Conference Program

Day 1     |     September 9, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   |   Pre-Conference Workshop

The Living Product Challenge: Utilizing Revolutionary Tools to Achieve Material Success

Offered in partnership with the International Living Future Institute. Separate registration is required.  Register separately

1:00 p.m.   |   Core Conference Begins

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   |   Concurrent Sessions

All General Admission, Faculty, and Student Passes include admission to their choice of ONE of the following workshops or events:

Workshop: Smart Goods Manufacturing in the Northwest
Are you interested in learning more about the seismic shift in the way information technology is being designed, produced, distributed and marketed through the Internet of Things (IoT)? This panel will discuss manufacturing research needs and recent efforts by regional universities and companies to create a pool of pre-competitive investments in manufacturing research and development - leading to breakthroughs in materials, processes, equipment, and logistics for the design and manufacturing of Smart Goods. Come offer your perspective on manufacturing research needs in Smart Goods. Led by Dr. Brian Paul, Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar and Director of the Oregon State University Microproducts Breakthrough Institute. 

Workshop: AgTech Innovation Strategy for Oregon
Are you involved in the AgTech sector, or curious about what opportunities it offers for Oregon? Come for a summary of the current state of AgTech in Oregon, followed by an interactive discussion of a practical strategy that will create prosperity for a broader group of Oregonians. Moderated by Heather Stafford, Assistant Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Business Oregon.

Cleantech Challenge Judging
The PSU Cleantech Challenge is an exciting competition for campus cleantech innovators and entrepreneurs in and around Portland. Undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and faculty from Portland-area colleges and community colleges compete for a total prize pool of up to $40,000. Learn more at pdx.edu/clean-challenge.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   |   Coffee & Networking Break

Come get your first glimpse of the Exhibit Hall, and get fueled up for the Cleantech Pitch FEST!

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   |   Cleantech Pitch FEST 

Oregon BEST FEST's first-ever Cleantech Pitch FEST! Come to this fast-paced and informative session where the state's most promising cleantech startups will present their companies before a panel of judges. Hear their value proposition, learn from the judges' responses, and have the opportunity to submit your vote for the People's Choice award.

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   |   Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Hear the winners announced for the Cleantech Pitch FEST and the PSU Cleantech Challenge, enjoy drinks and appetizers among Exhibits from Oregon BEST Companies, Researchers, and Partner Organizations, and see lab tour and company videos in the Exhibit Hall Theater.

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   |   (Optional) Portland Timbers at Providence Park

Join us at the Portland Timbers game in a block of seats reserved for the Oregon BEST FEST community! Oregon BEST FEST attendees are invited to watch Portland Timbers take on Kansas City FC on September 9th at Providence Park. This event requires a separate ticket purchase. Once you complete the registration process, your confirmation email will include instructions for purchasing discounted tickets on seating with fellow Oregon BEST FEST attendees. 

 

Day 2     |     September 10, 2015

8:30 a.m.    |   Breakfast is Served in the Exhibit Hall

Get fueled up and ready for the day. Coffee, tea, eggs, fruit, and pastries will be served in the Exhibit Hall.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.   |   Opening Keynote - Vanessa Van Edwards

The Science of Leadership  |  In this dynamic talk, Behavioral Investigator and author Vanessa Van Edwards will show attendees how they can use science to enhance their communication skills to increase their impact and effectiveness. The keynote will tap the wealth of knowledge in the art and science of leadership to explore the strategies for successful and engaging communication. Whether you have a complex techinical topic or want to lead a team, these action based tips will be useful. Want to excite people about your technology? Your startup? Your latest project? Van Edwards will tell the stories and explain the science behind proven methods for getting your ideas across.

10:00 a.m. to Noon   |   Catalyst Presenters

New to Oregon BEST FEST 2015, our series of Catalyst Presenters will give short, thought-provoking talks about a wide range of topics relevant to cleantech innovation. These presentations are meant to get you thinking, whether or not the topic is one you expected to be interested in. In this morning session, you'll hear from Amanda Joy Ravenhill, Anne Phillip, Sergio Palleroni, Nat Parker, Gregg Semler, Kelley Roy, Mark Owen, and Sohrab Vossoughi. Most of these presenters will also be available for brief meetings in the Speed Networking Lounge, so check out the Scheduler in advance to set a time to meet with them.

Lightning Round of Pitches

In the Lightning Round of Pitches, Cleantech Open semi-finalists from Oregon will present their two-minute pitches to the Oregon BEST FEST audience. This Lightning Round will serve as a dry run for the Cleantech Open’s Pacific Northwest Regional Finals, taking place a month later in Seattle. 

Noon to 1:30 p.m.   |   Lunch Served in the Exhibit Hall

A great time to network and take in the Companies Pavilion, Research Pavilion, Resources Pavilion and the Exhibit Hall Theater.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   |   Catalyst Presenters

The afternoon features the second half of our series of Catalyst Presenters — short, thought-provoking talks about a wide range of topics relevant to cleantech innovation. These presentations are meant to get you thinking, whether or not the topic is one you expected to be interested in. In this afternoon session, you'll hear from Ethan Martin, Valerie Johnson, Lech Muszyński, Skip Newberry, and Erick Petersen. Most of these presenters will also be available for brief meetings in the Speed Networking Lounge, so check out the Scheduler in advance to set a time to meet with them.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   |   Closing Keynote - Phyllis Cuttino

Phyllis Cuttino, Director, Clean Energy Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts 
In her closing keynote, Cuttino will address the intersection of policy and technology innovation. She will illuminate key issues at the federal level today, and how attendees, in the context of their roles as entrepreneurs, business people, innovators, and researchers, can meaningfully participate in the policy dialogue without getting distracted from their core mission.