Thanks to all of you who came out last night for the first-ever GeekWire Gala. We had a great time toasting our GeekWire Newsmakers of 2011, and celebrating the “Geeks Who Give Back,” the people featured in the 2012 GeekWire Calendar that was our gift to all of the attendees.
In the accompanying pictures, you’ll also see a new GeekWire tradition that we started at the event — special soccer scarves that we presented to the newsmakers and calendar honorees, as mementos of the occasion.
Beyond those special recognitions, our goal was to provide a place for the technology community connect as the year draws to a close. So it was great to see more than 500 of you there, including executives and employees from many of the region’s top startups and larger companies such Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, RealNetworks and many more.
Based some of the conversations we saw, some of the news we’ll be covering in 2012 on GeekWire will no doubt trace its roots to last night.
A big congrats to Rebekah Bastian of Zillow and Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media, the winners of our best-dressed contest, as determined by our esteemed panel.
In support of Toys for Tots, we collected a huge haul for Jenni Hogan’s mobile tweetup, with a major contribution from the team at Double Down Interactive, who brought in a huge haul of toys.
Our partners at KING5.com put together the video above from the event, asking a great question to many of the people in the crowd: Who helped you the most this year? A big thanks to Mark Briggs, Evonne Benedict and the team at KING5 for their work on the piece.
Check out this news piece on the Rick Larsen staffer tweeting controversy, reported by KING5′s Owen Lai from the GeekWire event, with comments from the UW’s Kathy Gill.
In addition, we’ve posted all the pictures to our Facebook page, where you can tag yourself and share the photos with your friends.