TechFest North: October 13th, 2022 (Tulalip Resort, WA)

TechFest South: November 1st, 2022 (Hilton Vancouver, WA)

The flagship event of the year is moving to the fall! Come network with your peers and check out the latest in education technology. This year we will be focusing on remote learning, Esports, student tools and devices, and networking solutions.

2022 Keynote Speakers


Don Wolff - Chief Technology Officer @ Portland Public Schools

Don Wolff came to Portland Public Schools (PPS) from the Hillsboro School District, where he served as Chief Information Officer. He oversees all PPS technology functions, including application maintenance, our data centers, help desk and hardware support, voice and data communication, and computer systems operations. Don earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teacher from Southern Oregon University, and a Master of Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.

TECHFEST North Event, Tulalip, WA

Mark Vetter

Director of Innovation and Learning Technologies

Puyallup School District
David Olinger

Educational Consultant

Freelance Digital Strategist
Jason Dilley

Esports advisor

Sedro-Woolley High School
Burlington Edison Tech Interns

Burlington Edison School District

Student-led Device Checkout & Repair
+ More TBA

TECHFEST South Event, Vancouver, WA

Don Wolff

Chief Technology Officer

Portland Public Schools

State of Tech
Melinda Miller

E-rate Program Manager

Intermountain Education Service
Michelle Zimmerman

Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences

Reton Prep
+ More TBA

TECHFEST North Event, Tulalip, WA

Mark Vetter
Director of Innovation and Learning Technologies

Puyallup School District

Topic - Chrome vs Windows Devices
David Olinger
Educational Consultant

Freelance Digital Strategist

Topic - Microsoft Education Tools
Jason Dilley
Esports advisor

Sedro-Woolley High School
Burlington Edison Tech Interns
Burlington Edison School District


Topic - Student-led Device Checkout & Repair
+ More TBA

TECHFEST South Event, Vancouver, WA

Don Wolff
Chief Technology Officer

Portland Public Schools

Topic - State of Tech
Melinda Miller
E-rate Program Manager

Intermountain Education Service
Michelle Zimmerman
Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences

Reton Prep

Topic - AI Education
Elizabeth Schalk
Information Technology and Support Services

Evergreen Public Schools

Topic -Team and Leadership
Jen Thul
E-rate Program Specialist

Intermountain Education Service
+ More TBA

TECHFEST NORTH - Tulalip, WA

Tulalip Resort & Casino

The Tulalip resort has hosted TechFest for the last 8 years. This location is perfect for getting out of the busy city and into a luxurious space. Breakout rooms and a large expo hall are all in one place, making it easy for you to learn from your peers and see the latest in technology!

TECHFEST SOUTH - Vancouver, WA

Vancouver Hilton

The location of our new South TechFest event should be the most convinient options for our customers in Oregon and south Washington. With the same amount of space as our normal event, you will be able to see all of the latest technology and sit in some of the best sessions in the PNW!

CONFERENCE GENERAL SCHEDULE
08:00AM - 10:00AM EXHIBIT OPEN
08:30AM - 02:00PM KEYNOTE SESSION
09:00AM - 10:00AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS - HOUR 1
10:15AM - 11:00AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS - HOUR 2
11:15AM - 12:00PM VENDOR EXHIBITS
12:00PM - 01:00PM LUNCH
01:00PM - 01:45PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS - HOUR 3
02:00PM - 02:30PM CLOSING MESSAGE - PRIZES!

Jeff Utecht - Educational Consultant, Author, Speaker

Jeff was the 2001 recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Grant for the Technology Leadership Program. He began his career in the elementary classroom, eventually moving into technology roles and administrative positions. From Dubai to Bahrain, Jeff has given talks at events all across the globe.

Dive into his session where covers how these past two years have accelerated the pace of change and the pace of technology adoption in our schools and communities. As technology leaders in our schools, where do we go next? What should our focus be and how do we not lose our momentum in helping to prepare students for their future, not our past?

Jeff Utecht - Educational Consultant, Author, Speaker

Jeff was the 2001 recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Grant for the Technology Leadership Program. He began his career in the elementary classroom, eventually moving into technology roles and administrative positions. From Dubai to Bahrain, Jeff has given talks at events all across the globe.

Dive into his session where covers how these past two years have accelerated the pace of change and the pace of technology adoption in our schools and communities. As technology leaders in our schools, where do we go next? What should our focus be and how do we not lose our momentum in helping to prepare students for their future, not our past?

Virtual TechFest

Our digital TechFest was a great success! Thank you for attending this experience in the VirBela world.

We will continue to offer a streaming form of our in-person events going forward. This will allow educators and administrators to attend breakout sessions from leaders in the industry, from the comfort of their offices and homes.

"Even during a pandemic where we cannot meet in person MicroK12 pulls off an amazing conference that offered a
stunning "realworld-in-person" feel! Always the best local/regional EdTech affair!"

- Brooke Trisler: Chief Technology Officer, Mukilteo School District

PREVIOUS FEATURED SPEAKERS

Thomas Furness III - Grandfather of Virtual Reality
Brooke Trisler - Chief Technology Officer - Mukilteo SD
Mark Finstrom - Chief Technology Officer - Highline Public Schools
Mandy Manning - 2018 National Teacher of the Year
Thuan Nguyen - Former Assistant Superintendent at Kent SD
Michelle Zimmerman - Director of Innovative T&L - Renton Prep
Abby Zenk - Chief Instruction and Assessment Officer, RPCS
Eric Chambers - Director of E-rate and Special Services
Jeff Charbonneau - 2013 National Teacher of the Year
Fran Mauney - Intel K-12 Education Leader
Shannon Davenport - Director of Professional Learning
Dennis Small - Educational Technology Director - OSPI
Techfest Media Collection

Who Attends?

Janice Wintermyer - Technology Coach

Snoqualmie Valley School District, WA
I enjoyed making connections with others in nearby districts, and also seeing the new products available in the EdTech world!

Dan Fleck - User Experience

Portland Public Schools, OR
TechFest is a conference that should not be missed! Informative sessions, excellent vendor exhibits, and at an amazing location! I look forward to it every year.

Steve Ostrom - Computer Science

Post Falls School District, ID
Techfest was a fantastic conference. The knowledge base of the presenters was extraordinary. I am planning on attending again next year and am inviting my Technology Director and other teachers so that they can also experience this technology opportunity for themselves.

Debra Spencer-Grant - Language Arts & Social Studies

Tacoma Public Schools, WA
It always important to include our student voices in the presentations! Loved talking to the Renton Prep young men that I encountered and had a chance to talk with at every vendor table.

Tracy Dabbs - Technology and Innovation Coordinator

Burlington-Edison School District, WA
I always look forward to TechFest each year. It is a great place to network with other districts as we always learn from each other. The vendors are amazing and always help us look to the future for our learning spaces. Thank you for this inspiring event!

Jonathan Maynard - Director of Information Services

Jonathan Maynard - Director of Information Services
Conference you should attend each and every year!!


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