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We’re big fans of ping-pong around here. In fact, GeekWire was hatched over a series of ping-pong matches (and karaoke, but that’s another story).

Fortunately, we cover an industry filled with people who feel the same way. That’s why we’re excited to be organizing a ping-pong tournament and summer party for the tech community this year, reviving one of our favorite annual traditions.

We hope you can join us on June 21 in Seattle for the GeekWire Summer Bash, featuring a battle for the “GeekWire West Coast Technology Ping-Pong Championships” in expert and intermediate brackets. (That’s right, Silicon Valley, Portland and Vancouver, we’re calling you out, and if you don’t show up, we’ll take it as a forfeit.)

Tech companies from all over will be sending their best representatives to compete for supremacy in this one-of-a-kind competition. Slots are going fast, so make sure to get your best representative signed up today.

And the rest of us? We will be standing around drinking and eating and heckling them. Let the trash-talking begin at #gwsummerbash.

Seriously, it’s a fun party. We’ll also have a foosball tournament, and the return of our amazing “GeekBall” court for all you soccer/billiards aficionados. (Trust us, it’s a blast.)

Plus plenty of food and drink, and hundreds of your closest friends from the tech community. Most of you know we like to throw a good party, and the Showbox SODO is a cool, spacious venue for this type of event.

Early bird registration ends this week, and the tournament registration deadline is June 12. Tickets are available here for the event and the tournaments.

In the meantime, we’re planning to send our very own John Cook, GeekWire’s resident ping-pong ace, to scout the field by taking on the top players from some of the region’s best startups. (He’ll be at tomorrow). Just drop him a note at if you’re interested in having him come to your office to challenge your best player. (He promises not to break anything — of yours, at least — when diving across the floor to save a point.)

Thanks to our sponsors Filter, Barokas Public Relations, Gist, Korrio, Tableau Software, Turnstone, Zipwhip and Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness. For remaining sponsorship opportunities contact Rebecca Lovell at

Photo by Notic, via Flickr.

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