On Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, from 6pm – 8pm, the fashion tech community will convene at the Reserve Officers Association Building on Capitol Hill for the inaugural Fashion + Tech Showcase 2016 presented by the Fashion Innovation Alliance™. This year’s showcase is slated to attract 100-150 invited guests in fashion, tech, academia, and government; including representatives from Manufacture New York, OpenSource Fashion, the Startup Institute, and the early stage venture capital firm, Brand Foundry Ventures. The Fashion Innovation Alliance™ exists to open the doors to the policy process and to help shape the future of the growing fashion tech revolution. Confirmed speakers include Vikrum Aiyer, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder & Academic Director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, and Madison Maxey, Founder & President of The Crated.
Fashion and tech in the 21st Century are two industries that are quickly becoming indispensable to everyday human function and culture. Through the Fashion + Tech Showcase 2016, The Fashion Innovation Alliance™, founded by Kenya Wiley, former counsel and senior policy advisor for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, seeks to engage decision makers and community members in the conversation cultivating the future of fashion tech. This exchange includes technological innovations changing how we experience fashion – from e-commerce to mobile apps and from smart textiles to wearables. “We are bringing fashion tech – the latest wearables, smart apparel, and fashion apps – to the United States Capitol at Fashion + Tech Showcase 2016. Our inaugural showcase is an opportunity for Washington policymakers to engage with the fashion tech community and learn more about the economic benefits and social value of fashion tech. Technology is spurring a fashion revolution, and our stakeholders across the fashion tech spectrum – from startups to corporations, from investors to advocates, from academics to students – will all play a significant role in shaping the future of fashion tech,” says Founder & CEO, Kenya Wiley.
Confirmed exhibitors for the Fashion + Tech Showcase 2016 will include the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator at Pratt Institute, elemoon, SoftSpot by Moonlab, Yopine, BLEN Corp, and Noble Biomaterials. For more information on The Fashion Innovation Alliance™ visit: www.fashioninnovation.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.