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Today’s featured category in the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards shines a light on some of the people who work selflessly behind the scenes to make the community stronger.

This is one of more than a dozen categories in the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards, presented by GeekWire. We’ll be featuring one category a day leading up to the big awards bash May 3 at the Experience Music Project. Public voting began this week after finalists were chosen by our judges from hundreds of nominations received from the community.

We’ve got a great group of finalists in this category, which is sponsored by Splunk. If you haven’t yet registered your vote, here’s your chance. If you need help deciding, see more background on each finalist below the poll. Who should be the “Do-Gooder of the Year”?

High Five Hope, Bill Hilf: This nonprofit, founded by a Microsoft Windows Azure general manager, uses basketball and other team sports to teach homeless and imprisoned kids in the Philippines about teamwork, friendship, commitment, trust and other values to improve their lives.

Hops & Chops, Dave Schappell: A mentor and coach, Schappell’s weekly Hops & Chops meetups are the go-to-place for entrepreneurs who need a place to commiserate over a few beers. Schappell also played a crucial role in the organization of the region’s first Startup Weekend EDU, held this past year.

Melodic Caring Project: Stephanie & Levi Ware: This nonprofit startup was founded last year with the mission of using music and technology to help hospitalized kids through personalized concerts. Check out this earlier story on the nonprofit by GeekWire columnist Monica Guzman.

Seattle Tech Calendar, Roy Leban: This startup veteran, founder of puzzle technology company Puzzazz, works behind the scenes on a variety of community projects, including the Seattle Tech Calendar, a comprehensive tool for anyone interested in attending tech events in our region.

 Startup Weekend, Mark Nager: As the head honcho at this non-profit, Nager introduces would-be entrepreneurs to the power of startup life through 54-hour coding marathons, including many around the Seattle area.

Watch for more featured categories in the days ahead. To cast your entire ballot now, see all of the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards categories here.

Don’t forget that early-bird pricing concludes this Friday, so make sure to pick up your tickets today for this exciting night in local tech.

Thanks to our event sponsors FilterProtingentSalad LabsSilicon Valley Bank,  SplunkWashington Partners, Heinz MarketingBader MartinSEOmozChristensen O’Connor Johnson KindnessKnoll, and Creativello for their support. Email for available sponsorship opportunities, and learn more here

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