Wow, it’s been a year since I had the most awesome time in Berlin meeting insane lovers of wearables, grooving to cool tech performers and sharing making tips with diverse designers at this Wear It Festival. I can only urge you to buy your plane ticket now and move it, move it. Looks like they have gathered another great line-up for talks including some biggies like Moritz Waldemeyer, Maartje Dijkstra, Tim Hüfner and Riccardo Marchesi—the list is long, so check it out. Topics include fashion, medical, IOT and materials, so there’s bound to be something you’ll like. You can also expect some righteous performances from Nano Kid and Lizzy Scharnofske.
For a few extra bucks, there’s also a workshop by artist/designer Kati Hyyppä called “Dress to Prototype” which looks epic. Expect to walk out with something wearable that has lots of wires. Will it light up or make a sound? I don’t know, but it looks like it’s up to you! Check out how she weaves those wires into a belt. Having visited the workshops last year, I can guarantee you will pick up a lot of new tricks.
Wear It was first imagined by Thomas Gnahm, the same guy from that gang of LED wearing cyclists, Trafo Pop. The festival is designed to not only showcase technologies, practices and concepts, but to also spark discussion and collaboration around the world. In fact, a wearable designer and a performer from last year have partnered this year to create a costume and performance that will definitely add a few beats on stage. Another past wearables speaker has started her own version of Trafo Pop in the UK. So, the success stories have begun and I imagine they will only continue, so check it out and sign up. Need something fun to wear? Grab our GEMMA Sequin Starter Set. You can stitch up a blinky hat or jacket just in time for the big gathering, and trust me, you will want to do that. Send some pics and give Thomas a big “Hallo”!
Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!