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Friday, 09-27-19 | Gerding Theater at the Armory | #Cre8con2019

Last year’s event sold out and with this year’s Speaker line-up we expect the same. Consider registering early.

Cre8con, the Portland Creative Conference, is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across all creative industries. We feature keynote presentations by leading creatives who take you inside their creative process, show their work, and talk about their projects, problems, influences and inspirations. Bring your team (discounts available) or just bring yourself–either way you won’t leave the same as you arrived. You’ll be inspired and motivated in new ways, viewing your world with a fresh perspective. The event is a non-profit fundraiser for youth arts education programs in Oregon.

Add to My Calendar 2019-09-27 08:00:00 2019-09-27 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Cre8con, the Portland Creative Conference Cre8con (the Portland Creative Conference) is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across all creative industries. The day will feature keynotes from top creatives, food, music, and plenty of networking with creative industries professionals. For details visit https://cre8con.com Gerding Theater @ the Armory, Portland, Oregon Keeping the Arts [email protected]


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In the 2017 post-event evaluation, 91% of attendees said they are “Extremely Likely”, “Very Likely” or “Likely” to recommend the event to colleagues.

What do attendees have to say about the event?  Here are 17 testimonials from 2017.

See list of companies who registered from 2015 – 2018

“As a first time attendee I wasn’t sure what to expect from this event. While these speakers weren’t in my line of work I found their personal work journeys fascinating and relative to any career path and/or job function. Too often we take the safe path or pay less focus on the receiving audience for a multitude of reasons. This event was a great inspiration…”

Marci Neilsen, Xerox

“The Creative Conference to me is a unique and wonderful experience. It not only is packed with inspirational speakers, but also congregates great energy and excellent people from Portland. Prepare yourself for a day of replenishing positive vibes, for speakers with great success and stories, and for the after-party that makes a difference for your network.”

David Pan, FashioNXT

“It doesn’t matter what line of work you’re in or where you’re at in life, this conference is for everyone. You WILL take away something that you can utilize immediately. Motivation and inspiration can come from diverse sources, don’t miss an opportunity to grow. You never discover what this conference has in store for you until you experience it for yourself.”

Zack G-L, What's Up This Weekend


Plug into inspiration and motivation

When you experience a day of visionaries from a variety of creative disciplines taking you to the heart of their creative process–sharing their stories, challenges, influences and output–you will leave truly inspired and thinking about your world in a fresh new way.  It’s a vacation for your brain.

Plug into the creative industries network

This is a unique opportunity to expand your network across a variety of creative industries professionals.  We will be in one place at one time for one reason: to explore and celebrate the creative process.  The schedule includes plenty of networking opportunities such as the attendee receptions on Friday night after the main event.

Plug into the experience

It’s not just about the great speakers.  You will be treated to music, food and drink throughout the day and into the evening at the two attendee receptions (Wieden+Kennedy and the Wacom Experience Center).

Plug into the energy

Something special happened when the Armory was remodeled and became the Gerding Theater.  The space, and the surrounding Pearl District neighborhood, feels like it was tailor-made to harness and amplify creative energy.


This event would not be possible without the financial support of our sponsors.  Thank you!

Wacom logo
Premier Sponsor
TCG - The Creative Group logo
Partner Sponsor
LinkedIn Learning logo
Partner Sponsor
Speaker Sponsor
Ideas Collide logo
Lunch Co-Sponsor
City of Hillsboro logo
Lunch Co-Sponsor
Charles Schwab logo
Speaker Sponsor
AWS Elemental
Speaker Sponsor
OregonLive logo
Media Sponsor
Oregon Film logo
Supporting Sponsor


These companies have provided products or services at no cost or at a discounted rate to support our non-profit fundraising efforts.  Thank you!

Capitol City Video (video production & editing)

Swider Haver LLP (legal services)

Hotel Lucia (VIP reception & host hotel)

MeyerPro (show audio/video)

Brightside Engagement (social marketing)

Premier Press (printing)

Full Sail Brewing Co. (beer sponsor)

Mother’s Bistro (VIP hospitality)

The Short List (creative networking)

Lucid Meetings (online meeting platform)

Freewire Broadband (WiFi access)

Melody Saunders Photography

pdxMindShare (promotion)

Snap Yourself! (photo booth)

Presenters.io (show slides)

SpeedPro Portland (signage)

Sandstrom Partners (original logo design)

Oakley Design Studios (logo refresh)

Steve Donatelli (Keeping the Arts logo design)

Xinnia (website management)

XPLANE (graphic recording)

Invisible Harness (video production)

How much does it cost to register?

The registration cost is $169/person, with discounts available for teams (see below).

Is there a discount available for companies who want to register a team of people for the event?

Yes, there is a 10% price break when registering teams of 3 to 5 people at the same time, and 15% for registering teams of 6 to 10 people at the same time.  Several companies have registered teams of people for the event.

How is the registration income used?

This event is a non-profit, volunteer-driven fundraiser for youth arts education programs in Oregon through Keeping the Arts (KTA), an Oregon-based 501(c)3 non-profit.  After event expenses have been covered, this is how the majority of registration proceeds will be used. As of August 2019 KTA has granted over $154,000 to such programs.

Will lunch be served at the event?

Yes, thank you to our Lunch Sponsors, we will serve a box lunch at the event.

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Gerding Theater at the Armory

128 NW 11th Avenue

Portland, OR 97209

Doors open at 8:00 AM for check-in & networking

Program runs from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, followed by an after-party

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