These Companies Are Speaking at the WEAR Conference in SF

— May 18, 2017

Smithers Apex's WEAR 2017 conference, the longest-running conference dedicated to smart fabrics, wearable technology, material innovation and the business of consumer experience, is bringing together some of the biggest names in industry next month in San Francisco, June 12-14, 2017.

Attracting an A-list of companies, WEAR 2017 will bring together technology companies, wearable technology developers and manufacturers, apparel and fashion companies, supply side companies to the tech and textile industries, independent fashion designers, consultants, governmental agencies and academia.

With confirmed speakers from Google, adidas, Patagonia, Facebook and lululemon; WEAR 2017 will also bring together representatives from Nike, Hanes Brands, Microsoft, P&G, Smartwool, Simmons Bedding and Cotton Inc., all of whom will be joining the nearly 300 attendees.

Additionally, a new component at WEAR 2017 will include 15-minute, one-on-one mentoring sessions during the Tuesday evening networking reception, sponsored by adidas.

During these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with selected mentors such as Beth Macdonald, VP Business Development, Dragon Innovation; Stacey Burr, VP General Manager, adidas Digital Sport; Stacy Flynn, CEO & co-founder, EVRNU; Despina Papadopoulos, founder, Principled Design and others who are experts smart fabrics, branding and innovation.

"With the support of adidas, we are very excited to have these exclusive one-on-one mentoring sessions at WEAR 2017," said Kimberlee Rohrer, Head of Production for Smithers Apex. "In addition to the six hours of networking opportunities, these sessions will give attendees the chance to have direct access to individuals they may otherwise not have the chance to meet, while discussing a broad range of hot topics within wearables and smart fabrics."

This year's program will feature three days of programming, four pre-conference workshops, two tours, and 45+ presentations with two distinct tracks on Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology. Attendees will also benefit from presentations on crowdfunding, connected clothing, wearables for sports, solutions for the hospitality industry, sustainable innovation, collaboration pushing the industry forward and more.

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