TFNW 2014 Schedule Announced

Our schedule of talented speakers for TFNW 2014 is now available. 

TFNW kicks off on Friday, August 15, with breakfast and registration from 8am -9am. Speakers begin at 9am (including a one-hour catered lunch at noon) and end at 5pm when we’ll meet and mingle over happy hour at OMSI’s stunning riverside restaurant and bar, Theory.

Saturday programming begins at 9am with breakfast, and goes until 4pm, including a catered lunch.

The TFNW Talent Fair runs concurrently to the TFNW main speaker programming from Friday 1 – 6pm, and Saturday 12-3pm.

Tickets to TFNW gets you access to both days of speaker programming, breakfasts and lunch, access to Friday happy hour and other events, plus access to the Talent Fair. Talent Fair tickets only are only $10. Or combine all things tech with excellent live music. and purchase the complete package of both TFNW and our sister fest, MusicfestNW August 16-17. Buy Tickets Here.

See you in August!


Tad McGeer – Fantasies, Fears, and Facts About Drones

TechfestNW is pleases to announce Tad McGeer, leading world expert on drones (also known as unmanned aerial robotics) and resident of the local Columbia Gorge  is speaking at TFNW this year. As Willamette Week writes:

If you fear drones. If you are fascinated by them. If you worry that they are one step removed from George Orwell’s 1984. Or if you think drones have the capacity to save lives and create economic efficiencies.  If any of those even remotely describe you, you won’t want to miss Tad McGeer’s presentation at TechFestNW.

McGeer will be speaking at TFNW August 16. Purchase tickets to TFNW here.




Kara Swisher – Tech Reporter Rock Star and TFNW Speaker

TechfestNW has snagged some incredible talent and world leading speakers in the world of tech this year. It doesn’t get any better than Kara Swisher: C0-CEO, Revere Digital; C0-Executive Editor, RE/CODE; and CO-Executive Producer, The Code Conference.

Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, “BoomTown,” originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at

Previously, Kara covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues. She also wote a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called “Home Economics.”

With Walt Mossberg, over the last 11 years, she has been co-producing D: All Things Digital, one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries. Kara won a Loeb Award while at for her coverage of Yahoo.

Kara was an undergraduate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and did her graduate work at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Check out Ms Swisher discuss Facebook’s recent controversial “emotions experiment” on NPR’s radio program Here and Now:

Tickets on sale to TFNW now. August 15-16, Portland, Oregon.


Welcome Nusrat Durrani from MTV World to TFNW 2014

TFNW is thrilled to announce we’ve added Nusrat Durrani. Senior Vice President and General Manager, MTV World to our 2014 roster of talented speakers. Nusrat Durrani is a Senior Vice President at Viacom Media Network and General Manager of MTV World, an innovation team producing cutting-edge pop culture content featured on Viacom channels and digital properties worldwide, and other platforms like Netflix. The division also creates bespoke advertising programs for partners including Intel, and General Motors.

Nusrat is executive producer of the acclaimed Rebel Music documentary series and Intel’s The Music Experiment, an award winning live music series. He is creator of several forthcoming series about love/sex, EDM, fashion, and films. He has held positions in business development and launched MTV.COM. Before joining Viacom, Nusrat worked as marketing manager for Honda in Dubai and attended Lamartiniere College in Lucknow, India. He has been profiled in the New York Times, Time and Forbes. He is one of Fast Company’s 28 Innovation Agents for 2012 and has been honored with Asia Society’s 2013 Cultural Achievement award.