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Future Fashion: 24 Hours In A Shopping Centre

Posted by Anna Abrell on Sep 25, 2014 7:49:56 AM

Last weekend saw the world’s first hackathon in a shopping centre: From September 20th to 21st, London’s Westfield Shopping Centre (and it’s shoppers) bore witness to a 24 hour hackathon. A group of sixty elite hackers from varied backgrounds teamed up and worked through the night to find solutions to the fashion, beauty and retail industries' problems.

Participants included developers from the likes of fashion retailer ASOS and augmented reality agency Holition; marketing minds such as senior lecturers from the London College of Fashion; and designers with backgrounds in fields such as UX design for large retailers. The competition was filled with winner from past hackathons, such as the Salesforce Hackathon, the LinkedIn and EE Hackathon, BBC News Hack and Google Chrome Drone Hackathon, along with members of Women Who Code. It was sure to be competitive!

On both Saturday and Sunday, industry experts from Google, Twitter, AllSaints, Front Row I/O were on hand to mentor teams and help them tweak their concepts. The event was accompanied by an exhibition of new technologies around the fashion, beauty and retail space. Westfield shop goers were able to test out the L’Oréal Makeup Genius, try on Google Glass, find the perfect coat using the Fashion 3D augmented reality mirror, and use vrAse to turn their smartphone into a virtual reality headset. Also available to try: the touch-responsive Displair air display; the award-winning 3D controller Leap Motion which requires only your hands, the world’s first bracelet that can charge a phone upon a mere touch, by QDesigns; and a Sound Chamber by NudeAudio. Children were also provided coding classes by FireTech Camp, London’s only tech focussed day campus for kids aged 9 - 17, and CuteCircuit held a fashion show to showcase their innovative designs.

On Sunday, the teams pitched their ideas to our panel of judges: Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council; Myf Ryan, Marketing Director UK & Europe, Westfield; Lisa Bridgett, Director of Global Sales & Marketing at the Net-A-Porter Group; Lee Epting, Vice President at the Samsung Media Solution Centre Europe; Pia Stanchina, Senior Industry Manager at Google; and Millie Mackintosh. They judged the concepts according to four criteria: Is it innovative? Would it excite consumers? Is it cool/beautiful? and Does it solve a real problem?

And the winner? SkipQ, a system that works as an automatic check-out for fast fashion retailers: using unique removable security tags and detachers that only allow the removal of security tags of items that have been paid for, it allows users to pay for an item of clothing on their phone in-store, and leave the store. The SkipQ team will fly to San Francisco for three nights, to receive mentoring from industry leaders of Silicon Valley, including Westfield Labs’ Global Chief Digital Officer Kevin McKenzie. Congratulations!

The audience pick was ShopAID(E), which was designed to enrich the personal shopping experience through allowing users to shop with friends and influencers around the world by way of donating to charity. Check out all the highlights here.

Reported by Anna Abrell

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Topics: google glass, Holition, hackathon, vrAse, westfield, L'oreal, FireTech Camp, Displair, ASOS, NudeAudio, Weekly Stories, London College of Fashion, QDesigns, leap motion

Westfield Hackathon: Ladies Take The Lead

Posted by Kelsey Wandmacher on Sep 19, 2014 7:44:01 AM
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Topics: hackathon, Millie Mackintosh, westfield, Caroline Rush, Pia Stanchina, Lee Epting, Myf Ryan, Lisa Bridgett, Weekly Stories

And the winner is...Loop!

Posted by Fay Cowan on May 14, 2014 9:16:55 AM

Yesterday fresh from the battlefield of the weekend's Fashion Hackathon five teams pitched for the chance to be crowned top hack. With just 24hrs to polish there products and prepare to present in front of William Kim, CEO of AllSaints, Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Designer Lulu Guinness and an audience of over 350 fashion, retail and technology professionals.

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Topics: hackathon, AllSaints, e-commerce, Innovation, winner, technology, finalists, fashion, Lulu Guinness, Weekly Stories, The British Fashion Council, Fashion Hackathon, fashion tech, Retailing

Hackathon Finalists Announced

Posted by Fay Cowan on May 12, 2014 8:50:03 AM

Over this past weekend, May 10-11, 150 programmers, entrepreneurs, graphic designers and industry experts came together to build tech that could solve relevant problems in fashion & retail. It all started with a chat with the British Fashion Council, AllSaints and Mary Katrantzou - clarifying details on how the industry works, and inspiring teams to strive towards solutions that could be applied in the immediate future.

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Topics: hackathon, AllSaints, mary katrantzou, tech, online, british fashion council, finalists, San Francisco, fashion, retail, decoded fashion, Weekly Stories, digital

Founders Talk: New Ideas in Ecom & Mcom

Posted by Fay Cowan on Apr 17, 2014 6:48:21 AM

After launching in Paris, Dublin and Berlin, it was time to head back to London for our Meetup. Having recently moved into the old White Cube gallery, what better way to settle in to our new home in Hoxton Square, than a Meetup looking at “New Ideas in Ecom and Mcom”.

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Topics: hackathon, AllSaints, british fashion council, wonderluk, Decoded Fashion Meetup, Chris Morton, Jen Rubio, lyst, Nuji, Weekly Stories, Provenance, Gemma Ebelis

A Hacker Perspective: Recapping the World's First Fashion Hackathon

Posted by Brandon Fail on Feb 8, 2013 1:05:02 PM

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Topics: hackathon, startups, tech, the shoplift, entrepreneurs, pitch, apps, fashion, fashion industry, API, Rachel Roy, Weekly Stories, modalyst, Fashion Hackathon, fashion dashboard

Watch the Fashion Hackathon Finalists

Posted by Stephanie Cain on Feb 8, 2013 10:00:07 AM

Miss the pitches by our five finalists teams or just want to relive the magic? Check out the video of pitches by 42, Avant-Garde, Coveted, Fashion Dashboard, and SWATCHit!

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Topics: hackathon, startups, tech, 42, swatchit, coveted, fashion, avant-garde, Weekly Stories, Fashion Hackathon, pitches, fashion dashboard

The Fashion Hackathon Finalists

Posted by Stephanie Cain on Feb 7, 2013 7:56:01 PM


On Feb. 2-3, Decoded Fashion held the world’s first Fashion Hackathon, a 24-hour event where 550 registered participants and 78 teams competed to build a technology that helps American fashion designers.

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Topics: hackathon, startups, uri minkoff, e-commerce, tech, rebecca minkoff, emerging market, dkny, 42, steven kolb, apps, Michael Kors, swatchit, coveted, fashion, Zac Posen, dirk standen, social media, avant-garde, analytics, Rachel Roy, Weekly Stories, style.com, Fashion Hackathon, fashion tech, gilt groupe, fashion dashboard, donna karan, CFDA, tumblr

Hack Talk: Spotify’s Hacker Advocate Andrew Mager

Posted by Stephanie Cain on Feb 1, 2013 10:00:29 AM

We may be the first Fashion Hackathon, but we’re also the first Hackathon for plenty of developers, designers and business and marketing professionals. What? how? why? do you do what? when? To answer some of the top questions, we talked to Spotify’s Hacker Advocate Andrew Mager, who’s been to more than 50 hackathons around the world.

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Topics: Decoded Fashion Forum, hackathon, spotify, e-commerce, tech, commerce, APIs, art, Fashion Tech Talk, music, fashion, retail, Weekly Stories, Fashion Hackathon

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