ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR DESIGN EXHIBITION ISWC 2017
ISWC 2017, the 21st annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers, is the premier event or wearable technology research and scholarship, focusing on issues related to on-body technologies. ISWC brings together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, users, and related professionals to share current research and advances in wearable technology. ISWC 2017 will be held in Maui, Hawaii, USA from September 11-15 and is collocated with the ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp'17).
ISWC 2017s Juried Design Exhibition invites submissions of original works everything related to technology worn on the body, such as on-body sensing and sensor networks; responsive technologies for fashion and aesthetics; wearables for professional use, mobile healthcare, or entertainment; wearability and interaction; and mobile interaction with devices and systems. Submissions may comprise any type of wearable technology (electronic, mechanical, textile and garment-based, etc). Awards for the best design will be given in three categories: Aesthetic, Functional, and Fiber Art.
- Submission deadline: June 9, 2017, 11:59pm HAST.
- Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2017.
- Camera-ready extended abstract due: July 14, 2017.
Confused about which category to pick? Many designs address both functional and aesthetic aspects of a problem. Designers should consider in which aspect their design is strongest, and submit it to that category.
Submissions to this category should be functionally-focused wearable designs, aimed at using technology to solve a particular problem or meet a specific need.
Submissions to this category should be aesthetically-focused wearable designs, aimed at developing an aesthetic or visual effect through the use of technology.
Submissions to this category should be non-wearable, but textile- or fiber-integrated innovations. Fiber arts submissions may be functionally or aesthetically focused.
Awards for the best design will be given in three categories: Aesthetic, and Functional and Fiber Art.
Awards from the 2016 Design Exhibition
The following awards were presented at the 2016 ISWC Design Exhibition. Congratulations to all of the winners!
BEST IN SHOW: AESTHETICS
Solar Shirt: Design of an Environmental Awareness Wearable
- Paula Roinesalo, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
- Lasse Virtanen, University of Lapland, Finland
- Tuomas Lappalainen, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
- Anu Kylmänen, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
- Jonna Häkkilä, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
BEST IN SHOW: FUNCTIONAL
Interactive Workwear: Smart Maintenance Jacket
- Berit Greinke , Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
- Vivien Helmut , Telekom Innovation Laboratories
- Nicole Guetl , Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
- Daniela Wittmann , Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
- Christian Pflug , Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
- Katharina Bredies , Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
- Jennifer Schubert , Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
- Hans-Werner Bitzer , Telekom Innovation Laboratories
- Gesche Joost , Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
BEST IN SHOW: FIBER ARTS
Programmable Plaid: The Search For Seamless Integration In Fashion And Technology.
- Elizabeth Bigger , Jorge and Esther, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
- Luis Fraguada , Jorge and Esther, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Designers are asked to submit an illustrated design statement detailing the work’s concept, motivation, intended audience and end-use, technological functionality, and execution. Detailed images must illustrate the text.
Please submit your document as one compiled PDF file, formatted according to the ACM extended abstracts format. The submission should not exceed 6 pages, including embedded images. All figures should be included in the document body and referenced in the text. Please cite all references used in the text according to the ACM formatting instructions. Your submitted PDF should not exceed 6 pages or 5MB. Please prepare your paper for blind review: do not include any names or institution affiliations within your submitted PDF.
- An illustrated design statement detailing the work's concept, motivation, intended audience and end-use, technological functionality, and execution. Detailed images must illustrate the text.
- A design data sheet explaining the design’s exhibition requirements such as the size of garment, power requirements, wiring and hardware requirements (e.g. run by an external laptop that will be elevated from the ground with a stool beside the design), environmental requirements (e.g. darkened room for led display/ loud speakers for sound-activated designs).
- High-resolution (300dpi) images / illustration, titles and captions (for the signage) that will convey the design’s functionality clearly.
- A short, exhibition-ready video (less than 3 mins long) presenting the design and demonstrating how it works.
- Consent for publicity use of submitted photos/ videos/ other information about the designs to be shared with the press and publish on promotional materials like websites and banners.
Please note: Designers are responsible for shipping arrangements both ways.
It is strongly encouraged to include High Res Images and a Video at the time of submission. High Res Images and a Video will be required of all accepted designs for the camera ready submission and will be used in the ISWC Design Exhibition. Submit your design statement and supporting materials through the PrecisionConference site.
Please note: Accepted designs will need to for shipped/transported to Maui. Authors will be responsible for shipping items to and from Maui, HI, USA.
All submissions will be evaluated by the ISWC Design Steering Committee, composed of Chairpersons of the Design Exhibition for the previous 5 years. This year’s Committee Members are:
- Lucy E Dunne (Steering Committee Chair; Design Chair 2013; Associate Professor and Co-Director, Wearable Technology Lab, University of Minnesota)
- Clint Zeagler (Steering Committee Vice-Chair; Design Chair 2012; Program Manager – Wearable Computing Center and Research Scientist – Interactive Media Technology Center, Georgia Institute of Technology)
- Galina Mihaleva (Design Chair 2017; Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
- James Hallam (Design Chair 2016; Instructor and PhD candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology)
- Margarita Benitez (Design Co-Chair 2015; Associate Professor and Fashion Technologist, Kent State University)
- Halley Profita (Design Co-Chair 2015; PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder)
- Troy Nachtigall (Design Chair 2014; Marie Curie Research Fellow, Eindhoven University of Technology)
How novel is the concept or application? Has it been done before? Is the approach novel? The work should exhibit depth of understanding and insight.
How innovative is the use of technology: have advances been made in the use of standard tools for a new purpose? Have new technologies been developed? What does the technology bring to the wearer or the viewer in the wearable environment?
How professional and polished is the finished product? Have appropriate or novel construction techniques been implemented? How have standard hardware components been adapted for the wearable environment?
Communication and Rigor:
How well have the concept, novelty, and use of technology been communicated? Is the idea and process evident in written and visual materials?
How appropriate is the design for the intended audience/purpose? (Aesthetic and Fiber Art.) How well have the designers addressed the usability of their interface/interaction? (Functional and Fiber Art.)
All submissions will be evaluated by the jury panel for their following design elements, as outlined above.
For questions regarding the ISWC 2017 Design Exhibition, please mail the Design Chair, Galina Mihalevea, at email@example.com.