DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT LOOMIA // PANEL MODERATOR
Janett Martinez leads Operations and Strategic Partnerships at Loomia - a smart fabric company voted startup of the year by Wareable. Through her work at Loomia, Janett is exploring how systems organization, storytelling and technology can enable textiles. Additionally, Janett has set up key strategic partnerships, developed Loomia's supply chain, overseen the company through a re-branding and continues to instigate both marketing and joint venture initiatives that have taken the startup from a studio to a product business. She has installed streamlined productivity systems and process at the company, providing a strong framework for growth over the next several years. Her arts and media background working at Lincoln Center, Boston's Cutler Majestic Theatre, and 88.9 WERS give her a keen sense of leadership, creativity and production. Her technical experience installing an interactive medical simulation program using with LAEDERAL medical mannequins at AUC School of Medicine resulted in an increase of use by 300%. Her time as a master electrician, stage manager, director and lighting designer both in NYC and Boston means that she has a deep understanding of how thoughtful design and technology can enable industries such as healthcare and entertainment.
Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nervous System
Founded in 2007, Nervous System has pioneered the application of new technologies in design, including generative systems, 3D printing, and webGL. Nervous System releases online design applications that enable customers to co-create products in an effort to make design more accessible. These tools allow for endless design variation and customization. Jessica Rosenkrantz graduated from MIT in 2005 and holds degrees in architecture and biology. Afterwards, she studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jesse Louis-Rosenberg also attended MIT, majoring in mathematics. He previously worked as a consultant for Gehry Technologies in building modeling and design automation. Nervous System's designs have been featured in a wide range of publications, including WIRED, the New York Times, the Guardian, Metropolis, and Forbes. Jesse and Jessica have given talks on their generative design process in many forums, including MIT, Harvard, SIGGRAPH, and the Eyeo Festival. Their work is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Their studio is located in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Founder and Fashion Designer at Rainbow Winters
Amy Konstanze Mercedes Rainbow Winters is the founder of the fashion-technology studio Rainbow Winters and is a doctoral candidate at the Royal College of Art. Originally trained at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, her work lies at the intersection of fashion, material, visual arts, music, film, dance, and theatre. Merging technology with fashion, her clothes use interactive textiles, which respond to external influences such as light, sound, speed and moisture. Alongside her work at Rainbow Winters, she is focused on developing specialist design-thinking methods in the fast growing space of soft robotic materials. She is featured in WIRED, WWB, Vertu Magazine, Trend Hunter, Vice Style, Stylist, The Guardian and Marie Claire. Shows, exhibitions, and presentations include International CES; CREATE, Brown Thomas, Dublin; Made in Future, Milan; Clever Dressing, Dana Centre, London, Science Gallery, Dublin and the UK House of Lords.
Martijn van Strien
Founder of The Post Couture Collective
Martijn van Strien (1988) graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2012 with majors in textile design and forecasting. After working for Bruno Pieters’ Honest by. label in Antwerp he moved to Rotterdam, where he started his own studio in 2014. Van Strien uses modern technologies to bring innovative ideas to the fashion world. By testing radically different approaches to garment design, production and consumption he changes our perception and opens possibilities for a more sustainable industry. In 2015 his studio launched The Post-Couture Collective, an open-source project that spawned the first maker community for garments. It gives consumers the possibility to produce their own clothing by introducing a line of wearable garments designed specifically for production on laser cutters and 3d printers. In February 2016 he co-wrote and published the Open Source Fashion Manifesto with Vera de Pont. Addressing designers, producers and consumers, this manifesto presents their shared vision for a sustainable fashion industry fueled by open source design and production.