Fashion + Technology

Fashion + Technology


Fashion Institute of Technology
David Dubinsky Student Center 
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Join us for exciting afternoon exploring how technology is remaking fashion in its own image. From AI assisted design to the revolution of Blockchain to wearable tech in clothing we are bringing the future of fashion to you! Speakers from the design lab at FIT, tech fabric manufacturers, and business connectors who follow consumer shopping trends will all be here. The afternoon will include a networking session with refreshments and a chance to meet the speakers and other industry leaders.

Symposium Fee  

General: $40 online, $50 at door  
Early bird online registration by February 28: $35
Full-time students: $25 
FIT students: Complimentary (Register here)   

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Michael Ferraro, Executive Director of the FIT/Infor Design and Technology Lab (DTech), Fashion Institute of Technology 

The DTech Lab is a public/private partnership whose mission is to engage faculty and students to solve industry problems using design and technology. The strategic goals of DTech's experiential learning are accomplished through projects that empower entrepreneurs and engage industry. 

Creative technologist, researcher, artist and educator, Mr. Ferraro’s career spans the worlds of software development, virtual reality media production, fine art, commercial entertainment and higher education. He came to FIT from Lehman College/CUNY where he spent 12 years as an associate professor in the digital media program of the art department. In 2015, working with students, he won a NY Emmy for Graphics and Animation Supervision for a series of PSA’s entitled “Best of the Bronx”.


Janine Just, Chief Connectologist, Janine Just, Inc.  

Janine Just, Inc. is a PR firm that connects audiences to a brand’s story through one-of-a-kind experiences. Living in New York City for nearly 20 years, Ms. Just has worked with major companies including Citigroup, KIND Snacks, Douglas Elliman, Headspace, Deep Eddy Vodka, The Ultimate Cuff, DV Closet, Caravan Stylist Studio, Sheree Cosmetics, and the Pines Foundation. She creates experiences that allow brands to connect with their core audience. She utilizes traditional PR and maximizes social media for campaigns that allow a brand to reach further.  


Ilaria Varoli, Executive Vice President and Co-founder, Myant Inc.  

Ms. Varoli leads company operations and strategic development for the Textile Computing™ company. She is a proven and dedicated leader with a long history of professional management, restructuring, and strategic development. She has spent over 20 years in executive roles in the retail sector, and the last 10 in the Technology and Textile sectors. Ms. Varoli has been featured in numerous national media outlets and continues to be a crucial component of the restructuring and growth strategies of several Clothing & Apparel companies.