Good work Seattle: Here are the winners of the Geeks Give Back campaign

GeekWire chairman Jonathan Sposato with Vittana’s Kushal Chakrabarti

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for the GeekWire Gala. We had a blast partying with more than 800 folks, recognizing some of the top Newsmakers of the Year and celebrating a fabulous year in tech.

But one of the coolest things about the evening is how the community came together to support our non-profit partner, Vittana, through the Geeks Give Back campaign.

We raised more than $32,000 for Vittana’s education-oriented student loan program, with various companies in town pooling their funds in a bit of friendly philanthropic competition.

Taking home the top prize was Blue Box, which raised $6,823. As winners, the Blue Box team took home an autographed Sounders jersey, and a $500 gift card to The Garage restaurant and bowling alley. A big congrats to Blue Box. [Editor's note: Blue Box is GeekWire's hosting provider].

In second place was Socrata with $5,025, followed by Rooster Park, which  raised $4,418. Kudos as well to fourth place finisher Startup Seattle, which rallied various members of the startup community to raise $3,866. Also, individual donor Mike McSherry, the former CEO of Swype, donated $2,500, and won  a $500 gift certificate to Knoll.

Together, these funds will be used to help wipe out youth poverty through the power of education.

Check out photos from the Gala here.

  • http://www.bluebox.net Jesse Proudman

    Congrats to all involved! What was the final count of successfully funded students?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=94500172 Kyle Kesterson

    This was a competition where EVERYONE wins! Glad to be a part of it, and even more glad to help send a Design student to school in Paraguay!

  • http://www.artsumo.com Naysawn Naderi

    This was awesome. So awesome to see so many people give back!

    If you really love Vittana – we’re searching for a geek who’d like to give back ever more… by joining the Vittana web development team. If you might be that geek, please drop jobs@vittana.org a line.