We’re big fans of ping-pong around here. In fact, GeekWire was hatched over a series of ping-pong matches (and karaoke, but that’s another story).

Fortunately, we cover an industry filled with people who feel the same way. That’s why we’re excited to be organizing a ping-pong tournament and summer party for the tech community this year, reviving one of our favorite annual traditions.

We hope you can join us on June 21 in Seattle for the GeekWire Summer Bash, featuring a battle for the “GeekWire West Coast Technology Ping-Pong Championships” in expert and intermediate brackets. (That’s right, Silicon Valley, Portland and Vancouver, we’re calling you out, and if you don’t show up, we’ll take it as a forfeit.)

Tech companies from all over will be sending their best representatives to compete for supremacy in this one-of-a-kind competition. Slots are going fast, so make sure to get your best representative signed up today.

And the rest of us? We will be standing around drinking and eating and heckling them. Let the trash-talking begin at #gwsummerbash.

Seriously, it’s a fun party. We’ll also have a foosball tournament, and the return of our amazing “GeekBall” court for all you soccer/billiards aficionados. (Trust us, it’s a blast.)

Plus plenty of food and drink, and hundreds of your closest friends from the tech community. Most of you know we like to throw a good party, and the Showbox SODO is a cool, spacious venue for this type of event.

Early bird registration ends this week, and the tournament registration deadline is June 12. Tickets are available here for the event and the tournaments.

In the meantime, we’re planning to send our very own John Cook, GeekWire’s resident ping-pong ace, to scout the field by taking on the top players from some of the region’s best startups. (He’ll be at Decide.com tomorrow). Just drop him a note at john@geekwire.com if you’re interested in having him come to your office to challenge your best player. (He promises not to break anything — of yours, at least — when diving across the floor to save a point.)

Thanks to our sponsors Filter, Barokas Public Relations, Gist, Korrio, Tableau Software, Turnstone, Zipwhip and Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness. For remaining sponsorship opportunities contact Rebecca Lovell at rebecca@geekwire.com.

Photo by Notic, via Flickr.

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  • Salliecook

    Will John be using the ping pong paddle from his family’s basement home in Ohio?

    • johnhcook

      Ship it out, mom. Might be the lucky paddle!

  • http://twitter.com/ShaunaCausey Shauna Causey

    John, The team is excited for tomorrow’s showdown and your first stop on the ping pong tour. Hope you’ve been practicing ;]

    • johnhcook

      Bring it Decide!! I am ready for some ping-pong action. Minh Le at Silicon Valley Bank today gave me a scouting report on some of your players. I’ve got my strategy for success. 

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewDumont Andrew Dumont

    Oh boy, just wait until you see the SEOmoz team. It’s on.

    And yes, this is me talking trash. ; )

    • johnhcook

      Looking forward to the Moz bringing some foosball and pong mastery to the bash. I should remind folks that there will be a “team spirit prize” for the folks who truly show their company’s colors during the event. And did we mention the photo booth? 

      • johnhcook

        Team Decide.com is looking strong. I got whipped on Wednesday afternoon. 

  • Roger

    Be sure to invite Will Shortz. See if he’s as good as he says.

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