“TechFest was a great way to connect with other leaders from our region to discuss strategies and learn from each other.”
- Ron Brown, Executive Director Technology Innovation at Wenatchee SD
“TechFest was a great way to connect with other leaders from our region to discuss strategies and learn from each other.”
- Ron Brown, Executive Director Technology Innovation at Wenatchee SD
"This was an AMAZING event and must see! Best way to Network with other colleagues and vendors.”
- Jacob Vaughan, Network Technician at Yelm Community Schools
“The MicroK12 TechFest is a MUST attend conference on my list every year. I always come away with wonderful connections with other districts as well as valuable information from vendors about the latest technology solutions for education.”
- Tracy Dabbs, Coordinator of Technology at Burlington-Edison School District


Spirit Mountain Resort (Grand Ronde, OR)
October 12th, 2023

Our second South event is sure to bring an extra level of fun! Join us in the heart of Oregon where we can get away from the busy life of the city and be educated from the top districts in the area. We will make sure to have technology at your fingertips.

Tulalip Resort (Tulalip, WA)
October 18th, 2023

The Tulalip resort has hosted TechFest for the last 12 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 2023 Schedule
8:30am - 10:00am
8:30am - 2:00pm
Vendor Exhibit Open
09:00am - 10:00am
"Keynote: From Disruption to Transformation" by Don Wolff, Portland Public Schools SOUTH
The past few years have been unlike any other years in the history of public education. What has been traumatic, life-altering, painful, stressful, overwhelming, and exhausting has proven this it can be the catalyst for significant change our students need in our current system. So, how do we go about setting a course for the massive change that leverages all of the experience and lessons learned from the past two years to truly transform the public education experience - for all students?

10:30am - 11:15am
Breakout Sessions #1
Don WolffSOUTH
Creating Change Where you Can. Hear more from the CTO of Portland Public Schools on the new way to approach challenging situations.
Melinda MillerSOUTH
E-rate / ECF 101: an overview of the program and ECF with Q&A opportunities! E-Rate program manager at InterMountain SD
Kristina WamboldSOUTH
EdTech Using Google Solutions. Integrated EdTech Coordinator at ESD 112
Microsoft SessionSOUTH
Come learn about the latest solutions from the Microsoft team.

11:30am - 12:15pm
Breakout Sessions #2
Daisy Steele SOUTH
Managing cybersecurity in today's landscape with the Director of Technology at Catlin Gabel Schools
Eric Ryan SOUTH
Physical Security: A Proactive Approach to Safety in Schools. Director of Technology at Crook County SD.
Derrick Brown SOUTH
1:1 - Now what? Check out what the Portland Public School is doing next with their Director of Technology.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch / Vendor Exhibit
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Breakout Sessions #3
Mark Vetter SOUTH
Post Covid Instructional Technology. Puyallup School District Technology and Learning Evangelist, Retired.
Jeff Gibbs & Dan Patchin SOUTH
Interactive Flat Panels, the greatest thing or an expensive whiteboard? With Gresham Barlow SD.
Leigh Anne Schere SOUTH
Student technology equity and teacher support planning with technology from North Clackamas SD.
02:00pm - 03:00pm

"Closing Keynote" by Skip Newberry, President & CEO, Technology at Association of Oregon SOUTH
From global pandemics, to natural disasters, to cybersecurity attacks, our schools and their operations face increasingly frequent and disruptive threats. No less than the health, safety and wellbeing of our children are at stake. This presentation will cover different strategies and best practices that institutions--spanning public, private and education sectors--are taking to meet these challenges head on. Furthermore, while schools must become more resilient in the face of more threats, the needs of our society are also changing, creating new opportunities for institutions that are able to adapt. Consequently, schools need new systems, processes and infrastructure in order to better address both challenges and opportunities. From IT procurement reform to the application of "customer" or "user"-centric design principles, to data standardization, this presentation will outline a framework to better engage stakeholders--internal and external, including the technology community--who are motivated to see our public schools succeed. With once-in-a-generation funding available for infrastructure and workforce development, the time to implement more agile frameworks is now.

8:30am - 10:00am
8:30am - 2:00pm
Vendor Exhibit Open
09:00am - 10:00am
10:30am, 11:30am
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch / Vendor Exhibit

02:00pm - 03:00pm

Want to present at TechFest?

Previous Featured Sessions
Thomas Furness III
Grandfather of Virtual Reality
Don Wolff
Portland Public Schools
Mark Finstrom
Chief Technology Officer
Highline Public Schools
Mandy Manning
2018 National Teacher of the Year
Thuan Nguyen
Former Assistant Superintendent at Kent 
Michelle Zimmerman
 Director of Innovative T&L at Renton Prep
Abby Zenk
Chief Instruction and Assessment Officer
Eric Chambers
Director of E-rate and Special Services
Jeff Charbonneau
2013 National Teacher of the Year
Brooke Trisler
Chief Technology Officer Mukilteo SD
Shannon Davenport
Director of Professional Learning
Dennis Small
Educational Technology Director at OSPI
What do attendees say?

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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