“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


Districts Attending

All Saints Catholic School
Bellevue School District
Camas School District
Cape Flattery School District
Catlin Gabel School
Central Kitsap School District
Chimacum School District
Clark Public Utilities
Cosmopolis School District
Crook County School District
Dallas School District 2
Department of Education, US Virgin Islands
Eatonville School District
Educational Service District 105
Educational Service District 112
Educational Service District 114


Evergreen Public Schools
Federal Way Public Schools
French American International School
Greater Albany School District
Gresham-Barlow School District
Insight School of Washington
InterMountain ESD
Junction City School District
Kennewick School District
Kent School District
Meridian School District
Molalla River Academy
Mount Adams School District
Mt Adams School District
North Central Educational Service District
North Clackamas School District
North Marion School District
Olympia School District
Onalaska School District
Oregon Trail School District
Portland Public Schools
Prosser Schools
Renton Prep
Richland School District
Seattle Public Schools
Skamania School District
St. Mary School
Tenino School District
The Next Door
Washington Virtual Academies
Washougal School District
Willamina School District
Yakima School District
Yelm Community Schools
And more...
TechFest 2022 Schedule
8:30am - 10:00am
Breakfast
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
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 NORTH
Post Covid Instructional Technology. Puyallup School District Technology and Learning Evangelist, Retired.
.Dr. Michelle Zimmerman NORTH
Innovation and AI: Meeting 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Director of Innovative Teaching & Learning at Renton Prep.
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!
TBA SOUTH
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.
Michael HigleyNORTH

Use NCCE's Crossroads of History Project to implement powerful lessons on social justice and civil rights issues. NCCE’s Director of E-Learning
Daisy Steele SOUTH
Managing cybersecurity in today's landscape with the Director of Technology at Catlin Gabel Schools
Eric RyanSOUTH
Network Security needs to be a top priority! 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
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

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
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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