Wearshops aggregates key content regarding alternative learning workshops for wearable technology for the purpose of open public consumption to emphasize offline educational experiences.
Wearshops (WW) is an initiative by two graduate students from Parsons’ MFA DT program. Our goal is to create a digital platform that synthesizes and organizes the increasingly proliferating information about off-line practices for wearable technology. Wearable technology is cost prohibitive and the information is difficult to transmit with out face-to-face interactions. In response to online educational practices’ limitation for fully engaging with the complexity of this emerging field, we aim to gather information on educational “workshops” at labs, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and smaller communities related to wearable technology. These workshops require hands-on training and onsite collaborations between designers, engineers, and teachers. Focusing on closing the gap between industry professionals and college students, this project will identify the best practices that will contribute to the growth of wearables and elevate the standard of education in this emerging field. WW aims to provide greater accessibility, open-sourced materials, and networking resources.