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.
Pre-Conference Workshops and Events (additional to conference registration):
|1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|| |
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Tutorial, plus Consultation Appointments
Requires separate registration.
|3:00 pm - 5:30 pm|| |
Industry/University Collaboration Forum
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
|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
Stormwater | Technology Track
Cleantech Funding: Trends & Opportunities | Commercialization Toolkit Track
|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.
AgTech | Technology Track
Moderator: Fred Ziari, IRZ Irrigation System Management Services
Tapping into Federal & State Resources ($8.5 Billion: Get Your Share!) | Commercialization Toolkit Track
Moderator: Ken Vaughn, Oregon BEST
|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
"Making" and the Built Environment | Technology Track
Protecting Your Baby: patenting, trademarking, and licensing intellectual property | Commercialization Toolkit Track