Hack N’ Talk 2014 is ready to merge fashion and tech in Toronto.
The Fashion Zone (FZ), Canada’s “newest incubator and accelerator for fashion-inspired entrepreneurs,” and Hackernest, Canada’s largest tech meet-up, host the two-day ‘Hack’n’Talk and conference at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ).
The Hack’n’Talk runs over the weekend of June 28 – 29 at the DMZ from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days. It brings together creative minds from local fashion and technology industries to collaborate on cutting edge, fashion-inspired projects.
“What excites me about doing a collaborative fashion and tech hackathon like this is that anything can happen,” said FZ’s Olga Okhrimenko. “It’s exciting to imagine the potential for finalized products and how they could be applied to our industries and everyday life.”
A release said “industry experts” will be on-hand to lead workshops and demonstrations on creativity, wearable technology, 3D printing, coding and product design. Teams will be given 24 hours to create and work on an idea or product from start to finish from the skills they pick up over the weekend and throughout their working sessions. Three teams will receive nominations and get a valuable feedback.
“People might not immediately see the connection between fashion and technology,” said Hackernest cofounder JJ Beh. “When you think about it though, both industries require dedicated and creative individuals that work everyday to effect people’s live in a meaningful way.”
Tickets for the event are $10 for the observers and $15 for participants, and can be purchased here.
Meanwhile the new FZ works with Ryerson University’s students, alumni, faculty and a growing network of industry professionals, and is focused on launching Canadian fashion businesses. For more information check out their site here.