Join us from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at the EMP in Seattle for one of the region’s most-anticipated and hotly-contested tech events: the GeekWire Awards, presented by Wave. Continuing this great tradition, we’ll reveal the winners of the Pacific Northwest’s annual startup and technology awards, as nominated and chosen by GeekWire readers.
We will be taking over the SkyChurch, Liquid Lounge, and VIP Blue Room at the EMP for an all-out party for the thriving tech community. We’ll celebrate our community’s movers-and-shakers, up-and-comers, and thought leaders: the region’s tech rock stars. Heavy appetizers, signature cocktails, wine, and beer will be served. It’s not a formal affair — it’s just a lot of fun.
Winners will be chosen in more than a dozen categories, from Startup of the Year to Next Tech Titan to Geek of the Year.
And this year, things will be especially geeky as we open up the amazing Star Wars costume exhibit at EMP to all GeekWire Awards guests. What better way to get your geek on than go face-to-face with Chewbacca!
GeekWire Members are automatically signed up for this event — no need to register separately. Members will receive email reminders in advance of each event. For more information and to purchase an annual pass, see our membership page. Note: This event is 21 and over only.
Awards Selection Process
These awards are a participation sport, so here’s how the process will work:
March 24 – April 3: Nominate in 13 categories.
April 8 – April 13: Our panel of judges selects finalists from community nominations.
Entrepreneur In Residence, Second Century Ventures
CEO, Portent, Inc.
Founder, McCarthy Music
Shareholder, Clark Nuber P.S.
Founding Partner, Communiqué PR
Interim Executive and Consultant
CEO & Founder, PhotoPad
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Founder and CTO, Blue Box Group
CEO & Co-Founder, Context Relevant
Co-founder, Seattle Interactive Conference
Director of Business Development, 47 Degrees
VP Venture Banker, Square 1
Founder, Start it Labs, LLC.
Principal, Madrona Venture Group
Summit Law Group
CEO, Fuel Talent
Meet your 2015 GeekWire Awards Finalists! All finalists were nominated by the tech community and selected with the help of our Super and Galactic Geek members, a panel of more than two dozen industry leaders from across the Pacific Northwest. Then, it was all up to you! GeekWire readers voted to select the winners, with more than 25,000 votes cast across 13 categories.
Click any category to read more. Find out the winners at the GeekWire Awards on Thursday, May 7 at EMP in Seattle.
App of the Year, presented by Tune: Alaska Airlines, Dwellable, OfferUp, Siren and Starbucks.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year, presented by OfferUp: Ryan Vogel and Adam Greenberg of PureBlueTech; Gilad Berenstein of Utrip; Aviel Ginzburg of Simply Measured; Josh Neblett of eTailz; and Adina Mangubat of Spiral Genetics.
Hire of the Year, presented by Xtreme Consulting: Chee Chew hired from Google by Amazon; Richard Clarke, former White House aid, joins Context Relevant; Dr. Gary Gilliland joins Fred Hutch as president; Joanna Lord joins Porch as VP of Marketing; and Charlie Tillinghast joins Mixpo as CEO.
Deal of the Year, presented by Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati: Churchill Downs buys Big Fish for $885 million; Juno Therapeutics raises $265 million in IPO; King Digital buys Z2; SAP buys Concur for $8.3 billion; and Zillow buys Trulia for $2.5 billion.
Geek of the Year, presented by WAVE Business Solutions: Dr. Jonathan Bricker, Fred Hutch; David Harris, Hack The CD, TAF; Malorie Catchpole and Jennifer Muhm, buddingSTEM; Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, Vulcan Inc.; and Cliff Schmidt, founder, Literacy Bridge.
Newcomer of the Year, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union: Alibaba, Cambia Grove, Dropbox, Galvanize, and SpaceX.