Follow Us Around in Oslo with Smart2Go and our BAGSOLED project.


We were invited to Oslo at the end of June as the winning team in the European Smart2Go Design Contest to receive the award in person and to learn more about smart textiles in a workshop from international experts. Learn more about the contest and what our BAGSOLED project is all about in the last blog post: europaweitem-contest/

Follow Us Around and find out what’s next for BAGSOLED in the future.

Day 1
Tuesday, the 28.06.2022

It started early for us, because already at 6:00 am we made our way to Munich airport. We wanted to take the opportunity to explore Oslo away from the workshop a day earlier. As expected, the city greeted us with rainy weather, but this did not reduce our anticipation of a new country. At noon we met up with finalist Marius Neugschwender and were able to enjoy a few rays of sunshine together after all, before preparing for our presentation at the workshop in the evening. The local people gave an open, down-to-earth and sustainable impression. We remember Oslo as a very nice experience and can only recommend everyone to visit the Norwegian capital.

Day 2
Wednesday, the 29.06.2022

Before we started the workshop at 9:00 am, we already met all participants at the hotel for breakfast. We were happy to meet everyone and also to finally see familiar faces off screen. The workshop was held at the headquarters of the outdoor clothing brand Helly Hansen, where we first got exciting insights into the different showrooms. Project Coordinator Matthias Fahland and Chief Marketing & Product Officer of Helly Hansen Tor Jenssen provided the introduction to the workshop, before it went straight to the Design Contest. Alongside the other two finalists, we also presented our project idea in a short pitch. Afterwards we discussed questions about the further development of these ideas and the award ceremony took place. We are also a little proud that our BAGSOLATE that we brought along generated a lot of interest and got its moment in the spotlight of the round[JMB1] . We are grateful for every feedback that experts in the industry gave us there.

This was followed by a presentation of two exciting application projects – Atomic skis and Helly Hansen safety clothing – that are being carried out outside of the contest as part of Smart2Go. Both projects were brought to our attention in an interesting way using presentations, physical materials and visual media.

The workshop was rounded off with a total of four informative presentations by external experts. The topics revolved around design of sustainable innovations, digital production of printed electronics, international standards in the field of artificial intelligence, and energy generation for technologies.

At 12:30 p.m. the workshop was over and we finished the event with a lunch together. Our time in Oslo was over after two eventful days and we landed safely back in Munich at 9:00 pm. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the jury of the Smart2Go Design Contest and the organization of Amires.

Many thanks to our project manager Benjamin Naurath, who represented us at the workshop.

We are grateful to …

… have been part of the contest and the workshop in Oslo. As winners we could show ourselves and others that we can design! However, we want to go beyond just designing in our work and not just be creative. We want to actually implement and use our projects, like it is the plan with the BAGSOLED.

And what’s next for BAGSOLED?

We are convinced that our concept is pretty cool and we can implement this well due to our built up competence in smart textiles through our collaboration with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. At the workshop we had the direct comparison to other smart projects in textiles and we think that without facing too many hurdles we can make it work. Every project has its own challenges, but we could see, for example, that because of multiple textile layers, we can uncomplicatedly put the cables in the backpack. We are already working on the development of a prototype of the BAGSOLED as part of SmartEEs2, a European funding program that supports innovative companies with testing, experimentation and production for flexible and wearable electronics. Our project partners are the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and the Spinnerei und Weberei H. Hecking Söhne. Smarttextiles is still a young field and we have proven that we can participate well.

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