FAQ

FAQ

What is happening at TechfestNW 2018?
Come to TechfestNW and explore the best of tech trends from gene splicing to sous vide.

With four tracks of content – Food Tech, Health Tech, Inclusivity in Tech Culture & Smart Cities/Smart Transit– there’s something for everyone.

Curated speakers bring their stories to the main stage; workshops bolster their messaging with intimate gatherings; parties draw you together to network and mingle; the demo floor boasts the coolest new gadgets; and PitchfestNW showcases the best and brightest startups from all over the world.

Experience TechfestNW and purchase your ticket today.

What is PitchFestNW?

PitchfestNW is a startup competition within TechfestNW where startups at any stage can apply for the opportunity to present their amazing company to a panel of investors. Accepted startups from around the world gather together for 2 days of networking, workshops, speakers, and pitches, before the winner is chosen on Friday afternoon. Check it out here!

Amplified Info:
PitchfestNW Amplified is a special conference package for accepted startups who want additional engagement opportunities at TechfestNW. It includes two additional tickets, a table at Friday’s Startup Showcase on the main stage floor, and the opportunity to attend exclusive programming. Accepted startups can click here to purchase.

Where is the Viking Pavilion at Portland State University?
The Viking Pavilion is a brand new facility at Portland State University located at 930 SW Hall St. Portland, Oregon. You can find it easily by using this map for reference.

When is TechfestNW?

Registration on April 5th and 6th begins at 8:30am, with programs running between 9am-4:30pm and a party Saturday night!  You can see the full schedule here

Where do I park?

Parking Structure 3 at Portland State University on SW 12th and SW Montgomery St. will be available for TechfestNW attendees. However, we highly recommend that event attendees utilize Portland’s world-renown public transit when possible, as parking can be limited. Additional parking lots/garages can be found throughout the PSU campus using PSU’s interactive map. PSU does not guarantee parking availability. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. For parking rates and additional information, please visit PSU’s Hourly & Visitor Parking webpage.

How’s the Public Transit?

In a word–fantastic. The MAX Lightrail and Streetcar surround the PSU campus allowing you easy access to the Viking Pavilion. Plan your trip using Trimet.org with your MAX stop being 6th and SW College and your streetcar stop being SW Mill and Park.

Additionally, Car2Go is here to help you get around Portland during TFNW. Get started with $15 in driving credit using promo code TFNW at www.car2go.com. With rates by the minute, hour, or day, they have what you need to get going.

Already a member? You’ll receive a $15 credit starting on April 4th to help get you going- enter your membership details here: http://c2g.cc/TFNW

You can also download the moovel app the mobility app for Portland.  Choose the map view and see all nearby transportation options near you.

Where should I stay?

We have two great options for you depending on what you’re looking for!

Hotel Lucia

Guests of TechFestNW will receive a discounted rate of $179.00 on standard room types for the dates of Wednesday, April 4th-Saturday, April 7that the Hotel Lucia. This discount will be available until either the agreed allotment of rooms are all reserved, or the cut-off date of Friday, March 9th arrives.  After March 9th, any additional reservation requests will be made on a case-by-case basis and may not receive the group discount.

To reserve your room at the discounted rate, please use one of the below booking methods:

  • To reserve online, please use this booking link: TechFestNW | Hotel Lucia
  • To speak directly with a representative of Hotel Lucia please contact the 24 Hour Reservations Department at: 888.246.5631

Please note: All guaranteed reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours in advance of check-in on the date of arrival to avoid a No Show/Same Day Cancellation charge of up to the first two (2) nights room and tax. 

Society Hotel:

If you’re looking for a fun, affordable experience- try the Society Hotel, a hotel/hostel located a little over 15 minutes away by public transportation:

Use this link to get discounted rates, along with the code TFNW18

  • Bunk House: 1 twin bed in a common room and common bathroom: $37.00/night plus tax
  • Standard Room: private room, with shared bathroom: $85.00/night plus tax
  • Suites: private room and bathroom en suite: $135.00/night plus tax

What does my ticket (badge) get me?

  • Entrance to all speaker talks
  • Continental breakfast and coffee Thursday and Friday
  • Entrance to PitchfestNW to watch live pitches (think Shark Tank) 
  • Networking with sponsors and PitchfestNW
  • Amplified companies on the MainStage Floor
  • Exciting workshops
  • Badge pickup party on Wednesday, April 4th
  • Thursday evening party
  • Snacks and refreshments provided by our awesome partners!

Help, I purchased a ticket and suddenly can’t attend.

Unfortunately, TechfestNW tickets are not refundable.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Our conference is dedicated to a focus of innovation and community by providing a harassment- free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, past or present affiliation, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, sustained disruption of talks or other events related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, past or present affiliation, race, ethnicity, and/or religion.

Harassment is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, communal spaces, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

I have my child with me, can they come?

They sure should and they can have tons of fun in the TFNW Little Vikings Room! Attendees can pre-register with Little Vikings ProCare if they are interested in taking advantage of Little Vikings Childcare during the event.

How can I apply for press credentials?

Email Jane Smith for details.

I want to volunteer, who do I contact?

Email Shauna Noah for details.

How can my company become a sponsor?

Email Meg McLaughlin for details.