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Willamette Week: TechFest NW Returns to Portland in April, This Time With the Creator of Siri
Author: Christen McCurdy
Posted: December 13, 2019

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TechfestNW, Portland's annual gathering of technology and business leaders, innovators, students, startups and investors, is happening April 2 and 3, 2020 at the Viking Pavilion at Portland State University.

The two-day event showcases innovative, impactful tech, talks from leaders across industries, experience workshops, live tech demos and gobs of networking opportunities.

While TFNW only announced a few speakers for its 2020 program, it is a mixture of local and global business leaders, including:

  • Roger McNamee, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful investors who has become one of the industry’s most scalding critics.
  • Monica Enand, co-founder and CEO of Zapproved,an Oregon breakout startup success stories, and one of the few female tech founders in Oregon or anywhere else.
  • Tom Gruber, a leading thinker on the implications of artificial intelligence and the creator of a little thing called Siri.
  • Marguerite Dibble, founder of GameTheoryCo, whose passion for diversity in games and has made her one of the game industry’s most sought-after speakers.

During the two-day event, entrepreneurs, investors and industry executives from around the globe will network, pitch startup ideas in a competition called PitchfestNW, attend sessions on everything from doing business with government to using AI for good, and for the first time at TFNW, participate in a startup tradeshow where startups have access to the best business resources in our region.

Says TFNW director Shelley Midthun: "TFNW 2020 will be a global gathering that celebrates Portland and the Pacific Northwest as hub for creativity, innovation and community-minded collaboration."

Tickets for TechfestNW 2020 go on sale in January. Sign up on TFNW's website to receive news and updates, and be notified when tickets are available.