GeekWire Awards 2014

Update, May 2: This event is sold out.  Cheer on your favorites and friends at the startup party of the season. gwawards1

Join us from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the EMP in Seattle for one of the region’s most-anticipated and hotly-contested tech events: the GeekWire Awards, presented by Wave Business Solutions. 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. It’s not a formal affair — it’s just a lot of fun. Attendees are invited to join us immediately following the Awards at Sport Restaurant and Bar for the after party sponsored by Google Cloud Platform.

Important note: 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. 2014 GeekWire Awards logo design by Killer Infographics.

Awards Selection Process

These awards are a participation sport, so here’s how the process will work:

  • March 25 – April 3: Nominate in 13 categories.
  • April 8 – April 13:  Our panel of judges selects finalists from community nominations.
  • April 15 – April 27: Vote for winners
  • May 8: Winners revealed at the GeekWire Awards at EMP.

Thanks to our GeekWire Members — Super Geeks and Galactic Geeks — who served as judges for this year’s awards. Here’s a rundown of the categories.

Startup of the Year, presented by General Assembly

This team is on the brink of stardom, but more importantly, innovating, executing, and making a difference. To be eligible for consideration in this category, startups need to be no more than 4 years old as of May 2014. Category SponsorGeneral Assembly. Finalists:  Context Relevant, Haiku Deck, Porch, Remitly, Rover.com. Read about the finalists.

Perk of the Year, presented by Kibble & Prentice

A water cooler and hot coffee aren’t enough for this company. Employees in this workplace are rewarded, recruited and retained with the help of this extraordinary perk.  Category SponsorKibble & Prentice. Finalists:  Brown Paper Tickets, Buuteeq, HasOffers, INRIX, Simply Measured. Read about the finalists.

Gadget (Hardware) of the Year, presented by Nytec

This hardware, device or gadget demonstrated innovative engineering and an exemplary user experience, making a unique mark on the technology landscape during the past year. Category Sponsor: Nytec. Finalists:  Exo Labs, Moment, Pencil, Poppy, SNUPI. Read about the finalists.

Deal of the Year, presented by Cooley

For this match made in heaven, everybody wins. It’s the Reese’s cup, chocolate-peanut butter combination, where a great exit or a big financing is a new beginning. Category Sponsor: CooleyFinalists:  Act-On, EagleView Technologies, Juno Therapeutics, Tableau Software, Zulily. Read about the finalists.

App of the Year, presented by mobileapptracking

This app has broken through during the past year with a new approach, an innovative twist, or a superior solution to a consumer or business challenge. Category Sponsormobileapptracking  Finalists: Cloak 2, Leafly, Lively, Office for iPad, Parallels Access.  Read about the finalists.

Geek of the Year, presented by Wave Business Solutions

Geeks make the world go ’round, transforming how we work, live and play. This geek created a technological breakthrough that made the world a better place, or strengthened the community through their work or good deeds. Category Sponsor: Wave Business Solutions. Finalists: Seaton Gras, Jim Olson, Hadi Partovi, Dan Shapiro, Julie Sandler. Read about the finalists.

CEO of the Year, presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

This leader has vision, fortitude, creativity, and that impossible to define x-factor. Category Sponsor: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Finalists: Sarah Bird, Moz; Forest Key, Buuteeq; Mark Mader, Smartsheet, Jane Park, Julep; Liz Pearce, LiquidPlanner. Read about the finalists.

Bootstrapper of the Year, presented by Creative Circle

Scrappy is in. Whether living off savings, top ramen, or the best of all, revenues, this startup has hit major milestones without taking institutional capital. Category Sponsor: Creative Circle. Finalists: BrandVerity, Dwellable, Edifecs, Geocaching, Yoogi’s Closet.

Innovation of the Year, presented by Fresh Consulting

This is it, you can feel it. This is where the world is going, the way of the future, and this breakthrough is one of the greatest hits of the year. Category Sponsor: Fresh Consulting. Finalists: Airbiquity Choreo; ExtraHop for AWS; Kymeta MTenna; Planetary Power HyGen; University of Washington Ambient Backscatter. Read about the finalists.

