gwawards1We can’t wait to see more than 800 of you for Thursday’s big GeekWire Awards bash. Here are some important details as you prepare for this one-of-a-kind celebration, honoring the very best in the Pacific Northwest tech community. A big thanks to all of our sponsors, including presenting sponsor Wave Business Solutions, for making this event possible.

Awards0GWA_banners_300x250-02When: Thursday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: EMP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA.

Attire: It’s Seattle. Come dressed for business, fun or intergalactic battle — the dress code is completely flexible.

Parking: Rockstar street parking and pay lots surround EMP and Seattle Center. There is also a pay lot next to EMP at 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street. Get there early! We’re expecting a packed house.

Tickets: This event is sold out and we can’t accommodate any more registrations. However, all GeekWire Members at the gold level and above will have access and special seating at the Awards. Go here for more details on the GeekWire Membership program. Tickets will not be sold at the door, and your ticket does not include a plus one. It is for your individually. (Also, your ticketless friends and colleagues are welcome to join us at the after party, sponsored by Google Cloud Platform. Details below).

Livestream: Yes, we will be livestreaming the event for those who can’t attend. Please check the GeekWire home page around 6 p.m.

Program schedule: Doors will open at 6 p.m. followed by the keynote address by Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff at 6:45 p.m. The Awards program — the Oscars of the Northwest tech scene — will begin at 7 p.m., revealing the winners of the 2014 GeekWire Awards in 13 categories. We’ve got some fun surprises in store, including another awesome video from our great partners at Killer Infographics.

The GeekWire Awards after party at Sport restaurant & bar is just a few blocks away from the EMP Museum
The after party at Sport restaurant & bar is just a few blocks away from the EMP Museum

Food and drink? Yes and yes. Appetizers will be heavy. No assigned tables, just tasty buffets.

Activities: In the lounge area, Filter and Perkins Coie are sponsoring special drinks and snacks. The awards program will be simulcast in the lounge, so you can keep your eye on the festivities while you chat with your friends. Thanks to our dinner sponsor Apptio, and beverage sponsor Stella Artois. The signature cocktail is brought to you by Avalara, and Sharebuilder is bringing us the dessert of mini cupcakes and kettle corn. Thanks to name badge sponsor Bader Martin, and to our friends at Moz who are once again hosting the fun in the photo booth.

Social media: Use the #gwawards hashtag on Twitter. We’ll be featuring your tweets on the huge screen at the EMP, thanks to Tagboard.

Who are the finalists: We have more than 60 finalists competing in 13 categories — everything from Young Entrepreneur of the Year to Startup of the Year to Next Tech Titan. You can see all of the nominees here.

After-party: You’re all dressed up and have someplace to go! When the Awards end at 9 p.m., we will be making the short walk to Sport Restaurant & Bar just a few blocks away at Fisher Plaza (140 4th Avenue North) for the Google Cloud Platform after party. There will be drink and food specials for our army of geeks.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at Thursday night’s Awards celebration.

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