· Topic 1:Man’s Shopping
o Man’s fashion is gaining more and more popularity; however, many stores and shopping technologies are designed with female shopper in mind. How can we make shopping more man-friendly?
· Topic 2: Real Time Tracking in Retail
o Real track inventory tracking and in-store analytics is the next big thing in retail. Many retailers are not aware what items they have in store at the point of time. Inventory is checked once in 6 months, typically, at which point it is matched to the inventory on books. Today’s technology allows for cheap real time inventory tracking using RFID technology. Additionally, RFID can be used to provide consumer recommendations and styling suggestions (based on the items selected), enable consumer engagement, prevent loss, and provide analytics (traffic flow patterns, customer interest, wait times, etc).
· Topic 3: Closet Monetization
o For many fashion people, their closet is there “net worth.” What solutions can be developed to help individuals monetize the items in their closet? Potential strategies can include not only sharing and re-selling, but also using the “closet” as a tacit representation of the styling capabilities. How can this skill be shared and monetized?
· Topic 4: Luxury + eCommerce
o Many luxury brands refuse to be on line and participate in eCommerce. Luxury fashion is exclusive while the Internet is accessible. However, eCommerce is increasingly becoming an important step in the shopping journey. Is there a way for the luxury brands to participant in the eCommerce while still maintaining exclusivity?
· Topic 5: SF Style
o San Francisco has very unique style. Create SF mood board and outline fashion and retail opportunities specific to San Francisco.
· Topic 6: Fixing Fashion’s Current Challenges
o What are some key challenges or pain points in fashion and / or retail today? For which consumer segment? How can technology be used to solve this challenge?
· Topic 7: San Francisco Fashion Week App
o Design an app for San Francisco Fashion Week! - Event Management – Event Info – Event Engagement - Community Organization – Community Participation – Year-long Community Outreach – Fundraising and Sponsorship – Entertainment
· Topic 8: From Design to Manufacturing
o Small-scale, on-demand manufacturing is becoming more and more common. Design for manufacturing is also a rising trends. How can fashion designers adopt? What technology tools and solutions can help create a deeper link between designers and manufactures