Geekiest Office Space, presented by Knoll

Where geeky = cool. Cryptograms on the walls, swanky furniture in the lobby, or a hidden room behind the bookshelf? This company’s office space is the epitome of geek chic. Category Sponsor: KnollFinalists: Avalara, Lively, HasOffers, Porch, Simply Measured. Read about the finalists.

Hire of the Year, presented by Protingent 

Talent is the name of the game in tech, and this hire was a huge score for the lucky winner. Category Sponsor: Protingent. Finalists: Errol Samuelson, Zillow; Ted Kummert, Apptio; Rudy Gadre, Founders Co-op; Scott Moore, Cheezburger; Oren Etzioni, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Read about the finalists.

Next Tech Titan, presented by BigDoor

Feeling lucky? Place your bets on the next big exit, huge breakthrough, and dominant force in our backyard. Category Sponsor: BigDoor.  Finalists: Apptio, Avalara, Chef, DocuSign, Redfin. Read about the finalists.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, presented by Vertafore

Look for big things from this entrepreneur, who has already made an impact in the startup world despite being just 30 or younger. (Those who are 30 or younger before May 9, 2014 are eligible). Category Sponsor: Vertafore. Finalists: Lucas and Lee Brown, HasOffers, Aviel Ginzburg, Simply Measured, Adina Mangubat, Spiral Genetics, Andrey Nokhrin, BuildersCloud, Jesse Proudman, Blue Box. Read about the finalists.

Judges

Stephen Purpura
Stephen Purpura
CEO & Co-Founder, Context Relevant
Geir Hansen
Geir Hansen
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Diane Daggatt
Diane Daggatt
Investment Banking & Portfolio Manager McAdams Wright Ragen
Andy Shawber
Andy Shawber
Summit Law Group
Rich Barton
Rich Barton
Investor, Enterpreneur
JP Werlin
JP Werlin
Co-founder, PipelineDeals
Shauna Swerland
Shauna Swerland
CEO, Fuel Talent
Rudy Gadre
Rudy Gadre
Investor, former Facebook general counsel
Birger Steen
Birger Steen
CEO, Parallels
Saïd Amin
Saïd Amin
Founder, World Singles Networks
Paul Suzman
Paul Suzman
Founder, OfficeLease
Hsiao-Ching Chou
Hsiao-Ching Chou
Director of Communications, Institute for Systems Biology
Perry Atkins
Perry Atkins
Sr VP- Investment Advisor at McAdams Wright Ragen
Steve Murch
Steve Murch
CEO, BigOven
Becky Isenhart
Becky Isenhart
HR Business Partner, DoubleDown Interactive
Justin Elsberry
Justin Elsberry
Co-founder, 47 Degrees
Heather Pleschett
Heather Pleschett
Business Development Manager, Knoll
Nick Elsberry
Nick Elsberry
Co-founder, 47 Degrees
Aaron Regan
Aaron Regan
Director of Business Development, 47 Degrees
Tim Porter
Tim Porter
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Alex Algard
Alex Algard
Founder & CEO, WhitePages
Alison Miller
Alison Miller
Senior Marketing Manager, Audience Science
Chris Malik
Chris Malik
Regional Manager, Knoll
Jeff Dickey
Jeff Dickey
SVP, Cloud Solutions, Redapt
Nick Finck
Nick Finck
Senior Manager, User Experience, Amazon Web Services
Nick Kirsch
Nick Kirsch
VP and CTO, EMC
Ken Myer
Ken Myer
Interim Executive and Consultant
Timothy Montgomery
Timothy Montgomery
Senior Manager, WTAS

Categories

The Awards are open to companies and people in the Pacific Northwest tech community: Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. (Contact Daniel Rossi, daniel@geekwire.com or 206-423-9196 for category sponsorship information.)

April 5: Nominations are now closed. Thanks for all your submissions! Here’s a rundown of the categories.

