The Evolve Media Group announced today that visitor and exhibitor numbers for the second Wearable Technology Show â€“ the worldâ€™s biggest dedicated wearables event â€“ both rose by 170 per cent. A total of 3,872 people attended the event, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday at ExCeL in London. 108 companies exhibited, compared to 40 in 2014 and the show took over 4,000 square metres, four times as much space year on year.
Exhibitors included companies of all sizes and in all stages of wearable development, from technology giants like Intel and Samsung launching the very latest smart device, through to tiny start-ups showcasing inspirational prototypes as they hunt for funding. Celebrity PAs included middle-distance champion Jo Pavey on the Intel stand, and champion hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton for Silver Label.
In less than 24 hours since the show closed, more than a third of exhibitors have rebooked, many staking a claim on larger stands for 2016. They include Cambridge Consultants, 4iiii, Mio, Practech, Silicon Labs, Shimmer, Optinvent, O-Range, TE Connectivity, Xensr, Damson Audio and AIQ Clothing.
The Wearable Technology Show 2015 featured a nine-track, 100 session-strong conference featuring around 200 speakers including Martian, Pebble, Jawbone, Samsung, Jaguar Landrover, Indiegogo and Amazon. The programme was so popular among delegates, sessions were frequently standing room only.
The event also hosted the Developer Hackfest, 3D Print Lab and the Wearables Awards 2015, which were won by Hocoma, Withings, Cambridge Consultants, Biovotion, DAQRI, Elvie and Samsung.
The show will return to ExCeL in 2016 and will grow from 4,000 square metres to 6,500 â€“ a rise of 62.5 per cent. The organisers are also planning some major new feature areas to be announced in early summer.
â€œWhen we launched the Wearable Technology Show last year, we knew deep down this market was only heading in one direction. Thanks to that vision, the commitment to stay true to our intuition, a lot of hard work and amazing support from our exhibitors, weâ€™re thrilled to have been proven right,â€ commented Evolve CEO Lisa Doerr.
â€œWe still believe this market is going to get bigger and bigger, particularly among app developers, smart textiles and wearables in the enterprise. Based on the interest we saw this week in the wellness and healthcare hardware and software applications at the show, we predict this area will also see major growth next year.â€