Programme

Position papers will be made available on the webpage and circulated in advance of the workshop.

The morning session will be dedicated to welcoming participants and discussing case studies and personal experience within groups. Participants will be invited to comment on the case studies and to report similar experiences. Roundable discussions will then commence brainstorming solutions to the challenges described in the case studies.

The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to a hands-on session, where participants will work on prototypes that conceptualise the brainstormed solution. Materials will be introduced to encourage redesign, re-innovation, or restyling of discussed wearables. Solutions proposed by the participants will be presented and compared. Based on the lessons learned, participants will be invited to draft an agenda of future work that can be accomplished.

9:00 – 9:15 A brief welcome to the workshop and introduction of the organizers.

9:15 – 9:45 Roundtable introductions of the participants, where each can report their experience with using wearables. The attendance will then be asked to record onto cards the different wearables personally used or investigated in their work. Participants will be encouraged to share this experience with another person that they do not know.  At the end of this, the cards are collected and organized on a board for all to see.

9:45 – 10:30 Building up from the previous discussion, the participants will be introduced to materials and scenarios that showcase the impact of culture, religion, and social factors on the use of wearables previously discussed.

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:30 Participants will be divided into teams of three and four members (a total of 6 teams is assumed). Each team will use their time to brainstorm solutions for the problem introduced by the organizers. Organizers will be assigned to teams to facilitate the discussion when necessary.

11:30 – 12:15 A talk from a fashion designer to conceptualize the inclusion of cultural, religious, and social aspect in fashion design.

12:15 – 13:00 A joint lunch will be organized for the participants and organizers.

13:00 – 14:00 Each team will build a prototype for culturally, religiously, and socially sensitive wearables. Prototyping materials will be provided by the organizers.

14:00 – 14:45 Each team will present their prototype and other teams will mark the presented prototypes. The prototype with the highest marks will be declared as the winner of the best idea.

14:45 – 16:45 Brainstorm on conceptualizing a framework for fashnology design for wearables given varied social, cultural, and religious ideals.

16:45 – 17:00 The workshop wraps up with how future wearables can be designed to acknowledge variability and consideration.