Team GeekWire had a great time partying with more than 500 of you last night at the first GeekWire Summer Bash in Seattle. We crowned the 2012 champions for the Seattle region’s tech community in ping-pong and foosball, and saw some fantastic games in the final matches.

But most of all we had a ton of fun catching up and making new connections with all of you. A big thanks to everyone who came out for the event, and to our sponsors who made it possible.

Be sure to check out the video above by Akaash Saini, a journalist and videographer who did a great job capturing the scenes and the spirit of the event.

Here’s a link to all of the pictures from the Usnaps photo booth at the event, with the option for sharing any of them on Facebook.

GeekWire photographer Annie Laurie Malarkey and AEON Law’s Adam Philipp also captured the scene in some great pictures of the night. Click on any image below to launch a gallery of photos. Go to Facebook to see all of Adam’s shots and all of Annie Laurie’s shots, and don’t forget to tag yourself and your friends there to share your pics.

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  • Seattle Startup

    Hopefully the fact there are zero comments on your ping pong and foosball winning post, your LIVE post from the event and this post will convince you that folks aren’t really interested in such puff pieces about non-important topics. This is a forum folks go to for interesting NEWS about companies, Seattle entrepreneurs and the small business ecosystem here. There is understandably very little interest in puff pieces like awards, feel-good events among insiders and non-informational posts.

    • Todd Bishop

      Thanks for sharing your perspective. We’re proud that GeekWire not only provides news and commentary but also contributes to the culture of the Pacific Northwest tech community and brings people together in person to make the types of connections that can help their businesses and careers.

      Our events attract thousands of people each year, ranging from parties like the one last night to our GeekWire Summit, where we brought in people such as former Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie and Hulu CTO Richard Tom to share insights on technology and business. In September we’re running Startup Day, a boot camp for aspiring entrepreneurs featuring sessions led by startup veterans.

      These events are an integral part of what we do, and we’re honored that they’ve become an important part of the tech community for so many people. So it’s only natural for us to post about them. If that’s not your thing, that’s fine — you’ll find more Seattle-related tech news on GeekWire than on any other site.

      But you really should consider joining us at our next meetup or event to get a sense for what they’re really about. You’ll see that they’re attended by a broad spectrum of people from across the community.

      It also might do you some good to get out and lighten up.

      We’re always listening to feedback and trying to improve, so feel free to contact me directly at if you have news tips, commentary ideas or specific suggestions about how we could add to our coverage.

      • Seattle Startup

        “It also might do you some good to get out and lighten up.”

        Ouch. Zing. Personal. Attack. I guess I learned my lesson — critique posts will result in ad hominem responses. That speaks volumes.

        • Todd Bishop

          Not a personal attack at all — since you’re not using your name, I don’t even know who you are! :) Based on your comment, you really do need to recognize the importance of having some fun and being part of the community. I’d welcome a response to the substance of my reply, and I’d encourage you to use your real name.

          • Seattle Startup

            Responding to substance of your reply:

            1. Parties — good way to build a base and a business case. Just like TechCrunch — which gets regularly chastised by being many things other than a fair journalistic site. I’m sure it’s a profitable model for you…it’s just not journalism.

            2. Bringing people together for their career advancement. Again, a derived demand execution designed to increase your readership and hence advertising rates. That’s fine. Just not journalism.

            3. Insights on tech and biz by bringing in special guests. Just like the local groups do…but they don’t pretend to be an objective news site. NWEN, for example, is upfront about their business model and services. Would Geekwire do the same — and indicate that it’s not all about journalism and fairness?

            4. Personal attack. I leave it to the reader to determine whether “”It also might do you some good to get out and lighten up.” is such an attack. I will say that my identity is as a veiled blogger because I say things that would otherwise get me ostracized from folks because I take strong opinions that aren’t always easy to say. You might not be surprised to hear that I’ve received a number of “thank you for saying what i can’t” notes.

            5. Awards — really a waste of time. Insiders patting insiders on the back. And article after article about it. Great non-journalism at its best.

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