TechfestNW Comes to PSU’s New Viking Pavilion
Author: Erin Merz, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Posted: November 29, 2017

Portland State and TechfestNW are pleased to announce a three-year partnership agreement to host TechfestNW in PSU’s new Viking Pavilion, starting in 2018.

The Viking Pavilion—a LEED Gold regional event center accommodating up to 3,400 guests—is slated to open on April 2, making TechfestNW the venue’s first signature event. TechfestNW is an annual gathering in Oregon for global startups, investors, entrepreneurs and the tech community.

The 2018 event will take place on April 5-6 and feature thought-provoking speakers, pitch competitions, workshops and receptions.

“Portland State is on the forefront of technology, business and innovation,” said PSU President Rhamat Shoureshi. “TechfestNW offers a valuable opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to meet and exchange ideas with creators and inventors from around the globe.”

An active researcher, Shoureshi is delivering the event’s opening keynote address. He earned advanced degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds nine U.S. patents for biomedical and engineering systems, sensors and devices.

The TechfestNW team is working closely with faculty, staff and students to make the new partnership a success. Free admission will be granted to a select number of PSU students and discounted tickets will be available to PSU faculty, staff and alumni. This year’s themes are Food Tech, Digital Health, Inclusivity in Tech Culture and Smart Transit/Smart Cities.

"We are thrilled at the growth of TechfestNW and excited about our move to Portland State,” said Jane Smith, TechfestNW GM. "Not just because the Viking Pavilion will allow us to grow, but because it gives us the opportunity to work with Portland’s flagship university and the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

In 2018, TechfestNW will partner with Startup Week, a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. It's led by local entrepreneurs and hosted in amazing spaces all over Portland.

Visit for more information. Tickets go on sale in January.

Contact: Erin Merz,