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Electric Runway Episode 80: The Innovation Era & 2018 Round-up with Maureen Conners

Fashion Tech expert Amanda Cosco rounds up the first half of 2018 with Maureen Conners. Maureen is a speaker and consultant on the innovation economy as well as an experienced board member. Our conversation touches on major acquisitions from this year so far to changing consumer behaviour to the importance of Voice in the future shopping experience.


Electric Runway Episode 79: Chelsea Klukas on Designing the Future of Fashion

Fashion Tech Journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with designer and woman-to-watch Chelsea Klukas. In addition to experience working for tech giants such as Amazon and Facebook, Chelsea also co-founded MakeFashion, a high-tech, high-fashion production company that grew out of Calgary's maker movement. Chelsea shares how she balances creative and commercial projects, as well as the opportunities she sees for the digitization of clothing and retail. She also hints at an upcoming line of...


Electric Runway Episode 78: Ariel Garten: Wearable Technology is Technology

On this week's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, we're speaking with one of the most accomplished and influential entrepreneurs in Canadian technology. Ariel Garten is the co-founder and CEO of InteraXon, the makers of Muse, the brain-sensing headband. In her interview with fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco, Ariel touches on the relationship between art and science, the state of wearables as an industry, and what it means to be a woman in technology today.


Electric Runway Episode 77: Think Dirty, Shop Clean

On the heels of Fashion Revolution Week, where thousands across the world asked, "Who Made my Clothes," we're asking a similar question: What exactly is inside the beauty and cosmetics products many of us use on our skin every day? It's a simple question with a not-so-simple answer, since a lot of the time product labels speak a language of their own. It's the question that prompted our guest today, Canadian entrepreneur Lily Tse, to develop an app called Think Dirty. In short, Think Dirty...


Electric Runway Episode 76: What Blockchain means for the Fashion Industry

We've heard so much about blockchain recently—about the rise and fall of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, and how this technology is positioned to radically transform how we transact in a global marketplace. Despite all the buzz, little has been written on how blockchain will impact the fashion industry. On today's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, we're speaking with Ina Samovich, the founder of CopPay, to learn all about how blockchain and fashion brush elbows. CopPay is a...


Electric Runway Episode 75: Shopping in Virtual Reality

We've all heard of eCommerce before, but what about Vcommerce? While virtual reality may be the future of media, gaming, and entertainment, many in the fashion industry are still grappling with what this emerging technology means for them. In this episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco gets the scoop on Baetes Technology, a Stockholm-based startup that's hoping to change the way we buy and sell online and in VR. Amanda speaks with chief innovation...


Electric Runway Episode 74: Our Clothes will soon Replace our Devices

Fashion Tech Expert Amanda Cosco interviews Joanna Hir, an award-winning fashion designer and creative technologist who fuses traditional craftsmanship with embedded technology to explore concepts of human expression with wearable technology


Electric Runway Episode 64: Celebrating 3 Years of FashionTech with Lisa Lang

Throughout her career, Lisa Lang has played a central role in defining FashionTech and cultivating a community of designers, technologists, engineers, and corporate interest. The Berlin-based entrepreneur founded one of the world's first wearable tech brands to be available on ASOS before going on to start her own ready-to-wear fashion-tech houses. In this interview with fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco, she looks back on how the industry has evolved and reveals details of her next...


Electric Runway Episode 63: NYFW Recap with FashNerd

Fashion Tech journalist Amanda Cosco recaps New York Fashion Week with Muchaneta Kapfunde, the founding editor of FashNerd. Before delving into fashion week specifics, the two discuss Kapfunde's recent work and research in Paris, Munich, and London.


