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.
Dr. Joyce F. Brown is president of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a specialized college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY). Appointed in 1998, she is the college’s sixth president.
Dr. Brown, a highly regarded educator and academic administrator, has had over 35 years experience in public higher education. She held a number of senior administrative posts at the City University of New York (CUNY) before arriving at FIT, including acting president of Bernard Baruch College and vice chancellor of the university. Prior to her appointment at FIT, she was professor of clinical psychology at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, where she is currently professor emerita. Dr. Brown also served as a New York City deputy mayor for public and community affairs during the David Dinkins administration.Continue reading “Joyce Brown”
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.
Carolyn A. Kirk was selected by the Executive Committee of the Mass Tech Collaborative (Mass Tech) as the agency’s executive director in February 2019. Mass Tech is a state economic development agency whose mission is to strengthen the tech & innovation economy across a variety of industries including advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, digital health and other emerging tech areas such as artificial intelligence, fintech, and robotics.Continue reading “Carolyn Kirk”
Miniature interconnects combined with sensors and antennas give designers powerful new means of integrating Internet of Things into flexible new forms.
Four Key Areas Where Wearable Technologies are Pushing Innovation
Massachusetts Emergency Response Team helps manufacturers produce personal protective equipment and other medical devices for health care workers.
MIT plays key role in statewide effort to produce PPE
It’s been almost two years since we wrote about the work that Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is doing to develop functional fiber computing solutions that will likely be the basis for moving us into Industry 5.0. Seems like we don’t even have Industry 4.0 under our belts, but technology does move fast these days! We spoke with the AFFOA team, including CEO Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov, Chief Marketing Officer Eric Spackey, Senior Director of Business Development Natasha Spackey, and Chief Technology Officer Jason Cox, to get an update on what has transpired in the past two years.
AFFOA Continues to Make Progress on Fiber Computing Technologies
The Board of Directors of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Inc. (AFFOA) are pleased to announce that Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov has been elected as President and Chief Executive Officer of AFFOA as well as a member of the Board of Directors.
AFFOA Board of Directors Announces Appointment of Dr. Alexander Stolyarov as CEO
Lincoln Laboratory joins MIT and others in testing N95 and similar, imported respirator masks to check how well they keep out particles and blood.
Testing whether uncertified N95 masks are effective
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced health care providers to dramatically increase their use of swabs, protective gear, ventilators, and other medical devices. This rapid increase in demand, coupled with the destabilizing effect of the crisis on society and the global economy, has disrupted normal sources of supply and led to critical shortages.
Opening Up New Supply Chains
CAMBRIDGE, MA : As the COVID-19 crisis began to exacerbate in the US, Cambridge, MA based Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Inc. (“AFFOA”), a Manufacturing USA Innovation Institute, quickly mobilized to respond, specifically by securing a domestic supply of 45,000 N95 respirators which it will be distributing to local hospitals this week.
AFFOA secures supply of 45K domestically manufactured N95 respirator masks & works with MA Manufacturing Emergency Response Team
BOSTON (WHDH) – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced a new initiative and over $10 million in funding to support manufacturers’ efforts to pivot production operations to produce personal protective equipment and other critical devices, such as ventilators, sanitizers, and thermometers.
Baker administration launches emergency response team, allocates $10M in funding to support production of PPE
The IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee has launched the IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee COVID-19 Response Community. Read on for full details about this new community.
IPC E-Textiles Committee Launches COVID-19 Response Community – Open to All to Engage
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced an online portal where individuals and companies can easily donate or sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and volunteer to support the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts. This effort will ensure that front line responders get the protective equipment they need to stay and push for more trained volunteers to join the response.
Baker-Polito Administration Launches Online Portal for Personal Protective Equipment, Volunteers to Support COVID-19 Outbreak
As part of its growth strategy, the KARL MAYER Group has concluded an agreement to acquire the STOLL Group. The contract was signed on 26 February 2020, and the STOLL Group is to be part of the KARL MAYER Group from 1 July 2020.
