Fashion Innovation Week 2018
22nd – 27th March 2018, Lugano, Switzerland
Each event during Fashion Innovation Week will be attended by some of the most important players, thought leaders and experts from a variety of industries. Speakers already confirmed include brand executives, investors, business angels and digital innovators. Click on any of the names below to see when and where to find them.
Fashion Innovation Week aims to be the foremost event in the FashionTech world, bringing together the brands, digital innovators and investors who are building tomorrow’s fashion and retail world.
The week runs from March 22nd to 27th 2018 in Ticino, Switzerland. The location is both a conceptual and physical bridge between the technological powerhouse Zurich, to the north, and the iconic fashion hub Milan, to the south. The six-day event is a veritable first of its kind. Talks, workshops, networking, openings, a call to innovation and investment opportunities will unite leaders in the digital and fashion/retail sectors in one mission: to make Lugano the European hub for digital innovation in fashion.
Looking at innovation in fashion from a holistic approach, every day in the jam-packed agenda revolves around a particular theme affecting the industry.
Click the boxes below to read more about each day.
Fashion Innovation Week kicks off with an event dedicated to the people who will define our future – the younger generations. The Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) will host a workshop on Fashion/Design Usability, while the Laboratorio di cultura visiva of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) will share a project about interactive design which heralds many instructive insights on emerging trends.
FASHION BRANDS OPEN DAY
Fashion brands need to unify their efforts to allow their hidden gem, the Ticino FashionTech Valley to emerge internationally, and day two of Fashion Innovation Week is set to do exactly that. Moreover, the Fashion Brands Open day aims to generate stronger bonds with the university sector, stimulating a digital focus which will both create greater awareness of millennials’ needs among fashion companies, but also provide the talented team members who will drive those same companies in the future.
INSTITUTIONAL OUTREACH DAY
Day three of Fashion Innovation Week is dedicated to international institutions. Lugano will host an international business matching to create the right environment to facilitate the growth of fashion tech in the Ticino Valley.
The Romanian Delegation will be attending as Guest of Honor. Romania and Switzerland are already cooperating on ICT/technology and design/production and this latest step will serve to create mutual value in the years ahead.
FASHION INNOVATION AWARD
Day four of Fashion Innovation Week is when innovation meets investment. The jury day (or Innovation Day) is the final stepping stone for the brightest and bravest innovators to pitch to leading venture capital and private equity investors, hoping to be selected for the final showdown on March 26th.
INNOVATION MEETS FASHION EVENT
Day five of Fashion Innovation Week is the eagerly anticipated Innovation Meets Fashion event. The conference brings together hundreds of delegates to discuss the current and future scenarios of fashion and technology. A full agenda of talks, seminars and round-tables will explore the hottest industry topics from 3D prototyping to blockchain interspersed with plenty of networking opportunities. It also features the final pitches and prizegiving of the Fashion Innovation Award.
Take a look at the main topics below. The full agenda will be announced soon!
LAB OPENING DAY
Fashion Innovation Week rounds off with the official opening of the DAGORÀ Innovation Lab. This ground-breaking office space will bring together the most revolutionary digital and fashion companies under one roof, making Ticino a hotbed for disruptive ideas and technologies.
The very first Fashion Innovation Week promises six exciting days filled with idea sharing, learning and networking. Most of the events are reserved for invited guests, so if you want to take part please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, while for the Innovation Meets Fashion event at LAC, Lugano on March 26th you can purchase tickets below while places last.