Inaugural bioFASHIONtech summit

June 24, 2019
The Avon Theatre Film Center, Stamford, CT
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bioFASHIONtech is the inaugural annual summit for ecological fashion natives — the new generation of designers making planetary well-being not just a goal of our design (i.e., “do less harm”) but the defining impulse of our creative work and framework for its production.

The summit brings together makers and thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs, investors and retailers working at the forefront of emerging technologies for experimental textiles, new systems of community-based manufacturing, and business model innovation.

Within one year, Gen Z will outstrip millennials as the most populous generation, comprising 32% of the population. Combined, we are market force. Our values count.

Millennials and Gen Z are rightfully branded as mission-driven and impact-oriented. “Good fashion” is not good enough for an industry declared by the 2018 UN Economic Commission for Europe as an environmental emergency.

Our quest for products and processes that heal and restore ecological balance goes beyond mere sustainability. We are inspired, and compelled, by the pragmatic recognition that our lives depend on it.


Program:

8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Breakfast and Registration

9:00 A.M. – 9:15 A.M. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Olivia Greenspan — co-founder, TILL
Tessa Beltrano — special projects manager, TILL: bioFASHIONtech
Representative Hughes — CT Representative (Distr. 135)

9:15 A.M. – 10:15 A.M. Keynote 1: The State of the Planet
David R. Montgomery, PhD — geomorphologist, author, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, University of Washington, Seattle
Anne Biklé — biologist, co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, Seattle

10:15 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Break

10:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. Panel 1: Materials and Market
moderator: Rosemary Feitelberg — New York correspondent, Women’s Wear Daily
Tessa Callaghan — co-founder and director of innovations, AlgiKnit, NYC 
Gregory Altman, PhD — cofounder and CEO, Evolved by Nature, Boston 
David S. Kong, PhD — director, MIT Media Lab Community Biotechnology Initiative, Cambridge 
Megan Meiklejohn — sustainable materials & transparency manager, Eileen Fisher, NYC

11:45 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. Lunch

12:45 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Keynote 2: The Power of Community
Michael Flanagan, PhD — executive director, Genspace, Brooklyn

1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. Panel 2: Manufacturing
Moderator: Lydia Dishman — reporter, Fast Company, NYC
Ayesha Barenblat — social entrepreneur and founder, Remake, San Francisco
Ngozi Okaro — executive director, Custom Collaborative, NYC
José P. Chan — Founding Team member and Advisory Board member, Celect, Cambridge
Peter Frase — author, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, NYC

2:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Break

3:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. Panel 3: Designers + Scientists
Moderator: Jane Philbrick— artist founder, TILL
Designers
Jacob Olmedo — ecological fashion designer; Parsons, BFA ’17; MFA ’20; Council of Fashion Designers of America, Liz Claiborne Fellow ’18-19, NYC
Gal Yakobovitch — fashion biomaker; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC, Eyes on Talents Competition winner, ’18, FTL NY Competition winner, ’18, Luxarity Lane Crawford x Parsons Award, ’18. 
Yimin Deng — ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ’18, NYC ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ’18, NYC
Scientists
David S. Kong, PhD — director, MIT Media Lab Community Biotechnology Initiative, Cambridge 
David Montgomery, PhD — geomorphologist, author, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, University of Washington, Seattle
Anne Biklé — biologist, co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, Seattle
Michael Flanagan, PhD — executive director, Genspace, Brooklyn

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM bioFASHIONtech LAB Capsule Collection Debut
Jacob Olmedo — ecological fashion designer; Parsons, BFA ’17; MFA ’20; Council of Fashion Designers of America, Liz Claiborne Fellow ’18-19, NYC
Gal Yakobovitch — fashion biomaker; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC, Eyes on Talents Competition winner, ’18, FTL NY Competition winner, ’18, Luxarity Lane Crawford x Parsons Award, ’18. 
Yimin Deng — ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ’18, NYC ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ’18, NYC
Vân Anh Lê — ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC
Huashuang Hu — ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks
Daniel L. Benkendorf, PhD — associate professor of psychology, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, NYC

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Networking Reception
Music by David Kong, PhD, “DJ Kongo

Catering by Purslane, Brooklyn, New York’s first trash-free and carbon-neutral caterer

Intern mentorship with Zanagee Artis, Zero Hour, the national youth-led climate change movement

VIP post-summit supper by chef Douglas McMaster

Your ticket gains you entry to the event, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, all day coffee + tea, and hors d’oeuvres + open bar (21+) during the networking hour. 

DIRECTIONS

By Train
Take the Metro North (New Haven Line) to Stamford Train Station. Take a car to Avon Theatre Film Center (5 min) or walk onto station street, make a left on Atlantic Street, and walk until you see Avon Theatre on your left (15 min).

By Car
See directions to Avon Theatre Film Center here.