Innovation Team, Intel Corporation

Steven Holmes is vice president of the New Devices Group and general manager of the Smart Device Innovation team at Intel Corporation. Holmes and his team are chartered with developing products and technologies that will enhance and extend Intel's product portfolio into new areas of computing, and to position the company to compete and lead new growth markets going forward.

Prior to joining Intel in June 2012, Holmes delivered an extensive list of award-winning products. Most recently as product director at Nike, Inc. he launched Nike+ Fuel Band*, Nike+ Training and Basketball*, and Nike+ GPS SportWatch*.

11:45-12:00   Closing Remarks

What more could you ask for? An international panel of the world's best and brightest fashion technology, smart fabrics, and wearable technology experts are waiting for you in San Francisco - Register Now!


The Smart Fabrics Conference is organized by Smithers Apex, formerly known as IntertechPira. Smithers Apex provides events, market research, publications and strategic and technical consulting to an expanding list of niche, emerging and high growth industries.


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