Next Event: GeekWire Summit, Oct. 1-2, presented by Bank of America

IMG_1468GeekWire’s events bring out thousands of people to connect, learn, recruit, do business and have fun with people from across the technology community. GeekWire members receive special rates and VIP BofA_enterprise_cmykaccess.

GeekWire Summit (Oct. 1-2): The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conversation about the future of business and technology. Tickets available here.

GeekWire Gala (Dec. 2): This is the Seattle tech community’s big holiday celebration, featuring drinks and dancing, plus the unveiling of the “Seattle 10” startups and GeekWire’s Newsmakers of the Year.

GeekWire Startup Day (Winter): This day-long entrepreneurial bootcamp features successful startup leaders offering lessons from the trenches in a series of talks focusing on different aspects of the startup journey — from founding to funding and beyond. This event attracts a wide variety of budding entrepreneurs, many of whom go on to found successful companies.

GeekWire Bash (March): The most unique and fun event on the Seattle tech calendar — featuring a hotly contested ping-pong and foosball tournament in the middle of a giant party. Brings together a broad cross-section of the tech community, including many developers and engineers, competing for glory and corporate pride in the tech industry’s official pastimes.

GeekWire Awards (Spring): GeekWire rolls out the red carpet each year at the EMP Museum in Seattle to honor the top innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and do-gooder geeks, as nominated and chosen by vote of the GeekWire community. Startup companies come out in force to this event, cheering on their colleagues and executives.

GeekWire Sounders Day (Summer): GeekWire hosts a massive tailgate and BBQ on the amazing rooftop deck of presenting sponsor EMC/Isilon before heading over to CenturyLink to watch the Seattle Sounders. We’ll be wearing our rave green, flying the Sounders flags and showing our geek pride.

For event sponsorship opportunities, contact Daniel Rossi at or (206) 423-9196.

Past GeekWire Events

GeekWire Sounders Day, July 18, 2015

Over 400 soccer geeks joined us on the roof deck of EMC Isilon for Seattle’s best tailgate party.

Sounders General Manager Adrian Hanauer stopped by talk about the future of the franchise, along with goalie Stefan Frei. With so many fans showing their Seattle pride, it was the perfect opportunity to announce GeekWire Sports, our new channel focused on the intersection of sports and technology. Sign up here to receive our free, weekly GeekWire Sports newsletter.

Check out scenes from Sounders Day here.

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GeekWire Awards, May 7, 2015

We had a fantastic time celebrating the very best in the Pacific Northwest tech community with nearly 1,000 attendees at the EMP in Seattle.

After collecting more than 25,000 votes, we had the pleasure of naming winners in 13 geeky categories representing the pillars of the region’s tech community.

Check out the winners here and photos from the event here.

Koru CEO Kristin Hamilton.

GeekWire Anniversary Bash, March 26, 2015

They came. They mingled. They partied. They ponged.

It was a blast welcoming more than 700 attendees — many in costume or wearing company gear — at our fourth annual GeekWire Anniversary Bash. Sure, Georgia may have The Masters, but we’ve got a tradition unlike any other right here in Seattle with hundreds of fanatical ping pong and foosball players.

Check out scenes from the event here.

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GeekWire Startup Day, Jan. 30, 2015

More than 600 of you joined us for the sold-out, sixth annual GeekWire Startup Day. We heard from a stellar lineup of startup vets, Seattle’s mayor, a noted chef, two nationally recognized Entrepreneurs of the Year, and two former roommates who just sold their company for $8.3 billion. We learned what happens when the cash runs out, and what people do after they leave Microsoft. And we were introduced to some promising new companies that are trying to make their own dent in the world.

Check out our full recap and special coverage with highlights from the day’s events. Thanks to our title sponsor, EY, and to all of the sponsors who made this event possible.

The crowd at GeekWire Startup Day 2015.
The crowd at GeekWire Startup Day 2015.

GeekWire Gala, Dec. 3, 2014

We had so much fun welcoming more than 1,000 attendees at the beautiful Museum of History & Industry for one of our favorite events of the year. We introduced the 2014 Newsmakers of the Year, displayed the artistic skills of the Seattle 10, our list of the top rising startups in the area, and we danced…a lot.

