Marcelino Alvarez, a fixture in the Portland start-up scene for many years, and an alum of Wieden+Kennedy, will be speaking at TechfestNW this year. His talk: Beyond the Hype: the future of the Internet of Things and why Portland should be at the epicenter.

Alvarez's firm Uncorked Studios, is a product design and development company that has long had a social conscience. In 2011, Uncorked developed Safecast, an open data initiative to help residents of Japan report and understand the levels of radiation following the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster. Uncorked has also partnered with the Bezos Family Foundation, the March of Dimes, and Magnum Foundation to develop social impact products. In addition to this sort of work, Uncorked collaborates with some of the world's top brands, including Google, Intel, Adidas, and Samsung, to prototype and develop smart home, mobile, and web products. It has become a substantial player in helping companies understand the opportunities presented by the Internet of Things.

Join Marcelino Alvarez and our other excellent speakers at TechFestNW 2016: April 25-26 at The Armory in Portland, Oregon's Pearl District. For more information or tickets to TFNW, visit