FEMKA VAN BUUREN / FOUNDER, FASHION DESIGNER, FASHION TECH ENTREPRENEUR
Parsons NYC & Central Saint Martins, London - Fashion Design Graduate, Donna Karan, Marchesa, Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, British Vogue, Mentored by Nick Knight / SHOWstudio, Computer Science edX at Harvard
Femka has spent the last seven years cultivating her Fashion career around the world while living in Tokyo, Paris, London, Montreal, Toronto, and New York. She is a Fashion Design Graduate of The Prestigious Parsons School of Design in NYC, Central Saint Martins in London, as well as Chambre du Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris. Her previous experience includes having worked as an Assistant Fashion Stylist at New York Fashion Week (Helmut Lang, The Row, Calvin Klein), London Fashion Week (Felder Felder & J.W. Anderson), and Paris Fashion Week (Haider Ackermann & Rick Owens). Femka has worked with Louis Vuitton, Marchesa, Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, and Donna Karan Atelier in New York alongside the Celebrity Couture Red Carpet designer. She has also designed for several A-list celebrities for The Oscars, The Golden Globes, The Emmy’s, as well as The Famous Met Ball. Femka has worked in Editorial at British Vogue while liaising with high profile photographers, models, and celebrity publicists. Van Buuren, was mentored by Fashion Photographer and Videographer Icon, Nick Knight of SHOWstudio while working with Adidas, Vogue, V Magazine, i-D Magazine, 10 Magazine, Oyster Magazine, Gareth Pugh, and Anna Trevelyan. As a visionary with the profound ability to analyze and predict the future and trends, she has become a Fashion Technology influencer. On top being on the Advisory Board for a handful of Fashion Technology companies, she has began public speaking about Fashion Technology & The Future of Design around the globe including most recently for Cadillac’s new Futuristic Car The Escala alongside Artist Daniel Arsham. Femka is currently Studying CS50 (CS50x through edX), Harvard University's Introduction to the Intellectual Enterprises of Computer Science and the Art of Programming.
ALISON LEWIS / FASHION TECHNOLOGY PIONEER & INTERACTIVE DESIGN EXPERT
Parsons Fashion Technology Graduate & Faculty, Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology, Founder of Switch Embassy & Made In Space 3D Printing
Alison Lewis is a designer and fashion technologist who builds unique wearable experiences with innovative processes and smart fabrics. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, Alison is most noted for her unique and approachable style to product development that blends her energetic spark and passion to make complex technological systems, easy to understand and love. Alison founded Switch Embassy in San Francisco with the focus of bringing elegance and style to technology through instantly customizable and lovable products. Through her work she motivates and inspires new aesthetics in wearable designs by integrating light, sound, vibration, and interactivity into clothing, textiles, and interiors. In 2016, she was a contestant on America's Greatest Makers, featured in the NYTimes, and part of Silicon Valley Fashion week. She's been awarded the Techtextil Innovation Award for outstanding progress and implementation in smart fabrics, voted one of Fast Company’s most Influential Women in Technology, and in 2011 spoke at TED on the subject and her approach. Before Switch Embassy, Ms. Lewis co-founded Made In Space, an off world 3D printing manufacturing company. She is also formally Adjunct Faculty at Parsons School of Design and she authored Switch Craft, Published by Random House. Ms. Lewis's speaking and media coverage include The NYTimes, CNBC, Teen Vogue, BBC Focus Magazine, SXSW, Smart Fabrics, NYCIgnite, WIRED, Boston Globe, Intel, Cisco, Korean Design Biennale, ARTe’ TV, Fast Company, ABC News, and many online news outlets.
CLARA DAGUIN / COUTURE FASHION & TECH DESIGNER
Masters Fashion Design Graduate École Superieure Des Arts Decoratifs, Maison Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, Iris Van Herpen, Hyeres Festival Finalist
Clara Daguin was born in France and grew up in Silicon Valley. Her approach is a fusion of hand craft and the artisanal with emerging technologies. Her belief lies in the importance to keep manual and traditional savoir-faire alive in a world increasingly dominated by technology, without compromising or shying away from innovation. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from CCA in California and a Masters of Fashion Design from École Supérieure Des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and has worked at Maison Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, and with 3D Printing Pioneer Iris Van Herpen. Daguin is also a finalist at The prestigious Hyères' Festival International De Mode. She has assisted the iconic French polymath Jean-Paul Goude and worked with Conchita Wurst’s stylist for her idiosyncratic light-up jumpsuit
TEEMU ARINA / BIOHACKER, TECHNOLOGY VISIONARY, AUTHOR.
