Conference Program

The Oregon Advantage

Oregon is attracting attention as a generator of new clean technology solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Here at Oregon BEST, we are working to help the state seize this opportunity and advance its leadership position.

In past years, Oregon BEST FEST has addressed themes such as impact across new horizons, collaboration, informed innovation, and rising to the challenge. The progression of these themes reflects the momentum this conference has helped build toward our region’s strengthening clean technology economy.

The natural next step is to explore Oregon’s strategic cleantech opportunity and in-house capacity — the Oregon Advantage. What does Oregon bring to the table that differentiates us on the national or global stage? What are the natural, intellectual, and business resources we can leverage? Should we be more focused on certain areas because of where we come from as a state and region? How can we scale up our efforts — the Oregon way? We envision Oregon BEST FEST 2014 to be a rallying point to pursue this opportunity together.

This year's event features three broad tracks on Oregon Assets, Technology, and a Commercialization Toolkit. The opening keynote speaker is Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. Chandra previously served as a member of the Oregon Innovation Council, during her tenure at Oregon Iron Works as Vice President and CEO of its subsidiary, United Streetcar. The breakfast keynote will be delivered by Cheryl Martin, acting director of  the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pre-Conference Workshops and Events (additional to conference registration):

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Tutorial, plus Consultation Appointments
Are you a small business or university researcher with a potential technology-oriented product and in need of funding for Research and Development? Have you been curious about how to apply for federal funding to help you develop your product? Learn how to compete for SBIR/STTR funding at this workshop.

Presentations by:
Mark Henry, Nationally known expert in SBIR/STTR funding and President and Co-Founder, Grow Emerging Companies LLC
Mary Ann Rozum, USDA SBIR Program Manager for Air, Water & Soils
Scott Dockum, USDA SBIR Program Coordinator
Leon Wolf, SBIR Coordinator, Oregon BEST

Requires separate registration.
See the SBIR/STTR Support Center page for details

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Industry/University Collaboration Forum
This workshop will offer attendees insight from experts from universities and industry regarding best practices for successful collaborations, followed by interactive dialogue.

See the workshop page for more details

Registration for this forum includes the cost of afternoon refreshments. The Forum will conclude in time for attendees to attend the Oregon BEST FEST opening reception and keynote.  

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

PSU Cleantech Challenge Final Judging Round

PSU is proud to present the 2nd Annual Cleantech Challenge. Seven teams with inspired solutions to pressing environmental problems have worked hard all summer to develop their cleantech prototypes. Now they will present the results of that hard work at Oregon BEST FEST, where they will be competing for a $20,000 prize pool.

The Cleantech Challenge will take place on Monday, September 15th from 3-5:30pm. Swing by to see the ingenious prototypes developed by PSU students and faculty and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award -- then stay for the evening reception to kick off the conference.

The PSU Cleantech Challenge is made possible by generous support from Wells Fargo, the PSU Bookstore, the Ecoworks Foundation and Oregon BEST.

Registration by general attendees is welcome - select the PSU Cleantech Challenge ticket type in addition to your conference registration. There is no fee to participate.

Evening Reception and Keynote:

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Opening Reception in the Exhibit Pavilions
Come enjoy cocktails and appetizers while you network with fellow attendees and explore the exhibits shown in the Companies Pavilion, Research Pavilion, and PSU Cleantech Challenge Pavilion. 
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Evening Keynote
Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration - formerly of United Streetcar and Oregon Iron Works

 Tuesday, September 16, 2014

7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am Breakfast Keynote
Cheryl Martin, Acting Director of ARPA-E
9:15 am - 9:45 am Welcome Presentation
David Kenney, President & Executive Director, Oregon BEST
9:45 am - 10:15 am Commercialization Case Study
Sam Pardue, CEO & Founder, Indow Windows
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:30 am Breakout Session 1

Manufacturing: Present & Future  |  Oregon Assets Track
A discussion on Oregon’s manufacturing strengths, innovation and its vision for the future.

