MeshCon 10-15 Oct. 2014
Fashion and Technology Week
Technische Universität Berlin

The benefits of participatory production in the textile industry. Software developers, hardware makers, fashion designers, pattern creators, knitters, and textile manipulators exchange ideas for fair personalized fashion and future technologies of production.

What is MeshCon

How to reap the benefits of participatory production in the textile industry is the topic of the first edition of MeshCon taking place in Berlin from October 10-15, 2014.

We are developing concepts and Free and Open Source technologies for fair and environment friendly production of garments and textiles at home and in the industry. MeshCon Berlin brings together industry representatives, fashion designers, pattern creators, knitters, textile manipulators, FOSS developers and DIY hardware makers. The event offers a place to exchange new ideas in personalized fashion and technologies in the garment production.

Participants from across the world are joining the five day event at locations around Berlin city. The first day will start with a conference at the Technische Universität Berlin. In the following days you can learn how to create your own fashion and wearables at workshops at the Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. office.

Some of the projects presented at the event are below.

Beautiful Knitting with your PC

Use a digital image from your computer and simple software such as Paint or GIMP under Windows, Mac or Linux and create beautiful knits. We upgrade your old Brother knitting machines with our AYAB electronic shields. In a few easy steps you replace the existing control board of your machine with the AYAB controller. Then plugin in the cable with the Arduino part to your computer and start knitting with your PC like in the 21st century!

Project Website

Wearables: Fashion Gaming with Feeling Forces

We are creating compelling wearables that provide exciting haptic feedback. Our approach achieves a low hardware footprint by leveraging the user's own muscle power through electrical-muscle stimulation. We demonstrate how our research at the Human Computer Interaction lab in the Hasso Plattner Institute enables wearable devices to become more immersive without sacrificing their form factor.

Project Website

Pattern Software for Fashion Makers

Valentina is a new Free and Open Source patternmaking software for fashion designers and manufacturers with an app like interface. Valentina patterns can fit an actual person using precision formulas and real body measurements. Valentina provides tools to reduce the amount of manual work required for patternmaking. The project uses open data formats which are readable by any computer system.

Project Website

Hard Core Vein: Wearable Tube Suit Prototype

Hard Core Vein is a wearable prototype suit like piece that combines fashion with technology, music, and 3D printed illustrations. The suit is made of transparent tubes with ink in them. The tubes form patterns and illustrative figures, and are connected to small pumps that respond to musical beats. The liquid can thus be made to move to the rhythm of the music, just like blood being pumped through arteries.

Project Website

Body Apps Measurement Solution for Customized Production

Body Apps helps users to collect and manage their body data. Individual measurements can be stored offline or online where they can be shared with garment sellers that can match their cloth to their customers. Based on the data customized patterns can be generated for tailor-made clothes. The app generates 3D figures, that can ultimately be dressed and exported to virtual realities. The project is supported by Google Summer of Code 2014.

Project Website

Embroidery for the Masses

Embroidermodder is a free machine embroidery software tool that supports a variety of formats and allows the user to add custom modifications to their embroidery designs. One of the byproducts of Embroidermodder 2 was the creation of libembroidery. libembroidery is written in C. It supports reading and writing of a variety of embroidery formats, and several vector formats which are not commonly used in embroidery.

Project Website


MeshCon Agenda Overview and Locations

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MeshCon Agenda Oct. 10, 11, 12

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MeshCon Agenda Oct. 13, 14, 15

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Time Activity Location
Thu Oct. 9
Social Pre-Event Meetup More/RSVP Kremanski, Adalbertstr. 96, Kreuzberg
(near U Kottbusser Tor)
Fri Oct. 10

Presentations and Talks
* Fashion and Technology Projects from Around the World
with 23 Speakers from 12 Countries More/RSVP
* Afterwards Apperitivo and Berlin Style Dinner

Technische Universität Berlin
Marchstrasse 23, 10587 Berlin
(near U Ernst Reuter Platz)

Apotheke Hackesches Quartier
Henriette-Herz-Platz 3, Berlin
(opposite S Hackescher Markt)
Sat Oct. 11

Talks and Workshops
* Machine Knitting with AYAB & friends. Use images from your PCs and transfer them to a knitting machine with an Arduino and AYAB shield With Christian Obersteiner, Andz and Kerstin Michler More/RSVP
* Let's make Wearables with a 4 Euro WiFi Wireless Module with Benjamin Henrion More/RSVP
* Make Digital Sewing Patterns with Valentina Software and your PC with Roman Telezhinsky More/RSVP
* Create Apps for Firefox OS and develop FashionTec Website at the Mozilla Hacking Day More/RSVP

Technische Universität Berlin
Marchstrasse 23, 10587 Berlin
(near U Ernst Reuter Platz)
Sun Oct. 12

Meet Up
* Brunch in Berlin-Friedrichshain More/RSVP
* Followed by visit of Berlin Co-Sewing Space Nadelwald in afternoon

Gabriel-Max-Straße 17, 10245 Berlin (near U+S Warschauer Str.)

