GeekWire Awards 2015

GeekWire Awards 2015

Rory Rawlings, co-founder and chief tax automation officer of Avalara, celebrates on stage after winning the award for Next Tech Titan at the 2014 GeekWire Awards.
Rory Rawlings, co-founder and chief tax automation officer of Avalara, celebrates on stage after winning the award for Next Tech Titan at the 2014 GeekWire Awards.

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.

awards-waveWe 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.
  • April 15 – April 29: Vote for winners
  • May 7: Winners revealed at the GeekWire Awards at EMP.

Judges

Saïd Amin
Saïd Amin
Founder, World Singles Networks
Perry Atkins
Perry Atkins
Sr VP- Investment Advisor at McAdams Wright Ragen
Rich Barton
Rich Barton
Investor, Enterpreneur
Scott Beauchene
Scott Beauchene
Director, Valuation Services
Nat Burgess
Nat Burgess
President, Corum Group Ltd.
Kellan Carter
Kellan Carter
Associate, Ignition Partners
Hsiao-Ching Chou
Hsiao-Ching Chou
Director of Communications, Institute for Systems Biology
John Connors
John Connors
Managing Partner, Ignition Partners
Magnus Christerson
Magnus Christerson
EVP, Intentional Software
Diane Daggatt
Diane Daggatt
Investment Banking & Portfolio Manager McAdams Wright Ragen
Jeff Dance
Jeff Dance
CEO, Fresh Consulting
Justin Elsberry
Justin Elsberry
Co-founder, 47 Degrees
Nick Elsberry
Nick Elsberry
Co-founder, 47 Degrees
Rudy Gadre
Rudy Gadre
Investor, former Facebook general counsel
Jennifer Halabi
Jennifer Halabi
Senior Recruiter, Nintex
Geir Hansen
Geir Hansen
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Stijn Hendrikse
Stijn Hendrikse
VP Communications & Customer Success, MightyCall
Kyle Kesterson
Kyle Kesterson
Founder & Chief Freak, Freak'n Genius
Alex Lange
Alex Lange
Entrepreneur In Residence, Second Century Ventures
Howard Lee
Howard Lee
CEO, Spoken.com
Ian Lurie
Ian Lurie
CEO, Portent, Inc.
David Martin
David Martin
Founder/CEO, Trakstar
Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy
Founder, McCarthy Music
Matt Medlin
Matt Medlin
Shareholder, Clark Nuber P.S.
Colleen Moffitt
Colleen Moffitt
Founding Partner, Communiqué PR
Ken Myer
Ken Myer
Interim Executive and Consultant
Diane Najm
Diane Najm
CEO & Founder, PhotoPad
JP Nicols
JP Nicols
CEO, Clientific
Tim Porter
Tim Porter
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Jesse Proudman
Jesse Proudman
Founder and CTO, Blue Box Group
Stephen Purpura
Stephen Purpura
CEO & Co-Founder, Context Relevant
Brian Rauschenbach
Brian Rauschenbach
Co-founder, Seattle Interactive Conference
Aaron Regan
Aaron Regan
Director of Business Development, 47 Degrees
Tom Reimer
Tom Reimer
VP Venture Banker, Square 1
Gary Rubens
Gary Rubens
Founder, Start it Labs, LLC.
Julie Sandler
Julie Sandler
Principal, Madrona Venture Group
Tom Seery
Tom Seery
CEO, RealSelf
Andy Shawber
Andy Shawber
Summit Law Group
Shauna Swerland
Shauna Swerland
CEO, Fuel Talent
JP Werlin
JP Werlin
Co-founder, PipelineDeals

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