Thanks to everyone in the community who came out for the huge holiday bash, where we ate, drank, networked, and celebrated another great year in geek!

Check out scenes from the event here.


GeekWire Summit, Oct. 2, 2014.

It was a blast welcoming 800 attendees to the Pacific Northwest’s premier technology conference this year. We heard from some of the top thinkers, leaders and innovators across a wide variety of industries.

It kicked off with the future of flight and ended with an honest — and hilarious — chat with T-Mobile CEO John Legere. In between, we saw some amazing inventions, listened to insights from one of Seattle’s lesser-known billionaires, and a heard from the nation’s chief information officer.

Read a detailed recap of the event here.

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John Legere at the GeekWire Summit 2014

Sounders Day, Aug. 20, 2014.

Good times on the rooftop as more than 500 soccer geeks show up for Sounder Day
Good times on the rooftop as more than 500 soccer geeks show up for Sounder Day

A rooftop tailgate, delicious BBQ, tasty beer, and even an Ice Bucket Challenge — Sounders Day 2014 had it all.

More than 500 people joined us for an awesome evening that started on the wonderful deck of EMC/Isilon overlooking Puget Sound and ended with an exciting Sounders match just a few blocks away at CenturyLink Field.

It was tons of fun hanging with some of Seattle’s coolest geeks and listening to Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer share insights about the growth of both soccer and technology in Seattle.

GeekWire Awards, May 8, 2014.


More than 800 members of the Seattle tech community joined us to honor the region’s top entrepreneurs and companies. From the inspiring keynote from Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff to the awesome intro video from Killer Infographics to the actual awards ceremony itself, it was a night to remember.

Read the detailed recap here and check out the winners for each category here.

GeekWire Ping-Pong & Anniversary Bash, March 20, 2014.


More than 800 people joined us for the GeekWire Anniversary Bash & Ping-Pong Tournament, a one-of-a-kind event has become an annual tradition in the Pacific Northwest tech community. Check out the full recap here, with pictures, and results and video highlights from the hotly contested ping-pong and foosball tournaments.

In addition to the huge turnout from the tech community we were honored to be joined by notable guests including U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who connected with a wide variety of tech entrepreneurs at the event; and members of the Seattle Reign FC professional women’s soccer team, who competed in the GeekWire foosball tournament.

GeekWire Gala,  Dec. 4th, 2013

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Photo by Jessica Keener

More than 1,000 Seattle geeks, tasty food, cold drinks, great conversation and an epic impromptu dance floor inside one of the coolest venues in the city — yep, the GeekWire Gala had it all.

We had so much fun hosting all of you Wednesday night at the newly-renovated Museum of History & Industry in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood for one of our favorite events of the year.

Recap and scenes from the night.

GeekWire Startup Day,  Oct. 25th, 2013


Whether it was the governor touting Washington as the most innovative place in the world, or Dave Cotter sharing his near-death experience that changed his perspective on life, it was an action-packed day at the Showbox SoDo filled with powerful entrepreneurial insight and advice from CEOs, founders and industry leaders. In case you missed Startup Day — or the awesome Battle of the Geek Bands afterparty — we’ve got you covered here in the form of photos and tweets.


GeekWire Summit, Sept. 12th 2013.


From a fantastic talk with Rich Barton and Bill Gurley to a former Amazon exec comparing shopping to sex, the 2013 GeekWire Summit was one to remember.

Thanks to the more than 700 of you who came out to Thursday’s day-long event, where we enjoyed excellent conversations with industry leaders, great networking and tasty food. Photos and recap here.

GeekWire Sounders Day, Sept. 4th 2013.


We were joined by more than 400 people for a swanky pre-game tailgate party on the EMC/Isilon rooftop deck, before marching to the match and watching the Sounders top Chivas USA from a special GeekWire section at Century Link Field. More photos here.

GeekWire Startup Awards, May 9th, 2013.


We had at GeekWire Awards celebration, partying with more than 750 folks from the tech community as we handed out awards in 14 categories. It was an epic night for us, thanks to all who came out! Coverage from this awesome night below:


GeekWire Meetup, April 12, 2013.

