IPC E-Textiles changed to virtual event, abstracts deadline extended

Posted May 7, 2020


Due to the effects the COVID-19 crisis is having on the U.S. e-textiles industry, and out of an abundance of caution for our attendees, speakers, University of Minnesota faculty/students and IPC staff, IPC is transitioning IPC E-Textiles 2020, originally scheduled for September 29-30, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, to a live virtual summit.


The IPC E-Textiles 2020 Virtual Summit, now taking place Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2, will consist of two 90-minute educational workshops each day. Each workshop will consist of four educational presentations followed by interactive panel sessions with the audience.


The Program Committee and IPC staff are also working hard to bring as many of the aspects you have found most valuable from our past in-person IPC E-Textiles events – laboratory tours, exhibits and networking – to this virtual format. Stay tuned for announcements about this.


Registration for the two-day IPC E-Textiles 2020 Virtual Summit is $120 for IPC members and $150 for nonmembers. Sponsorships also start at $500 and include access to all the workshops. Register at ipc.org/E-Textiles-NA.


Seeking abstracts for workshops


The Program Committee has selected four workshops topics for the Virtual Summit and invites you to submit an abstract that may fit these topic areas by June 1. All speakers must be comfortable being on their web camera during their presentation and the panel discussion. Submit your abstract using our 2020 Virtual Summit Abstract Form. Be sure to indicate which of the four sessions your abstract fits.


The following are ideas for possible subtopics for each workshop, but the Program Committee welcomes all educational presentation topics for consideration within each workshop.

E-Textiles for Medical Needs 

  • How the e-textiles industry has responded to the COVID-19 crisis 

  • Where do we go from here following COVID-19?

  • Standardization improvements or obstacles as a result of COVID-19


The Digital Layer – Software and Programming

  • How to incorporate software into embedded devices (introduction to programming)

  • Formats, tools, simplification

  • Applications for these systems

  • What are the top functionalities?

  • Legislation/regulations by region, including privacy

  • How tracking (e.g., for COVID-19) will create new opportunities for the e-textiles industry

To Wear or Not to Wear

  • Examples of real-world e-textiles applications and industries for non-wearables 

  • Should we shift focus from wearables to non-wearable applications? 

  • Examples of going from “outside the box” technologies to “on the shelf” products

How Do We Do This? 101

  • Taking an idea from concept to finished product

  • How to approach specific markets with your products and ideas and how to work with these sectors: 

  • Academia

  • Military

  • Aerospace

  • Medical

  • Automotive

  • Consumer

Other thoughts or suggestions on how IPC can make this a meaningful and engaging event for you? For more information, email ChrisJorgensen@ipc.org.


Source: IPC

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