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We had a fantastic time welcoming more than 750 of you to the 2013 GeekWire Awards at Seattle’s EMP.
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Dr. Rebecca Gardner accepts the award for Geek of the Year.

It was alive and kickin’ Thursday night at the EMP for the 2013 GeekWire Awards, as we welcomed more than 750 of you to help honor the best and brightest from Seattle’s startup community.

From Chris DeVore’s inspiring keynote speech about the Emerald City startup scene to hearing the crowd thunder in applause and appreciation for Dr. Rebecca Gardner’s cancer-destroying research work, we loved each and every minute of last night.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for the work you do everyday,” DeVore said. “The thing we’re building together is already one of the massive flywheels of the global economy, and we are just getting started.”

It was great to hear many of our winners giving credit to those who helped them be honored Thursday night.

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Co-founder Amy Balliett accepts the award on behalf of Killer Infographics for Geekiest Office Space.

“It’s weird — the people who get up on this stage don’t truly represent the startup community the way the 130 people who work at SEOmoz, or the 60-something people at HasOffers, or the seven people who work at Haiku Deck represent those teams,” SEOmoz CEO Rand Fishkin said after accepting the award for Perk of the Year. “I want to accept this award on behalf of the teams who deserve all the perks and benefits they can possibly get.”

“I didn’t prepare anything because I thought it would be pretty hard to compete with the others on this list,” Edward Jiang said after accepting the award for Do-Gooder of the Year. “Everyone that was nominated was truly incredible. I feel very honored to be here on behalf of the StudentRND community.”

We recapped the winners from the 14 categories with a roundup post from Thursday night, and now we’d like to share some awesome photos from the scene, including those from the hilarious photo booth (also embedded below). Thanks to our awesome intern Alisa Reznick for snapping these shots.

First, here are some of our winners with the category sponsors:

Startup Deal of the Year, presented by UK Trade & Investment

Winner: Zulily 

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Zulily CEO Darrelll Cavens with Samantha Evans of category sponsor UK Trade and Investment

App of the Year, presented by Fresh Consulting

Winner: Haiku Deck

Category sponsor Brett Greene of Fresh Consulting with Haiku Deck founders Adam Tratt and Kevin Leneway, winners of App of the Year.
Category sponsor Brett Greene of Fresh Consulting with Haiku Deck founders Adam Tratt and Kevin Leneway, winners of App of the Year.

Perk of the Year, presented by Kibble & Prentice (See a KING5 story on this category here)

Winner: SEOmoz

SEOmoz CEO Rand Fishkin, winner of the "Perk of the Year" award, with category sponsor Greg Bryan of Kibble & Prentice.
SEOmoz CEO Rand Fishkin, winner of the “Perk of the Year” award, with category sponsor Greg Bryan of Kibble & Prentice.

Do-Gooder of the Year, presented by Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Winner: Edward Jiang, StudentRND

Edward Jiang of StudentRND, winner of the "Do-Gooder of the Year" award, with category sponsor Dr. Rebecca Gardner of Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
Edward Jiang of StudentRND, winner of the “Do-Gooder of the Year” award, with category sponsor Dr. Rebecca Gardner of Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Game of the Year, presented by Filter

Winner: Halo 4

Mary Blalock, creative recruiter at Filter, category sponsor for "Game of the Year," with Chris Lee, director of production on Halo 4.
Mary Blalock, creative recruiter at Filter, category sponsor for “Game of the Year,” with Chris Lee, director of production on Halo 4.

Bootstrapper of the Year, presented by HasOffers

Winner: Matthew Matsudaira, Adorii 

Matthew Matsudaira of Adorii accepts the award for "Bootstrapper of the Year" from category sponsor Peter Hamilton of Has Offers, last year's champ.
Matthew Matsudaira of Adorii accepts the award for “Bootstrapper of the Year” from category sponsor Peter Hamilton of Has Offers, last year’s champ.