KARL MAYER buys STOLL
CopperGel and nufabrx® announced today a partnership to create a ground-breaking line of pain relief, copper infused clothing that is shaking up the apparel industry and the retail shelf.
Nufabrx® Partners with Mike Tyson's CopperGel Brand to Create GroundBreaking Line of Pain-Relieving Clothing
NATICK, Mass. — The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (CCDC SC) is partnering with academia and industry to accelerate the development of wearable sensors for Soldiers conducting future Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).
Innovation event shapes collaborative approach to Soldier wearable sensor technologies
The self-reading “pH fabric” could deliver early warning of an exposure to a harmful chemical.
Lincoln Laboratory researchers develop a fabric that can sense chemical vapors
What happens when you combine the strength of the American worker with investment in cutting-edge science and technology? Innovations capable of changing the world.
5 Manufacturing Innovations That Will Change the World
Producing functional fabrics that perform all the functions we want, while retaining the characteristics of fabric we’re accustomed to is no easy task.
Two groups of researchers at Drexel University — one, who is leading the development of industrial functional fabric production techniques, and the other, a pioneer in the study and application of one of the strongest, most electrically conductive super materials in use today — believe they have a solution.
That New Yarn?! — Wearable, Washable Textile Devices Are Possible With MXene-Coated Yarns
Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy has approved a new policy on advanced manufacturing that will help the Army secure a competitive edge against near-peer adversaries.
Secretary of the Army approves new advanced manufacturing policy
Philadelphia, PA – Today, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announced that a $1.5 million Manufacturing PA grant has been awarded to the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC)—a center that will create a manufacturing-based revolution by enhancing traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated systems and networked devices.
Wolf Administration Announces $1.5 Million Investment to Bolster Advanced Textile Manufacturing in PA
Drexel University on Wednesday will open a new center that its leaders hope will revive one of Philadelphia’s oldest industries.
With Pentagon dollars, Drexel seeks to revive Philly’s vanished garment business
Drexel’s new 10,000-square-foot Center for Functional Fabrics opens today
AFFOA Member Bonbouton Accepted Into MetLife Digital Accelerator Powered by Techstars
AFFOA Member Bonbouton Accepted Into MetLife Digital Accelerator Powered by Techstars
Advanced functional fabrics workshop, held jointly with AFFOA and industrial partner New Balance, develops concepts for biodegradable footwear, active textiles.
MIT and Fashion Institute of Technology join forces to create innovative textiles
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
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
Basic research advance leads to production of more than 250,000 chips embedded within fibers in less than a year.
Fabrics poised to become the new software
The potential, progress and challenges for next generation smart garments.
E-textiles in health monitoring
How can you use Advanced Functional Fabric (AFF) technology in a product to improve the world?
STEAM Innovation Program: Advanced Functional Fabrics (AFF) Product Design Challenge
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
Scientists at MIT say they are able to weave diodes into fabrics
BBC (Click): Making clothes that can communicate
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
The collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab points to the future of customizable fashion.
Ministry of Supply will tailor this sweater to your body while you wait
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’s jeans with deep yet subtle pockets, performance stretch, temperature regulation and much more!
AFEP Team Radian Kickstarter: Finally, Women's Jeans with Deep Pockets!
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
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
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
“What if?” It is the question where innovation begins, and few companies have asked it as often and answered it as well as DuPont™ and FilSpec USA.
What If? The Inspiration Of U.S. Textile Innovation
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
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
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
A new take on Handel’s classical water music. Rein et. al., Diode Fibres for Fabric-Based Optical Communications. Nature, 2018.
Water and Light Music - Diode Fibres for Fabric-Based Optical Communications
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
Researchers incorporate optoelectronic diodes into fibers and weave them into washable fabrics.
Introducing the latest in textiles: Soft hardware
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.