300+ Attendees

District Administrators

150+ School Districts

150+ School Districts

45+ Vendor Booths

EdTech Vendors



2 Free Meals

Free Meals

100+ Speakers

District-led Sessions

Districts Attending Include:

Kendrick Joint SD

Royal SD

Deer Park SD

Mt. Adams SD

Spokane SD

Coeur d'Alene SD

Warden SD

Post Falls SD

East Valley SD

Almira SD

Time Title Presenter Location
08:30am - 09:00am Breakfast Pavilion IV
08:30am - 02:00pm Vendor Exhibits Open Pavilion IV
09:00am - 10:00am Keynote Address Jeff Utecht Pavilion I
10:15am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions #1 Pavilion I-III
"Keynote Q&A" by Jeff Utecht - Educational Consultant, Author, Speaker, Eduro Learning
"Email Security" by Matt Feider - Network Service Analyst, ESD101
"Minecraft Education for Sustainable Change Initiatives" by Mary Elizabeth Pearson - PD Specialist, NCCE
11:15am - 12:00pm Breakout Sessions #2 Pavilion I-III
"How to Integrate Phones with Building Security Infrastructure" by Andy Jones - District Network Administrator, ESD101
"1:1 Devices at Spokane SD" by Greg Trepus & Betsy Weigle - IT Supervisor, Education Technology Leader, Spokane SD
"Cyber Security Policies for Small Districts" by Garren Shannon - Director of Information Services, Pullman SD
12:00pm - 01:00pm Lunch & Vendor Exhibit Pavilion IV
01:00pm - 01:40pm Breakout Sessions #3 Pavilion I-III
"Thoughtful Technology Use in the Age of Digital Distraction" by Seth Deniston - Director of Technology, Coeur D'Alene SD
"Shifting Our Focus in Technology for 2020" by Jeff Utecht - Educational Consultant, Author, Speaker, Eduro Learning

2019 Opening Keynote Speaker

Michelle Zimmerman TechFest 2019 Keynote Speaker

Disambiguating Artificial Intelligence: Preparing Young People for a future with Human-Computer Interaction Locally and Globally

Michelle Zimmerman, Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences - Renton Prep

Michelle Zimmerman, PhD, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Services at Renton Prep Christian School. With 17 years in the classroom (PreK–10), 11 years implementing research into practice, designing Renton Prep, selected as Microsoft's Premiere Showcase School, and serving on the University of Washington, College of Education Professional Education Advisory Board, and adjunct, Concordia University, she experiences education through multiple lenses. Her students have gained international recognition through global school visits hosting Ministries of Education and Delegates at Renton Prep from China, Pakistan, Croatia, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, Wales, Scotland, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, France as well as U.S.A. She and her students have presented since 2007: AERA to Scientific American, New York Academy of Sciences, NYU, UCLA, SXSWEdu and a range of edtech conferences including ISTE. They are published in Springer's International Human Computer Interaction Series, and she is the author of Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning, and press such as VentureBeat.

2019 Closing Keynote Speaker

Back to the Future: Reviewing the Past As a Future Predictor

Steve Young, Chief Information Officer - OSPI

Steve coordinates the integration of technology to improve teaching and learning in Washington by providing leadership and management of technology; telecommunications infrastructure; and other tools for students, teachers, and administrators in the K–12 education sector. Learn what OSPI has been up to lately with recently completed projects assisting districts, discussion on district ransomware cases, email phishing attemps, and other cybersecurity threats.

Steve Young TechFest 2019 Keynote Speaker

Previous Featured Speakers

Michelle Zimmerman - Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences - Renton Prep

Steve Young - Chief Information Officer

Thuan Nguyen - Former Assistant Superintendent
Kent School District

Jeff Utecht - CEO, Author, Educator
Enduro Learning

Mark Finstrom - Chief Technology Officer - Highline Public Schools

Brooke Trisler - Chief Technology Officer
Mukilteo SD

Shannon Davenport - Director of Professional Learning - NCCE

Dennis Small - Educational Technology Director

Thomas Furness III - Grandfather of Virtual Reality
University of Washington

Mandy Manning - 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Spokane Public Schools

Eric Chambers - Director of E-rate and Special Services

Jeff Charbonneau - 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Zillah SD

Who Attends?

Janice Wintermyer - Technology Coach
Snoqualmie Valley School District, WA
I enjoyed making connections with others in nearby districts, and also seeing the new products available in the EdTech world!
Dan Fleck - User Experience
Portland Public Schools, OR
TechFest is a conference that should not be missed! Informative sessions, excellent vendor exhibits, and at an amazing location! I look forward to it every year.
Steve Ostrom - Computer Science
Post Falls School District, ID
Techfest was a fantastic conference. The knowledge base of the presenters was extraordinary. I am planning on attending again next year and am inviting my Technology Director and other teachers so that they can also experience this technology opportunity for themselves.
Debra Spencer-Grant - Language Arts & Social Studies
Tacoma Public Schools, WA
It always important to include our student voices in the presentations! Loved talking to the Renton Prep young men that I encountered and had a chance to talk with at every vendor table.
Ann Acosta
Burlington-Edison School District, WA
TechFest was an eye opening experience and as an educator I felt inspired to return to my classroom and rant & rave about the exciting things my students have to look forward to in their lives!
Jonathan Maynard - Director of Information Services
Yelm Community Schools, WA
Conference you should attend each and every year!!

TechFest attendees consist of those involved in education - Superintendents, Technology & Curriculum Directors, Principals, and many other industry professionals. They will be able to fully emerge themselves in the latest tools and learn how districts are currently using them.