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Welcome and Introduction



Past, Present, Future of Wearables

Clara Gaggero, David Ban, James Bridle & Olivia Solon


Setting the context of wearables in the past, the present and the future. Starting with the history of wearables, then an overview of the wearables landscape today and finishing with a look in to the future at the potential cultural, political and aesthetic consequences of the wearables movement.

Clara Gaggero is a founding member and director of Vitamins, in charge of design and research. Before founding Vitamins, Clara worked at the BBC Innovation Unit, and spent 2 years investigating the relationship between technology and people, as a Research Associate at the RCA’s Helen Hamlyn Centre.

David Ban is Business Development Manager at Foursquare, leading mobile and wearables partnerships from their New York headquarters. Currently, he is working with leaders in the fitness and health tracking space to explore how comingled data sources can encourage behaviours that enhance our daily experiences and interactions.

James Bridle is an artist, writer, and publisher based in London, UK. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, the New Statesman, the Observer and many others. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines.

Chair – Olivia Solon is a writer and editor specialising in technology, science, startups and digital culture. Currently she is Associate Editor of





In Conversation With

Wendy Heller, Chris Brauer & Rene Bastijans

The Core



Suzanne Lee

The Universe


Suzanne is the Founder and Director of Biocouture Ltd. She coined the term ‘biocouture’ in 2004 to describe her pioneering research growing clothing using living organisms. Biocouture Ltd has evolved to become the world’s first ‘living materials’ consultancy, working exclusively with living material innovators and consumer brands to take materials from the lab to the market.

As a pioneer in future wearables, Suzanne will talk about the work BioCouture is doing with NASA, Nike and others, as well as her reflections on how the wearables field is growing and changing.

This panel and Q&A will look at the role of wearables in learning and productivity.


Wendy Heller is an Innovation Fellow and Workplace Consultant at Steelcase. Wendy consults primarily with Interior Architects and Designers to help develop innovative work environments that meet the needs of each user group while leveraging the latest research and trends in Workplace Design.

Chris Brauer is Director of the MSc Management of Innovation and founder of the centre for Creative & Social Technologies (CAST) in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London. Also project director for creative consulting firm Smoothmedia and director of Creative Industries for London-based investment bank Clarity Capital.

Rene Bastijans is in charge of Product Management in the Future Technologies team, the corporate R&D group at Pearson plc. The team looks ahead into the future, identifies trends and technologies which are likely to impact Pearson’s businesses and then rapidly develops prototypes and proof of concepts reflecting these areas in collaboration with Pearson’s businesses and external partners.


Wearable Magic

Lauren Bowker, Raymond Oliver, Kieron Kirkland, Tine Bech & Adrian Westaway

The Universe

Biological Design & Living Technology

Caroline Till, Amy Congdon, Shamees Aden, Ann-Kristin Abel & Jenny Lee

The Core


Speakers will bring to life the potential of the digital and wearable world, through new materials, digital interactions, chemicals, engineering and more.


Multi-Award Winning Alchemist Lauren Bowker leads Prophetic Art House THE UNSEEN. THE UNSEEN is a luxury design house and consultancy that integrates Biological Chemical and Electronic technology into fashion, through materials.

Raymond Oliver is a Chemical Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Professor in Active and Interactive Materials at Northumbria University School of Design. Presently he is engaged in the creation of the P3i Interaction Studio – a postgraduate Design:STEM Interaction Studio Environment at Northumbria University’s London outpost. Its objective is the design of products, services and experiences to enhance future ways of living through the interaction of biology, electronics and polymers.

Kieron Kirkland is a professional magician, technologist, theatre practitioner and researcher with a significant performing history including close-up and stage. Kieron is currently a development researcher at Nominet Trust with a particular focus on impact assessment and learning.

Tine Bech is an artist and researcher working with interactive sculpture and public art. Tine’s artwork is concerned with how we interact with our immediate environment and aims to create experiences of immersion and play.

Chair – Adrian Westaway is a founding member and director of Vitamins, in charge of technology and magic. Adrian has an MEng in Electronic Engineering from Bristol University along with an MA in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He is also a Member of the Magic Circle. He is interested in combining his background in electronic engineering and magic within the field of design.

