The Future of Technology Will Be Unveiled at FITC Toronto 2017, Canada's Largest Digital Media Conference

Key Speaker Anouk Wipprecht Fuses High Fashion with Cutting Edge Technology

TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - FITC Toronto, Canada's largest tech and digital media conference, will welcome Dutch engineer and fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht this April to unveil the latest in 'FashionTech.' Wipprecht is one of the world's most daring designers, fusing cutting-edge technology and high fashion to explore how 'what we wear' will shape our lives in the future.

"Fashion for me is about expression and communication, but the things we wear at the moment are 'analog.' Putting electronics in fashion opens up a whole new world of possibilities on how we can express and communicate ourselves," said Wipprecht.

Wipprecht is now famous for her 'spider dress': robotic spider legs, equipped with proximity sensors, are attached to the dress. They automatically attack anyone who comes near, creating a defined boundary of personal space while exploring 'fierce' style.

She will speak about her latest creations (think, an octopus-inspired dress that emits smoke) and how looking at "fashion as interface" will change what we wear and how we live in the very near future.

"The relationship between the body and technology is closer than ever. Embedded processors and sensors for transmitting and receiving information create a vision of cultural transformation that is both exciting and disturbing," she said.

Wipprecht is one of many digital creators, leaders, and influencers from the world's most-successful technology and design companies who will speak at FITC Toronto. Other confirmed speakers include interaction designer Jared Ficklin, creating the next-generation of touch, voice, or gesture activated products for companies like HP, Microsoft, and LG.

Shantell Martin will speak too. Her whimsical, dreamlike art has landed her international fame, with appearances on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and spreads in the New York Times and Vogue. FITC Toronto will also feature Hydro 74, known for pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, and Erin Sarofsky, whose design studio works with the biggest blockbusters in TV and films, like Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, and the show Community.

"Our goal is to bring the future of design, technology, and ideas under one roof right here in Toronto. This is one of our strongest lineups yet," said Shawn Pucknell, FITC's founder.

FITC Toronto is the best event to get hands on with the latest technology including augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, and robotics; as well as to checkout the future of motion graphics, the web, interactive film, design and everything digital.

Dozens of internationally-acclaimed speakers are currently working on talks for FITC Toronto and are available to discuss their latest projects ahead of the event. Please check out the full list of speakers at, and contact FITC at any point to arrange interviews.

Event Details:
APRIL 23-25, 2017 (3 DAYS)
Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON Canada
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ABOUT FITC: FITC stands for 'Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity.' – four words that capture the essence of what our company and events are all about. We produce design and technology focused events worldwide that inspire, educate and challenge attendees. FITC Toronto is our flagship event, with more than 1,300 attendees every year and attracting the world's pioneers in technology and digital media.

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For further information: For media inquires or to attend please contact: Patrick Faller, Media Co-ordinator, +1-902-218-1467,


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