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TAO Foundation is the Oregon 501(c)3 nonprofit subsidiary of the Technology Association of Oregon. Our mission is to serve as an “umbrella” nonprofit to support activities and programs that promote wider access to technology education for Oregon K-12 students.

TAO Foundation seeks to:

Support technology-related education programs, Align industry, foundation and public resources and Incubate new programs

Our goal is to participate with, and inspire growth within the ecosystem of groups such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), ETIC (Engineering and Technology Industry Council), Saturday Academy, ORTOP (Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program) and others to inspire opportunity and strengthen the skills Oregon students need to thrive in the global economy.

Our vision is to be the catalyst for the development of new talent pipelines for an inclusive, innovation-based economy.

Our supported affiliates currently include:

  • Innovation Academy

  • ChickTech

  • Pixel Arts

  • Center for Innovative Inclusion

  • APP Camp for Girls



TechStart is now the TAO Foundation.


TechStart launches Innovation Academy

Students from Franklin and Wilson High Schools tackle real world problems with Portland Police Bureau

PORTLAND, ORE. – May 17, 2013 –TechStart Education Foundation will launch its new Innovation Academy on Saturday, May 18 at Franklin High School in Southeast Portland from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Students from Franklin and Wilson High Schools will showcase a mobile application they developed that allows the Portland Police to better collaborate with the community to improve neighborhood safety.

“It's important for the Portland Police Bureau to share public safety information as soon as possible. This innovative application designed by students, provides quick access to crime alerts and tips on how each of us can help keep our community safe, said Portland Police Chief Mike Reese. “I am especially pleased that students from Franklin and Wilson High School developed this application in collaboration with business leaders and the Portland Police Bureau. It has been a unique partnership and we look forward to an ongoing relationship with Tech for Tomorrow as they continue to create cutting-edge solutions that help improve our community."

The Innovation Academy is designed to facilitate project-based learning that will equip students with the skills they need to drive Oregon’s growing digital economy while developing technologies that have real community impact. All students, teachers, and industry professionals are invited to participate in the Innovation Academy launch event.

The Innovation Academy is a being developed as a collaboration between TechStart, SUN and Ideal Portland, and has support from organizations like the White House Office of Science and Technology’s Inclusion Round Table, Microsoft Research, the America 21 project, Technology Association of Oregon, and the City of Portland and Portland Development Commission. Initial funding for the Tech for Tomorrow initiative is being provided by a $30,000 grant from Jive Software. Innovation Academy teams will work over the summer to create new technology solutions that will be showcased when the school year resumes in the fall. Like the group of Franklin and Wilson students who began working on the Portland Police application, teams will have mentorship from industry experts and work with community organizations.

The area’s technology companies and community-focused organizations are encouraged to attend the launch and contact TAO Foundation to learn more about how to get involved and support the Innovation Academy’s summer team projects. The Innovation Academy is particularly interested in software developers and designers who would be interested in lending their time and expertise to inspire a high school student to enter the field of science, technology, engineering or math. For more information on how to get involved and become a volunteer, please visit taof.org


MEDIA CONTACT: Blu Print Public Relations Kristin Whitney, 503-750-7463

TAO F CONTACT: Randy Macdonald TAO Foundation 503-806-6359 randy@taof.org