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Jun 6, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Your Guide to Must-Attend Wearable Events for 2014

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Wearable tech is gaining momentum with constantly evolving and compelling use cases: from devices that monitor health and fitness in real time, to technology that improves workplace productivity. There is a huge potential for this market to continue to grow and change our lives.  

Despite how young the wearable industry is as a whole, it's rapid growth has fueled innovation and fostered dialogue among new companies doing exciting things with these devices. If you are a looking to grow brand awareness for your wearable, the following wearable technology industry events should not be missed!

Hear major players in the wearable tech community share their insights on how wearables are impacting our lives today and what is coming next - chip vendors, network providers, wearable startups and tech giants will all come together to discuss the latest developments, share product launches and explore new opportunities in the marketplace - and you should be there! Here's your guide to the top wearable events to attend for 2014:

1. Internet of Things World 


Date: June 17-18, 2014

Location: Palo Alto, Silicon Valley

Attendees include: Adidas, Oracle, Arduino, Jawbone, Misfit Wearables and Sony.

Why attend: Meet the innovators shaping the next era of wearable technology and connected devices. This event focuses on monetizing the Internet of Things: attendees are invited to participate in the conversation around the key issues like security and privacy, the expansion of wearable technology, changes in business models, standardization, innovation apps and big data, just to name a few. Not to mention that an IoT hackathon will take place in the midst of the event, offering a look into the next generation of IoT innovation.  

Register for Internet of Things world here.

2. Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 


Date: July 8-9, 2014

Location: San Francisco

Speakers include: MIO Global, XOEye Technologies, Adidas, 3M, Emotiv and Bionym

Why attend: The entire Wearable Technologies ecosystem from chip vendors, integrators, network providers, product and service solution providers to distribution networks will be gathering at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in beautiful San Francisco. It's the place to be to witness product launches of the hottest new wearables and hear discussions about new materials and sensors, communication and energy, user interface and prototyping, the future role of wearables in health, new form factors and platforms. At the WT Innovation Show, attendees can also test products and see demos live at the venue.

Register for the Wearables Technologies Conference here.

3. Wearable Tech Expo


Date: July 23-24, 2014

Location: New York City

Speakers include: Vuzix, APX Labs, Misfit Wearables, Mobiquity, Pebble, Samsung and XOEye Technologies

Why attend: Attend keynotes from wearable companies like Vuzix, Pebble and many more. Participate in discussions around what users now expect from wearables, bringing wearables to retail, augmented reality, wearables in the enterprise, design and fashion, and data collection.  In between the keynote presentations don't forget to check out the live demos and gain perspective on how wearable tech devices work and how they differ from each other.

Register for Wearable Tech Expo here.

4. Designers of Things Conference


Date: September 23-24

Location: San Francisco

Speakers include: Whistle, Plantronics, Hexoskin, Thalmic Labs, and Nuance Communications.

Why attend: Three revolutionary factors influencing technology will be brought together in one place - Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things. Attend the 2-day event for live demos, advice from industry insiders, skill-building technical sessions and networking opportunities. Listen and participate in conversations on topics including: security and ethics in wearable design, designing for the quantified other, fashion’s impact on wearable tech, identification, authentication and customization with biometrics, low power design for wearable tech, and wearables as an extension of the body.

Register for Designers of Things here.

5. Wearables TechCon


Date: March 9-11, 2015

Location: Santa Clara

Who should attend: Software engineers, android developers, design engineers and architects, software developers, project managers, hardware designers, UI designers, embedded developers, programmers, app developers and system architects.  

Why attend: If you are designing, building or developing applications for the wearable tech revolution, this is the event for you. Attend to learn how to develop for the next generation of wearable devices with an array of technical classes and tutorials.

Register for Wearables TechCon here.

Learn more about what’s powering the wearables industry by downloading the eBook, "How Location Data is Fueling the Wearable Revolution"WWDC wearables_london