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On Trend – High Fashion meets High Technology

Brought to you by The Future Devices & Technologies Group

This essential one-day SIG event will bring together practitioners from fashion design, material science and wireless technology, working at the cutting edge - where fashion and technology meet.

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About the event

With the buzz around wearable technology such as smart watches and augmented reality glasses, this London event takes a radically different look at wearable consumer electronics, providing a fresh approach on the blending together of the physical and digital worlds. From Apple to Vogue, cutting-edge technology is changing retail in the fashion world. Designers are working with specialised start-ups, and technology giants, to create wearable consumer devices, novel materials and augmented reality.

With an impressive line-up of speakers we will be seeking to challenge assumptions and lay out the opportunities in ‘Fashion Technology’. This event will firstly address the importance and implications of the technology and the engineering behind the product.It will then explore the true potential of these future devices – desirable apparel and accessories - which provide a range of interactivity solutions with the digital, wireless and on-line world.

This Future Devices SIG event will draw on experts from many different fields and seek to answer key questions facing the industry such as:

  • What is fashion tech?

  • What do fashion-conscious tech-savvy consumers want?

  • What design factors are critical to success in this emergent space?

  • What materials are available, which allow the embedding of electronics?

  • How do we avoid the risk of the tech industry making wearable appliances rather than fashionable technology?

This exciting one-day event will combine presentations and participatory workshop sessions to ensure that delegates have every opportunity to extend their learning by working together in small teams. They will also be able to apply insights and rapidly prototype possible future designs in a fun and engaging way.

This event is supported by Geoff McCormick of Alloy / User Experience SIG Champion and Cambridge Consultants with prizes donated by Misfit Wearables.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWFD.

Hosted by University College London

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09:30

Registration & Networking

10:00

Introduction to Cambridge Wireless Future Devices SIG by SIG Champion, Peter Whale of Qualcomm

10:10

Brief and overview of the Design Sessions by Geoff McCormick of Alloy / User Experience SIG Champion (see Design Brief at the end)

10:15

Welcome and presentation from our host, Dr Sally Day, Senior Lecturer, UCL, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

10:35

Q&A

10:40

Introduction to the Student Project Programme; Dr Dean Mohamedally, UCL, Department of Computer Sciences

10:45

Let's Not Waste the Power of Fashion; Marina Toeters, Founder & Director, by-wire.net

Fashion designers have a great ability to create acceptance for change. Fashion changes every season. Technologists develop great things that are very relevant. Acceptance, especially of innovative products close to the body, is always difficult. Collaboration could change the world. However, it seems that fashion is only about changing colour and shape instead of implementing new materials and functionalities. Beside this it is one of the most polluting and wasting sectors. If fashion designers and technologists collaborate they have the power to change the world! Collaboration in the vogue world is Marina’s goal. In her hybrid workspace they create prototypes for innovative fashion and textile products.

11:05

Q&A

11:10

Refreshment Break & Networking

11:40

CuteCircuit, 10 years of Fashion Innovation; Francesca Rosella, Co-Founder & Creative Director, CuteCircuit

12:00

Q&A

12:05

Design Session One: Opportunity

Exploring an underlying primal need - such as sex, safety, hunger or status - in order to elicit a product concept.

12:35

Lunch & Networking

13:35

Meaningful Applications with Wearable Light at Philips; Koen van Os, Senior Scientist Intelligent Textiles, Philips Research

Koen will explain how Philips developed medical applications of wearable light in the just closed PLACE-it project. Phototherapy devices came out as an interesting application domain where all aspects of wearable technologies have to be addressed. Based on this knowledge we are exploring other business opportunities which are meaningful in another context but can be based on similar technologies. For example increasing a persons’ visibility on a dark street or environment is a very promising opportunity.

13:55

Q&A

14:00

Design Session Two: Technology/Solutions

Using a design toolkit to look at key design issues to ensure the design is realizable.

14:30

Fashion and Function; Rob Milner, Senior Consultant, Wireless Division, Cambridge Consultants

Almost all of the enduring fashion brands started out with a functional use and this endures, their products are still good at what they do, but fashion adds the allure and desirability. Rob’s talk will focus on the how - what does technology enable, what are the constraints it introduces, how can you keep the function and what is the flexibility within the product design for fashion?

