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We are humbled to announce the return of TechFest 2018 being held at the luxurious Tulalip Resort!

TechFest is coming back to the Pacific Northwest this fall, October 26th, 2018. An educational conference put together by yours truly, MicroK12. This event will showcase all the latest technology that is being used throughout schools in the area. This event allows attendees to fully emerge into all the incredible advancements in technology that have changed drastically since last years’ event.

Take part in this one-day extravaganza, where YOU will see around 300 district administrators in attendance, including Superintendents, Technology & Curriculum Directors, Principals, and many other industry professionals.

TechFest will introduce workshops, where educators will be learning about new technology and ways to incorporate them into the classroom, and companies will have booths set up throughout the entirety of the event to answer questions and get you excited about advancing students through technology.

We are sure you have heard of it being used through video games and as an accessory for smart phones. Virtual Reality presents an augmented utopia as the first and only way to engage with technology through a head set. It allows a single user to gaze through a three-dimensional landscape.

Virtual Reality will be apart of our Keynote Address, presented by Thomas A. Furness III a professor at the University of Washington (learn more below).

Having the opportunity to engage with technology through a lens is out of this world! Who knows, you may even be able to test it out during the event.

TechFest may not last all day, but that doesn't mean you have to leave right away.
Even the Resort is on board with new tech! Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the luxurious hotel rooms including LED reading lamps, and no-fog mirrors. There is also an award-winning restaurant options, upscale spa, and premier casino right alongside the hotel.

If any of the technology excites you, then we are sure that the outlet mall next store will as well. Seattle Premium Outlet has over 100 stores to choose from, surely, you'll be able find what you're looking for.

Keynote Speaker for TechFest 2018: Grandfather of Virtual Reality

Thomas A. Furness III profile

A visionary, intellect, and true pioneer of virtual reality. We present to you Thomas A. Furness III, an American Inventor, professor and virtual reality pioneer based out of Seattle, Washington. Lucky us, for being treated to a local!

Being the Grandfather of Virtual Reality comes with an exceptional background. Thomas is a Professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. Founder of the family of Human Interface Technology Laboratories at University of Washington and its sister labs at Christchurch, New Zealand and Tasmania. Furness offers his wealth of knowledge linked to developing human interface technology, or as we like to call virtual reality. He is the founder and chairman of the Virtual World Society, a non-profit organization extending virtual reality as a learning system for families and humanitarian societies.

Furness has been highly recognized for receiving the first-ever lifetime achievement award for 50 years of service within the field of virtual reality and augmented reality from the Augment World Expo in Santa Clara, California in 2015.Thomas Furness Airforce

Furness built the first helmet mounted displays used by the United States Air Force pilots at the beginning of his career path. Ever since then Furness has been advancing his skillset to stay up-to-date with all the advancements virtual reality has to offer.

Being present for Furness’s keynote presentation will allow you to hear from the Grandfather himself, an individual who has carved a path for the future in science and education technology.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Vendor Expo


Each year we bring the top education technology manufacturers in the world and have them demo their products to our attendees. This is your chance to see the latest solutions and tools to see if they will work in your districts.

The top representatives from each vendor will be able to quickly walk you through their line, and if that's not your type of think at least stop by for the snacks and drinks!

MicroK12's TechFest 2018 Vendor Booth Map