Eric Spackey

Eric Spackey

Eric is currently the CEO of Bluewater Defense with over 30 years of experience leading finance, development and operations of successful start-ups in healthcare, wireless telecom, internet and manufacturing. Prior to joining BWD, he was CEO of ShippingPal.com, an Internet start-up in Toronto. Prior to ShippingPal, Mr. Spackey held senior leadership roles in a number of successful wireless telecommunication startups, eventually becoming seconded to AT&T Wireless International to lead business development and regulatory affairs in the Caribbean. In this role, he worked closely with the senior leadership of local and national government, finance, network infrastructure and handset providers, including: Carlyle Group, CL Financial, MC Venture Partners, Siemens, Nortel, Lucent, MCI, Panasonic.

David Wheeler

David Wheeler

 Dave Wheeler is Executive Vice President of Value Chain and Chief Supply Chain Officer at New Balance Athletic Corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts. In his role, Dave’s responsible for the company’s end-to-end global supply chain operations including demand forecasting, supply planning, research & development, factory of the future innovation, strategic sourcing, domestic manufacturing, global transportation and distribution – delivering more than 90 million pair of athletic shoes and 10 million garments sourced from 14 countries globally. 

Dave earned a B.S.E.E. from Merrimack College and an M.B.A. from Miami University. He resides in the Boston area with his wife of 27 years and two daughters. 

IPC E-TEXTILES 2019 – Discounted Rate for AFFOA Member

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IPC E-TEXTILES 2019

Small Business Innovation Summit Pitch Session

The Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), will be hosting an event at its Small Business Innovation Summit showcasing top teams from across the country that have high potential to accelerate delivery of new fabric technologies with dual-use purposes.

Small Business Innovation Summit Pitch Session

The Augmented Fabric at #AWE2019

Could fabrics be the next technology disruptor? The short answer is yes if the predictions and objectives of the AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America) are realized. Speaking at the AWE USA 2019, AFFOA CEO, Yoel Fink, paints a picture where fibers act as the sensors and transmitters turning clothing and other fabrics from fashion statements to an integral part of an Internet of Everything world.

The Augmented Fabric at #AWE2019

IPC E-Textiles 2019 Call for Participation

IPC invites innovators, technologists, materials suppliers, electrical engineers and academicians to submit technical conference abstracts and educational course proposals for IPC E-TEXTILES 2019 to be held on Wednesday, September 11 in Philadelphia, Pa.

IPC E-Textiles 2019 Call for Participation

Smart fabrics not yet a perfect fit

Yoel Fink wants a fund that would invest in startups working on products that use next-generation textiles.

Smart fabrics not yet a perfect fit

MassChallenge HealthTech Announces 2019 Cohort of Top Digital Health Startups

December 13, 2018 (BOSTON) – MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators today announced that 30 digital health startups will join the 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech cohort, which will represent the most innovative technologies advancing health and improving the overall patient experience. MassChallenge HealthTech invite the community to meet the 2019 cohort at its Opening Night event on January 17, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Drydock Hall.

MassChallenge HealthTech Announces 2019 Cohort of Top Digital Health Startups: AFFOA Member Bonbouton Selected

Women of Wearables Boston – December Event

Come to the Women of Wearables (WoW) Boston Chapter December event, in partnership with CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center). CIC has been a home for entrepreneurs all around the world, and we’re having this month’s event at its flagship location in Cambridge.

Women of Wearables Boston - December Event

Knitting for Civility

As part of their community service requirement, the FIT student chapter of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) hand-knitted hats to raise awareness about school bullying

Knitting for Civility

IFAI Tent Expo 2019

Tent Expo is the biggest show of its kind in North America for the tent rental and supply industry. Every two years, hundreds of CEOs, employees, installer and suppliers come together to network, learn, stretch their thinking and revel in new product innovations and techniques under awe-inspiring tent displays.

