Participant in the Foresight Camp in Ivanovo prepared 21 projects for NTI markets

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15 projects for the development of fashion and technology markets, 2 projects for the TechNet market roadmap, and 4 educational projects that may be included in the roadmap of the Club Movement of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) were approved at the end of the Foresight Camp held in Plyos (Ivanovo Region) on August 22 to 27.

Projects for the NTI FashionNet market

15 projects of the fashion industry may be included in the NTI’s FashionNet market roadmap. These projects for customized clothes and accessories production, creation of new decorative fabrics, introduction of information technology in the fashion industry, Big Data and blockchain technologies, as well as for research and development of textile materials and development of the national raw material base for the light industry.

One of the projects was supported by the regional government – opening a Fashion Hub in Ivanovo, a business incubator, in which it is planned to create a tailoring workshop, an own finished goods store, and an accelerated education space on one site.

“The business incubator is in line with our objectives for the development and support of small business, individual entrepreneurs,” Aleksandr Lodyshkin, the Director of the Department of Economic Development and Trade of the Ivanovo Region, said. “Here, budding designers will be able to create commercial prototypes of their products, order tailoring, sell clothes and, at the same time, get the necessary knowledge and skills from leading market experts.”

According to him, the regional authorities consider the possibility of compensating entrepreneurs for the costs of renting spaces in the business incubator and subsidizing educational programs. The opening of the business incubator is planned for 2018 already.

Representatives of industrial companies and RVC turned their attention to projects that offer the use of augmented reality technologies for creating new types of clothing, applying Big Data for sales of products and automated design of clothing and accessories.

For example, the project to create an aggregator platform collecting public data about users from various online services, suggests taking account not only the physical features of a person’s figure, but also his or her behavior, habits, preferred materials. This will allow practicing technologists and designers to make quick decisions based on aggregator data, developing scenario technologies of personalized clothing design, and amending the design documentation, thus reducing the production costs.

The authors of the FashionAR project intend to build in the clothing digital Bodyscan tags-sensors which, when you hover a mobile phone on them, “draw” additional pictures of a shirt or T-shirt. In addition, they developed a concept and a technical solution for the manufacture of clothing and materials suitable for the use of augmented reality (AR) technology.

“Clothes with an AR layer, a special application and software, on the one hand, and AR glasses, on the other hand, will enable a person to constantly change his or her appearance depending on his/her mood, state, status and desires. A gown, on which the streams of water seem to flow, or a shirt-cloud, this is quite possible in augmented reality,” the project presentation stated.

At the intersection of TechNet and FashionNet

The expert board, which included representatives of the leading Russian textile companies (Faberlic, Shuyskiye Sitsy, Protex), the Government of the Ivanovo Region, and Russian Venture Company, recommended two projects to be included in the TechNet market roadmap. These are the Fast Open Fashion platform and creating technology cells in the fashion.

As stated in the Fast Open Fashion presentation, the use of digital factories in the fashion will allows for manufacturing customized products adapted to the customer’s needs, using fundamentally new technology to manufacture fashion and lifestyle products, creating new materials from commodities that are available in Russia. A digital factory involves a full digitization of materials, production processes, implementation of fundamentally new solutions for fast production, and reducing the product delivery time to market.

The project to create a technology cell involves developing a distributed network end product manufacture system for the consumer (within walking distance from the latter). Each technology cell can assembly a customized product on request based on a digital model. The main materials to be used are composites and polymers. The network, in turn, will ensure sharing resources, thereby reducing costs. It is assumed that the first cell of this type will be open as early as this year in Ivanovo, and then, in Saint Petersburg.

As Aleksey Borovkov, the Co-Director of the TechNet market working group, told the ASI’s website editors, the project to create the technology cell requires only 300 square meters to accommodate the full local production cycle, and this is interesting for small and medium companies, universities. In other words, the project can be replicated; it is possible to launch up to 200 production facilities of this type per year countrywide.

According to him, both the Fast Open Fashion project and the project to create a technology cell are fully consistent with the concept of the TechNet market in the segment of digital, smart and virtual factories of the future.

“We plan to design products at the digital factory, and here we are already talking about Fast Open Fashion. We create a distributed network, need for interaction to be carried out through virtual factories. And, surely, the projects will move towards creativity within the digital factory. These projects are closely intertwined with the TechNet directions – these are digital designing and simulation, creation of new materials (composites) and digital smart production facilities. If the project leaders apply for inclusion in the TechNet road, we will definitely consider their applications,” Aleksey Borovkov said.

FashionNet and NTI Club Movement

Participants of the “Education” module presented 4 projects, which experts recommended to submit to the working group of the NTI Club Movement. These are creating accelerators at educational institutions, helping young designers better navigate in the fashion industry, including a new module for design competence in the school curriculum, abandonment of educational standards and migration to qualitatively new system competencies in the fashion industry.

All members of the expert board approved the Genius project by the individual entrepreneur Pavel Dratsky to create additional education center for 7 to 18-year-old children, where the latter could study engineering and natural sciences with the help of interactive, practical experiments and games.

“It is important to create such conditions when the child does not learn dogmas and theorems, but creates and discovers them independently. Children will discover the world by their experience, get involved in science,” Pavel Dratsky said. “For this purpose, we plan to use state-of-the-art technologies and materials, such as 3D and VR.”

Experts on the Foresight Camp outcome

“The Foresight Camp in Ivanovo is an important event for working on fashion industry development roadmap, in addition to foresight sessions and profile forums for the National Technology Initiative’s FashionNet market, which were previously held in Moscow and Saint Petersburg by the Russian Chamber of Fashion with the support from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives with the participation of international experts,” Aleksandr Shumsky, the initiator of the FashionNet working group creation, the Chairman of the National Russian Chamber of Fashion, said. “Fashion technology is a new scope of focus in the world, where Russian entrepreneurs have a chance to show themselves and find their niche. The projects approved in the Foresight Camp in Ivanovo will be considered at a meeting of the FashionNet working group to include them in the market roadmap.”

Developed by experts and participants of the Foresight Camp, the project mainly aimed at the creation and sales of mass ready-made products in the fashion market. “The readiness and desire of the project authors to use Big Data, platform and IT solutions in the fashion industry will allow our start-ups to outstrip foreign companies in the fashion market,” Kirill Ignatiev, an organizer of the Foresight Camp, the CEO of the Russian Investment Company Group, said. “In the world IT market, the Russia has 15% and is one of the five leading countries; this is our competitive advantage.”


The Foresight Camp organizers were the Government of the Ivanovo Region, Faberlic, Russian Investment companies, and the foresight movement of the Ivanovo Region.

The event was attended by more than 200 representatives of government, business, educational, and scientific institutions, specialists in the fashion and textile industry from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ivanovo, Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Tambov regions, as well as from Italy. The sessions were also attended by international consultants representing Pricewaterhousecoopers and Publicis.