Rationale for Event
New generation wearables will be flexible, fashionable and invisible. They will embed advanced features such as energy harvesting, efficient power management and very low-power high-performance computing. Future wearables will have to be shapeable, stretchable and washable/cleanable on-demand. Smart materials and digital technology in textile will allow smart textiles to sense, illuminate, communicate, transform energy, monitor health, and even protect from environmental hazards, providing them with advanced functionalities.
The WEAR Sustain project (https://wearsustain.eu/) is looking for designers, artists and technologists in Europe to collaborate and create together a new generation of sustainable, ecological, ethical and aesthetic wearables and e-textiles.
Selected teams of artists and technologists from all over Europe will receive funding of up to €50,000 per team to further develop their ideas and prototypes and turn them into successful products. They will also receive prototyping, technology, business, legal and other support in terms of vouchers which can be used with leading design and technology hubs in Europe. Twenty two teams have been selected following Open Call 1 to receive funding and support (https://wearsustain.eu/awardees/opencall1-2/). Up to twenty five (25) additional projects will be selected following the second WEAR Open Call. WEAR Sustain Call 2 opens on 15 November 2017 with a deadline of 15 January 2018. Check https://wearsustain.eu/ for further details and how to apply.
Who should attend
Let’s build a bridge between arts and technologies to create something unique! Do you have an idea how to make a new wearable, an interactive garment or accessory? If you are an artist, designer, technologist, engineer, maker, etc. come and attend the WEAR Sustain Open Call 2 launch event for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which will take place on Thursday, 16th November 2017 from 4pm at the B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music in Athens.
Draft Agenda and Programme:
16.30-16.40 Welcome on behalf of the Greek organizing team (Greek hub)
Lila de Chaves, HERITAGE & MUSEUMS
16.40-17.00 Short presentations of the hub members
Takis Lybereas, HELLENIC CLOTHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Dr. Anastasios E. Politis, HELGRAMED
17.00-17.30 Keynote presentation - Sarotis: Sensing the future cities, Maria Paneta, Master of Architecture Bartlett UCL, Architect ARB, mariapaneta.com
17.30-18.00 Introduction to WEAR-Sustain project and Presentation on WEAR Open Call 2
Stavri Nikolov, Founding Director, Digital Spaces Living Lab
Smart Textiles in Fashion: Challenges and opportunities for a circular economy
Mr. Evangelos Louris, President of the Hellenic Textile Engineers Association, Lecturer in Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Dept. of Textile Engineering (Piraeus, Greece)
Dr. Georgios Priniotakis, Associate Professor, Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Dept. of Textile Engineering (Piraeus, Greece)
Social Inclusion in Sustainable Fashion: The Case of SOFFA
Dr Fiori A Zafeiropoulou, Founder SOFFA, Refergon & Zita Sneakers CC Fashion Revolution, Greece
Making Apparels Smart
Mr Demetres Stordopoulos, Founder and CEO, Tribe Wearables
The Future of Mental Health in a World of Artificial Sentience
Mr George Eleftheriou, CEO & co-founder of Feel: World's first Emotion Sensor and Mental Health Advisor
19.00-20.00 Discussion, Q&A Panel of WEAR experts and Greek Hubs