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IFAI Expo 2017 offers e-textile ‘Hackathon’ design challenge 

May 22nd, 2017 / By: / Industry News

As part of the Advanced Textiles Conference, Smart Fabrics Track, IFAI Expo 2017 introduces its first “Hackathon,” challenging registrants to create the most innovative, new, e-textiles product – with only materials available in the show’s E-Textiles Workshop. Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students, engineers and artists attending Expo 2017 are invited to participate. This year’s Expo takes place in New Orleans, La., Sept. 26-29.

There is no cost to register, but pre-registration is required and is open to all who are attending the conference’s Smart Fabrics Track. Teams will assigned by the on-site Hackathon advisors, which includes North Carolina State Univerisity’s (NCSU) Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Russell Gorga, and the University of Rhode Island’s Dr. Kunal Mankodiya.

Projects will be judged on design, market value, scalability and ability to be manufactured. The contest creators are looking for well-defined, unique ideas or a novel approach that is not currently on the market.

Project work begins Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.; the projects will be submitted to the panel of judges by Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and will be displayed on Friday, the final day of Expo, with winners announced at 9:30 a.m. that day.

Prizes sponsored by IFAI’s ATP division include $1500 for the first-place team and $500 for the second place team. The Hackathon Entry Form must be completed by September 20 and is available at You can register for your IFAI Expo/Advanced Textiles Conference badge using instructions you’ll receive by email.

For more information, contact Casey Strauch at