GWA_banners_600x125It’s that time of year again.

Our very own version of the Oscars — The GeekWire Awards — are taking place Thursday, May 8th at the fabulous EMP in Seattle. This is one of our favorite events of the year, recognizing some of the most important achievements in the Northwest.

Now in its sixth year, the Awards, presented this year by Wave Business Solutions, represent the very best of our tech community — the builders, do-ers, entrepreneurs and innovators who make this place really tick. Past winners have included Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens; PopCap Gams; HasOffers, Tableau Software and many others.

Simply Measured captures last year's Startup of the Year Award.
Simply Measured captures last year’s Startup of the Year Award.

This year, the show is going to be bigger and better than ever, with a few surprises tossed in for good measure. We’re expecting another sell out, so make sure to get your tickets before they are gone. Early-bird rates end April 4th.

Today, we’re kicking off nominations in the 13 categories, including Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Next Tech Titan, Geekiest Office Space, Hire of the Year, Startup of the Year and many others. (See nomination form below.)

We’re opening the competition to a larger field, expanding the geographic boundaries for nominations to include the greater Northwest. (Time to bring it, Portland, Vancouver, B.C., and Spokane).

As in years past, there are four key steps in the awards process.

1) Today, we will begin soliciting nominations from the community in 13 categories, via the form below. (Reminder, past winners in each category are no longer eligible in that specific category).
2) Starting April 8, we will call on our panel of expert judges to help determine the five finalists in each category.
3) Those finalists will be presented to the community to select winners via voting on GeekWire from April 15-30.
4) Winners revealed May 8th on the big stage at EMP. Party ensues.

Nominate your picks here and sign up for tickets below. See you on May 8!


A big thanks to presenting sponsor Wave Business Solutions for helping to make this event possible. We’d also like to thank sponsors Filter, Avalara, Nytec, Perkins Coie, Moz, DoubleDown, Kibble & Prentice and Bader Martin.

For more information on sponsoring the GeekWire Awards, please contact contact Daniel Rossi, daniel@geekwire.com or 206-423-9196.

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