The Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo is taking place this year on September 23-25, 2009 at the San Diego Convention Center. At this year’s conference, they will have a Smart Textiles Solutions symposium filled with a great venue of speakers and experts from the field. I am planning on attending the session and will cover it on the blog. Here’s the schedule of speakers for those of you also interested in attending. 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM SESSION 1: WORLD TRENDS & INNOVATIONS IN SMART TEXTILES—Isa Hoffmann SESSION 2: TEXTILE FOUNDATIONS Multifunctional Woven Cloth for Fuel Cell Gas Diffusion Media—Michael Ellis Methods for Fabricating Broadloom Mesh Networks and Allowing Electrical Connections to be Formed Across Discontinuities—Jeremiah Slade NETWORKING LUNCHEON SESSION 3: CONSTRUCTION/MANUFACTURE OF E-TEXTILES AND SMART GARMENTS Connectors in Flexible Fabrics to Reduce Load Requirements for Soldiers —Eric Gans LilyPad Arduino: A Kit for Prototyping Electronic Textiles—Leah Buechley Smart Textiles as a Component in a System—Michael Corbett SESSION 4: APPLICATIONS OF E-TEXTILES Design Innovation and the Development of a Material Culture: fashion, tools, tradition and experimentation—Despina Papadopoulos Commercializing a Smart Fabric Sensor— Brian Russell E-textile – State of the Market—Qaizar Hassonjee SESSION 5: PANEL DISCUSSION: BARRIERS TO ENTRY/E-TEXTILE FUTURES NETWORKING RECEPTION The session costs $199 for members and $299 for non-members. Student discounts may be available.