As stakeholders in the fashion industry, we recognize the need to transform fashion’s current systems into a stronger, healthier form of community and enterprise. By bringing together representatives from design, technology and business we aim to collect perspectives, identify key issues, and uncover potential solutions to get the results we want and need. But we can’t and don’t want to do it alone.
We want YOU to get into Pioneer Mode by exploring the future of fashion alongside innovators and thought-leaders across industries. We invite you to put your ideas into action, find your people, and make a change.
The frontier is just ahead.
FRIDAY NOV 13: CONFERENCE
The Pioneer Mode Conference Day is about diving deep, navigating real issues, and forming solutions. No panel discussions, just real talk from highly accomplished thought-leaders and changemakers.
8:00am - Breakfast & Registration
8:30am - Morning Session
CREATIVE TENSIONS WORKSHOP | I ♥ FASHION: Participants will reflect on their creativity and take a literal stance on core issues facing the fashion industry. Conceived by IDEO & The Sundance Institute
FASHION ETHICS | THE MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF FASHION & MEDIA: Dr. Lucy Collins, Fashion Theorist and Assistant Professor at FIT. More about Lucy.
FASHION ECONOMY | HOW BUSINESS HAS CHANGED THE DEFINITION OF FASHION: Dana Thomas, Author of Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano and Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
Joint Q&A: Lucy Collins and Dana Thomas
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS SYSTEMS: HOW COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY COMMITMENT WILL TRANSFORM ETHICAL FASHION FOREVER: Rhett Godfrey, Director of Sustainability at Loomstate
SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSPARENCY: Leo Bonanni, founder of Sourcemap, the world's first supply chain mapping tool. More about Leo
AUDITING SUPPLY CHAINS WITH LIFE CYCLE ANALYTICS: Erika Whillas, Chief Product Officer at CoClear
Joint Q&A: Rhett Godfrey, Leo Bonanni, and Erika Whillas
12:30pm - Lunch Break
1:15pm - Afternoon Session
SCALING INTEGRITY | Building a brand based on Authenticity: John V. Campbell, Creative Director at Matuse Inc., the world's warmest sustainable wetsuit. More about John.
ACTING ON YOUR VALUES | Replace Overwhelmed with Empowered Today: Cortney McDermott, Award-winning writer and business-life strategist at CortInc. More about Cortney.
DESIGN THINKING WORKSHOP | Focus on the User... and all else will Follow! Tap into how Google accelerates innovation and solves problems creatively through user-centered, prototype driven design. Find inspiration in human needs and motivations to invent and design meaningful products and solutions. Nida Zada, Glen Jackson Taylor and Ross Popoff-Walker, New Search Products at Google.
5:15pm: Join us for Drinks & Community Networking sponsored by Six Point Brewery
SATURDAY NOV 14: BUSINESS-INNOVATION DAY
Business Innovation Day is your opportunity to flex those problem solving muscles and explore your activism. Looking at real industry pain points, your team will brainstorm, ask tough questions, and create a viable solution with the guidance of industry thought-leaders.
8:30am - Breakfast & Registration
9:00 am - Morning Session
KEYNOTE | NEW YORK IS THE ORIGINAL STARTUP CITY: Erik Martin, VP of Member Engagement at WeWork
COLLABORATION WORKSHOP: Activate your design-thinking skills with a fun team exercise
DESIGN CHALLENGE KICK-OFF: Choose an issue and brainstorm as a team
MENTOR FEEDBACK: Industry experts validate your ideas and guide your direction
12:30pm: Working Lunch
1:15pm: Afternoon Session
INSPIRATION | TELLING YOUR STORY: Julio Terra, Outreach Lead at Kickstarter
DESIGN YOUR SOLUTION: Detail your team's solution and value proposition
MENTOR FEEDBACK: Industry experts offer insight and reality checks
INSPIRATION | WHY 7 WORDS IS ALL YOU NEED TO TELL YOUR STORY: Debera Johnson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
REFINE & PRACTICE: Put your pitch-efficiency to the test!
PRESENTATIONS TO THE JURY: Present your ideas and receive a critique from industry experts
Join us for Drinks & Community Networking, sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery
PIONEER MODE 2015 IS HOSTED BY OUR GROUNDBREAKING PARTNERS AT THE:
BROOKLYN FASHION + DESIGN ACCELERATOR
SUBWAY: Take the M to Lorimer Street or G to Flushing Avenue
Enter through the back of the building via the parking lot off Tompkins Ave.
by: Amanda Pickens for Pioneer Mode