Caroline Till will chair a panel and Q&A about the research and work at Textile Futures.

Caroline Till is a researcher, designer, design commentator & educator working across the fields of forecasting and insight, creative strategy, and creative direction. Caroline is also currently the Course Leader for the renowned MA Textile Futures programme at Central Saint Martins, a two year Masters course dedicated to designing the future of materiality.

Amy Congdon is a designer and researcher whose work revolves around the blurring of roles occurring between science and design. Amy has worked with companies such as Nissan Design Europe and Microsoft, and has exhibited work at venues around the world. Most recently her Biological Atelier project was included in the exhibition ‘ALIVE: New Design Frontiers’ at the EDF Fondation, Paris.

Shamees Aden is a London born material researcher and designer, exploring the potential of how new scientific practices could impact future designs. She is currently working with scientist and TED Fellow Dr Martin Hanczyc from the University of Southern Denmark to fabricate a tangible Protocell trainer for 2050.

Ann-Kristin Abel – With a fascination in neuroscience, one of the main drivers behind Ann’s work is the poetic power of a material and our ability to create meaning from the interaction with something physical. Her approach utilises not only fashion and textiles but also looks at science and emerging technologies to probe and craft visions of a possible human future.

Jenny Lee –  is a researcher and materialogist whose design practice revolves around exploring the intangible facets and contradictions of human nature. Working across all areas within the creative and business industry, Jenny has a keen interest and knowledge within the fields of science, technology, social anthropology and craftsmanship.


Lunch & intro to Re.Work Challenge

Introduction to the Challenge Prize in partnership with Re.Work



Ghislaine Boddington, Pauline Van Dongen, Lin Tan, Nancy Tilbury & Rama Gheerawo

The Universe

Wearables, DIY and Empowerment

Zoe Romano, Rain Ashford, Lisa Kori Chung & Elena Corchero

The Core


How do wearables become part of the human body, and how is technology being used to extend and enhance notions of the body? Speakers will discuss robotics, prosthetics, materials and more.


Ghislaine Boddington is an artist researcher, dramaturge, curator and thought leader specialising in body responsive technologies, recognised as an international pioneer in full body telepresence.

Pauline van Dongen researches the body in a technologically textured space. After graduating from ArtEZ, Academy of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands, she started her own womenswear label in 2010. Working closely with companies from the field of science and innovation, Pauline aims to merge fashion and technology giving life to scientific creations.

Ling Tan is an architecturally trained designer/artist born in Singapore. She graduated from UCL Bartlett and is currently based in London. Her main works focus on projects ranging from technology, graphic, branding/identity, to installation, interior design and architecture, producing award winning works that were publicised and featured in magazines and websites across the globe

Nancy Tilbury is Co Founder and Director of Studio XO. Studio XO is a fashion and technology company based in London whose work sits between the physical-digital, the synthetic and the hyper-real. Focused on the role of the body in the 21st Century, Studio XO have a built a state of the art Fashion Laboratory serviced by a team of hybrid experts from fashion designers to coders, engineers to materiologists.

Chair – Rama Gheerawo is Deputy Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. With over 15 years in the design industry, his interest is in people-centred design thinking. He leads the Centre’s  Age & Ability research lab which creates practical design ideas to improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities.

A panel and Q&A showing the work of practitioners in the DIY/wearable space and a discussion about empowerment and the DIY culture in relation to wearables.

Zoe Romano  lives in Milan and is currently working on Digital Strategy & Wearables at Arduino. She cofounded, the european pilot project around collaborative fashion and open source branding and, an initiative for the diffusion of open design and digital fabrication in Italy.

Rain Ashford devotes most of her time to the exploration, invention, design and construction of wearable technology, electronic interactive artworks and e-textiles. Currently a PhD researcher in the Dept. of Computing at Goldsmiths College, Rain is peering at wearable technology and contemplating how to make it more disruptive.

Lisa Kori Chung studied New Media and Technology in Music and Related Arts at Oberlin College, graduating in 2010. In 2013, Lisa was awarded a scholarship in the Urban Codes studio of Fabrica, Benetton Group’s  communication research center, based in Italy. Currently she is investigating ways to translate traditional forms of pattern drafting and textile design into open source code.

