GeekWire Ping Pong & Anniversary Bash 2015

Hundreds of geeks at the annual ping pong bash

Join us Thursday, March 26th at Showbox SoDo 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for this Seattle tech tradition!

We’ll be bringing back the ping-pong and foosball tables and celebrating GeekWire’s 4th Anniversary at this big event for the tech community at the Showbox SODO. Sign up for expert and intermediate ping-pong tournaments, or startup favorite, foosball. (Note: Intermediate ping pong and foosball is now sold out).

Not interested in playing ping-pong or foosball? No worries. This is a party first and foremost. The GeekWire Bash is a unique setting to mix and mingle with hundreds of key members of the Seattle tech community.

Moz brings the "team spirit" at the GeekWire anniversary bash.
Moz brings the “team spirit” at the GeekWire anniversary bash.

Find your next great tech job, employee, customer, business connection, startup partner — heck, maybe even your future husband or wife. We’ll have great prizes, special guests, good friends, good times and lots of food and drink.

Buy your tickets below today — space is limited. Remember, all ping pong and foosball tournament players must be checked in by 4 p.m. 

Important note: GeekWire Gold, Super and Galactic Pass Members are automatically signed up for this and other GeekWire events in 2014 — 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.

Please note this event is 21+.

Tournament FAQ

What is the GeekWire Ping Pong and Foosball Tournament? The biggest, baddest geek sporting event you’ll ever see, in the middle of the GeekWire Anniversary Bash.

Where and when is the event? Thursday, March 26th at the Showbox SODO, at 1700 1st Ave. S. in Seattle, just south of Safeco Field. Here’s the map.

When should I arrive? Doors will open to players at 3:30 p.m. All ping pong and foosball players need to be checked in by 4 p.m., and play will begin at 4:15 p.m. We have more than 100 ping pongers and foosballers competing, so we’ll need your cooperation to move through the brackets as quickly as possible. 

Where should I park? Although there is no validated parking for this venue, there are various parking lots and street parking (if you are lucky) surrounding the Showbox SODO. We recommend the Safeco Field parking lot as it has 2,000 spaces. It is just south of the ballpark and the entrance is off of Edgar Martinez Drive. Come prepared with your cash/credit card for this prepaid lot.

What should I wear? Comfortable clothes, tennis shoes, and maybe a towel to dry off.

Are personal paddles permitted? Absolutely, and in fact, we recommend it. But if you don’t have your own bat, we’ll be providing one for you to use.

How will matches be scored? For ping pong, each match will consist of a best of three-game series. Games will be played to 11 points, with players alternating serves after every two points. Games must be won by two points. For those who need a refresher, here are some basic rules of ping pong.

For Foosball, it will also be a best of three-game series, single elimination tournament. We’ll play games to 5, with a time limit of 18 minutes on each match. Here are some basic rules. (And NO spinning allowed). Players will get a three-minute warm-up prior to each match.

What happens if I lose my first match? You will be eliminated from the tournament, but your tournament registration includes full access to the party, and as tables open up throughout the evening you’ll be able to challenge your friends and co-workers to “friendly” matches in open play.