Moderator: Chandra Brown, U.S. Dept. of Commerce 
Brian Paul, Oregon State University
Norm Eder, Manufacturing 21
Sarah Garrison, City of Hillsboro


Stormwater  |  Technology Track
Oregon has long been seen as a global leader in stormwater management best practices and technologies – this session will describe how that advantage translates into understanding the opportunities for innovation, and three companies who have seized those opportunities

Moderator: Teresa Huntsinger, Oregon Environmental Council
Markus Kleber, Oregon State University
Robin Schneider, Columbia Green Technologies
Mark Owen, Puralytics


Cleantech Funding: Trends & Opportunities  |  Commercialization Toolkit Track
There are range of options for company and capital formation in a cleantech startup company.  They all have unique challenges and opportunities. This session will explore a range of deal structures and investor profiles and offer insights on how to and where to seek early stage funding.

Moderator: Starla Goff, Paulson Investment Company
Byron McCannElement 8
Neil Nathanson
, Perkins Coie
Dana Siebert, Willamette Angels
Kirk Washington, Yaletown Venture Partners

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch & Networking in Exhibit Pavilions
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Breakout Session 2
  Student Innovators: Research & Entrepreneurship  |  Oregon Assets Track

Resources and Services available to Researchers and Students to Commercialize Research.

Moderator: Angela Jackson, PSU Business Accelerator, Portland Seed Fund
Robert Kokenyesi, Oregon State University
Andrew Ritenour, University of Oregon
Andrew Thorsvick, Portland State University 


AgTech  |  Technology Track
Technologies for sustainability in agriculture is a trending cleantech investment area, and one where Oregon is producing strong innovations. This panel of  Oregon BEST Companies includes a variety of promising AgTech solutions.

Moderator: Fred Ziari, IRZ Irrigation System Management Services
Mary Ann Rozum, USDA Conservation and Environment Program
Melissa Brandao, Rogue Rovers
Ryan Jenson, HoneyComb
Calden Carroll, SupraSensors


Tapping into Federal & State Resources ($8.5 Billion: Get Your Share!)  |  Commercialization Toolkit Track
Private funding is in short supply for early stage cleantech innovations. This session will focus on local, state and federal sources of R&D funding that can be an ideal source of early stage capital. 

Moderator: Ken Vaughn, Oregon BEST  
Mark Henry
, Grow Emerging Companies
Justin Reel
, Bonneville Power Administration
Mark Rehley, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Scott Dockum, USDA SBIR Program Coordinator

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Breakout Session 3

Transactive Energy Development in Oregon and the Northwest  |  Oregon Assets Track
This session will provide attendees with an overview of this developing market and what it can mean to Oregon and the Northwest 

Moderator: Wayne Lei, Portland General Electric
Guy AlLee,
Intel Labs
Linda Rankin
, QualityLogic
Michael O'Halloran, CH2M HILL


"Making" and the Built Environment  |  Technology Track
Evidence points to impressive savings on materials waste and construction time resulting from pre-fabrication /modular construction, as well as improved construction quality and worker safety. This session will explore the opportunity for Oregon expertise in both sustainable design and manufacturing to scale these savings to improve the efficiency of construction.  

Moderator: Johanna Brickman, Oregon BEST
Kip Storey, ZGF
Dace Campbell, Autodesk
Matt Campbell, Oregon State University
Greg Howes, IDEAbuilder


Protecting Your Baby: patenting, trademarking, and licensing intellectual property  |  Commercialization Toolkit Track
A critical aspect of raising capital for new products and competing in dynamic markets is obtaining patents and protecting intellectual property.  This session will explain the latest developments in patent law and offer pointers on how to manage intellectual property. 

Moderator: Ernie Bootsma, Ater Wynne
Laura Zager, Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt
Charles MihroFSP LLC and Patent Navigation - invited
Peter Sabido, Kolisch Hartwell