SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

April 4-6, 2018

Viking Pavilion, Portland State University

Wednesday, April 4th

4:00 - 6:00pm

TFNW Badge Pick Up Party

Join us for drinks, snacks, and networking while you pick up your TechfestNW badge and avoid the next morning rush.

WeWork Pioneer Place: 700 SW 5th Ave, 3rd Floor Portland, OR 97204

Thursday, April 5th

main stage (Pavilion Floor)

8:30am

Registration/Doors open

Breakfast brought to you by Whole Foods and KIND with coffee from WeWork

9:00am

Exhibitor Hall Open

9:30am

Opening Remarks with Portland State University President RAHMAT SHOURESHI

10:00am

LISA FETTERMAN: The Connected Kitchen: A Startup’s Journey

10:30am

NAT PARKER: Creating the Smart Transit Bill of Rights

11:00am

Break: Visit the Exhibitor Hall

11:30am

AMANDA OBORNE, KEBA KONTE, GREGORY GOURDET, MICHAEL ROBERTS: Beet Bots: The Food Tech Future We Could Stomach

12:00pm

DAVID LEE: The Future of Food and The Promise of Plant-Based Meat

12:30pm

Lunch

There are ample lunch options inside the pavilion as well as food carts in the park blocks. Be sure to check out all of our amazing partners at the Exhibitor Hall.

2:00pm

Blackman Award for Civic
Engagement

2:30pm

MEG DRYER: Inside Out – Five Ways We’re Making Health Care People-Centric, Starting From Within

3:00pm

NICOLE RENNALLS:
Where Is My Flying Car? – The Realities of Smart Transit

3:30pm

SHOUKHRAT MITALIPOV:
Gene Therapy for Preventing Heritable Diseases

4:00pm

DAVID BRAGDON & DAVID BLOCK-SCHACHTER: Can Tech Make Public Transit More Entrepreneurial? How Data and Connectivity Can Improve the Transit Experience

4:30pm

Closing Statements. Exhibitor Hall Closes.

6:00-9:00pm

Techfest NW Opening Party

The Evergreen: 618 SE Alder St, Portland, OR 97214

Join us for drinks, food, games, and tunes!

Workshops (Practice Gym)

10:20am

Science + Technology in Cannabis

Jeremy Plumb – Director of Production Science, Pruf Cultivar

Powered by obsessive learning and knowledge, Pruf Cultivar is committed to the plant, chemistry, conditions, people and planet behind cannabis cultivation and exploration; leaning on the edge of possibly to help shape a new ideal in an industry with limitless potential.

11:00am

The New Mobility Framework

Nat Parker – CEO, moovel North America; Adrian Pearmine – National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles, DKS Associates; AJ O’Connor – Manager of Intelligent Transportation Systems, TriMet; Bibiana McHugh – Manager GIS and Location Based Services, TriMet

What is the role of technology when it comes to transportation mobility for the region? We’re currently in the midst of a sea change from traditional Mass Transit, cab and private auto models toward integrated mobility through transit, shared use and even antonymous vehicles. What do we need to shift to a new mobility management model?

See what TriMet and local partnering private technology companies are doing to lead the technology needed to support this service model and discuss future directions.

12:00pm

Break

12:30pm

Cyber Security Tips for Startups

Darin Sands – Privacy & Data Security Co-Chair, Lane Powell

Data is increasingly both the most valuable asset of tech startups and also their biggest source of risk. During this session, you’ll learn tips for efficiently and effectively implementing an early and practical data privacy and security strategy to avoid unnecessary risk, product delays and legal scrutiny.

1:10pm

Cambia Grove’s 5 Points Workshop

Maura Little – Executive Director, Cambia Grove

Health care entrepreneurs face an uphill battle in accessing and understanding all of the stakeholders (the “5 Points”) who have a say in their product. In this workshop, we’ll give you an inside look by breaking down how health care verticals work together. Using human-centered design practices, we’ll guide you through the development of your own health innovation design. All levels of health care experience are encouraged to attend.

1:50pm

Inclusivity in Tech

Tracy Mack-Askew – Vocational Platform Development Managing Director, Daimler

A candid discussion of what inclusivity means at Daimler Trucks across a variety of roles at the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer. Join our panelists as they share their experiences, challenges, and advice of embracing diversity.

2:30pm

Different Shades of Green: Finding (The Right) Money for Your Startup

Brendan McDonnell – Managing Partner, K&L Gates

Congratulations! You got your business off the ground and are ready to find some additional capital. The importance of selecting the right investors cannot be understated. Financing advice for startups and investors, Brandon will teach you how to find your perfect match — whether angel, venture capital or corporate investor.

