bioFASHIONtech Summit 2019 Schedule
The Avon Theatre Film Center, Stamford, CT
June 24, 2019


8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. Breakfast and Registration

9:00 A.M. - 9:15 A.M. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Olivia Greenspan — co-founder, TILL
Tessa Beltrano — special projects manager, TILL: bioFASHIONtech
Representative Hughes — CT Representative (Distr. 135)

9:15 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. Keynote 1: The State of the Planet
David R. Montgomery, PhD — geomorphologist, author, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, University of Washington, Seattle
Anne Biklé — biologist, co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, Seattle

10:15 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. Break

10:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. Panel 1: Materials and Market
moderator: Rosemary Feitelberg — New York correspondent, Women’s Wear Daily
Tessa Callaghan — co-founder and director of innovations, AlgiKnit, NYC 
Gregory Altman, PhD — cofounder and CEO, Evolved by Nature, Boston 
David S. Kong, PhD — director, MIT Media Lab Community Biotechnology Initiative, Cambridge 
Megan Meiklejohn — sustainable materials & transparency manager, Eileen Fisher, NYC

11:45 A.M. - 12:45 P.M. Lunch
Remarks by Douglas McMaster, chef and founder of Silo, the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant, Brighton, England and Executive Chef, CUB, Hoxton, London

12:45 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. Keynote 2: The Power of Community
Michael Flanagan, PhD — executive director, Genspace, Brooklyn

1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M. Panel 2: Manufacturing
Moderator: Lydia Dishmanreporter, Fast Company, NYC
Ayesha Barenblat — social entrepreneur and founder, Remake, San Francisco
Ngozi Okaro — executive director, Custom Collaborative, NYC
José P. Chan — Founding Team member and Advisory Board member, Celect, Cambridge
Peter Frase — author, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, NYC

2:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. Break

3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M. Panel 3: Designers + Scientists
Moderator: Jane Philbrick — artist founder, TILL
Designers
Jacob Olmedo — ecological fashion designer; Parsons, BFA ’17; MFA ’20; Council of Fashion Designers of America, Liz Claiborne Fellow ’18-19, NYC
Gal Yakobovitch — fashion biomaker; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC, Eyes on Talents Competition winner, ’18, FTL NY Competition winner, ’18, Luxarity Lane Crawford x Parsons Award, ’18.
Yimin Deng — ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA '18, NYC
Scientists
David S. Kong, PhD — director, MIT Media Lab Community Biotechnology Initiative, Cambridge 
David Montgomery, PhD — geomorphologist, author, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, University of Washington, Seattle
Anne Biklé — biologist, co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, Seattle
Michael Flanagan, PhD — executive director, Genspace, Brooklyn

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM bioFASHIONtech LAB Capsule Collection Debut
Jacob Olmedo — ecological fashion designer; Parsons, BFA ’17; MFA ’20; Council of Fashion Designers of America, Liz Claiborne Fellow ’18-19, NYC
Gal Yakobovitch — fashion biomaker; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC, Eyes on Talents Competition winner, ’18, FTL NY Competition winner, ’18, Luxarity Lane Crawford x Parsons Award, ’18.
Yimin Deng — ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA '18, NYC
Vân Anh Lê — ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC
Huashuang Hu — ecological fashion designer; Parsons BFA ‘18, NYC

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks
Daniel L. Benkendorf, PhD — associate professor of psychology, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, NYC

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Networking Reception
Music by David Kong, PhD, "DJ Kongo"


Catering by Purslane, Brooklyn, New York’s first trash-free and carbon-neutral caterer.

Your ticket gains you entry to the event, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, all day coffee + tea, and hors d'oeuvres + open bar (21+) during the networking hour.


directions

 
 

By Train
Take the Metro North (New Haven Line) to Stamford Train Station. Take a car to Avon Theatre Film Center (5 min) or walk onto station street, make a left on Atlantic Street, and walk until you see Avon Theatre on your left (15 min).

By Car
See directions to Avon Theatre Film Center here.