Nadelwald Co-Sewing Space
Friedelstraße 11, 12047 Berlin
(near U Schönleinstr. or U Hermannplatz)
Mon Oct. 13

* Coole Eigene Strickfashion mit Strickmaschinen Herstellen bei Maschinenstricken für Beginner und Fortgeschrittene mit Gisela Schulz More/RSVP
* Verkauf und Marketing für Modedesigner und Schneider auf Fairmondo mit Katrin Bartels More/RSVP
* Fashion Popups: How to pop up, what to consider, what to look out for More/RSVP

Wikimedia e.V. Deutschland
Tempelhofer Ufer 23/24, 10963 Berlin (near U Möckernbrücke)
Tue Oct. 14

* Nähcafe Co-Sewing für Fashion-Makers und Textil-Manipulatoren mit Swantje Wendt More/RSVP
* 3D-Druck als Werkzeug zur Herstellung von Fashion-Items für Modemacher More/RSVP

Wikimedia e.V. Deutschland
Tempelhofer Ufer 23/24, 10963 Berlin (near U Möckernbrücke)
Wed Oct. 15

Open Space
* im Elextronic & Textile Institute Berlin
* mit Victoria Pawlik und Jessie Englishtsch/English) More/RSVP

Koloniestrasse 10, 13357 Berlin-Wedding (near U Osloer Str.)
Wed Oct. 15

M3 - Maker & Manufacturer Meetup mit Lutz Villalba-Adorno Founder von Maker Cloud More/RSVP

BASE_camp, 51-53 Mittelstraße 10117 Berlin

Our Rocking Speakers

So Kanno (Japan)

Fashion Artist and Developer

Pedro Lopes (Portugal)

Wearable Haptic Devices at Hasso Plattner Institute

Angela Ittel (Berlin)

Professor and Vice President TU Berlin

Roman Telezhinsky (Ukraine)

Valentina Pattern Software

Gesche Joost (Germany)

Professor Design Theory at Universität der Künste Berlin

Andz (Andreas Müller, Munich)

Knitting Machine Hacker

Maartje Dijkstra (The Netherlands)

Fashion-Music-3D Artist

Christian Obersteiner (Munich)

Knitting Machine Software Developer

Tank Thunderbird (US)

Digital Studio Manager at SP Fashion

Jörg Henning (Germany / Vietnam)

Body-Apps Developer

Madeleine Shepherd (UK)

Botanica Mathematica & Knitting

Olga Nowikow (Berlin)

Fashionist at Lebenskleidung

Martin Schneider (Weimar)


Katharina Bredies (Berlin)

Designforschung Universität der Künste

Benjamin Henrion (Belgium)

President FFII

Sabine Hülsebus (Berlin)

Project Manager Fashion Network

Beorn Lebenstedt aka Newk (The Netherlands)

Fashion Technologist and DJ

Coko Diamond (Berlin)

Founder Presema

Julian Renard (Paris)

Fashion Startup Holyvice

Hong Phuc Dang (Vietnam)

Mathematical Sewing Patterns with Processing

Anna Wieland (Karlsruhe)

Virtual Fashion Experience

Julia Kümmel (Berlin)

Maker and Process Coach at Making Things Happen

Jeff Donaldson (USA)

Founder Glitchaus

Kerstin Michler (Jena)

Founder Knitting Forum

Jean-Michel Argaud (France)

Entrepreneur and Founder Kodewear

Margaret Zollinger (Switzerland)

Knitting & Wearables, Kunsthochschule Weissensee

Swantje Wendt

Nadelwald Co-Sewing Space

Katrin Bartels (Berlin)


Yves Pierre (Haiti)

Founder Copertura

Lutz Villalba-Adorno

eBusiness Consultant & agile Productmanager

Gisela Schulz (Germany)

Knitting Machine Expert

Emily Shurey (UK)

We Are Pop Up

Patrick Proy (France)

Patternmaking on the Web

Victoria Pawlik (Berlin)

