“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

The flagship event of the year, now featured in two cities!
Come network with your peers and check out the latest in education technology.
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TECHFEST NORTH - October 13th, 2022
Tulalip Resort & Casino - Tulalip, WA

Keynote by Nash Fung
Motivational Speaker & Magician

Nash Fung is more than just a speaker, he is also a world traveling magician. His magic creations were featured on the CW Network’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”, The Travel Channel, on TV in the UK, Japan, and now, right in front of you.

In his presentation: “Fuel Your Curiosity: The magic behind innovative thinking”, Nash will share insightful messages on why CURIOSITY MATTERS! We will explore how to fuel our curiosity to unlock more innovative ideas that will create a positive impact.


Discounted hotel reservations available, please contact the Tulalip Resort at: (888) 272-1111

TECHFEST SOUTH - November 2nd, 2022
Hilton Vancouver - Vancouver, WA

Keynote by 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.


Discounted hotel reservations available, please contact the Hilton at: (360) 993-4500

TECHFEST NORTH - Tulalip, WA - October 13th, 2022

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 - November 2nd, 2022

Vancouver Hilton

The location of our new South TechFest event should be the most convinient option 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!


TechFest 2022 Breakout Speakers
Michelle Zimmerman (NORTH/SOUTH)
Dir. Innovative T&L
Renton Prep

Transforming Education Through AI! The future for 22nd century learners will be personalized by AI!
Melinda Miller (SOUTH)
E-rate Program Manager

Intermountain Education Service

Learn about the latest funding available for districts.
Derrick Brown (SOUTH)
Sr. Dir. of Technology Operations

Portland Public Schools

1 to 1 devices, now what? Hear what you should be thinking of now.
Jen Thul (SOUTH)
E-rate Program Specialist

Intermountain Education Service

Learn about the latest funding available for districts.
Don Wolff (SOUTH)
Chief Technology Officer

Portland Public Schools

State of Technology in an ever, growing world
Jason Dilley (NORTH/SOUTH)
Esports advisor 

Sedro-Woolley High School

Landscape of WA Esports in Education
Mark Vetter (NORTH)
Dir. of Innovation and  Tech

Puyallup School District

Chrome vs Windows Devices
David Olinger (NORTH)
Educational Consultant

Freelance Digital Strategist

Microsoft Education Tools
Brooke Trisler (NORTH)
CTO
Mukilteo SD

Simplified Project Management - Moving the work forward with ease!
BE Student Tech Interns (NORTH)
Burlington-Edison SD


Student-led Device Checkout & Repair
Daisy Steele (SOUTH)
Director of Technology
Catlin Gabel School

Managing Cybersecurity in Today's Landscape
Leigh Anne Scherer(SOUTH)
Director of Technology
North Clackamas SD

Student Technology Equity and/or Teacher Support and Planning with Technology
Jeff Gibbs (SOUTH)
Executive Director of Technology Services

Gresham-Barlow SD

Interactive Flat Panels: The greatest thing since sliced bread or an expensive whiteboard?
More sessions to be announced soon!

"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
TechFest 2022 Schedule
8:00am - 10:00am
Breakfast
8:30am - 2:00pm
Vendor Exhibit Open
09:00am - 10:00am
"Fuel Your Curiosity" by Nash Fung, Magician & Speaker NORTH

"Keynote Address" by Don Wolff, Portland Public Schools SOUTH
10:30am - 11:15am
Breakout Sessions #1
Mark Vetter NORTH
Chrome vs Windows devices, learn from the Microsoft evangilist at Puyallup School District
Dr. Michelle Zimmerman NORTH
Transforming Education Through AI! The future for 22nd century learners will be personalized by AI!
Minecraft & Microsoft NORTH
Learn to bring literacy assignments into a game-based learning atmosphere.
Don WolffSOUTH
Hear more from the CTO of Portland Public Schools on the new way to approach challenging situations.
Intermountain SDSOUTH
E-rate / ECF 101: an overview of the program and ECF with Q&A opportunities!
David Olinger SOUTH
Microsoft education tools taugh by the O'Dea School Director of Digital Strategy.
11:30am - 12:15pm
Breakout Sessions #2
David Olinger NORTH
Microsoft education tools taugh by the O'Dea School Director of Digital Strategy.
Esports with Jason Dilley
NORTH & SOUTH

Best practices and learning from the Executive Director at Washington State Scholastic Esports Association.
Julie HembreeNORTH

Use NCCE's Crossroads of History Project to implement powerful lessons on social justice and civil rights issues.
Derrick Brown SOUTH
1:1 - Now what? Check out what the Portland Public School is doing next with their Director of Technology.
Same as above
Catlin Gabel Schools SOUTH
Managing cybersecurity in today's landscape with the director of technology.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch / Vendor Exhibit
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Breakout Sessions #3
Brooke Trisler NORTH
Simplified Project Management - Moving the work with ease, with the CTO of Mukilteo School District.
Burlington-Edison NORTH
Students presenting on their personal high school intern project. See how they choose their technology!
Shelby Reynolds NORTH
District curriculum and technology integration best practices and how to help your teachers.
Dr. Michelle Zimmerman SOUTH
Transforming Education Through AI! The future for 22nd century learners will be personalized by AI!
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 Address / Prizes
8:00am - 10:00am
Breakfast
8:30am - 2:00pm
Vendor Exhibit Open
09:00am - 10:00am
"Fuel Your Curiosity" by Nash Fung, Magician & Speaker NORTH

"Keynote: From Disruption to Transformation" by Don Wolff, Portland Public Schools SOUTH
10:30am - 11:15am
Breakout Sessions #1
Mark Vetter SOUTH
Post Covid Instructional Technology. Puyallup School District Technology and Learning Evangelist, Retired.
Dr. Michelle Zimmerman NORTH
Innovation and AI: Meeting 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
Shelby Reynolds NORTH
Relationship as a Key to Leadership: Building and Strengthening Teams by Tending to the Softer Side of Tech
Don WolffSOUTH
Creating Change Where you Can. Hear more from the CTO of Portland Public Schools on the new way to approach challenging situations.
Intermountain SDSOUTH
E-rate / ECF 101: an overview of the program and ECF with Q&A opportunities!
Microsoft Tools SOUTH
Learn about the latest teaching tools you can use in the classroom.
11:30am - 12:15pm
Breakout Sessions #2
David Olinger NORTH
Microsoft education tools. Director of Digital Strategy O'Dea School
Esports with Jason Dilley
NORTH

Esports First Steps: A Five Year Plan. Best practices and learning from the Executive Director at Washington State Scholastic Esports Association.
Julie HembreeNORTH

Use NCCE's Crossroads of History Project to implement powerful lessons on social justice and civil rights issues.
Daisy Steele SOUTH
Managing cybersecurity in today's landscape with the Director of Technology at Catlin Gabel Schools
Crook County SDSOUTH
Network Security needs to be a top priority!
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
Brooke Trisler NORTH
Simplified Project Management - Moving the work with ease, with the CTO of Mukilteo School District.
Jeff Utecht NORTH
The Changing Nature of Teacher Professional Development
Burlington-Edison NORTH
Students presenting on their personal high school intern project. See how they choose their technology!
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
"The Upcoming Funding Cliff" by Mark Vetter NORTH

"Closing Keynote" by Skip Newberry, President & CEO, Technology at Association of Oregon SOUTH

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?

Can't attend in person? We've got Virtual TechFest!

We will be streaming the vendor hall, keynote speakers, and featured breakout sessions over Twitch to make sure you don't miss out! In the past we have even gone into the virtual world, using the VirBela software.

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.

Previous Featured Sessions
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
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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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