Founder of The Biohacker Center & Biohacker Summit, Leonardo Award for 'Humanity in Digitization', Co-Author Biohackers Handbook
Teemu Arina has a professional career of 18+ years as a technology entrepreneur, author and inspirational speaker. He is one of the forefront thinkers on the intersection of the man and the machine covering topics such as quantified self, biohacking, internet of things, wearable computing, technology enhanced learning and digital health. In 2015 he received the Leonardo Award (under the patronage of European Parliament and UNESCO) for "Humanity in Digitization" – Previous Leonardo laureates include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Mr. Arina is co-author of the Biohacker’s Handbook for optimizing health and wellbeing with technological and biological tools with medical doctor Olli Sovijärvi and nutrition specialist Jaakko Halmetoja. He is founder and curator of the Biohacker Summit, leading international conference for better living through science, technology and nature that attracts 1000+ attendees annually. Together with his colleagues he is the founder of the Biohacker Center, an independent research entity into optimal human performance. Mr. Arina is a Top 10 speaker (Speakersforum 2017) who has presented internationally in countries such as USA, UK, Japan, Russia, the Netherlands, and Germany. In his free time he enjoys photography, trekking, wild foraging, monster green smoothies and quantifiable self-experiments.
IAN NOTT / AUGMENTED REALITY & MIXED REALITY
UX, Product Design, Engineering, Industrial & Service Design, Microsoft Hololens, Intel
Ian is a leader dealing in the disciplines of UX, Product Design, Engineering, Industrial, Service Design, and more. Having previously lead ID, software, and various engineering teams on prior products to market, his focus has been in recent years, adapting these spaces to the new territory of Mixed Reality. With a book yet unwritten in the space, his attention has been towards developing the business opportunities and IP applications for this new medium. There remains a large gap in bridging these new paradigms to the consumer and business markets, Ian's goal is to build that bridge through innovative service and product offerings. His team of design and technical talent extends from past experience at Microsoft, Reebok, and Intel.
MATTHEW WALDMAN / INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
Founder Nook & New York Zoom, Reuters, Berrymatch, Parsons & Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Museum Lecturer
Over 30 years of interdisciplinary design work has made Matthew Waldman one of the world’s most respected designers. Matthew’s “techno-optimistic” work is driven by his belief that technology enables universal communication. He is best known for NOOKA, where he designed accessories and watches that reinvented how time was told, as well as creating award winning eco-friendly package design. Before NOOKA, Matthew gained recognition as a pioneer in digital interactive and UX design, founding New York Zoom in 1997, building an award winning global team at Reuters in 2002, and with his interactive design studio, Berrymatch. Matthew has spoken at CES, the Chief Innovation Officer Summit, and the PSFK Conference; and taught at the Parsons’ School of Design and the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Museum and does workshops at universities and conferences globally.
DREW HENSON / INDUSTRIAL DESIGN & ENGINEERING
Founder/CEO, Seam Technic, Founder/Director, twenty2b, B.SC. Engineering Physics University Saskatchewan & Masters Industrial Design Italy, Forearm Network Technologies, Drift Innovation, iF Design Award, Two Red Dot Design Awards, and AEA Renault F1 Innovation Design Award
Drew Henson is an award-winning designer, entrepreneur and founder of twenty2b, a lifestyle and technology product design studio based in Toronto, Canada and founder/CEO of Seam Technic, a personal security platform launching in 2017. Armed with both a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from The University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Industrial Design from Italy, Drew balances the requirements of both fields naturally in any design strategy.
Drew was previously the Chief Design Officer at Foream Network Technologies Ltd. (Shenzhen, China) and Director of Products for Drift Innovation Ltd. (London, UK), where Drew created dozens of designs for wearable cameras and accessories. This experience includes working directly with NASA to clear his award-winning Drift Ghost-S design for the International Space Station, where 3 Ghost-S cameras were deployed. Drew has been awarded with an iF Design Award for Product Design, 2 Red Dot Design Awards, and was the winner of the 2010 AEA Renault F1 Innovation Design North America and a top ten Global Finalist for his ‘Dynamic Mass Distribution System’ design.
NOÉMIE BALMAT / FASHION INNOVATION CONSULTANT, FOUNDER OF CLAUSETTE.CC
Esc Toulouse, Publicis, Orange, Fred & Farid, L’oreal, Soon Soon Soon, Chanel
Interested in the future of fashion through innovation, Noémie Balmat has spent four years working for international advertising agencies and now works with fashion & beauty brands, schools and corporations as an Innovation Consultant. She launched Clausette.cc in November 2014 to gather inspiring projects linking fashion & innovation into one place, available in both French and English. Sensitive to the technological and scientific evolutions, Noémie often speaks at international events, such as SXSW, or the Hyères International Fashion Festival.
