Conference Overview

Thursday  |  September 14, 2017

8:30am-9:00am | Welcome to BEST FEST 2017!

Join us for welcoming remarks by Oregon BEST Executive Director & President, David Kenney, who will kick off the day's program and share the stage with luminaries from around Oregon.

9:10am-9:45am |  Morning Keynote

10:00am-10:30am  |  Coffee & Networking

10:30am-12:00pm  |  Fireside Chats

Where Environmental Challenges Meet Economic Opportunity: A format coined by F.D. Roosevelt in the 1920's, Fireside Chats are intimate discussions with industry movers and shakers actively engaged in some of the most challenging and highly impactful work.  

The global cleantech industry is dynamic, spans several sectors and is evolving as innovations in areas such as agriculture and food, energy efficiency, internet of things, and materials continue to push the frontiers of technology development. Panelists will discuss how government policy, consumer demand, and technology innovation will help to shape the next generation of cleantech development.

Environmental challenges demand technological innovations that can scale. If innovations are driven by company profitability and return on capital, they are more likely to spread and have a greater impact. Business Oregon has a new innovation strategy focused on the intersections between the Natural Resources, Advanced Manufacturing and Active Lifestyle segments with cross-cutting technology themes like cleantech, internet technologies and big data. This session will illustrate some of the key environmental challenges in Oregon's priority industry segments and will examine how innovators and investors can provide solutions to these environmental challenges that are not only good for the planet, but also good for investors and for Oregon's economy.

10:30am-12:30pm |  Eco-Capital Connections (Invitation Only)

10:30am-11:30am |  PSU Cleantech Challenge - Final Pitches (Invitation Only)

7 Teams compete for $25,000 grand prize at the 5th annual PSU Cleantech Challenge. At the final round at BEST Fest, university teams from across Oregon will be evaluated on their 5-minute pitches and their prototype demonstrations. Teams have been cultivating their innovative concepts in agriculture, drones, recycling, water purification and more. 

More about the PSU Cleantech Challenge

12:00pm-1:20pm  |  Lunch | Exhibitions on the Plaza | Funding Seminar | PSU Cleantech Challenge

You asked for more networking time, and you got it! This extended lunch is a great time to connect with your cleantech innovation community. We'll gather on the Plaza for lunch, dedicated networking time. Explore the Oregon BEST company exhibits, the PSU Cleantech Challenge Student Exhibits, and the Cascadia Accelerator companies. Meet our region's innovators and find information about state-wide cleantech partners.

The PSU Cleantech Challenge is an exciting competition for campus cleantech innovators and entrepreneurs across the state. Undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and faculty from Oregon colleges and community colleges are invited to compete for $50,000 in grants and prizes. 

12:30pm-1:15pm |  SBIR Funding Seminar - America's Largest Seed Fund

1:30pm-2:30pm  |  Afternoon Session #1

TRACK 1:  Eat, Drink and be Sustainable : Innovations in agriculture, aquaculture, and food culture  |  Competitive advantage from applying sustainability technologies in growing and processing food 

TRACK 2:  Making Big Better: Innovations in BIG manufacturing  |  Clean technologies are emerging with the potential to transform manufacturing for improved products and reduced impact

TRACK 3:  Be Cool - Tech disruptors mitigating climate change  | Energy innovations and their promise for addressing climate change

2:30pm-3:30pm  |  Afternoon Session #2

TRACK 1:  Water Re-Imagined: innovations in water conservation and management  | Conserving and managing water sustainably is fundamental to life and prosperity.

TRACK 2:  IoCT - Internet-of-(cleantech)-Things: Sensing and Saving  | The internet, IoT, big data and analytics play key sustainability roles in building management, natural resources and smart cities.

TRACK 3:  Better Products through Green Chemistry  |  Materials derived from nature or using sustainable chemistry processes  enhance our healthy living.

3:30pm-5:00pm  |  Evening Reception & Winners Announced (Plaza)

#BESTFEST17 will kick off the final afternoon reception with power networking on the Plaza! Mix & mingle with cleantech companies, researchers from 4 major universities, investors, accelerator teams, and student entrepreneurs. Cast your vote for the People's Choice Award for the PSU Cleantech Challenge Team. Take a joy ride in Arcimoto's SRK electric, 3-wheeled vehicle. Shop for top outdoor brands renewed apparel from The Renewal Workshop. Enjoy live music from our chicha band, Oleada. Enjoy Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and great company.