Textiles Intelligence is a media partner at Smart Fabrics conference

Business information company Textiles Intelligence to be a media partner at a forthcoming Smart Fabrics conference, which is to be held on April 17-19, 2012, at the Conrad Miami Hotel in Miami, Florida, USA.

Leaders from the textile, fashion and electronics industries, as well as from leading academic institutions and government agencies, will gather to discuss the evolving needs and opportunities in the smart fabrics industry. The complete agenda can be viewed on the conference website: In addition to the two-day conference, there will also be two pre-conference workshops held on Tuesday, April 17.

"The program for Smart Fabrics 2012 will cover new and emerging wearable technologies, as well as best practices for integrating them into textiles, " said Barbara Rojas, the conference director of IntertechPira. "Our expert panel of speakers will also examine market trends, recent developments in applications, and ways to more effectively move smart fabric technology into the mainstream."

The first half-day workshop, led by Raymond Thek of Lowenstein Sandler, will provide attendees with a financial overview of the industry. The second workshop, Electronic Textile Interface Swatch Book, will be a full day and is being run by Clint Zeagler, an instructor/researcher at the School of Industrial Design, Georgia Tech. The second workshop will be interactive, allowing participants to work on concepts and prototyping with the assistance of additional workshop instructors from Georgia Tech, Parsons The New School for Design and University of Colorado–Boulder.

The scheduled presenters for Smart Fabrics 2012 include: Dr Vicki A Barbur, vice-president of research and development at M-Segment, Cardinal Health; Stacey Burr, vice-president of wearable sports electronics at Adidas; Hap Klopp, chairman of Cocona Fabric; Stian Ueland, PhD candidate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Leon van de Pas, general manager of large luminous surfaces at Philips Lighting; Brian Russell, chief executive officer (CEO) of Zephyr Technology Limited; and Patrick Williams from the apparel innovation division at Nike.

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