Well, folks, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. After some very careful deliberation at the GeekWire HQ today, we’ve chosen our winners in the second annual GeekWire Movember mustache challenge.
Our judging panel — consisting of GeekWire’s Emily Shahan, Taylor Soper, Rebecca Lovell and yours truly — carefully weighed more than 20 entries from bushy Tom Selleck-style staches to an impressive array of handlebars.
“Man, we’ve got some furry dudes,” noted Lovell in perusing this year’s entries.
But the furry-style lost out this year to a thinly sculpted masterpiece from Amazon.com software development manager Aravanan Sivaloganathan. He won by a unanimous decision. (Heck, my mustache-averse wife even thought Sivaloganathan’s stache was pretty cool).
“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it,” joked Sivaloganathan. “I expected the competition to be a hairy one.”
As a result of his achievement, Sivaloganathan has won two tickets to the GeekWire Gala on December 6th at McCaw Hall.
Now, Sivaloganathan wasn’t the only one with an impressive stache, and as runner ups we chose two very different creations.
“I’m thinking I might keep this thing forever. It scares my coworkers,” noted Brissey.
The third place finisher, just creeped me out a bit. I personally opted for another entry, going with a more traditional look.
But my fellow judges liked the creativity of Travis Geer of AudioSocket, who described his creation as a “reverse-Hitler, Fu-Manchuish creepshow of a stache.” Agreed. That’s one creepy stache.
Congrats to everyone who participated this year, including teams from Globys, Slalom Consulting and Point Inside.
Now, if mustaches aren’t your thing, don’t fret.
There will still be a chance to strut your stuff at the GeekWire Gala where we’ll be awarding prizes for the best dressed. (Yes, we recognize the irony in giving away prizes for fashion sense in a room full of geeks!)
Meanwhile, here’s a gallery of some of the other folks who participated in the mustache competition this year.
Which one is your favorite?