Elena Corchero is a designer specialising in smart materials, electronics for wearables and new prototyping technologies. In 2008 Elena founded her studio Lost Values in London to focus her work and research on the use of new technologies to challenge the role of an artisan, sustainability responsibilities and the multidisciplinary integration between science and art.



Verity McIntosh

The Universe

What If?

Jessi Baker & Quentin Johns

The Core


Invisible strings – a tale of a playable city, a hacked quartet and the internet of things.

In 2020, 50 billion things will be connected to the internet. Verity McIntosh from Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol will talk about how this ever-expanding matrix of connected people, places and objects can transform the way that we choose to interact with the world, and with each other.

Verity McIntosh is the Studio Producer at the Pervasive Media Studio. She curates a vibrant mix of projects and events, and works closely with a community of over 100 Studio residents, including artists, technologists and academics. Verity is currently leading on an international arts commission, The Playable City Award which invites creative practitioners from all disciplines to respond to the concept of a city as a personable, playable and social space.


Jessi Baker and Quentin Johns will ask What If retail and manufacturing data was all open data and will discuss the relevance of data to wearables.

Jessi Baker is a Designer & Creative Technologist exploring concepts for the future of the Internet, particularly pervasive computing and open data and how a union of the two can inform citizen choices. She is the co-founder and CEO of Provenance and a PhD researcher at the Intel Institute for Sustainable Cities

Quentin Johns is the Head of Business Development at Hub Westminster, London’s Super Studio for the new economy. Quentin is particulary interested in the design and implementation of innovations events, like “Hackathons” and “Service Jams”, and is a Judge of Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Challenge. He is also passionate about smart cities, sustainable food, creative currencies and further education.





Wearable Cities

Tomas Diez, Dominic Wilcox, Tom Armitage, Jonathan Chippindale & Emer Coleman,

The Universe

In Conversation With

Mat Hunter & Juergen Furian

The Core


Design and wearables as technologies to transform people’s lives? Mat and Juergen will discuss the ambition and potential of wearables and emerging technologies to solve big challenges, and the role of design in this.

Mat Hunter is Chief Design Officer at the Design Council which, for over 60 years, has promoted design for the public good. Mat heads up the organisation’s Design Challenges programme that demonstrates how design can drive innovation through tackling the big issues of our time. Before joining the Design Council Mat was a partner at IDEO, where he focused mostly on creating new digital products and services.

Juergen Furian is the Co-Founder of Pioneers, the company behind the annual Pioneers Festival. Juergen was the Co-Founder of STARTeurope, organizing weekend events for local startup communities throughout Europe called Startup Live.


Bringing a creative perspective to how wearables in the city can provoke thought, engage people, be functional, and enable participation.


Tomas Diez is a Venezuela-born Urbanist, who has specialized in digital fabrication and its implications on the future cities models. He is co-founder of the Smart Citizen project and StudioP52 both in Barcelona, and currently the main consultant for the Barcelona city council for the development of the “Ateneus de Fabricació (Fab Labs)” in the city.

Dominic Wilcox is a British artist and designer who creates innovative objects, drawings and installations. Recent projects include the design of a pair of shoes inspired by The Wizard of Oz, with inbuilt GPS to guide the wearer home, a race against a 3D Printer at the V&A and a 10″ vinyl record called Sounds of Making in East London

Tom Armitage is a technologist and designer based in London. He makes tools, toys, and art out of hardware, software, and the network; he likes to think with his hands. He’s worked on everything from a large-scale website to aggregate UK schools data to giant, multi-part games that span a Parisian art gallery, from bridges that talk on Twitter and cities that speak over SMS to laser-cut sculptures of actors’ movement.

Jonathan Chippindale is CEO of Holition. Formed as a venture start-up to explore and expand the role that technological innovation can play in communicating with today’s new digital consumer, Holition is a synthesis of luxury marketers, retail specialists and cutting edge leaders in 3D expertise and technology

Chair – Emer Coleman has a wealth of experience spanning technology, open data, social media, communications and engagement and organizational change. Before founding Disruption Ltd she was Deputy Director of Digital Engagement, Government Digital Service (Cabinet Office)






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