Electric Runway Episode 62: Protecting your Peach with PIXI

Fashion Tech journalist Amanda Cosco sits down with Emily Welsch, the founder of PIXI cycling. PIXI is a line of technical apparel on a mission to make cycling more inclusive for women. As an athlete herself, Emily found that cycling is a male-dominated sport, and this is reflected in the clothing. In addition to the technical sophistication we'd expect from high-performance fabrics, PIXI also offers unique, patented features for protecting women's parts


Electric Runway Episode 59: Lina Wassong- 3D Printing the Future of Fashion

In the world of fashion tech, designer Lina Wassong is a rising star and a woman-to-watch. Past creations include a dress that monitors your heart, a skirt that mimics a jellyfish, and an outfit that listens and reacts to its environment. Her latest design, which was brought to life in The Studio by ElektroCouture with the help of FormLabs, is the Parallax Dress, a high-tech take on the little black dress that mimics the movement and intelligence of an octopus. The dress leverages 3D...


Electric Runway Episode 56: Holograms, Avatars & Eye-Tracking Tech: Dx3 Canada Coverage

Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco shared conversations from the show floor at Dx3 Canada, Toronto's largest digital retail conference.


Electric Runway Episode 55: "Switching on" the Apparel Industry with Avery Dennison & EVRYTHNG

Fashion Tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Julie Vargas of Avery Dennison and Andy Hobsbawm of EVRYTHNG. For years, Avery Dennison has been known for their labels and tags. Now, they're collaborating with smart products platform EVRYTHNG to push apparel into the digital age. Using RFID, mobile, and sensor-based technology, Avery Dennison has publically announced ambitions to digitze ten billion items of apparel and footwear in the next few years. This initiative, called "Born...


Electric Runway Episode 53: Aniyia Williams - Headphones that Sound as Good as they Look

Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Aniyia Williams of Tinsel, makers of the Dipper Audio Necklace, a pair of bluetooth headphones that sound as good as they look. This San Francicso-based female founder says consumer electronics aren't designed with women in mind, but she's out to change that with a line of products that are both functional and fashionable.


Electric Runway Episode 52: Beyond Shrinking & Pinking with Women of Wearables (WOW)

Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Marija Butkovic and Michelle Hua, two fashion tech entrepreneurs and the co-founders of WOW—that's Women of Wearables. WOW is a network for inspiring, connecting, and supporting women in wearable tech, fashion tech, IoT, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Their conversation touches on the challenges and opportunities facing women in STEM today, as well as their personal entrepreneurial journies transitioning from working in the legal...


Electric Runway Episode 50! Andrea C of ModelMob on the Airbnb for Models

In this episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Andrea C of Toronto-based ModelMob, an on-demand booking app that connects clients with talent. In a digital marketing landscape that’s ever-hungry for visual content, ModelMob introduces itself as the Airbnb for models, aiming to eliminate the friction for agents and models.


Electric Runway Episode 49: One Jacket for All Seasons

Isn't is about time our winterwear got an upgrade? In this episode, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco talks heated apparel with Rana Nakhal Solset, the founder and CEO of Emel + Aris, a startup combining luxury fabrics with heat panels to offer fashion and function without compromise.


Electric Runway Episode 48: Announcing the Fashion Fusion Winners

In this episode, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco takes you inside Berlin's vibrant fashion tech community to learn all about the Fashion Fusion program. In case you haven't been following along, the Fashion Fusion program is an ideas competition for encouraging innovation + collaboration in the fashion tech space with groundbreaking concepts. The initiative was funded by the Deutsche Telekom, a German Telekom company, but is powered by a network of awesomeness, including our friends at...


Electric Runway Episode 47: The Aesthetics of Prosthetics- The ALLELES Design Studio

The ALLELES Design Studio is a Canadian-based startup changing the game when it comes to inclusive fashion by crafting beautiful prosthetic covers for amputees. In this episode, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco interviews the company's art director McCauley Wanner and technology director Ryan Palibroda. Learn about how the two non-prosthetic-wearers came up with the idea to treat prosthetics like fashion, as well as their recent visit to the White House to participate in a runway show on...


Electric Runway Episode 46: 2016 Recap with Muchaneta Kapfunde of FashNerd

In our final episode of before the holiday break, we round up all that was 2016 in terms of fashion tech with Muchaneta Kapfunde, founding editor of FashNerd. Our conversation covers highlights of 2016, from the Met Gala to Nike's HyperAdapt self-lacing sneakers. Hear which event's Kapfunde has on her radar for the new year, as well as her predictions for the future of fashion and tech.