Startup of the Year, presented by General Assembly

This team is on the brink of stardom, but more importantly, innovating, executing, and making a difference. To be eligible for consideration in this category, startups need to be no more than 4 years old as of May 2014. Category SponsorGeneral Assembly. Voting now open in this category. Finalists:  Context Relevant, Haiku Deck, Porch, Remitly, Rover.com. Cast your ballot.

Perk of the Year, presented by Kibble & Prentice

A water cooler and hot coffee aren’t enough for this company. Employees in this workplace are rewarded, recruited and retained with the help of this extraordinary perk.  Category SponsorKibble & Prentice Voting now open in this category. Finalists:  Brown Paper Tickets, Buuteeq, HasOffers, INRIX, Simply Measured. Cast your ballot.

Gadget (Hardware) of the Year, presented by Nytec

This hardware, device or gadget demonstrated innovative engineering and an exemplary user experience, making a unique mark on the technology landscape during the past year. Category Sponsor: Nytec

Deal of the Year

For this match made in heaven, everybody wins. It’s the Reese’s cup, chocolate-peanut butter combination, where a great exit or a big financing is a new beginning.

App of the Year, presented by mobileapptracking

This app has broken through during the past year with a new approach, an innovative twist, or a superior solution to a consumer or business challenge. Category Sponsormobileapptracking  Voting now open in this category. Finalists: Cloak 2, Leafly, Lively, Office for iPad, Parallels Access.  Cast your ballot.

Geek of the Year, presented by Wave Business Solutions

Geeks make the world go ’round, transforming how we work, live and play. This geek created a technological breakthrough that made the world a better place, or strengthened the community through their work or good deeds. Category Sponsor: Wave Business Solutions Voting now open in this category. Finalists: Seaton Gras, Jim Olson, Hadi Partovi, Dan Shapiro, Julie Sandler. Cast your ballot.

CEO of the Year, presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

This leader has vision, fortitude, creativity, and that impossible to define x-factor. Category Sponsor: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Voting now open in this category. Finalists: Sarah Bird, Moz; Forest Key, Buuteeq; Mark Mader, Smartsheet, Jane Park, Julep; Liz Pearce, LiquidPlanner. Cast your ballot.

Bootstrapper of the Year, presented by Creative Circle

Scrappy is in. Whether living off savings, top ramen, or the best of all, revenues, this startup has hit major milestones without taking institutional capital. Category Sponsor: Creative Circle Voting now open in this category. Finalists: BrandVerity, Dwellable, Edifecs, Geocaching, Yoogi’s Closet. Cast your ballot.

Innovation of the Year, presented by Fresh Consulting

This is it, you can feel it. This is where the world is going, the way of the future, and this breakthrough is one of the greatest hits of the year. Category Sponsor: Fresh Consulting Voting now open in this category. Finalists: Airbiquity Choreo; ExtraHop for AWS; Kymeta MTenna; Planetary Power HyGen; University of Washington Ambient Backscatter. Cast your ballot.

Geekiest Office Space, presented by Knoll

Where geeky = cool. Cryptograms on the walls, swanky furniture in the lobby, or a hidden room behind the bookshelf? This company’s office space is the epitome of geek chic. Category Sponsor: Knoll

Hire of the Year, presented by Protingent 

Talent is the name of the game in tech, and this hire was a huge score for the lucky winner. Category Sponsor: Protingent.

Next Tech Titan, presented by BigDoor

Feeling lucky? Place your bets on the next big exit, huge breakthrough, and dominant force in our backyard. Category Sponsor: BigDoor.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, presented by Vertafore

Look for big things from this entrepreneur, who has already made an impact in the startup world despite being just 30 or younger. (Those who are 30 or younger before May 9, 2014 are eligible). Category Sponsor: Vertafore Voting now open in this category. Finalists: Lucas and Lee Brown, HasOffers, Aviel Ginzburg, Simply Measured, Adina Mangubat, Spiral Genetics, Andrey Nokhrin, BuildersCloud, Jesse Proudman, Blue Box. Cast your ballot.

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