SmartX says goodbye, but the European smart textiles community goes on
After the success of the SmartX Europe project, and the Textile ETP's ‘Innovating in Smart Textiles’ Masterclass, the Textile ETP is combining these two communities of +1000 experts. The new Community will bring together leading industry innovators and tech developers from all over Europe, offering different services such as e‑learning, physical and virtual networking, brokerage and coaching activities.
The SmartX project has come to an end
After nearly three years of open calls for proposals, SME coaching sessions, monthly member webinars,and several in-person meetings, our community came together for the last time at the Final SmartX Conference in April 2022.
Credit Anna Sigge
BUILDING THE EUROPEAN SMART TEXTILES VALUE CHAIN
The primary objective of SmartX programme is to build a community with all those who count for the future of European smart textiles. Within this community, the key ambition of SmartX is to shape and establish the industrial value chains that are needed to realise industrial manufacturing of smart textiles and to set up the ecosystem for full commercial exploitation.
25 TRAILBLAZER PROJECTS SELECTED AND FUNDED
Each of these projects focuses on a specific product and a related part of the value chain for Smart Textiles. SmartX Trailblazer projects combine a set of disciplines, regions and/or cultures for the first time, thus following the true meaning of a trailblazer: making a new path. They serve as flagships, i.e. high-level showcases.
THE SMARTX COMMUNITY PLATFORM
The SmartX open collaboration platform and the cross-sectoral and cross-cultural matchmaking also help to create a common language, understanding and perception. The platform presents the needs, possibilities and limits of the collaborating sectors but also of wider stakeholders (e.g. data security, standardisation), to simplify the initiation of joint innovation.