KRISTIN NEIDLINGER / BIOMETRIC FASHION PIONEER
Founder of SENSOREE Therapeutic Biomedia, CCA Graduate Design Featured Alumni
Kristin Neidlinger is a Biometric Fashion Pioneer, designing sensory nervous systems since 2008. She founded SENSOREE design lab based in San Francisco. SENSOREE designs ’Therapeutic Biomedia’ bio-responsive fashion and installations to promote extimacy – externalized intimacy. SENSOREE bloomed from her Masters thesis to create tools for people with Sensory Processing Disorders – a condition that ranges from ADHD to Autism. SENSOREE Therapeutic Biomedia is expressive technology with visual, auditory, or tactile displays. This tangible emotion interaction creates powerful feedback loop for self awareness and communication, even empathy and most importantly fun! With a background in physical therapy and the performing arts she combines her knowledge of somatics with science to animate the body-mind and create technologies to give the body a voice. Also, she endeavors to work with futuristic fabrics made of sustainable material, embedded with sensitive technologies to enhance proximity and telepathy between human and machine.
SENSOREE has exhibited at Fashion Weeks from Mumbai to London and New York, and at major events such as AWE, CES, Dutch Design Week, Yuri’s Night, and Connected Health Symposium. Kristin has presented talks at INSTINT, TEDMED, and as keynote maker at the Tribeca Film Festival, establishing SENSOREEs unique position fusing fashion, healthcare, AI, art, theatre, and gaming markets.
TIMOTHY MCLANAHAN / SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Knight-Ridder Financial, CompuServe, Microsoft, Nordstrom.com
Tim has been involved in the information and Internet industry professionally for over twenty years, from small startups to multiple Fortune 100 and 500 companies such as Knight-Ridder Financial, CompuServe (as part of Spry, Inc), Microsoft, and Nordstrom. The roles he's undertaken are as varied as the companies he's worked with, including leading a software test team, UI and middle-ware development, and many other roles. Tim's technical side matches up with a creative side, with experience in product development, graphic and UI design, and writing. Writing has played a particularly important part of his career, from articles for small industry publications for end users and developers, a regular movie review column, a short stint reporting on the energy industry, to every type of technical documentation for many different audiences. Search engine optimization for organic (non-paid) search traffic played a big role for several years in his writing, coding and product development career, and culminated in his own SEO-focused content management system hosted in Amazon's cloud (AWS). Tim then spent years at Nordstrom gaining experience in enterprise-level ecommerce fashion industry technology and design.
STEPHAN HENRICH / 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE, AND ROBOTIC DESIGN
Architecture & Urban Design Graduate of University Stuttgart, Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Stuttgart, R&Sie(n) Paris, Venice Architectural Biennale, Visiting Professor USC, Los Angeles & U-Penn Guest Lecturer. Founder of Stephan Henrich - Robotikdesign und Architektur, Stuttgart
Stephan Henrich´s work is located at the section of architecture, narration, design and robotics. He runs his office in Stuttgart, Germany where he is developing robotic processes automatizing the production of architectonic structures and is specialized in Additive Design. Recently Henrich developed the 3D-Cocooner, a groundbreaking 3d-printing-concept as a partner of FESTO´s Bionic Learning Network. He studied architecture and urban design at Universität Stuttgart, Germany and Ecole d'Architecture de Paris Belleville, France. In 2003 he won the first price international TORMAX-competition. In 2005 Henrich was associated to R&Sie(n) research/exhibition-project “I've heard about”, that has been shown at Musée des Arts Moderns, MAM/Paris. He won the AED-Neuland-Award in 2005. In 2006 he tought at the Architectural Association London (Summer School) with Iassen Markov and Stephan Trüby. In 2007 he received a diploma in architecture and urban design at Universität Stuttgart. After two years of working for and with engineering and architecture firms like Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Stuttgart, R&Sie(n) Paris, Raumlabor Berlin, Jürgen Mayer H, Berlin in 2007 and 2008 he was associated to R&Sie+Ds for the Venice Architectural Biennale 2008. In 2008 Henrich was guest-teaching at die Angewandte in Vienna with Francois Roche and Marc Fornes and in 2009 at USC in LA with Francois Roche and Marc Fornes. In 2009 he was associate to the research/exhibition-project “Une Architecture Des Humeurs” by R&Sie(n), shown at LeLaboratoire, Paris; Tinguely Museum, Basel (in “Roboter Träume”, R&Sie(n) and Stephan Henrich) and at Kunsthaus Graz. In 2009 he was awarded for a concept bike in IBDC, Taiwan. In 2010 he was associate of R&Sie for the Venice Architectural Biennale and in 2010/11 Visiting Associate Professor at Universtiy of Southern California in Los Angeles, and cofounding Lab M4. In 2010/11 he was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. After Guest teaching at Cornell University, NY with Francois Roche in 2011, Henrich created design and project managed (robotic handwriting) for Philippe Parreno´s (Paris) movie „Marilyn“, that was shown at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In 2013 he tought the Post-Professional Program (PPD) at U-Penn, Philadelphia, ( F. Roche, S. Henrich) and was guest-profassor at Innsbruck University ( F. Roche, S. Henrich) in 2014/15. Stephan Henrich lectured at AdbK Nürnberg, École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais, Städelschule, Frankfurt and University of Pennsilvania, Philadelphia.