Our friends at WearIt have gathered partners and created a fab hackathon for fashion forward wearables coming up April 29th in Berlin. To get in the mix, you need to pitch your idea by March 28th on their site. What kind of fun can you expect? You’ll have 48 hours to learn and create as a designer, dev or hacker. Here’s the scoop:
Participants of Fashion Hack Day will be supported in order to realize their ideas by high- carat mentors, research institutes and companies operating in fashion and tech. They will enrich the program by giving interesting presentations and talks providing valuable industry insights. Furthermore, participants can get in touch with hardly accessible high tech materials and work with them in order to realize their ideas.
I can tell you that fashion tech hackathons are few and far between, and the people putting this one together are not only well versed, but ultra welcoming. They get design and really believe in incorporating everything, right down to the entertainment. Expect the final fashion show to be something for your portfolio, as well as a great time. The designers you meet will most likely want to stay in touch, and in fact, three that I met previously, Maartje Dykstra, René Bohne and Thomas Gnahm (Trafo Pop) are already scheduled to be there. Check out the fun attendees had last year creating wearables with a smart city theme.
For more dets, check out their site, and make sure you start planning your toolkit with stuff like our FLORA Book Pack. It’s got our powerful FLORA microcontroller, NeoPixels, LED sequins and sensors like compass/accelerometer and light. You’ll also find some great sewing notions like needles, snaps and conductive thread. There’s also a bundle of useful items like a magnetic pin back, alligator clips, USB cable, batteries and their holders. Of course it also comes with the epic Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA book, which will not only be great reading on the plane, but will also quickly get you up-to-speed on wearable tech. The only other thing I would recommend is some conductive fabric and velcro. Okay, that’s enough with the winning tips; get your ideas together and don’t forget that batteries must be in your carry-on bag. Bon chance!
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!