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Technology and Fashion

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The Technology and Fashion session shows the language of art and design expressed through the intertwining of technology and fashion. Using recent and new technologies, amazing things are happening to clothes: face masks that are a perfect fit using 3D scanning, 3D printed shoes, clothes that display carefully designed lighting as art and 'print' words from Twitter and other sources interactively on the fabric. This session highlights just a few of the amazing things that can be done when technology is combined with creativity.Join Ping Fu, Alison Lewis, Janet Hansen and Sheridan Martin as they show the processes and thoughts that go into producing wearable works of technology.


Alison Lewis CEO

Alison is an author, inventor, designer, and TV host that motivates and inspires new aesthetics by integrating light, sound, vibration, and interactivity into clothing, textiles, and interiors. Alison believes that the only future in fashion and design is in technological innovation and accessibility. In 2010, she was voted one of Fast Company’s most Influential Women in Technology for her unique and approachable style to technology.

Recently, Alison founded Agent of Presence, an innovative and intelligent accessory company, with the focus of bringing femininity and style to technology. You can find out more about Alison here: or

Janet Hansen Chief Fashion Engineer Enlighted Designs Inc

Janet Hansen of Enlighted Designs ( specializes in the artistic integration of electronic lighting with fabrics, using LEDs and EL wire as decorative elements. A former rocket scientist, she has been creating custom illuminated clothing and costumes for nearly 15 years. Her pieces are used by a wide range of professional entertainers, including pop stars, DJs, dancers, magicians, and team mascots.

Kathleen Maher Editor in Chief Jon Peddie Research/Tech Watch

Ping Fu Founder & CEO Geomagic Inc

Honored by Inc. Magazine as “The Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2005, Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. Ping co-founded Geomagic, a leading US software company which pioneers 3D technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. From repairing vintage cars at Jay Leno’s garage to preserving US treasures and digitally recreating the Statue of Liberty, Geomagic enables design and production of one-of-the-kind products and services at a cost less than mass production. Since 2010, Ping has been serving on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) board at the White House and is a member of NCWIT (National Council on Women in Technology.)

Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping Fu was Director of Visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. She has more than 20 years of software industry experience in database, networking, geometry processing, and computer graphics.

Learn more about Ping Fu in Business Leader. Listen to her 2011 interview at WUNC, 2006 interviews for National Public Radio, and The National Center for Women & Informational Technology.

Sheridan Martin Sr UX Designer Microsoft

Sheridan Martin works for Xbox incubation as a user experience designer, creating hardware, software, and design experiences. In addition to the Printing Dress, she has created plush characters for video games and was featured in the Microsoft Next blog. Sheridan spends her free time as an artist and participates in gallery shows, sews her own clothing, and draws every day.

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