What is Innovate Oregon?
Innovate Oregon is a bold and inclusive initiative to ignite and amplify a culture of creative problem solving and empower the next generation of innovators to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our state. We are aligning leadership with grassroots efforts in our civic, industry and talent development communities in powerful new ways. By operating from a new standpoint of collaboration, we can take risks with invention and re-imagine our collective definition of what is possible.
The best part? It’s not an idea. It’s already happening. Join us!
Reimagining the possible. Creating it now.
Agriculture, viticulture, timber, fishing, the outdoors… all are at the heart of our Oregon economy. But new, digital technologies are shaping these sectors as never before, letting us be smarter and faster in order to reduce costs and improve results. Whole new fields like AgTech and WineTech are emerging and technologies like cross-laminated timber are bringing new businesses. Our future natural resource stewards need to be at the forefront of these advances.
Manufacturing & Hi-Tech
Our manufacturing and hi-tech sectors employ more people than any others. Between rapidly advancing production technologies and new fields like Internet of Things (IoT), every industry segment in Oregon is changing and adapting at increasing speeds. To continue to grow and keep ourselves at the cutting edge of new markets, Oregonians need to be empowered with the skills and mindsets of innovation.
In the innovation economy, the creative sector is emerging as a critical component to fuel long-term economic growth. The creative sector brings together designers, coders and makers to continually develop new solutions that drive business opportunities. Oregon, has a long history of innovation. Founded by risk-taking pioneers – innovators in the truest sense – Oregonians continue to create, invent and expand their potential everyday.
Who we are…
Local businesses impacting big change.
Offering expertise and mentor-ship to help solve our complex problems.
Challenging young minds to discover tomorrow’s solutions.
Learning to see ourselves as creative innovators, beyond the limits of the classroom.
Improving the way we teach, communicate, learn.
Providing the tools for students to unlock their potential as creative problem solvers and innovators.
We are everyday people… Like you and I.
Supporting our students and community, developing ideas, and enacting change.
Our Stories & Experiences
Andrew Schafer, Ben Eastlund and Logan Kumnick are three autodidacts with a passion for videography. As 8th graders at LaCreole, they took on opportunities to highlight activities at school throughout the year and LaCreole was able to provide tools and an audience for...read more
Similar to the Dallas, Oregon LaCreole Middle School make-a-thon, Central Oregon held a make-a-thon at Sky View Middle School on November 15, 2017. The make-a-thon was coordinated by the High Desert Education Service District and put on by Innovate Oregon and...read more
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, LaCreole Middle School, held the first ever community-led make-a-thon in Dallas, Oregon. The idea was brought to the community by A.J. Foscoli, the economic development director for Dallas and a seasoned veteran of previous Innovate...read more
Last week, a team from Yamhill-Carlton school presented the story of Innovate YC and their drone team at the COSA conference at Seaside. This annual conference of educators from around Oregon is held to share best practices. The presentation shared the story of how YC...read more
It all began with a crazy idea. What if we transformed a 10,000 square foot ag shop at Dayton High School into a new space, a multidimensional makerspace built around an ideation lab. A place where all students felt a sense of belonging, regardless of their interests?...read more
The word, “agile”, is thrown around a lot these days. But what does it mean and why is it used so often? We all know the standard dictionary definition: “to be able to move quickly and easily”. But there is a new definition that is having a profound impact on our...read more
Partnering In Our Communities
Working together to create tomorrow
Educators, students, businesses, government and community leaders
We are working together to create an inclusive innovation-based economy
We are committed to creating new opportunities for our communities
Innovate Oregon Initiatives
The education arm of Technology Association of Oregon, Innovate Oregon selected Yamhill County – a perfect blend of small-town agricultural tradition with burgeoning centers of industry and commerce – to show how bold, nimble ways of developing talent can provide a workforce for the future, wherever needed. One by one, we are inspiring every community in the county to innovate, invent and achieve.
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