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Geeks Who Give Back: Brady Forrest, Ignite and O’Reilly

A tech evangelist for O’Reilly Media, Brady Forrest is the driving force behind Ignite, a popular series of fast-paced, five-minute talks that started in Seattle and quickly spread around the globe — providing geeks the world over a stage for sharing their knowledge and, yes, even entertaining each other. (Pictured here with ‘Wolfbrella,’ retrieved at… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Nadia Mahmud, Jolkona Foundation

Jolkona is a Bengali word that means “drop of water.” For Nadia Mahmud, co-founder of the Jolkona Foundation, it’s a fitting metaphor given that she believes every small drop counts when it comes to changing lives of people across the globe. For less than $60, users of the Jolkona web site can support everything from science… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Andy Sack, Geoff Entress, Chris DeVore

These angel investors are elevating Seattle to new heights. The brains behind Founder’s Co-op and TechStars not only are bankrolling new startup ventures, but Andy Sack, Geoff Entress and Chris DeVore are making sure Seattle’s next generation of entrepreneurs has what it takes to compete on a global scale. Says DeVore, “Seattle is the underdog that actually… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Hélène Martin, UW computer science

Hélène Martin taught hundreds of high-school students the power of computer programming during her two years teaching computer science at Garfield High in Seattle, inspiring many to pursue degrees in technology. Now a lecturer in the UW’s Computer Science & Engineering Department, she continues to shape the next generation of geeks. Her advice: “Find what you care… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Shauna Causey, Tech Mavens and Social Media Club Seattle

Shauna Causey, a mainstay of Seattle’s social media community, is a driving force behind the regional chapter of the Social Media Club and the co-founder of Tech Mavens, a non-profit project dedicated to helping women in technology and digital communications. “I love this city,” she says. “Our tech community works together in a way I haven’t… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: James Sun, Pirq

Inspired by Bill Gates, James Sun baked philanthropy directly into Pirq’s business model from the outset. Ten percent of the revenue from the restaurant deals offered in the Pirq mobile app goes to feeding hungry people in King County. “That felt right,” said the former star of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. Now, cheap eats can… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Jenny Lam & Hillel Cooperman

The co-founders of Seattle’s Jackson Fish Market software company, Jenny Lam and Hillel Cooperman are also deeply involved in the tech community. Lam, a talented designer, organized the inaugural HIVE technology design conference in 2011. Cooperman, an unabashed Lego nerd, mentors startup founders in his spare time. Editor’s Note: GeekWire has identified more than a… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Mike Koss, StartPad.org

Long before it became cool to run a tech incubator, Mike Koss was opening his doors to Seattle-area entrepreneurs at StartPad.org. In addition to office space, the ex-Microsoftie regularly hosts brown bag lunches where developers discuss everything from the finer points of mobile app development to new startup business ideas. Koss flies his geek flag high, and… Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Marc Nager, Startup Weekend

[Editor's Note: GeekWire has identified more than a dozen "Geeks Who Give Back" -- people who work in non-profits, mentor others and invest in the future of the tech community. They were all featured in the GeekWire 2012 Calendar, given out at the GeekWire Gala. As 2011 draws to a close, we'll highlight one of... Read More

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Geeks Who Give Back: Erica McGillivray, GeekGirlCon

[Editor's Note: GeekWire has identified more than a dozen "Geeks Who Give Back" -- people who work in non-profits, mentor others and invest in the future of the tech community. They were all featured in the GeekWire 2012 Calendar, given out at the GeekWire Gala. As 2011 draws to a close, we'll highlight one of... Read More