Electronic Textile Institute

Michael Kohler

Developer and Mozilla Rep

Meet the team

Prof. Dr. Hans-Liudger Dienel

TU Berlin

Dr. Josephine Barbe

TU Berlin

Mario Behling

MBM Managing Director

André Rebentisch


Prof. Oliver MacConnell

Modemanagement BBW Hochschule

Melanie Stilz

TU Berlin


Fr.10/Sat.11 Oct
Technische Universität Berlin
Marchstrasse 23, MAR 1-1
10587 Berlin
(U1 Ernst-Reuter-Platz)

Su.12 Oct
Nadelwald Co-Sewing Space
Friedelstr.11, 12047 Berlin
(near U8 Schönleinstr., U7, U8 Hermannplatz)

Mo.13/Tue.14 Oct
Wikimedia Deutschland
Tempelhofer Ufer 23/24
10963 Berlin
(near U1, U7 Möckernbrücke)

Wed. 15.Oct.
Electronic & Textile Institute
Koloniestrasse 10
13357 Berlin-Wedding
(near U Osloer Str.)

André Rebentisch:

"Meshcon is an exciting event, where creative minds merge and develop ideas. Join us and become part of the team. Please fill out the form for Volunteering here."

Wear It - Our Festival Partner

Wear It | festival for wearable electronics and arts

11th and 12th of October 2014 at Betahaus Berlin and Platoon Kunsthalle. Wearables are shaping up to be the next big thing and we're kicking off the first ever Wear It festival with the theme "Make Your Dress Code". More Info..

Our Hosts

TU Berlin
Wikimedia Germany
Nadelwald Co-Sewing Space Berlin

Our Partners

Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V.


Mozilla Hacking Day Berlin

m3 Maker & Manufacturer Event

BBW Hochschule


Internationale Gesellschaft

LXDE Foundation e.V.

Wear It Berlin

NEMONA - Netzwerk Mode und Nähen

Project Valentina Patternmaking

Focus on Fashion and Industry

Strickforum Deutschland

Electronic & Textile Institute

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland

Media and Supporting Partners

Voice Republic


Think Big

Berliner Gazette

Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft


Pop-up Village


Creative City Berlin


Presema by Coko Diamond



Copertura Label


Internationale Apotheke Hackesches Quartier


Berlin FashionTec Meetups

Looking for interesting meetups and interview partners. Join us at our regular FashionTec Meetups in Berlin.

FashionTec Berlin Meetup

MeshCon Podcasts

Listen to the MeshCon talks recorded by our partner Voice Republic.

Listen to Podcasts

Royalty Free Photos

Download free MeshCon photos at Flickr.

Get MeshCon Photos

Press Coverage

Radio Mode On Demand: Kleidung maßgeschneidert übers Netz, Christine Ricken, Ralf Caspary, SWR2 Impuls, 20.10.2014, 16.05 Uhr [Download]
Radio Mode trifft Technik, Hanna Metzen, RBB Inforadio, Wissenswerte, 15.10.2014, 10:25 Uhr [Download]
TV Kurzreportage MeshCon Berlin, Berliner Abendschau, 11.10.2014
TV Kurzreportage Tragbare Technik - FashionTec bei zibb, RBB, Heimke Burkhardt, 10.10.2014
Magazin Linuxmagazin: Meshcon 14 mischt Mode und (offene) Technologien, Kristian Kißling, 06.10.2014
Online Netzpolitik: MeshCon: Die Fashion and Technology Week in Berlin, Markus Beckedahl, 06.10.2014
Online Informationsdienst Wisssenschaft: Kleider „on Demand“ für die Mode der Zukunft, 01.10.2014
Online Tip Berlin: MeshCon startet in Berlin, 10.10.2014
Radio Live-Interview auf Radio Fritz, Hadnet Tesfai, Caroma Club, 11.10.2014 [Download]
Online Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie - Gründernachrichten, 10.10.2014
Online Greenmag: MeshCon´14 Mode und Digitales wächst zusammen, Frank Tetzel, 06.10.2014
Radio Radio Corax Widerhall, Live, 07.10.2014 [Download]

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Press Materials

Download the MeshCon '14 Fashion and Tec Week press package with press releases, photos and info about speakers and organizers. Different press materials are available in English and German. Download: Presseinfo 1 | Presseinfo 2 | Presseinfo 3 | Presseinfo 4 Mozilla Hacking Day | Presseinfo 4 Mozilla Hacking Day (En)

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