The Australian Fashion Council with the support of City of Sydney has launched the AFC FashTech Lab program for fashion and textile businesses, commencing in January 2022. The aim of the program is to accelerate technology adoption in the first stages of the design process.
With fashion companies around the world expected to increase investment in digital innovation in 2022, the AFC FashTech Lab will give Sydney fashion and textiles businesses the opportunity to trial technology and contribute to creating an industry pathway to integrate or digital, sustainable design into their workflows.
The AFC FashTech Lab will launch with an incubator and networking event to take participants through futuremap®, a business diagnostic tool to test technology adoptions and readiness courtesy of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) , and a series of Knowledge Exchange workshops that will deep dive into the challenges faced as each brand pilots of a piece of technology and discuss collaborative solutions. Fashion business will be matched with a technology business for 1:1 sessions over the course of the program including peer to peer consulting and a trial of the technology solutions.
This program will be offered to a limited number of brands with businesses selected based on presence in the City of Sydney, ability to actively participate in the program, willingness to adopt new technology and upskill, as well as criteria of sustainability and mindful creativity.
Application close for the program 14th January 2022.
To find out more and apply, head to the AFC FashTech Lab page here