International Symposium on Wearable Computers (IDWC) 2015 Design Exhibition – deadline 29 May 2015

We are pleased to announce the Call for the 2015 ISWC Design Exhibition. The call for entries is below, and full information on the Design Exhibition can be found here:

Please kindly forward this email to interested colleagues, researchers, designers, and scholars.

Call for Design Exhibition ISWC 2015
ISWC 2015, the nineteenth annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers, is the premier forum for wearable computing and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. ISWC 2015 brings together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile manufacturers, end users, and related professionals to share information and advances in wearable computing. ISWC 2015 will be held September 7-11 in Osaka, Japan, collocated with UbiComp 2015.

Juried Exhibition
ISWC 2015’s Juried Design Exhibition invites submissions of original works of wearable technology and/or novel applications for new audiences using existing technologies. Submissions may comprise any type of wearable technology (electronic, mechanical, textile and garment-based, etc). Awards for the best design will be given in three categories: Aesthetic, Functional, and Fiber Art.

Submission Deadline: May 29th, 2015, 11:59pm PDT.
Notification of acceptance: June 19, 2015.
Camera Ready Extended Abstract Due: July 3, 2015.

Functional:Submissions to this category should be functionally-focused wearable designs, aimed at using technology to solve a particular problem or meet a specific need.
Aesthetic:Submissions to this category should be aesthetically-focused wearable designs, aimed at developing an aesthetic or visual effect through the use of technology.
Fiber arts:Submissions to this category should be non-wearable, but textile- or fiber-integrated innovations. Fiber arts submissions may be functionally or aesthetically focused. Confused about which category to pick? Many designs address both functional and aesthetic aspects of a problem. Designers should consider in which aspect their design is strongest, and submit it to that category.

Awards for the best design will be given in three categories: Aesthetic, and Functional and Fiber Art.
Awards from the 2014 Exhibition
Best in Show: Aesthetics
S.A.R.A.: Synaesthetic Augmented Reality Application
by //benitez_vogl (Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl)

Best in Show: Functional
Ballet Hero: Building a Garment for Memetic Embodiment
in Dance Learning by James Hallam and Emily Keen et al.

Best in Show: Fiber Arts
Digital Lace: A Collision of Responsive Technologies
by Sarah Taylor and Sara Robertson

Designers are asked to submit an illustrated design statement detailing the work’s concept, motivation, intended audience and end-use, technological functionality, and execution. Detailed images must illustrate the text.

Please submit your document as one compiled PDF file, formatted according to the ACM extended abstracts format. The submission should not exceed 6 pages, including embedded images. All figures should be included in the document body and referenced in the text. Please cite all references used in the text according to the ACM formatting instructions. Your submitted PDF should not exceed 6 pages or 5MB.

Please prepare your paper for blind review: do not include any names or institution affiliations within your submitted PDF.

Design submissions should include an illustration or image. It is strongly encouraged to include High Resolution Images and a Video at the time of submission. High Res Images and a Video will be required of all accepted designs for the camera-ready submission and will be used in the ISWC Design Exhibition. Submit your design statement and supporting materials through the PrecisionConference site

Please note: Accepted designs will need to for shipped/transported to Osaka, to arrive on or before September 7, 2015. Authors will be responsible for shipping items to and from Osaka, Japan.

Evaluation Criteria
1) Concept Originality:
How novel is the concept or application? Has it been done before? Is the approach novel? The work should exhibit depth of understanding and insight.
2) Technological Innovation:
How innovative is the use of technology: have advances been made in the use of standard tools for a new purpose? Have new technologies been developed? What does the technology bring to the wearer or the viewer in the wearable environment?
3) Execution:
How professional and polished is the finished product? Have appropriate or novel construction techniques been implemented? How have standard hardware components been adapted for the wearable environment?
4) Communication and Rigor:
How well have the concept, novelty, and use of technology been communicated? Is the idea and process evident in written and visual materials?
5) Audience/Usability:
How appropriate is the design for the intended audience/purpose? (Aesthetic and Fiber Art.) How well have the designers addressed the usability of their interface/interaction? (Functional and Fiber Art.)

For questions regarding the ISWC 2015 Design Exhibition, please mail the Design Chairs, Margarita Benitez and Halley Profita at .