Electric Runway Podcast

By Electric Runway

About this podcast   English    United States

Where fashion meets technology
78 episodes · since Nov, 2015
May 18, 2018
On the heels of Fashion Revolution Week, where thousands across the world asked, "Who Made my Clothes," we're asking a similar question: What exactly is inside the beauty and cosmetics products many of us use on our skin every day? It's a simple question with a not-so-simple answer, since a lot of the time product labels speak a language of their own. It's the question that prompted our guest today, Canadian entrepreneur Lily Tse, to develop an app called Think Dirty. In short, Think Dirty allows consumers to scan any cosmetics product with their mobile phone to learn about what's inside. The app rates products based on their ingredients to inform consumers about what's going into their shopping carts and ultimately onto their bodies. Our conversation touches on the deceptiveness of marketing when it comes to product labels, the business side of monetizing a beauty app, and the complications of balancing community-building and paid partnerships all while maintaining the credibility of your brand.
May 10, 2018
We've heard so much about blockchain recently—about the rise and fall of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, and how this technology is positioned to radically transform how we transact in a global marketplace. Despite all the buzz, little has been written on how blockchain will impact the fashion industry. On today's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, we're speaking with Ina Samovich, the founder of CopPay, to learn all about how blockchain and fashion brush elbows. CopPay is a blockchain solution for business. In short, it enables merchants and retailers of any size to accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment. In this episode, Ina breaks down some of the language surrounding blockchain to make it relevant for a fashion technology audience. She shares how CopPay collaborated with United Colours of Benneton in Lithuania to enable the brand to accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. In addition to shaping how we transact globally, blockchain also has other implications for the fashion industry, says Ina. The technology can help ensure the authenticity of luxury products and can even help consumers better understand the supply chain behind their purchases.
May 3, 2018
We've all heard of eCommerce before, but what about Vcommerce? While virtual reality may be the future of media, gaming, and entertainment, many in the fashion industry are still grappling with what this emerging technology means for them. In this episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco gets the scoop on Baetes Technology, a Stockholm-based startup that's hoping to change the way we buy and sell online and in VR. Amanda speaks with chief innovation officer Filip Waak and co-founder and chief sales officer Daniel Sjöberg to learn more about the opportunities for retailers, including turning physical products into digital ones and the possibility of virtual showrooming.
Feb. 21, 2018 · transcript
Fashion Tech Expert Amanda Cosco interviews Joanna Hir, an award-winning fashion designer and creative technologist who fuses traditional craftsmanship with embedded technology to explore concepts of human expression with wearable technology
Jan. 25, 2018
Fashion Tech expert Amanda Cosco interviews Camille Kowalewski, Head of Communications at eBay Canada. We all know the eBay of the past, but, given the growing popularity of online shopping and particularly Amazon, we chat about the eBay of the future. Listen to hear Camille's thoughts on the resurgence of marketplaces and how eBay is leveraging artificial intelligence to better drive online sales.
Dec. 28, 2017
Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco interviews Anjolie Kulkarni of PIXT, a New York-based fashion app that leverages machine learning and computer vision to connect shoppers with local boutiques. PIXT translates a user's intent to purchase into an image and ultimately a purchase on their platform. Listen to learn about the startup's strategy for growth, what they learned about style through thousands of data points, and why they think local is the key to unlocking the future of fashion.
Dec. 17, 2017
Journalist Amanda Cosco interviews Karim Roushdy, the founder of Meraya. Meraya is an augmented reality app for trying on accessories. The app leverages facial recognition technology as well as artificial intelligence to enhance the purchase experience by allowing customers to visualize what products are going to look like before they purchase them online. While Meraya may have started with bowties and jewellery, in the future it will focus on eyewear. Listen to learn about the challenges of launching a new AR app in an increasingly crowded market, as well as the opportunities for overcoming painpoints in the purchase experience.
Nov. 30, 2017
On the Electric Runway Podcast this week, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco sits down with Helen Papagiannis – one of the leading thinkers in augmented reality. In addition to being a designer, researcher, and public speaker on the subject, Helen is the author of a newly published book, Augmented Human, How Technology is Shaping the New Reality. It's a fascinating deep dive on how augmented reality is so much more than the fun face filters we've seen on Snapchat. Augmented Reality has the potential to enhance not only our relationship with technology but also our relationship with the real world around us. Listen in to get an insight view of the world of augmented reality, animojis, and avatars, and how these technologies might affect us as users.
Nov. 24, 2017
On this week's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco interviews Tanya Heath about the designer's namesake brand. At Tanya Health retail locations or on TanyaHeath.com, customers can purchase shoes, boots, and pumps with a range of interchangeable heels that vary in size and style. Women can switch from six-inch to two-inch heights by clicking on and off heels, giving a whole new meaning to the expression "with a click of my heels." Listen to the podcast to find out how the idea came to life, how the Canadian-born entrepreneur is disrupting the footwear industry, and, of course, what we can expect from her in the future. With an impressive range of different shoe and heel designs, Tanya Health offers a style for anyone and anytime. With interchangeable heels, you can now seamlessly transition from day to night, from boss lady to mom, or even from the airplane to a business meeting. All this is possible with a click (and a set of spare heels in your purse, of course). We've been hearing a lot about the value of versatility, lately. Tanya Heath is not only taking this idea seriously, she's banking on it.
Nov. 20, 2017
This week on the Electric Runway Podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco talks with Wen Wang, a researcher out of the MIT Tangible Media Group. Through her research and work, Wen helps us imagine a future where our clothes are grown at home and clean themselves (!) In this episode, we take you for a deep dive into the future of biotechnology and how innovations in material science will impact the fashion industry. Biohybrid Wearables is a brand new area in fashion tech. They’re created by adding biological elements to synthetic materials. By encasing fabrics with bacteria, Wen and her fellow researchers are improving the interactivity in their garments, creating a second skin that reacts to your body’s condition. One of their recent project, BioLogic, showcases this technology in action by means of a set of sports suits that are self-ventilating, which helps improve performance. Tune in to hear about the endless possibilities for the future of fabrication.

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