Date: Friday 9 September, 2016
Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
A more sustainable fashion system: is digital disruption fuelling positive change?
The digital space is disrupting the way the fashion supply chain – which contributes to the second biggest polluting industry in the world – communicates. Some players are now using digital technology to their advantage as they build more sustainable businesses whilst reducing waste, as they seek to cut out traditional road blocks that lead to clunky and often complex supply chains, and waste in the production process.
Today, we are witnessing a rapid rise in digital tools and open-source information that is disrupting traditional processes and incubating positive change. Tech-savvy and forward-thinking designers are using the digital space to connect with multi-level stakeholders in new ways. For them, the supply chain is experiencing greater acceleration and flexibility, driven principally by better communication between designers and makers that allows for dynamic collaboration and more sustainable production. And for those designers weaving digital into their supply chains, the rewards mean better stories for their ever more astute customers – from where, how and by whom the clothes were made.
When it comes to promoting sustainability, can digital help to transform dedicated sustainable fashion brands into successful, moneymaking businesses? Is digital the support that emerging sustainable fashion brands have been waiting for?
Josie Tam, Chief Solution Officer, Tech Packer
Josie Tam is a key driving force behind Techpacker.com, an innovative application developed to help fashion designers communicate more effectively with factories. She is co-founder and CTO, bringing with her more than 10 years of experience in both business process reengineering and software development. As a lover of fashion and technology, she is committed to creating tools, resources and environments to infuse innovation into the industry through persistent tests and experimental processes. Josie holds a Masters degree in IT Management from Chinese University of Hong Kong .
Jia Jih Chai, Vice President International, Carousell
As Vice-President, International at Carousell, JJ oversees international expansion, financial planning and strategy at one of the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile classifieds app. Carousell makes it easy for anyone with a smartphone to snap, list, and sell in 30 seconds. The marketplace is focused on growing a global community that believes changing the way we consume things can make life more meaningful. Prior to Carousell, JJ was the SE-Asia Managing Director & Head of APAC Host Operations for Airbnb, and was named in Campaign Asia’s ‘40 Under 40’ in 2015.
Angus Tsui, Founder, Angus Tsui
Angus Tsui is a Hong Kong-based sustainable designer who first rose to fame as the People’s Award winner in the 2012 cycle of The EcoChic Design Award Hong Kong. He launched his namesake brand in 2014 which applies zero-waste up-cycling design techniques and uses excess fabric stock sourced from Hong Kong companies and social enterprises. Hong Kong celebrities Kary Ng, Raymond Lam, Shiga Lin and Queenie Chu are among his fans and his brand has been named a “Black Sheep” by the world-leading independent designer platform, Not Just A Label.
Christina Dean, Founder & CEO, Redress
Christina Dean is a sustainable fashion advocate who founded Redress in 2007 in Hong Kong. She is a regular speaker at seminars, contributes opinion pieces and editorials to a wide range of magazines. She has received numerous recognitions, including Coco Eco’s ‘2010’s Most Influential Women in Green’ and by UK Vogue as one of the UK’s ‘Top 30 Inspirational Women’. Previously, Christina was an award winning journalist and a practicing dentist.