Call for project presentations: technology enhancing sustainability in fashion

For its upcoming online Meetup on September 9, 2021, the DC Network is looking for cases of projects using technology to enhance sustainability in fashion.

Wearable technology, high tech fabrics, AR, VR, data analytics, blockchain, nanotechnology, internet of things, robotics, 3D rendering, social media commerce… can all have an impact and added value on how we create, produce, experience and consume fashion today and tomorrow.  Concrete examples such as smart textiles for second life purposes, RFID tags for traceability or AR/VR sizing for better fit in e-commerce showcase the potential of technology to create change and improve sustainability in fashion. In this Meetup we will share some of the most innovative approaches in the DC Network regions of how fashion designers and creative entrepreneurs use technology in fashion to enhance sustainability. 

The DC Network Meetups are about bringing together professionals from the different DC Network-regions  to discuss specific topics related to cross-disciplinary creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship.  The idea is to share good practices/inspiring examples/projects and stimulate knowledge exchange. 

The target audience for this Meetup are designers, creative entrepreneurs, representatives of creative clusters, network and business support organisations, researchers, policy makers and anyone with an interest in the subject. 

This online DC Network Meetup will be hosted by DC Network-region Flanders (Belgium) and is organised by Flanders DC. Flanders DC has developed other projects on sustainability in fashion such as Close The Loop and on fashion tech such as Fashiontech works

What’s in it for you as a presenter?

  • You will be able to present your case to stakeholders from 13 of the most innovative regions across the globe (i.e. Baden Württemberg, Shanghai – Yangtze Delta River region, Bangalore – Karnataka region)
  • You can learn from other creative entrepreneurs (on average + 50 participants)
  • You can connect with possible partners to expand your business network

Send in your proposal

  • We are looking specifically for cases of designers and/or creative entrepreneurs that are working on an inspiring case using technology to enhance sustainability in fashion. The case can be related to the creation, production, experience or consumption of fashion and is open for all technologies. Best practices that can be expanded or transferred to other regions within the network  are even more encouraged.
  • Submit your proposal (deadline: July 15, 2021) through this form. As part of the format of the DC Network Meetups, your presentation should be max. 10 minutes. 
  • A total of 5 projects will be presented during the Meetup. The Meetup itself will take place on September 9, 2021 (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm CET – online)
  • The target audience are creative entrepreneurs, representatives of creative clusters, network and business support organisations, policy makers and anyone with an interest in the subject. 

More info

Carlo Vuijlsteke
Coordinator Districts of Creativity Network
info@districtsofcreativity.org
http://www.districtsofcreativity.org

Basque country joins the Districts of Creativity Network

The Basque Country may be small but it has a big identity. With over 5,000 years of history, it conserves a unique culture and the oldest language in Europe. Nowadays industry is the driving force of the Basque economy, accounting for 21.7% of GDP. By joining the Districts of Creativity Network the region aims at improving its international collaboration strategy for cultural and creative industries and share their experiences.

Founded in 2004, the DC Network unites regions around the world that focus on cross-disciplinary creativity and innovation to improve prosperity. The DC members believe the combination of creativity/creative industries, technology/science and entrepreneurship is a major source of prosperity and growth. Creativity is what makes people, companies, and regions unique. It offers the capacity to find innovative solutions to challenges in society. It allows to create new products, services or processes and contributes to the creation of economic value and to the general well being of people.

“Being part of a stable network such as DC Network means taking an important qualitative step in the international collaboration strategies of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) of the Basque Country.”

Josean Urdangarin – Basque government

The Basque Country will be represented by the Department of Culture and Linguistic Policy of the Basque government in the DC Network. “Being part of a stable network such as DC Network means taking an important qualitative step in the international collaboration strategies of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) of the Basque Country, says Josean Urdangarin of the Basque government, who will be the key contact person within the DC Network for the region. 

“I hope that by joining the network we will be able to share the experiences of the  Basque CCI sector and companies, on the one hand, and better understand and open channels of collaboration with the members of the network, on the other, with the common objective of addressing processes of innovative cross fertilisation”

In the Basque case, with an important level of cultural and linguistic specialization, the development of the creative economy is growing, opening up new channels of exchange and potential markets that have not been developed until now.

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