3:10-4:20pm

FitTech Bavaria Happy Hour – Bier, Bites & Networking

Enjoy savory bites and Bavarian brews as we highlight the emergence of health and fitness technologies in Europe, the US, and globally. A brief overview on the promising future of performance analytics, fitness tracking, health diagnostics, and marketplaces will be followed by demos and open networking! Presented by Invest in Bavaria (San Francisco) and proudly supported by BROSE, a global automotive supplier from Bavaria offering “Competence in Mechatronics.”

Register for free here!

*Disclaimer: alcohol will be served at this event; please be 21+ and have proof of age.

6:00-9:00pm

Techfest NW Opening Party

The Evergreen: 618 SE Alder St, Portland, OR 97214

Join us for drinks, food, games, and tunes!

PitchfestNW (Rooms 128 & 132)
Presented by Oregon Venture Fund

9:00am

Pitches

10:30am

Break

10:45am

Pitches

12:30pm

Lunch break

1:00pm

Pitches

2:45pm

Break

3:00pm

Pitches

5:00pm

Pitching complete

6:00-9:00pm

Techfest NW Opening Party

The Evergreen: 618 SE Alder St, Portland, OR 97214

Join us for drinks, food, games, and tunes!

Friday, April 6th

main stage (Pavilion Floor)

9:00am

Registration/Exhibitor Hall Open

Breakfast brought to you by Whole Foods and KIND with coffee from WeWork

9:30am

Welcome

9:45am

Introduction of Portland Innovation Quadrant with ERIN FLYNN

10:00am

ROSE MARCARIO: From Agriculture to Activism: The Importance of Speaking Out

10:45am

Chasing Grace exclusive premiere

11:00am

Break: Visit the Exhibitor Hall

11:30am

MELISSA GREGG: “A Woman’s Place Is Designing the Smart Home” Why Can’t a Connected Home Do My Laundry?

12:00pm

NELLIE BOWLES: Secrets of Silicon Valley

12:30pm

Lunch & Demo Floor/Startup Showcase

There are ample lunch options inside the pavilion as well as food carts in the park blocks. Be sure to check out all of our amazing partners at the Exhibitor Hall

1:30pm

A conversation with U.S. SENATOR RON WYDEN

2:00pm

KARA SWISHER: Women Will Save Your Company

2:30pm

PitchfestNW Finals

3:30pm

Startup Success Stories – The Exit – TRAVIS RUSH, SARAH POOL, NAT PARKER, STEVE MARSH

4:00pm

PitchfestNW Awards

4:30pm

Closing Statements. Exhibitor Hall Closes.

Workshops (Practice Gym)

9:00am

The 2018 PSU Cleanteach Challenge, presented by Daimler, gives students from across the university the opportunity to take an idea from concept to reality.

In its fifth year, the PSU Cleantech Challenge has given rise to dozens of innovations from across disciplines that address the social, environmental and economic challenges of our region.

Five competing teams representing PSU programs in engineering, architecture, and biology have been granted $1,500 each to develop their prototypes and present their inventions as they compete for $10,000 in grants and prizes.

The top two teams from this year’s challenge will advance to InventOR where teams from a dozen colleges and universities from across the state will compete for the statewide prize and $25,000 on June 29 in Klamath Falls, OR.

11:40am

Cybersecurity at the Speed of Software

Josh Thorngren – VP of Marketing, Twistlock (a global cybersecurity company with roots in Israel and Portland)

As advances in technology help companies build and deliver software faster than ever – traditional cybersecurity has been unable to keep up, leaving companies and consumers at risk. Learn about the current state of cybersecurity, the challenges faced by the industry, and how companies can leverage emerging cloud technologies to address modern threats and create a security practice that provides comprehensive protection, no matter the speed or scale.

12:20pm

Break

12:30pm

A.I. Trends to Watch in Health Care

Hakan Kardes – Vice President of Data Science and Advanced Analytics, Cambia Health Solutions,

Learn how big data combined with A.I. is emerging as a key service differentiator in the health care industry. He’ll share how A.I., combined with consumer experience research and human centered design, is being used to make data actionable and create powerful consumer solutions.

Hakan holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. 

1:40-2:10pm

Driving Sustainable Mobility

Adam Gromis – Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact, Uber

Faced with increasing mobility needs and growing environmental challenges, large cities everywhere are seeking innovative solutions to urban transportation. Many experts agree that more shared, electric and autonomous mobility is essential to unlocking enormous levels of transportation efficiency, paving the way for less congested, less polluted and safer cities. The benefits of such transformation extend beyond reducing and greening cars on the road. This future will also support increased access to mobility options to underserved communities as well as more liveable cities and human-centric urban design. Uber is committed to working with Cities to drive a more sustainable future by unlocking more shared, electric and automated mobility options.

PitchfestNW
Presented by Oregon Venture Fund

9:00am

Startup Showcase on the Mainstage Floor

Meet PitchfestNW startups who are showcasing their products and services in the exhibitor area around the Mainstage all
day.

2:30pm

Pitchfest Finals

4:30pm

Pitchfest Finals conclude

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