Birce Ozkan is a designer, lecturer, and technologist working at the intersection of interaction design, fashion design and wearable technologies. She earned her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design in New York where she teaches classes, soon after her undergraduate degrees in International Relations at the Koc University in Istanbul.
Her work mainly focuses on combining design, technology, science, and nature to develop body-centric interfaces and experiences that can augment the interactions humans have with themselves and their surroundings. She is interested in exploring diverse application areas to enhance human nature through embedded computing systems and creating futuristic technologies that can change/adapt their behavior in response to environmental factors inspired by natural systems in a fashionable way. Her craftsmanship with emerging technologies pushes the boundaries of design and technology not only to serve a functional purpose but also to raise awareness through interactive, expressive and responsive interfaces and experiences for a better, flexible, fashionable and sustainable future. She also specializes in physical computing, programming, sensor technologies, e-textile, material explorations and digital/soft fabrication technologies.
Her work has been exhibited internationally at SXSW, la Gaîté Lyrique Paris, ISWC Japan, Digi.logue Istanbul, Interlaced London, NYC Media Lab, Unilever Digital Innovation Lab, the HFI Institute, Engadget Expand and New York Fashion Week and has been published internationally in many prestigious publications including VICE, Observer, Fast Company, Dezeen, Designboom, PSFK, Voici, Huffington Post and Discovery Channel. She has won several awards including ISWC Japan Jury Award and recipient of Unilever New York Fellowship. She recently contributed and curated Wearable Technology and Functional Garments Exhibition at SXSW Interactive Austin, TX.