Birce Ozkan is a designer, educator, and technologist who specializes in the fields of interaction design, product design, and wearable technology. She earned her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design in New York where she currently teaches Interactive Garments course, soon after her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and International Relations at Koc University in Istanbul.
Her work and research mostly concentrate on discussing the interactivity on the body, combining fashion, technology, nature, and art. Her projects focus on creating wearable technology pieces that are inspired by natural systems and change in response to their environment. Her craftsmanship with emerging technologies pushes the boundaries creating wearable technology not just to serve a functional purpose, but also to create playful, performative, self aware and expressive pieces.
She recently contributed and curated Wearable Technology and Functional Garments Exhibition at SXSTYLE SXSW 2016 Austin, TX. She won the best Wearable Technology Design Award in Fiber Arts at ISWC/Ubicomp Design Exhibition Osaka, Japan. She showcased her projects worldwide including Fashion Innovation FashionTech Showcase Washington DC, the HFI Institute Nature, Technology, Self Exhibition New York, ISWC Design Exhibition Osaka, Interlaced Fashion Tech Runway Show London, Engadget Expand Wearable Runway Show at Javits Center NY and SXSW Interactive Austin TX. Her work has been published internationally in many prestigious publications including Observer, Fast Co Design, Dezeen, Designboom, PSFK, Huffington Post, Discovery Channel and Ecouterre.