ShanghaiTex 2017 which will feature the world’s latest smart textile technology is slated to be held between November 27 and 30 at Pudong, Shanghai. The expo organizers will cooperate with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Zhejiang Sci-tech University, and a well-known wearable technology company to present the “Wearable Technology X Textile Design Competition."
The expo aims at achieving the integration of technology, fashion and creativity. Worldwide students and designers of or under age 30 from textile, fashion, product, electronics, engineering or other related fields have been invited to participate in the competition in a big way.
The central theme of the competition is to design a piece of smart textile product that can improve the life of people through integration of wearable technology and textile. The competition intends to encourage designers to combine original ideas with high-tech textile. The judging panels will consist of institute professor, designer, industry professionals, and expert from textile machinery enterprise etc. And the evaluation criteria will mainly focus on six factors: integration of wearable technology and textile product, application of smart technology, market potential, functionality, aesthetics, and innovation.
The final assessment and award ceremony will be held at ShanghaiTex 2017 on show opening day. The five finalists will be invited to present and showcase their work on-site to worldwide textile industry insiders. The competition winner may be offered a 6-week internship by one of the judges, wearable technology company Antelope, at its Germany headquarter. The design competition is expected to form a bridge between textile and emerging technology industry for mutual communication and development.