F.L.O.W. Management Track 3
Digital Manufacturing & Automation

Starting January 4, 2021
but you can already register

In this third track, we will focus on how to streamline manufacturing through digital transformation, creating an optimal synergy between digital design and manufacturing.
With a couple of expert speakers from the digital manufacturing side, we will help you answer vital questions, such as:

  • How can we best support manufacturing remotely?
  • What technologies (3D scanners, molding tools, robotics) can we help implement in the factory to speed up manufacturing and reduce quality issues and costs?
  • How can we create new methods of manufacturing using digital means?
  • How can we use 3D printing in manufacturing, either for molds and/or final products?
  • How can we create and implement local digital manufacturing?
  • How can we create and implement digital manufacturing solutions for custom footwear?
Write your awesome label here.


  • 4 Chapters with multiple video classes
  • interviews with guest experts
  • 2 live classes with those experts
  • access for 6 months

Course Format

F.L.O.W. stands for: Footwear industry Learning Optimal digital Workflow. It is an online program that we organize together with the FDRA (Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America) and is sponsored by Material Exchange, the largest digital for material sourcing.

F.L.O.W. is aimed at helping senior management create a smooth transition to digital product development and Ecommerce. 

There are four management tracks in total. You can choose to only follow a few, but we greatly recommend that you follow all of them for a very attractive bundle price with 17% discount. You can find this option when you click on the Enroll button on the top of the screen. 

Course Audience

This course is for senior management in all segments of the footwear industry, from manufacturers and suppliers, to brands and retailers.
It is specifically aimed at people that are responsible for creating and implementing a strategy for digital transformation.

This third track is especially suitable for those involved with manufacturing.


Nicoline van Enter and her network

Founder of The Footwearists
Nicoline van Enter is the founder of The Footwearists, the international innovation network behind the Footwearology Academy.

She is a world-renowned footwear technology forecaster, lecturer and consultant, specializing in sustainable manufacturing technologies.

She has over 30 years of experience in the footwear industry, working and teaching around the globe for companies across the supply chain and has built a huge network that will also be involved in this course as guest lecturers. Below you see a few, but more will follow.

Your expert trainers in this track:

Jens Schmidt

CEO Footwear Innovation Lab GmbH
When it comes to digital local manufacturing of high-level performance footwear using cutting-edge software and hardware, Jens Schmidt is THE expert, since he is actively doing it with his Footwear Innovation Lab in Pirmasens, Germany. He also partners and consults on this topic for brands around the world.

Pedro Barros Castro

Manager at Aloft
With his innovative outsole factory ALOFT, located in Portugal but working worldwide, Pedro is pushing the boundaries of digital design and manufacturing, especially when it comes to sole design and mold making. Together with Jens Schmidt he will talk about how to ensure that your digital designs are not just fancy pictures, but actually manufacturable.

Andrey Golub

Co-founder ELSE Corp - GM Italy ICOL Group
In this track Andrey will talk about the other side of his business. Since recently he is the general manager for Italy of ICOL Group, one of the most advanced suppliers of automation solutions for footwear manufacturing and quality control.

Adrian Hernandez

3D Bonding Technology Inventor at Simplicity Works
Adrian's company, Simplicity Works, was established almost 10 years ago with the goal to develop a new method of manufacturing 3D products. This new assembly process impacts the complete supply chain and drastically reduces labor costs in manufacturing many products, including shoes, with a focus on creativity, efficiency, and sustainability.

Janne Kyttanen

3D visionary, investor, co-founder of WTFVC, inventor of 3DTI
Janne's passion is to empower and advance the 3D printing industry, and he has been doing this for two decades in the form of product design, building companies, and investing in moonshot ideas. His focus is to create 3D Value Networks in footwear and to fuel footwear professionals' desire to change by sharing his creative approach to solving big problems in the world.
F.L.O.W. would never be possible without the support of our main sponsor Material Exchange, the largest digital material platform in the world that allows brands to work with material suppliers digitally, which reduces the reliance on physical samples, and minimizes material wastage for a more sustainable future.
Write your awesome label here.


Thank you!
Once a month we send out our newsletter with updates on all our courses and interesting news in the area of footwear innovation.

Anyone can subscribe. Just fill in your email address here. It's easy to unsubscribe or change your preferences whenever you wish.
one-click unsubscribe
info, news, deals , offers