The proliferation of sensors and connected devices means more data than ever before
In this presentation, Skip will cover the promise and pitfalls of ubiquitous data, including some ways communities of various sizes in Oregon and beyond are collaborating through shared services, addressing data privacy issues, and developing innovative programs spanning the public, private, educational and nonprofit sectors.
Skip is a frequent speaker on technology trends and topics, economic development, public-private partnerships and civic innovation. Before joining the TAO, Skip served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster. While at the City of Portland, Skip’s projects included the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy at the municipal level, an award-winning regional open data initiative and the development of resources to support entrepreneurship, like the Portland Seed Fund.
Previously, Skip was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur. Skip is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of TECNA, Technology Councils of North America, which is a global network of technology and entrepreneurship associations, and he serves on the community advisory board for Wells Fargo and several community-based organizations in the Portland area. Skip is also a 2012 recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. When he's not working on behalf of the region's tech industry, Skip enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family.
CRMM Miniboat Program
The Miniboat Program from the Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a global, multidisciplinary STEAM learning experience for 5th-7th grade students in the Pacific Northwest and Japan by empowering them to cooperatively design, build, launch, and track seaworthy, GPS-equipped boats on a journey across the Pacific Ocean. Since the program’s start in 2017, more than 1,600 students on both sides of the Pacific have been involved in the launch of 27 miniboats that have traveled a total of 58,469 nautical miles — and counting. These boats are tracked daily, and students are still building on the skills they honed to launch them. The Miniboat Program is not only an educational tool, it’s also a portal for viewing careers that students might be interested in pursuing in the future.
Five-foot-long Miniboat Program sailboats have arrived on the shores of Alaska, California, Mexico, and the tiny Micronesian country of Kiribati, where they’ve been rescued and relaunched. The program creates a substantial and lasting impact — in the school communities and well beyond. This presentation will share inspiring stories of student teams taking on an audacious goal and the lessons they take away about the effects of ocean currents, using math to calculate route mileage, expressing themselves through boat design, and creating lasting international relationships with their cohorts in Japan. Miniboats are small, but they are mighty!
Nate Sandel, Director of Education, Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Nate Sandel has taught education programs to over 150,000 students in 37 states and four countries. He has a B.A. in Community Development from Central Michigan University and is a founding member of the Northwest STEM Hub. He has 16 years of experience in education in a career that began at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in 2005, a stint at the B Corp King Arthur Flour from 2012-2016, and then a return to the Maritime Museum where he was asked to rescue a flailing education department. By bridging the gap between STEAM education and history, Nate and his staff have fostered a 900 percent increase in the number of students reached by museum education programs annually. “Nate the Great,” as he’s been called by local students, is thrilled to be constantly learning from his colleagues and the students he interacts with on a daily basis.