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In the process of covering technology in the Seattle region for the past decade, my colleague John Cook and I have made an annual tradition of looking back at the people who played pivotal roles in the big stories and trends of the past year in the Seattle technology community and beyond.

Our team here at GeekWire is excited to be continuing this tradition with our GeekWire Newsmakers of the Year. We’ll be identifying 25 people across the technology community and the regional geek scene who made bold moves, led the charge into new areas, filled important gaps in the technology landscape and maybe even screwed things up royally in the pursuit of something big and important.

We’ll be spotlighting these newsmakers on GeekWire and recognizing them (many in person) as part of our GeekWire Gala on Dec. 8 — in addition to our GeekWire 2012 Calendar that will separately celebrate “Geeks who Give Back” through contributions to the community.

Seattle's Union Station, site of the GeekWire Gala

But first we need to settle on who these Newsmakers of the Year will be. Of course, we have plenty of ideas from covering the beat this past year, but we need your input and help in shaping this prestigious field. Who deserves to be a Newsmaker of the Year?

Post your nominations in the comments below, or send them to

Stay tuned for more on the Newsmakers throughout the month of November on GeekWire. For more details on the GeekWire see this post yesterday by Rebecca Lovell.

And thanks, as always, for your participation and support of GeekWire.

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