Innovation of the Year, presented by Intellectual Ventures

Winner: Puzzazz TouchWrite

"Innovation of the Year" category sponsor Geoff Deane, the vice president of Intellectual Ventures Labs, celebrates with Puzzazz founder Roy Leban, who won for his handwriting recognition technology, TouchWrite.
“Innovation of the Year” category sponsor Geoff Deane, the vice president of Intellectual Ventures Labs, celebrates with Puzzazz founder Roy Leban, who won for his handwriting recognition technology, TouchWrite.

Geekiest Office Space, presented by Knoll

Winner: Killer Infographics

Heather Pletschett of Knoll, presenter of "Geekiest Office Space" with winner Amy Balliet of Killer Infographics.
Heather Pletschett of Knoll, presenter of “Geekiest Office Space” with winner Amy Balliett of Killer Infographics.

Hire of the Year, presented by Summit Group Solutions

Winner: Charlie Kindel, Amazon

New Amazon.com employee Charlie Kindel, winner of "Hire of the Year," with category sponsor Bryan Schielke, VP of Summit Group.
New Amazon.com employee Charlie Kindel, winner of “Hire of the Year,” with category sponsor Bryan Schielke, VP of Summit Group.

Next Tech Titan, presented by Wave Business Solutions

Winner: Zulily 

Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens, winner of the "Next Tech Titan" award, with title sponsor of the night Patrick Knorr of Wave Broadband.
Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens, winner of the “Next Tech Titan” award, with title sponsor of the night Patrick Knorr of Wave Broadband.

Geek of the Year, presented by Barokas PR

Winner: Oren Etzioni (University of Washington) and Rebecca Gardner (Seattle Children’s Research Institute)

Geek of the Year award winners Oren Etzioni of the University of Washington and Dr. Rebecca Gardner of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, with category sponsors Ali Kramer, right, and Kersa Leichner, left, of Barokas PR.
Geek of the Year award winners Oren Etzioni of the University of Washington and Dr. Rebecca Gardner of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, with category sponsors Ali Kramer, right, and Kersa Leichner, left, of Barokas PR.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, presented by Appature

Winner: Dan Price, Gravity Payments’

Gravity Payments founder Dan Price, winner of "Young Entrepreneur of the Year," along with presenting sponsor (and 30-year-old founder) Kabir Shahani of Appature.
Gravity Payments founder Dan Price, winner of “Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” along with presenting sponsor (and 30-year-old founder) Kabir Shahani of Appature.

Startup of the Year, presented by Flinn Ferguson Corporate Real Estate

Winner: Simply Measured (Award accepted by Simply Measured CEO Adam Schoenfeld)

Simply Measured founders Aviel Ginzburg, Adam Schoenfeld and Damon Cortesi with Startup of the Year sponsor Brian Hayden of Flinn Ferguson Corporate Real Estate.
Simply Measured founders Aviel Ginzburg, Adam Schoenfeld and Damon Cortesi with Startup of the Year sponsor Brian Hayden of Flinn Ferguson Corporate Real Estate.

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Thanks also to additional event sponsorsDoubleDown InteractiveSEOmozExsilio Solutions, and supporting sponsors Killer InfographicsBootstrapper Studios, and Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Here’s a look at the amazing action going on in the photo booth:

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Photos taken by Taylor Soper and Alisa Reznick, a University of Washington student working as an editorial intern at GeekWire this quarter. Reach her at alisa@geekwire.com or on Twitter @AlisaReznick.

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  • http://www.buuteeq.com/ Brandon Dennis

    Looks like everyone had a blast! Gratz all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sacha.sarieddine Sacha Sarieddine

    Not only does GW cover the technology sector better than any other publication out there…………they know how to throw one heck of a party! The event was awesome and we were extremely happy to be involved as a presenting sponsor. Thank you from the Summit Group Solutions Team!

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com/ FrankCatalano

    Excellent event (and nice photo of red-haired Dee Dee and me in front of the Filter sign)! But one thing puzzles: why do presenters at a tech event still rip open a paper envelope to announce a winner, when they could simply click on an unread email?

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