GeekWire Events

GeekWire Sounders Day, Presented by EMC/Isilon: Aug. 20 2014. Join us on the amazing rooftop deck of EMC/Isilon before the Sounders take on the San Jose Earthquakes. Soccer. Suds. And Sunshine. Yep, it doesn’t get much better than this. Details and tickets available here.

GeekWire Summit, Powered by CenturyLink: Oct. 2 2014. Get in early on the 2014 GeekWire Summit, set for Oct. 2 in Seattle, by purchasing advance tickets for our signature technology conference. Limited tickets are now available at special early rates.

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Past GeekWire Events

GeekWire Awards, May 8, 2014.


Over 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.

Relive Startup Day here! Photos, tweets and more.

Startup Day photos.

Battle of the Geek Bands after party!


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.

More photos

Rich Barton and Bill Gurley Unplugged

Chase Jarvis critiques photos

Future of Video Games with Bonnie Ross, (Microsoft’s 343 Industries), Glenn Walcott (DoubleDown Interactive) and David Edery (Spry Fox) and Ed Fries

E-commerce panel

Student RND pitches


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:

Watch the acceptance speeches from the big show

Startup: the Game video

The whole thing on video

Photos and wrap up


GeekWire Meetup, April 12, 2013: Live taping of the GeekWire Radio show.

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It was a GeekWire first, 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.

Scenes from the meetup & radio show.

Broadcast of the show.

Special live edition of “Tech Tune”.

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.

VIDEO: Relive GeekWire’s epic ping-pong finale

Ping-Pong Bash: Qhode’s Avi Cavale takes down Japanese national champ in epic finale

Ping-pong, prizes and a big crowd of geeks: Scenes from the giant GeekWire Bash


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, Sept. 22, 2012

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