Art of Possible: The Future of Fashion – The Tech Edit

Fashion has always been at the forefront of innovation — from the invention of the sewing machine to the rise of e-commerce. Today, fashion technology is growing at a faster pace than ever. Robots that sew and cut fabric, AI algorithms that predict style trends, VR mirrors in dressing rooms, digital tools for cutting-edge design, tackling counterfeiting with blockchain and an array of other innovations show how tech is automating, personalising, and speeding up the fashion space whilst enabling innovative, sustainable business models.

Known across the globe for creativity and innovation, Scotland has been influencing the world of fashion for centuries. But what does the future hold?

We’re excited to report that Art of Possible is back in-person, featuring a fireside chat with inspirational leading experts in fashion, textiles and jewellery-making that blend traditional skills with transformative new technologies, whilst exploring different materials and constructs to push the boundaries of design that is both cutting-edge and sustainable without compromising quality or craftmanship.

The session will end with a beer, wine & bites reception to reconnect and celebrate the return of Art of Possible in person…

Please note that attendees are required to follow current Scottish Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 on the date of the event, including the wearing of masks. We will send attendees current guidelines prior to the event date.

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Meet the panel:

Dr Lynne MacLachlan, Lynne MacLachlan Studio

After studying a degree in aerospace engineering, Lynne returned to education to study jewellery and metalwork design, achieving an MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art and completing a PHD in design at Open Uni. Lynne harnesses the latest digital technology to create innovative designs, while exploring and pushing the capabilities using bespoke software tools and 3D printing. Her work has been recognised with awards from the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council amongst others.

Hamish Menzies, Creative Director, ROCIO

Rocio is a luxury eco-fashion label founded & based in Scotland. The brand’s unique direction is to combine creativity, artistry & technology to make it’s designs the definition of sustainable fashion. Hamish studied instrument engineering before embarking on a career with BP in the oil & gas sector. In his free time Hamish studied the dramatic arts and enjoyed travelling & theatre. During a work sabbatical, Hamish travelled the world and became fascinated by a chance meeting with a group of talented wood sculpturers. Having a passion for the arts, Hamish had a vision of bringing both the art and fashion worlds together. After experimenting modern design techniques with different species of sustainable wood and contemporary textiles, the ROCIO brand’s debut collection was finally launched in London in 2006.

Alan Shaw, Centre For Advanced Textiles, The Glasgow School of Art

Alan Shaw is the Manager at the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) at The Glasgow School of Art, where he oversees production, industrial research and the day to day running of the centre. He graduated from GSA in 2000 with a Master’s degree in Textile Design focusing on digital design and production. In 2001 Alan helped to set-up CAT as the first educational facility to offer services to external companies, both nationally and internationally. Before working at CAT, Alan spent four years at the Glasgow textile printing firm Timorous Beasties overseeing print production and finishing. He has lectured at various Scottish colleges and continues to design and produce textiles on a freelance basis.

Chaired by Abi Hird, Knowledge Transfer Manager Design, Innovate UK-KTN

Abi leads the Design Innovation Network, working across all sectors and technology areas. Abi creates connections to help innovators leverage good design practice and deliver positive change. Abi has deep expertise in design, manufacturing, innovation, and engineering management, and previously led KTN’s “Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey” programme.

Re:Entry – Reflection & Resolution as we Reload Life Post-Pandemic

Re:Entry, an evening of reflection and resolution as we reload work and life post-pandemic

In-person events are finally back and we can’t wait to bring you together for a special evening of reconnection and resolutions as restrictions lift, and we consider how we want to reshape the way we work and live moving forward.
At Startup Grind Scotland we’ve loved being able to bring people together at our virtual events to share ideas, spark conversation and bring a sense of normality, and community, through the ups and downs of the last year and a half.

BUT

What we’ve really missed is interacting with each other at our in-person events, hearing stories, ideas, shared experiences, and plans for the future over some good food and drink.

With that in mind, we’re excited to have partnered with CodeBase for Re:Entry, the first of a series of hybrid online and in-person events, hosting panel discussions from some of Scotland’s established and emerging entrepreneurial figures.

At this first event, we’ll be taking a frank, but optimistic look at post-lockdown work and life, what’s changed, what hasn’t, and how we, as individuals now have an incredible opportunity to reset and reshape our personal and professional lives.

CodeBase Edinburgh is the UK’s largest technology incubator. Home to over 90 companies who have collectively raised over half a billion dollars in investment, it is the centre of the tech scene in the city.

What to expect:
Share reflections from the year and hopes for the future
Hear from an expert panel about the changes in leadership, resilience, society, wellbeing, diversity, workplace culture, and much more
Connect with peers in a casual setting
Catch up with friends and make new ones
Get advice from industry experts

In-person tickets are limited to 40 people, so book now to avoid missing out.

Your safety and comfort are our highest priority. Please see our safety information and what to expect at CodeBase on the day HERE.

Re:Entry Panel:

Viana Maya is the Founder and CEO of pRESPECT, a career coaching startup focussed on empowering, enabling and elevating marginalised job seekers to gain sustainable long term jobs. Viana’s past experiences include a career as an entrepreneur in London, a web developer, a women returner getting back into work after her daughter’s birth, and surviving homelessness.
Viana developed and delivered the Career Coaching; Personal developed and Confidence building side of New Voices six-month mentoring and professional development programme for women and non-binary filmmakers based in Scotland who aspire to become documentary directors and/or producers. She is a Pass The Mic contributor, championing diverse female voices in the media and is two time Bright Red Spark Winner, including 2021 Business for Good.

Colin Hewitt is one of the most widely respected CEOs in Edinburgh, leading the charge on a wide range of issues from the rise of fintech to sustainability. We’d be delighted if you could join us for our first fireside chat at the CMS offices on Castle Terrace, rather appropriately a stone’s throw from the UK’s largest technology incubator, CodeBase, the location of Colin’s original fireside chat in 2014.

Colin is CEO and co-founder of Float which was launched in 2012. Float’s purpose is to help businesses understand their numbers. Float has deep integration with accounting software and provides powerful cashflow forecasting and scenario planning tools.

Lisa Thomson founded Purpose HR to provide niche HR consultancy and ‘HR as a service’ outsourcing to early-stage and high-growth companies. In the last 7 years, she has built a team of qualified HR specialists, and they have fulfilled projects with well over 70 clients, with a focus on technology and life sciences.

Purpose HR helps their clients manage their businesses and people most effectively and productively in order to help scale and meet the business challenges of fast-paced growth.

What you need to know!
Who: Viana Maya, Colin Hewitt & Lisa Thomson
When: Thursday 30th Sept 2021
Time: 6.00-8.30pm
Where: CodeBase Edinburgh, 37A Castle Terrace, EH1 2EL and online wherever you are
Bonus extras: Free food & drink, awesome people, insightful conversation and advice, community (in-person), home comforts (online) plus Q&A via Slido!

Inclusive Innovation: Saorsa 2030 & the University of Strathclyde

Join David Capperauld, Founder, Saorsa 2030 and William Wallace, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. Here you will learn about Saorsa 2030’s ambitious aim, to develop the largest, most comprehensive, anti-slavery intelligent data platform in the world and how academia is supporting this.

Art of Possible – Design Thinking for Digital Innovation

Design thinking can be a game-changer for your business—especially in the context of digital transformation. And it’s not just for designers – it’s a lens to solve problems in human-centred, creative and innovative ways.

Join our next Art of Possible to hear practical insights from our inspirational panel of experts – from LEGO to the V&A – on how design-thinking can help start-ups and SMEs leverage the right tech solutions for people, planet and the bottom line.

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