Innovations on the frontiers of science and technology can help address the environmental challenges we face. The 2017 BEST FEST will explore how cutting edge innovations in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Water, Big Iron, Natural Resources, IoT, Agriculture and Food can make a positive impact on the planet while also growing the Oregon economy.  Experts from across industries in Oregon and outside the state along with entrepreneurs and university researchers will expose exciting innovations in an informative and fascinating program.

Early bird registration is now open! 

WHEN: September 14, 2017
WHERE: World Trade Center 2 - Portland, OR
TIME: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm


$175.00 General Admission Early Bird (ends July 31)
$200.00 General Admission (available July 31  September 13)
$225.00 General Admission Onsite (available September 14)
$99.00  Faculty (Same low registration rate now through the day of the event)
$50.00  Student (Same low registration rate now through the day of the event)
$99.00  Oregon BEST Portfolio Companies (Same low registration rate now through the day of the event) 


   7:30 am  –  4:00 pm       Registration
   8:00 am  –  9:00 am       Breakfast with Exhibitors
10:30 am – 12:00 pm        Fireside Chats 
                                                     Fireside 1: Cleantech Frontiers
                                                                 Innovations in Technology, Policy & Demand
                                                     Fireside 2: Economic Development Priorities
                                                                 Natural Resources, Active Lifestyle & Advanced Manufacturing
10:30 am – 12:30 pm       PSU Cleantech Challenge Presentations 
10:30 am – 12:30 pm       Eco-Capital Connections (invitation-only) 

                                                     Apply here - (applications accepted through 6/30/17)
12:30 pm –  1:15 pm        Funding Opportunities - Brown Bag Lunch
12:30 pm –  1:30 pm        Lunch with Exhibitors and PSU Student Exhibits
  1:30 pm –  2:30 pm        Afternoon Breakout #1 (3 Tracks)
                                                    Innovations in Food & Agriculture  |  Big Iron  |  Energy & Climate
  2:30 pm –  3:30 pm        Afternoon Breakout Session #2 (3 Tracks)
                                                           Innovation in Water  |  Io (cleantech)T  |  Sustainable Materials
  3:30 pm –  5:00 pm        Evening Reception with live music, hors d’eouvres, beverages
                                            PSU Cleantech Challenge Winners Announced


"I get about 400 invitations to speak a day, and I decline usually about 399 of them a day. But when I heard that BEST FEST was going to be here with all the great things they are doing, I had to jump on the opportunity to say YES. The reason I wanted to do that is because this is the best showcase certainly in the region — and quite possibly in the entire country — that links sustainability and economic prosperity. This is where we connect green to jobs." 


"This is the best two days to meet and hear from everyone involved in the cleantech space in the Pacific Northwest."

"A focused opportunity to learn more about cleantech in Oregon — and the networking was great!" 


Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship Opportunities

By sponsoring BEST FEST, you are aligning your brand with the largest and most influential cleantech conference in the Pacific Northwest.

Benefits for Sponsors Include:

  • Enhanced visibility to an exclusive audience at the largest annual cleantech innovation event in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Connections to a diverse group of leaders from business, investment, government, entrepreneurship, and research that can increase opportunities for strategic partnerships.
  • Opportunity to position and promote your organization’s leadership as a player in driving clean technology innovation to a high-level audience of decision-makers in Oregon.
  • Opportunity to build relationships and connections with top investment firms, corporations, innovators, and CEOs.
  • Special opportunities to introduce key speakers or sessions.
  • Brand promotion before, during, and after the event through our robust social media feeds, website, and newsletters.

Contact Us

For more information on sponsorship details, please contact:

Margaret Lydecker

Marketing Manager, Oregon BEST
Email: margaret.lydecker(at)

contact Margaret