Yo Philly! Get ready for what may be the first and most epic wearable tech fashion show in this city. Students from Creative Tech Works Design Studio, a technology training program for highly motivated youth, will be showing off their wearable creations. It’s all going to happen at Temple University’s School of Engineering because get this—it’s one of the few venues that is drone friendly. Woot! I’ve been giving some minor assistance on a few of the projects, so I can definitely vouch for these geeks. Here’s a sneak peek.
Sarah and Tyler are in love with blinky sneakers and have been busy gluing NeoPixels strips onto their fave kicks. Here they are completing a sneaker by stitching a FLORA microcontroller in place. What got me excited is the fact they were particular about the way the colorful wires fit into the existing stitching on the sneakers. It’s nice when people get the whole design picture.
Across the room, Monique is helping Omar stitch some EL wire for a VJ hoodie. Meanwhile, two of their other team members are working on setting up an EL Sequencer, a device that can handle multiple feeds of EL wire, for Arduino programming. What will those lighted wires display? That’s a surprise that will happen on the red carpet. These kids are loving beats, so I expect it will be colorful. In fact, they’ve been challenging each other on who has the best musical taste, so I can’t wait to hear the playlist at the big event.
Not only will there be a red carpet for the youth, but other designers will be featured from the tri-state area. I’ll be strutting a few of my pieces and I know a friend of mine from ROAR will be showing off her new safety jewelry for women. There’s also a grand finale that smacks of JLo, but my lips are sealed. Good times, good food and Fashion Hack is free.
Temple School of Engineering
1947 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Oh yeah, and if you want to wear something appropriate, think about making the same sneakers featured in the show, Adafruit Firewalkers. They are NeoPixel brilliant!
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