IFAI Tent Expo 2019

You’re Invited! “Fabrics- The New Software” Networking Event, November 29

Recent breakthroughs in fibers and fabrics are transforming these age-old materials into high tech for the first time in history – creating in the process new opportunities for fabric-based startups and entrepreneurs! Fabrics that can see, hear, sense, communicate, store and converts energy, regulate temperature, monitor health and change color will soon be possible.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fabric Revolution and the exciting new opportunities in this space, please join us for the first “Fabric- the New Software” Networking event on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at AFFOA HQ (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America) in Cambridge, MA.
This event is designed to develop, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs interested in transforming the fibers and textiles industry. Attendees will engage with emerging advanced fibers and fabrics first hand, and meet the 2018-2019 cohort of the Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program (AFEP). Speakers and presenters at the event represent some of the current and future leaders, entrepreneurs, and startups in the revolutionary fibers and textiles industry.

You're Invited! "Fabrics- The New Software" Networking Event, November 29

NextFlex Workshop: Mechanical Test Methods for Flexible Electronics

Come and Join us on November 29th, 2018 at 1:30pm at UMass Lowell, Saab ETIC for a NextFlex workshop on mechanical test methods for FHE components and devices.

The objective of the workshop is to summarize results and disseminate knowledge and awareness across the flexible hybrid electronics industry. The purpose of the workshop is to:
1) Present the results of NextFlex funded projects on the mechanical test methods of FHE components and devices, a topic specifically addressed in NextFlex second solicitation – Four academic teams will present their approach.
2) Raise awareness of the capabilities and infrastructure developed in this project so that the local, regional and national community takes advantage of it
3) Discuss industrial needs not covered by the developed tests to steer future research efforts in FHE-relevant directions.

This is a free event.

NextFlex Workshop: Mechanical Test Methods for Flexible Electronics

How Does the Brain Work

True stories of indefatigable researchers, heroic engineers, and champions of, neuroscience who are finally turning the corner in the effort to understand, heal, and improve the human brain.

The Heroes of Science Who are Unlocking the Brain

Fiber Computing: The Next Industrial Revolution

The mission of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is to enable a manufacturing-based revolution—what we could call Industry 5.0—with the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated and networked devices and systems. In a recent conversation with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, the organization’s Chief Marketing Officer, Eric Spackey, explains.

Fiber Computing: The Next Industrial Revolution

Fabric as the new software- Sci-Tech Now

Everyday items like watches and backpacks can now be turned into wearable technology. But what if high tech fibers and fabrics could set new expectations for how we use and wear our apparel? Yoel Fink, director of MIT’s research laboratory of electronics joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

AFFOA CEO Yoel Fink on Sci-Tech Now

MIT and FIT Join Forces to Design the Clothing of the Future

A T-shirt that can change color to complement your mood (and help you pare down your wardrobe) … an apron that transforms into a dress and has interchangeable pockets with high-tech functionality … these are the forward-looking concepts presented by a group of three students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and three FIT students making practical use of the latest active textile technologies.

MIT and FIT Join Forces to Design the Clothing of the Future

Members Only Workshop June 13-14

This event is an opportunity for members to connect with others in the AFFOA network learn more about our enabling technologies and define paths to participate in AFFOAs engagement opportunities.

Members Only Workshop June 13-14

Whither VR/AR?

Prediction: much-maligned QR codes, often camouflaged except to machine eyes, will become the de facto standard for meatspace-AR bridges.

Whither VR/AR?

Future Wear- Discover Magazine

If one MIT researcher has his way, our fabric could be the next great technological frontier.

Future Wear

IPC E-Textiles 2018

Registration is now open!

Mark your calendar for September 13, 2018. IPC E-Textiles 2018 will bring together the e-textiles supply chain for a full day of technical presentations, hands-on product demonstrations and networking. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and interact with innovators from the e-textiles community.

Registration Now Open: IPC E-Textiles 2018

VF Corporation, NC State University collaborating

VF Corporation and North Carolina State University are collaborating for student development at NC State and advancing apparel and textiles innovation within VF. The College of Textiles and VF have a long-standing relationship, which is strengthened by NC State’s Poole College of Management with expertise in business analytics and supply chain management.

VF Corporation, NC State University collaborating

VF Corporation exploring servitisation to champion circular economy

Global clothing giant VF Corporation is exploring rental and service-based business models to promote the circular economy to its consumers, as the company pushes ahead with a new corporate strategy that commits to science-based targets and 100% renewable electricity.

VF Corporation exploring servitisation to champion circular economy