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Live taping of the GeekWire Radio show. It was a GeekWire first as we recorded our weekly KIRO-FM radio show on stage in front of an audience. With guests, Mike McSherry of Nuance; Tom Leung of Yabbly; and Dan Crowdus, a.k.a. the Icarus Kid.

GeekWire Ping Pong & Anniversary Bash, March 6, 2013


Hundreds of people from around the Seattle region’s tech community joined us for a night of ping-pong, foosball, networking and more, celebrating GeekWire’s 2nd Anniversary. Here’s some of our coverage from this one-of-a-kind event.


GeekWire Meetup, Feb. 13, 2013: Fireside chat with Tableau CEO Christian Chabot

Coverage from GeekWire, plus a bonus video with audience reaction:

GeekWire Gala, December 6, 2012

At the GeekWire Gala, GeekWire Newsmakers of the Year led in a toast by Lisa Weeks of Filter

More than 800 people joined us at McCaw Hall in Seattle to celebrate the Newsmakers of the Year and the year in geek at our giant holiday bash.

VIDEO: Fashion, tech trends, favorite geeky gifts from the GeekWire Gala Red Carpet

Gallery: Scenes from the festive GeekWire Gala

GeekWire Presents Seattle 2.0 Startup Day, 

More than 300 current and aspiring entrepreneurs joined us for this one-of-a-kind one-day conference to inspire and inform their decision to join the world of startups. GeekWire was pleased to present the fourth year of this popular favorite, with entrepreneurial veterans sharing key lessons from the world of startups. Featuring keynoter Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.

GeekWire Summer Bash, June 21, 2012

We brought out the ping-pong tables and brought back the GeekBall Court for this giant summer celebration at the Showbox SODO — with expert and intermediate ping-pong tournaments, foosball, prizes, special guests, good friends, good times and plenty of food and drink.


Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards, May 3, 2012

This was the fourth year of one of the region’s most-anticipated and hotly-contested tech events: the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards at the EMP. Continuing this great tradition, we celebrated our community’s movers-and-shakers, up-and-comers, and thought leaders: the region’s tech rock stars.

Revealed: The Winners of the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards


March 7, 2012 – The GeekWire Summit

Former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle. (Annie Laurie Malarkey photo)

More than 500 people joined us for the first-ever GeekWire Summit and Anniversary Celebration, an afternoon conference and evening party in downtown Seattle that brought together thought leaders from our region and beyond to discuss the future of innovation.

The event featured keynote conversations with former Microsoft software chief Ray Ozzie and Hulu CTO Richard Tom plus panels with leaders from Facebook, T-Mobile USA, Rhapsody, Microsoft, Swype, the University of Washington and more.

News emerging from the event generated multiple rounds of coverage from sites including Engadget, Mashable, Reuters, CNet and more.

Also see more of GeekWire’s coverage from the event.

Dec. 8, 2011 – GeekWire Gala

At the GeekWire Gala: Scott MacFarlane of Avalara, Ben and Emily Huh of Cheezburger, Mike McSherry of Swype, Darrell Cavens of Zulily, Jason Kapalka and John Vechey of PopCap and T.A. McCann of Gist/RIM. (Click for larger image).

We looked back on a big year in technology at the first-ever GeekWire Gala — toasting our GeekWire Newsmakers of 2011, and celebrating the “Geeks Who Give Back,” who were featured in a specially produced 2012 GeekWire Calendar that was our gift to everyone who joined us for the event.

Apart from recognizing those tech luminaries, the event provided an important setting for the technology community to connect as the year drew to a close.

More than 500 people attended the GeekWire Gala at Seattle’s Union Station, including executives and employees from many of the region’s top startups and larger companies such Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, RealNetworks and many more.

See this roundup with photos and video from the event.

June 22, 2011 – GeekWire Launch Event

The centerpiece of the evening was our specially constructed GeekBall court. (Photo by Karen Ducey)

More than 800 people joined us for the epic GeekWire Launch Event, including NBA legend Detlef Schrempf, music legend Sir Mix-A-Lot, Seattle Sounders Pat Noonan and Brad Evans, and hundreds of people from the Seattle tech community.

The event featured classic games, prizes and a new sport that we call “GeekBall” — a unique combination of soccer and billiards on an oversized pool table.

More: Photos and Video from the GeekWire Launch Event

Past Meetups