Come join us for an interactive evening including happy hour, exhibition, panel discussion and networking event!
Panel discussion with Francis Bitonti, Asher Levine and Billie Whitehouse; award winning industry pioneers from around the United States in fashion, wearable tech, innovation and sustainability. Discussion will explore the technology’s role in the future of design. Moderated by Dr. Todd S. Harple Director, Experience Innovation and Pathyfinding, Olympic Technology Group; Intel & Co- Moderator Jim Chi, Vice President e.dye Limited
Francis Bitonti Designer & Technologist Bitonti Studio
Francis Bitonti blends computational design techniques with emerging technologies to usher in a new manufacturing paradigm that is itself a unique form of design. Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting-edge digital design and manufacturing technologies that transform industrialized systems. In doing so, he blurs the line between designer, technologist and industrialist.
Asher Levine Luxury Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur
Asher Levine's eponymous label merges conceptual design and emerging technologies through radically new products within the luxury market. Asher Levine has a cult following amongst musicians and the intellectual elite who seek unique and modern design
Billie Whitehouse CEO, Designer and Director of Wearable X
Billie Whitehouse is the CEO, designer and director of Wearable X. Billie specializes in the unique combination of hardware, software and apparel for wearable technology products. Known for her development of Nadi X, state-of-the-art technology to optimize your yoga. Billie is invigorating the fashion industry and transforming it into a business focused on improving the quality of our lives. Billie is an aesthetic specialist with a naturally inquisitive nature towards technology and innovation. As a garment engineer she strongly believes people should not have to look like the technology that they have grown to love and depend on. Billie’s designs are sharp, experimental, naturally confident and subtly feminine in appearance integrated with the latest technology. Business Insider recently named Billie as one of the 30 most important women under 30 in tech and she was named in the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. The highlight for Billie in 2018 was winning The Fashion Group International, Design Technology Award, in 2017 it was being named one of the Most Innovative Companies in Fitness by Fast Co, in 2016 it was winning The Wearable Award in Paris at Show Room Privé as well as being featured on The Jimmy Fallon Show. Forbes recently compared Billie to Steve Jobs and Jerry Seinfeld because of an anthropological look at human centric design with humor.
About the event:
As part of Design Week Portland, the Future Frontiers event is bringing together creative and forward-thinking design, tech, & fashion professionals to explore technology’s role in the future of the design. Inﬂuential industry leaders from Portland and around the US will come together for an evening discussion of the trends in how design and technology are interacting, and how these changes will impact designers and design careers in the future. Come hear from influential industry leaders who will share their work & their unique voice on how fashion, design and technology work together (or don’t) and how they see technology impacting the role of designers and their brands in the future.
Purpose: This event will showcase design tools, innovation, education and future technologies that enhance and empower designers, makers and brands. Who are some of the pioneers innovating in this space and how can they inspire & educate us? Will fashion and product design require creative to work more closely with developers and engineers? Or will design tools be more diverse and accessible to all? How does technology inform sustainability? How can designers and makers improve their job skills and to create successful products and services to be competitive in the future? What education will be needed by creative to adapt to these evolving roles and responsibilities?