14:50

Q&A

14:55

Design Session Three: Feedback and Debate

Plenary session to provide feedback and discussion on the previous two sessions

15:25

Refreshment Break & Networking

15:55

Smart Watches presented by Zahid Ghadialy, CTO, eXplanoTech

16:05

Wearable Computing presented by Necati Munir, Computer Science Student, UCL

16:15

Design Team Presentations chaired by Geoff McCormick of Alloy

5 minute presentation from each design group presenting final design and announcing winning teams

16:45

Closing remarks by SIG Champion, Abhi Naha of Zone V

16:50

Event Close and Fill in Evaluation Forms

Speakers

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

Geoff McCormick - Senior User Experience Architect, Akendi UK

Geoff has worked as a business consultant in the design industry for over 10 years. In that time he has worked with some of the world's most famous and successful designers, where his role was to help designers, companies and brands to try and maximise the commercial effectiveness of design. His experience covers every populated continent and a diverse range of sectors, including developing a mobile petrol retail station, an interior design system for VIP aircraft, hydrogen powered vehicles, packaging strategies for FMCG brands and innovation programmes utilising Asian sourcing. It is this breadth of experience that he values most. Common across all of his clients and projects is the desire to create truly unique experiences that occupy a space in peoples' hearts and minds.

Robert Milner - Principle Engineer, Cambridge Consultants

Dean Mohomadally - Department of Computer Science, University College London

Francesca Rosella - Cutecircuit

Koen van Os - Senior Scientist Intelligent Textiles, Philips Research Laboratories

SIG Champions

Graham Anderson - Team Leader – UK R & D, Beko

Graham Anderson is Team Leader – UK R & D at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, data analytics, and energy storage/harvesting. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant - VRAR, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an emerging technology consultant with heavy focus on AR/VR & new technology areas. She has a broad experience over 12 years as an engineer, programmer, consultant, advisor, speaker, IP scouting and has a passion for emerging technologies and its impact on business transformation. She has also helped in mergers & acquisition programmes in France specifically in the engineering areas. Nadia Aziz was recently an Innovation leader for Emerging Technologies at NTT DATA where she led the development of innovation applications in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)technologies, AI, sensors and wearables.

She is active in Digital Health community and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event in 2018.

Esther Ford - Partner, Marks & Clerk

Esther obtained an MEng in Electronic Engineering after studying at the University of Kent and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt. Having been awarded an Engineering Prize from the Royal Academy of Engineering, she then went on to obtain a PhD in Microelectronics from the University of Cambridge. During her research, Esther developed a nanodot array single electron device with controlled threshold voltage at high temperatures. She also presented the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Lecture "The Digital World", which was delivered to live audiences throughout the UK and broadcast over Europe and North America, reaching an audience of 20,000.

After completing her PhD, Esther worked as a research engineer in Nortel Networks and subsequently in a telecommunications design consultancy. She joined the patent profession in 2004 and has extensive experience in managing international patent portfolios. She also has significant experience representing clients at the EPO in oppositions and appeals (both defending and opposing). Esther is highly proficient in German.

Esther joined Marks & Clerk in 2008, and in 2011 enjoyed a secondment as an in-house attorney for a valued client in the Oil/Gas industry. Her recent focus has been in the fields of Internet Service Provision, Oil/Gas recovery, Power Electronics, and the Internet of Things.

Esther has been recognised as a rising star by Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2017.

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Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

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David Roberts - Founder, Jabooh Software

David is a technology leader with over 25 years experience working in the hi-tech arena. He has recently completed a successful project for ghd in conjunction with CW where he carried out the role of System Architect and facilitator.  Prior to this he worked in in the C-IoT space where he ran a multi-national R&D department that developed silicon and software designed for the burgeoning IoT market. He was also responsible for driving an agile transformation programme and assisting the organisation with their integration into a large Chinese multi-national telecoms company. Having started his career as a software developer working for BT and Acorn Computers, he went on to hold senior roles in a number of world-class organisations such as Symbian, Cambridge University and Citrix in the areas of Software Development, Project Management, Product Management, Research, Consultancy and Architecture. His background includes leading and developing teams involved in the creation of large-scale integrated hardware and software products, web-based services and CE devices. He is also highly experienced in large-scale agile development practices, agile coaching/transformation and creating and executing strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.

Charles Sturman - Senior Director Product Marketing, Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd

Charles is responsible for Product Marketing at Neul / Huawei Technologies in Cambridge, with responsibility for product strategy and business development in the NB-IoT market. Prior to this he lead u-blox’ activities in the fast moving consumer IoT segment (wearables, smarthome and entertainment) following the acquisition of the ARM Software Radio spin-out Cognovo, where we has founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing. Charles has held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom, Motorola and ARM.

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UCL, Wilkins Old Refectory Room, Wilkins Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

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