Evan Huggins is a graduate student in industrial design at Pratt Institute where he focuses on the intersection of inventive mechanism, aesthetic clarity, and human need. Evan is versed in physical computing, 3D modeling, digital fabrication, graphic design and visual storytelling. His current area of research focuses on the role of the human body in a highly automated, data-driven society.
He holds a BA in English Literature from The Colorado College and is experienced in project management in the education sector where he developed and led service-learning trips to Ghana and Tanzania. He was raised in a Transcendental Meditation community in Iowa and retains deep roots to practices of self. An avid maker and explorer, Evan has lived in Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, San Francisco, and Jackson Hole.
Caitlin Sikora graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from University of California, Irvine with a BA in Dance and a BS in Physics, receiving the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Physics for her investigation of leptogenesis. In her time at UC Irvine, Sikora also designed and taught a quarter-long seminar to other undergraduates on the Physics of Dance and created two fully produced choreographic works. Sikora has performed professionally with Winifred Harris’s Between Lines Dance Company, Indah Walsh Dance Company, and the Hannah Kahn Dance Company. Her creative work has been shown at the Warwick Summer Arts Festival, Flux Factory, Hacking Arts Festival, and Boulder International Fringe Festival.
In 2015, Sikora completed her MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received two interdepartmental collaboration grants for movement/technology projects, along with a creative research residency hosted by Danspace Project. In 2016, she finished an MS in Integrated Digital Media at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, where she focused on analyzing and generating motion capture data, creating movement-based interfaces between humans and computers, and developing wearable and assistive technologies.
Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman is a product visionary. As Founder and Principal of Interwoven Design Group, she combines her expertise in wearable technology and smart textiles with a passion for design. A pioneering researcher in design methodologies and smart materials, her latest work includes, “Remo”, a wearable guidance system that teaches movement with haptic feedback, the “WithMe” baby monitor, and “BioWear,” a kinetic accessory that communicates the wearer’s emotions. She is the author of Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics, released in 2016 by Laurence King Publishers, London.
Rebeccah’s unique vision has been realized internationally; her clients range from start-ups to NASA. She has over 25 years of experience designing products for active sportswear, and has held positions as design director for Nike, Champion and Fila. She is founding director of the Intelligent Materials Applied Research & Innovation Lab (IMARI) at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and a former research fellow at the T-Lab for Wearable Technology at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.
Aaron is a biologist turned designer. He is passionate about understanding and improving the natural abilities of the body. He holds a BA in Biology and and is in his final semester of his MID Pratt Institute. Aaron has exhibited work at Dubai Design week, The Hackers On Planet Earth Conference, The School of Visual Arts, and BioFabricate and worked most recently in aerospace garment design. In addition to working on the Remo team, he is also a co-founder of AlgiKnit, a biomaterial research group.