How Women of Wearables won funding to deliver wearable tech workshops

This was my first time pitching for funding that I found after we were approached by Debbie to host a wearables workshop for her students! I hope you pick up some great tips of confidence for speaking to a crowd and pitching.

Original post By Michelle Hua @MadeWithGlove on www.womenofwearables.com

CEO, Debbie Edwards of FDisrupters, a start-up in Liverpool approached Women of Wearables to deliver our wearable tech workshop. The goal was to inspire 11 young girls aged 14-18 in her 14 week pilot program of workshops on confidence, self belief and tech skills.

As with most challenges start-ups face, Debbie was waiting for funding to enable us to deliver our workshops.

Our Wearable Tech Assistant, Rachael Yeung from Liverpool used her initiative and discovered a funding avenue through Awesome Liverpool.

Awesome Liverpool Logo

Awesome Liverpool is a chapter of the Awesome Foundation.  It is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome globally. Established in 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1000 grants to projects and creators.

In the UK, it is £500 and the money comes from 10 local Trustees who each put in £50 in a kitty for allocation each month.

There are 87 chapters in 20 countries world wide and disappointingly, there is only 1 chapter in the UK. But that’s why I think it’s fittingly called Awesome Liverpool.

After we secretly submitted an online form answering a series of questions about the brief on delivering a wearable tech workshop for FDisrupters and ensured that it fit the criteria of:

1.     Solves a problem

2.     Has a budget

3.     Keeping it local and most importantly,

4.     Bringing joy

we were shortlisted in the top 3 after 70 applicants had submitted!

Read the whole blog post on the Women of Wearables website here!

How Women of Wearables won funding to deliver wearable tech workshops

Wearable tech | WOW Talks | Women in Tech event London

I’ve been a busy wearable tech assistant at work with MadeWithGlove and WoW UK Women of wearables! Check out what we’ve been up to.

WoW UK co-founder Marija Butkovic and Wearable Tech assistant Rachael Yeung exhibited at the WOW Talks TV’s first women in tech event on 20th September 2016 in London. Here is Rachael’s account of it all.

wearables tech assistant Rachael Yeung from WoW UK Women of wearables and MadeWIthGlove at the Women in Tech event in London hosted by WOWTalks
All of the school pupils were so intrigued!

Setting up the exhibit space in the morning with our brand new display banner as we braced ourselves for the crowd of inspiration hungry school pupils to arrive.  We were informed that there would be 400 school girls arriving to be inspired!

Check out what happened on the official Women of Wearables website written by Rachael Yeung and edited by Michelle Hua on www.womenofwearables.com 

Wearable tech | WOW Talks | Women in Tech event London

Guest blog: WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | UV Sensor Hat

I have been busy yet again creating more wearable tech! This time it is a UV sensor hat that reminds you to reapply your sunscreen. With summer being quite hot this year, we definitely need to ensure we are sun safe!

I explain how I made the wearable tech UV hat with Adafruit’s instructions in my latest guest blog for WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion over on the MadeWithGlove website. Read it here or copy and paste the link in the quotes below:

” http://www.michellehua.co.uk/wtf-wearable-tech-fashion-uv-sensor-hat/ ”

UV Sensor hat blog title photo wearable tech wearabletech fashtech fashion technology wearables diversity MadeWithGlove Womenintech

Guest blog: WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | UV Sensor Hat

Guest blog: WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | The Human Sensor

I have been a busy bee working on an exciting climate change project with Invisible Dust called the Human Sensor. The Human Sensor was designed by London artist Kasia Molga who brought to her project up North to Manchester as part of the European City of Science Festival.

The Human Sensor live performance costumes are wearable capes which consists of a mask and sensors to dis play the air pollution that the wearer breathes in. The concept of the project is to make the invisible harmful particulates in the air visible, raising awareness of the recent findings by leading London scientists.

Check out what happened on this exciting week in Manchester here.

Guest blog: WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | The Human Sensor

VLOG: A Hermes Birkin for £30?!

Another Vlog! A Hermes Bag??!

A little late due to technical mishaps, and some downright laziness due to hot weather. This weekends vlog I show you the ‘Birkin’ Hermit* bag I found online for £30! I’ll take you with me to making my must have spring/summer skirt, lots of eating with the family, and as always a cameo of my cat Misty The Moggie looking damn cute. Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCRzinbRej0

*Don’t forget to check out the new donned luxury fashion names list here for a giggle!

 

Rinniboo

VLOG: A Hermes Birkin for £30?!

Guest Blog: The Personal Space Dress??

Do you sometimes feel that your personal space is being invaded in crowded and not so crowded places?

Artist and PhD student, Kathleen McDermott based in New York, created a Personal Space Dress during her studies in Hong Kong.  Her aim was to incorporate wearable technology into her projects that instantly strikes a conversation with people and their interaction with society.

Check out the new WTF post here.

Guest Blog: The Personal Space Dress??

WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | LED Light up shoes

I’ve been busy on another WTF project – making my very own LED light up shoes!  Here’s how I combined coding with fashion and troubleshooting skills to make these FUNky and FUNctional LED light up shoes!

Reminisce of the childhood days when you had light up shoes. I show you how I made sophisticated ones that are rechargeable! Read it all here.

 

-Rinniboo.

WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion | LED Light up shoes