Pioneer-Mode
THE FUTURE OF FASHION

DAY TWO: BUSINESS INNOVATION DAY (SATURDAY NOV 14)

Hosted by the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

We are partnering with 30weeks to bring you Business Innovation Day: an exercise in problem solving, looking at fashion industry pain points, and using your team's collective skills to find a viable business solution.

What to expect:
A day of skill building exercises, helping you to activate your critical and design thinking.
–Participate in creative activities to test and strengthen team collaboration
–Take on a design challenge, choosing from a selection of briefs
–Receive guidance from our mentors: ask questions, get to the root of the issue within the framework of the fashion industry
–Take that knowledge back to the drawing board. Brainstorm, iterate, ask tough questions, challenge your own ideas
–Break up the day with inspirational presentations, and learn how to present your concepts and ideas in a compelling way
–Team presentation and critique from a panel of industry experts

Who is it for:
Current and future stakeholders in the fashion industry who want to build the skills necessary to make positive change.
All skillsets are welcome:
–Designers (Fashion, Product, UX/UI, etc.)
–Product Developers
–Technologists
–Business Minds (Entrepreneurs or Intrapreneurs)
–Social or Environmental Changemakers

What are the goals:
Learn how to find a productive angle for problem solving.
Learn how to apply critical thinking and design thinking methodologies through the framework of existing problems in the fashion industry.

What you'll get out of it:
The skills and relationships necessary to frame your values in practical reasoning.
Knowledge and experience that can be applied to your work environment.
A full recap of the workshop tools for you to reference moving forward.
A community of shared experience and shared values, that lasts far beyond this one day.

Criteria:
Answer to one of the briefs identified in the design challenge, show a persuasive case of a scalable business model, and show evidence of consideration to the moral and ethical implications of the business model.

8:30am - Breakfast & Registration

9:00am - Morning Session

KEYNOTE

NEW YORK IS THE ORIGINAL STARTUP CITY

Erik Martin - VP of Member Engagement, WeWork

Collaboration Workshop

Warm up and activate your design thinking with an engaging team activity

Morning Coffee Break, sponsored by graze & Kopali Chocolate

Design Challenge Kick-Off

Choose a brief and freely brainstorm ideas with your team

Mentor Feedback

Industry experts validate your ideas to guide your direction

12:30pm - Working Lunch

1:15pm - Afternoon Session

INSPIRATION SESSION

TELLING YOUR STORY

Julio Terra - Outreach Lead, Kickstarter

DESIGN YOUR SOLUTION

Detail out your team's solution and value proposition

MENTOR FEEDBACK

Industry experts offer insight and reality checks

Afternoon Coffee Break, sponsored by Levity Brew & Smith Teamaker

INSPIRATION SESSION

THE 7-WORD ELEVATOR PITCH

Debera Johnson - Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Refine & Practice Your Pitch

Get your language down and put your pitch-efficiency to the test!

Presentations to the Jury

Team presentation, critique from entrepreneurial veterans, and debrief of the day

6:30pm - Drinks & Community Networking, sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery


Thanks to Marianne Aerni & Kiely Sweatt, our partners at 30weeks, along with Rebecca Silver and Neha Bhatia on the design and facilitiation of the Business Innovation Day.

In addition to our Inspiration Session speakers, our esteemed group of mentors and jurors also includes Sara Kozlowski - Director of Education, CFDA; Neil Harbisson - Co-Founder, The Cyborg Foundation; Nicole Hein - Founder, Cienne NY; Brendan Reilly - CTO, Stage 1; Moon Ribas - Co-Founder, The Cyborg Foundation; Sinclair Smith - Founder, Sinclair Smith & Co.; Julie Sygiel - Founder, Dear Kate; and Christina Lila Wilson - Director, Pakathon.

*schedule and participants subject to change