Smart Fabrics Summit: Disruption, Innovation, and Getting ‘Back to the Future’
March 28-29, 2022
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC USA


For the last two years, the pandemic has created seemingly endless disruptions in the Smart Fabrics industry. Supply chain issues, shortages of skilled workers, and financial barriers to market entry for entrepreneurs all mean that very few were lucky enough to come through unscathed.

Despite incredibly difficult circumstances, the pandemic has created an unlikely environment for innovation in Smart Fabrics. New manufacturing processes, rapid prototyping, and innovations in flexible sensors, power sources, and fabric weaving have all been amplified by the urgent need to support the medical industry in the fight against COVID-19.

As we speed ahead with these two years in our collective rear-view mirrors, how can industry, academia, and government get ‘back to the future’, collaborating to strengthen the development and production of groundbreaking new fabric technologies?

Join IFAI and our partners, the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, for this incredible 2-day event featuring engaging education, product showcases, tours of cutting edge facilities, and great after-hours networking.


Smart Fabrics Summit brings together market segments that need to collaborate in order for the smart fabrics industry to meet its full potential and accelerate its development by U.S. manufacturers, spurring original thinking among public and private sector organizations on how new and existing policies affect future products.


For more information on the 2022 Summit, contact IFAI at events@ifai.com. Sign up for email updates below.