The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) announced today the selection of Don Domes, a longtime technology educator, advocate and consultant in Oregon as the recipient of the 2019 Tech Champion Award. Domes will be recognized as part of the Oregon Technology Awards ceremony on April 17.
“The Tech Champion Award recognizes a leader outside the tech community who has made a powerful impact on the Oregon and Southwest Washington industry,” said Skip Newberry, president and CEO at TAO. “Don has worked tirelessly on tech education in the region, delivering and finding funding for innovative programming to develop more knowledgeable, adaptable and enterprising students. His impact on our industry and in the lives and careers of thousands of students in Oregon is great. I can’t think of a person more deserving of the Tech Champion award.
Domes is involved with a range of programs including the Oregon Robotics Tournament Outreach Program (ORTOP), the Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association (OCSTA), the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program, Washington County Kids, TechStart, the Digital Literacy Professional Development Grant and Hillsboro School District’s Outside School Time STEAM program. He spent over 35 years in technology classrooms and has served in leadership roles, technology-related board positions and as a Master Teacher for the national L-MIT InvenTeams program. Domes has spearheaded fundraising and legislative efforts garnering millions of dollars to create and enhance tech related career technical education (CTE) and science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) opportunities for students and teachers.
“I’m thrilled to be honored with the Tech Champion Award,” said Domes. “Oregon’s opportunity to grow the next generation of technologists has never been greater. I am excited to have a spotlight on our work with youth and educators and to promote some of the great things that are happening in Oregon.
The 2019 Oregon Technology Awards Program is presented by JLL and Regence. TAO anticipates that the event will draw more than 600 attendees, including entrepreneurs and tech professionals from across the region and around the globe. Tickets to the April 17 event can be purchased here.