Gary Bedell of Slalom is a past winner of GeekWire's Movember challenge
Gary Bedell of Slalom was the 2011 winner of GeekWire’s Movember challenge

Have you noticed a bit more facial hair around the office this month?

Yep, it’s Movember — that wonderfully hairy time of year when guys throughout the world show off their handlebars and walruses to the amusement and sometimes disgust of their colleagues, co-workers and family members.

It’s all in good fun, with folks raising money through their mustaches for men’s health causes.

In the Seattle tech community, we’ve seen plenty of whiskers emerge in recent weeks, sprouting at tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft and others.

So, as we’ve done in the past, including last year, here’s your big chance to strut your stuff. Or, better yet, your mustache.

We’re hosting a competition to pick the best geek stache in Seattle.

To enter the competition, simply email a photo of you and your mustache, along with your name and title to, anytime before Friday, November 29th at 5 p.m. (Short descriptions of your hairy work of art also are encouraged!)

The 2102 winner of the GeekWire Movember challenge was Aravanan Sivaloganathan of
The 2102 winner of the GeekWire Movember challenge was Aravanan Sivaloganathan of

From the pool of photos, the best of which we’ll publish on GeekWire, we will pick one GeekWire mustache winner who will receive two free tickets to the big GeekWire Gala on December 4th at the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle’s South Lake Union Neighborhood.

Slalom’s Gary Bedell, pictured above, won the GeekWire challenge in 2011. And we’re told he’s back again in 2013 with some wild whiskers to boot. In fact, this marks the third year that Slalom has participated in Movember, with 174 employees in 11 states participating.

“The great thing about Movember — getting guys thinking and talking about their health,” says Bedell.

Will he be the winner? Or will another fuzzy creation emerge this year?

Stay tuned!

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  • Gary Bedell

    Great to see you promoting this again, John! Will send in a photo, but for now, here’s a Movember Vine to kick this off right.

  • John

    Love seeing the Movember support, thank you! Here’s our team contribution this Movember. It was nerve racking at times to keep it going, but the team kept it together during the hard times, i.e. preparing for big meetings where first impressions do matter ;)

    • Mike V.

      This is crazy….like an old western, love it!

  • Gus

    Impressive video. You got to love Seattle startups! #Awesome

    • johnhcook

      Hilarious! I see some contenders in here! Make sure to submit your entries to me at!

  • Joan Stewart

    This is a fabulous example of how you can get some great publicity with a really fun contest. Hope you’re pitching this to the Seattle TV stations and local bloggers who write about guy stuff.

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