Fashion has continued to be a driving force in leading the adoption of wearable technology. Several companies including Misfit, Jawbone, FitBit and Apple have identified that products need to achieve not only great functionality, but also form-factor.
This meetup will focus on what actually makes a wearable technology truly fashionable.
Come join us to watch an in-person fashion show and participate in a speaker session guided by the best design leaders in the industry.
6:30PM-7:30PM: Speaker session
7:30PM-8:00PM: Fashion show
8:00PM-9:00PM: Networking and live music
We are looking for volunteers to help us setup, cleanup, and take over the world (just kidding). If you’re interested in helping out then please sign up here.
Speakers Session Leaders:
Monisha Perkash (CEO at Lumo BodyTech):
Monisha Perkash is CEO & Co-founder at Lumo BodyTech, makers of the Lumo Lift and Lumo Back posture and activity trackers. She and her team are shaking up the wearable tech space with stylish designs to help people look and feel great. Closing the gap where technology meets fashion, they have achieved mass appeal and received broad media coverage, including TIME’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014. Lumo is backed by Madrona Ventures, Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors, and Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures. Monisha previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of TuitionCoach (acquired by SimpleTuition in 2009), where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. After the acquisition, she stayed on with SimpleTuition as VP Products. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale.
Tim Golnik (VP of Product and Design at Misfit):
Tim Golnik is the VP of Product and Design at Misfit Wearables, makers of the Misfit Shine and Misfit Flash. Tim is responsible for Misfit's hardware and software product vision. Misfit is focused on developing great wearable products: things that people would want to wear all the time for a long time. A pioneer in the emerging world of wearable sensor technology, the company is making products and services in the consumer health and fitness space to inspire people be more active and develop healthy habits.
Elena Slivnyak (Founder of IIMUAHII):
Elena Slivnyak is a Ukrainian born fashion designer, who immigrated to San Francisco in the early 1990’s. From as early as she can remember, Elena has had a natural affinity toward creating futuristic, awe-inspiring designs. After graduating from the Academy of Art University, she founded her own couture fashion brand- IIMUAHII. [Pronounced “Eee-mooah-eee”] True to her vision, predominantly constructing Avant-Garde show pieces, IIMUAHII strives to fabricate conceptually stimulating garments, incorporating unique styles and distinguishing aesthetics embodying a super-human theosophy. IIMUAHII’s soul is mystic, pushing to foster, rather than follow trends.
Kristin Neidlinger (Founder of SENSOREE):
SENSOREE founder, future concepts designer — endeavors to craft phenomenal technology to enhance and expand physical embodiment. She has a background in dance, kinetic costumes, and in physical therapies as a Dance Medicine Specialist. With her MFA in Interaction Design from California College of the Arts, 2010, she became curious as to how wearable computers could be therapeutic, emotive, and enhance sensory awareness. Kristin is honored to lead Sensoree Design Lab and exhibit works at technology conferences, fashion shows, and museums . Currently, on tour with Futurotextiles 3.
Greg McNamara (Design Director, Product of SOL REPUBLIC):
Greg McNamara is an award-winning designer and creative leader with more than 9 years of experience working with innovative brands in the consumer electronics, lifestyle/fashion design, and action sports industries. Greg is currently leading design & strategy at SOL REPUBLIC, an emerging audio lifestyle company based in San Francisco. Prior to joining SOL REPUBLIC, Greg has worked with notable brands and design studios such as; The North Face, HTC, Tsubo, Pearl Izumi, and Microsoft, Astro Studios, One & Co, Lunar, and Frog Design.
Brian Friedman (Moderator and CEO of Loopd):
Brian Friedman is a visionary designer and inventor with a focus on socializing technology through wearables and analytics. He is the CEO of Loopd and the Organizer for the Wearable Technology Startup Meetup. Loopd is an award winning analytics company selected as the top smart data company from San Francisco by SXSW and CeBit. Loopd's breakthrough analytics platform monitors authentic face-to-face interactions in real time. The system is powered by connected badges and an easy-to-use mobile app that makes it possible to quantify the popularity of sessions, products, and partners. With Loopd marketers can understanding the customers interactions at their events and respond with corporate strategies and messaging that matters.
Live Music with Con Brio:
Con Brio is a living, evolving testament to the power of soul. Propelled by the young phenom Ziek McCarter – a charismatic, undeniably gifted showman – Con Brio’s sound draws a clear lineage from the dance-heavy funk legacies of legends like Sly & the Family Stone and James Brown, while keeping an eye on R&B trailblazers like D’Angelo and Prince and a focus firmly on the future.
Based in San Francisco and named after a musical direction meaning “with spirit”, Con Brio has a relentless drive for experimentation, for pushing their high technical ability higher, for reaching beyond the familiar. The resulting dynamic fuses pulsating rhythms, blazing guitar-work, soaring horns, the warm peal of a Hammond organ, and shimmering, sultry vocals with an unforgettable stage presence and seemingly limitless energy: altogether it’s one hell of a party.