The IDC predicts that shipments of wearables will grow by 38.2 percent this year, reaching 110 million by the end of 2016. This rapid growth is creating opportunities across every industry but the rate of change is particularly dynamic and disruptive in the world of sports and entertainment. That’s why Women in Technology International (WITI), the leading global business organization for women in technology, is hosting its first annual Sports, Entertainment and Technology Symposium at Jabil’s Blue Sky Center today, March 31st. This event invites the key women in sports and entertainment to discuss how technology is driving new market opportunities and creating competitive advantage. Keynote speakers include Joanne Moretti, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales Enablement at Jabil; Claire Ortiz, a fashion and materials expert responsible for some of the world’s biggest sports apparel brands; Juliana Paoli, CMO and Senior Vice President of Communications at the San Jose Giants; and Jill Stelfox, Vice President at Zebra Technologies, a Jabil customer and leader in location tracking solutions.
Think about all the ways that digital technology is making your life easier. Amazon, for example, has increasingly removed “friction” from its end-to-end buying process by reducing the number of steps customers need to take in order to complete a transaction.
Around 1977, the head coach of the Finnish cross country skiing team was talking to an engineer and an inventor, Seppo Säynäjäkangas, on a ski trail in northern Finland. He lamented, "If only there was a way to measure the heart rate of the skiing athletes while they were out training!" Seppo went on to figure out the first wearable heart rate monitor and establish Polar Electro Ltd. around the idea.
In the mid-90s everybody was talking about wearable computing. Engineers and researchers from the world’s technical universities, institutions and schools suddenly found themselves able to connect with other like-minded thinkers through the Internet. This, combined with other factors in the technology industry, made wearable computing the hot new thing. Concepts were created, prototypes built, presentations were held everywhere from the International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC), but it never quite took off. Here’s eight reasons why…
The Jabil Blue Sky Center is set to host the first-of-its-kind Hardware Startup Conference on October 13 and 14. This two day event is hosted in conjunction with Wearable World and focuses on the end-to-end (e2e) process of manufacturing for hardware products. With a limited attendance of 300 people, this event aims to create an intimate experience that allows hardware entrepreneurs and startup visionaries to build deeper connections with corporate innovators.