Wearable Wednesdays is an ongoing panel discussing the intersect of technology and fashion with panels of experts. Paul Farkas moderated a wonderful panel hosted by XO Group including Evan Cohen (above) of IndieGogo, Dan Rosenbaum of Wearable Insider, Guy Horrocks of Carnaval Mobile, Jeanniey Mullen of Wearable Collective and Kyle Cameron Studstill at Makewaymag.com.
The evening began with Evan Cohen giving a prepared talk about IndieGogo and how crowd funding is supporting innovation in the wearable tech space. he made a convincing argument that crowd funding is better for innovation in wearable tech -- and possibly all other sectors of the tech economy -- in that "makers" can keep more of their companies/inventions. Afterwards, the all star panel convened, covering all sorts of tech in fashion questions, from the importance of medical monitoring in wearable fashion (health care is transforming the perceptions of wearable), to the role of headsets (which is a part of wearable tech), to watches and pendants, to listening -- through crowd funding -- to your audience in the design process. I've known Paul, on and offline, for years. His organizational abilities -- to get influencers and though leaders into hospitable networking experiences -- are amazing. But this is the first time I've seen him moderate, keeping the discussion interesting and informative, and it was well worth the wait.