Innovators and hard work are at the heart of its foundation


The Tradition Continues


Oregon is home to a new generation of makers and creators


What is Innovate Oregon + Construct?

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. Together with our partner, Construct, 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, create, invent, and re-imagine our collective definition of what is possible. We can catalyze community engagement around students and schools, bring in Construct’s professional development programs for educators, and enlist industry mentors to partner with teachers – all to provide a 21st century path of transformation for Oregon’s students.

The best part? It’s not an idea. It’s already happening. Join us!



Reimagining the possible. Creating it now.

Ag-Tech: Continuing Our Legacy

Precision agriculture and viticulture, cross-laminated timber, harvesting the bounty of our seas, including energy… all are at the heart of our Oregon economy. New, 21st century technologies are shaping these sectors as never before, letting us be smarter and faster in order to reduce costs and improve results. Our future natural resource stewards need to be at the forefront of these advances.

Advanced Manufacturing

Our manufacturing  sectors employ more people than any others. Rapidly advancing manufacturing technologies, reliant upon precision equipment and robotics, have created a career of “precision maintenance” – mechatronics.. Our Mechatronics will service & maintain the “smartest machines” on the planet. To do so, they’ll need both head & hands – the smarts and skills to keep industry running.

Career & Technical Education

As precision agriculture & advanced manufacturing industries spin-up, all of Oregon & the U.S. suffer from an aging workforce without replacements. Plumbers, electricians, welders, millwrights, auto mechanics – all are in great demand. These jobs & others like them offer great salaries, benefits & careers. It will be decades before the robots fix our plumbing…

Hi-Tech: Software & Hardware

Oregon’s hi-tech sectors employ more people than any others. The hi-tech innovation curve is like no other & in the 21st century, drives every industry and household. Advances like the Internet of Things impact how we grow food, manage our household, park our cars in garages… We don’t have the skilled workforce we need for our local hi-tech companies. Great jobs and benefits wait for that workforce.


In our innovation economy, the creative sector is a critical component to fuel long-term economic growth – think TED: Technology, Entertainment & Design. We prefer a different TED: Technology, Education & Design. The creative sector brings together designers, coders and makers to continually develop new solutions that drive business opportunities. That’s why bringing techniques like design-thinking and agile process management into the classroom matters.

Food & Beverage-Tech

There’s a reason James Beard set the culinary pace in the U.S. He grew up in Oregon. The state that has defined locavore & farm-to-table, scaled microbreweries & small-batch distilleries to the rest of the world, and produces wines equal to the old world’s best, Oregon has the perfect mix for perfecting the next generations of food & beverage, creating traded-sector companies from which the world will purchase. Blending hi-tech, with Oregon’s foodies, creates food-tech.

Who We Are

Industry Professionals

Industry Professionals

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

Beyond Measure: Schools at the Heart of Change

Thanks to Education First, 20 educators from all over Yamhill County and the west valley attended the first viewing in Oregon of the movie Beyond Measure. Schools/districts included: Chemeketa Community College, Dallas, Dayton, Delphian, Grand Ronde, North Marion,...

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Dayton’s New Relic Partnership

This past April, Dayton School District formed a partnership with New Relic to pilot a new Agile Partnership Program to support the school’s innovation culture. Five teachers from Dayton High School teamed together with five industry professionals from New...

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Eurekafest: The Dayton InvenTeam Trip to MIT

Last year, Dayton High School was chosen to have a varsity team to participate in Eurekafest, a four day event organized by the Lemelson-MIT Program and held at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. With applicants...

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Technology Association of Oregon’s Prodigy Delivers!

Check out this great video premiered at Technology of Oregon's (TAO) annual conference showcasing the great work that its education spinoff and foundation, Innovate Oregon, has accomplished. Beginning with a few passionate transformers who know how to disrupt and...

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Redmond School District’s First Make-a-thon

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Redmond School District held its first-ever Make-a-thon at Obsidian Middle School. The make-a-thon included students, teachers, and community members from both Obsidian and Elton Gregory middle schools, teachers from both local high...

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COSA/BEC Innovate ’18 Conference

On March 15 & 16, Innovate18 was held at Nike’s Tiger Woods Center. This event brought together over 300 educators, students and industry professionals to share their experiences introducing new innovative learning practices in their schools. The event was...

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Working Together to Create Tomorrow



Educators, students, businesses, civic, and community leaders



We are working together to create an inclusive innovation-based economy



We are committed to creating new opportunities for our communities

News & Events

Central Oregon Make-a-thon

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...

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