How to participate

Opportunities to be Involved

WEAR Sustain invites all professionals and entities active in the wearables and e-textiles domains to participate in our programme. By supporting our work you can have a positive impact on your practice, your organisation, the sector as a whole and society by generating new knowledge and insights for technology ethics and sustainability.

Participants will gain:
  • Access to a growing wearables and smart textiles community;
  • A listing on the WEAR calendar of events;
  • Access to the WEAR Sustain network of experts;
  • You/your organisation promoted as an expert, mentor, hub or host in WEAR Sustain publicity material;
  • For experts and mentors some travel and related expenses, as well as other modest forms of remuneration through the WEAR Sustain voucher system will be provided;
  • Ticket to the final showcase event;
  • Opportunities to frame what next generation wearables could and should be embracing aesthetic, ethical and critical issues.

How to get involved:



All our funded projects (see Awardees 1  & Awardees 2) will be assigned mentors, experts and hubs to work with, to support them during their 6 month journey.

Mentors may be independent experts in their field, or be attached to a hub and / or its network. Experts may also join the WEAR Sustain selection jury. If you would like to become a WEAR Sustain Expert, Mentors or Hub, please download our Information pack below.

Hubs are local ambassador centres and form the crucial structure and the backbone of the WEAR ecosystem in Europe, during the WEAR project duration and beyond. To find out about becoming a hub please download our Information pack below.

All WEAR Experts may view our Overall Information Pack below and contact us. Since Open Call 2, Mentors and Hubs sign the same agreement as the teams. Template are available here.



Be identified as an actor in the European wearable technology ecosphere. Receive access and contribute to real-time and accurate insights, technology trends and relevant news happening across the wearables and e-textile ecosystem.

Join our network


In the network you can also find:




Open Calls are now closed>>

Awards of up to €50,000 allow collaborative teams the much needed seed funding to jumpstart promising concepts, receive support and mentoring to develop prototypes to as close to market as possible, in a 6 month window.

We invite teams of artist/designers, together with technology/engineering practitioners and SMEs to apply.

The WEAR consortium will monitor technology ethics and sustainability and share this for the benefit of all.



Participate in events: Attend one of a series of ten local WEAR Sustain events taking place across Europe. The events are aimed at supporting knowledge exchange and confronting the key issues related to the life-cycle and supply-chain of ethical, critical and aesthetic wearable technology and smart textiles.

Find out about events here>>


Contribute to our resources: A WEAR Sustain Sustainability Strategy and Toolkit will be produced at the end of the project and made freely available via this website for all to use. For this we are collating useful resources so please share your information with us.

If you are provider of ethical and sustainability products and services useful to the wearables, electronic and smart textile industry please put yourself on the map:

You may email your suggestions to:


We encourage stakeholders to tune into WEAR Sustain media channels, to keep abreast of new findings. Visit our Media and Resources page to read the project’s deliverables and research papers as they become available.