Here at Wearables.com, we’ve been following Intel’s “Make it Wearable Competition” for months now, and we’ve seen it develop from 40 semi-finalists to just 10 finalists, and now we’re entering the last phase now that the judges have been announced.
The six judges selected come from a wide variety of backgrounds, making their ability to judge that much more varied. As CEO Brian Krzanich says “We selected judges for the ‘Make it Wearable’ panel that also see unlimited potential for fashionable, personal expression in wearables and are excited for wearable creations that best marry form and function. Wearables are in their infancy. Collaboration between entrepreneurs and experts in technology, design, retail, fashion and fitness will be necessary for the development of wearables that solve real problems, integrate into lifestyles and that people will love.”
The judges include:
- Rebecca Minkoff* Co-Founder and CEO Uri Minkoff,
- Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A., Pauline Brown,
- Best Buy President and CEO Hubert Joly,
- Nike+* Vice President and General Manager for Digital Sport Stefan Olander,
- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich,
- Tennis ace Venus Williams, and
- SMS Audio President Brian Nohe.
As the ten remaining finalists gear up for their presentations, they will be enlisting help from expert mentors to guide them to the finish line. Some of these include Canva Chief Evangelist Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur and author Steve Blank, Indiegogo Associate Director of Design & Technology Ben Bateman, Frog Design Global Vice President of Innovation Strategy Theo Forbarth, and Wearable-Technologies Founder and CEO Christian Stammel (for a full list of judges and mentors check out the Make It Wearable listing).
The three winners of total $800,000 will be announced on November 3rd, 2014.