Call For Applications
Deadline: December 15, 2011
The DC Fashion Incubator project is currently seeking designers who are interested in being located in our Phase One location at 760 N Street NW near the Convention Center.
Opportunities are available for 4 designers. 24/7 access to the studio, access to industrial sewing equipment, 2 hours per month of one-to-one business consulting, discounted technical design classes like sewing, pattern-making, product development, production and manufacturing through “Fashionably Business” and free business courses.
Applications can be downloaded here:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The DC Fashion Incubator (DCFI - www.dcfashionincubator.org) is based on the successful model found in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. DCFI provides resources, infrastructure and programming that nurtures the District’s budding fashion industry so that it can reach its full potential. The DC Fashion Incubator serves as the foundation of business support for the fashion industry in the District and a model that can be implemented throughout the US.
The primary objective of DCFI is to serve as the cornerstone of small business development and support for the fashion industry in Washington, DC by helping fashion entrepreneurs:
Develop the appropriate industry skills to become successful artisans;
Facilitate and support the launching and growth of their small businesses by providing access to shared work-space and operational resources;
Enhance their skill set by providing local training and professional development opportunities; and
Benefit from cross-fertilization and networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs and professional service providers
DCFI will be moving into it’s permanent location, 1231-25 Good Hope Road SE in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in July 2012. The facility is 16,000 square feet, on 2 levels and will allow DCFI to offer both a traditional incubator and a large job training and education facility.
The incubator and training facility offers affordable rental space, co-op retail space, shared studio facilities and equipment, a knowledge center, shared administrative services and access to professional development workshops and fashion business counselors. The goal is to help resident designers and other business members reduce their initial overhead costs and capital investment requirements, to give them opportunities to build stronger businesses in the start-up phase.
Chao: First it was bloggers, then it was crowd sourcing, now—Robots! Check out this article from the NYT that talks about a software that can write an article based on data such as sports scores and financial data. Photo from Waste Not Do Want.
In Case You Wondered, a Real Human Wrote This Column
The clever code is the handiwork of Narrative Science, a start-up in Evanston, Ill., that offers proof of the progress of artificial intelligence — the ability of computers to mimic human reasoning.
The company’s software takes data, like that from sports statistics, company financial reports and housing starts and sales, and turns it into articles. For years, programmers have experimented with software that wrote such articles, typically for sports events, but these efforts had a formulaic, fill-in-the-blank style. They read as if a machine wrote them.
Read on at NYT
Jr. designer Allan taking us through some wireframes for a big new feature… (Taken with instagram)
Can’t wait to see the new developments. Svvply is continuing to do the damn thing regarding combining the aesthetics of branding merchandise and e-commerce. Good for them, and I can’t wait to see the new developments. Follow us on Svpply when you get a chance.
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Some of you might know that the two SoundCloud founders are both Swedish and moved from Stockholm to Berlin to start working on SoundCloud full-time together with a team.
A few weekends ago, adidas originals Sweden visited Alex & Eric on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Berlin to follow and capture their every moves. In this really cool video, they look back at how and why SoundCloud got started and ends with the two founders talking about startups to a group of entrepreneurs at the Berlin Startup Camp which you can listen to in its entirety here.