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We can’t wait to see more than 750 of you for tonight at the big GeekWire Awards bash. It’s going to be an epic celebration, and we’re excited to announce the winners (and hear the acceptance speeches) in 14 geeky categories.

Here are some important details as you prepare for the fifth annual awards, honoring the very best in the Pacific Northwest tech community.

A big thanks to all of our sponsors, including title sponsor Wave Business Solutions for making this event possible. 

When: Thursday, May 9, from 6 PM to 9 PM

Where: EMP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA

Attire: It’s Seattle, and it feels like summer. Come dressed for business, fun or intergalactic battle. We don’t care. Just look good!

Parking: Rock star street parking and pay lots surround EMP and Seattle Center. There is a pay lot next to EMP at 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street.

Tickets: Yes, you’re lucky that you have them! This event is sold out. Apologies, but we can’t accomodate any more registrations. However, all GeekWire Members will have access and special seating at the Awards. Go here for more details on the GeekWire Membership program. (Also, your ticketless friends and colleague are welcome to join us at the after party, sponsored by Zulily. Details below).

Program schedule: Doors for the Awards will open at 6 p.m., followed by the keynote address by angel investor Chris DeVore at 6:45 p.m. The formal Awards — the Oscars of the Northwest tech scene — will begin at 7 p.m.

Food and drink? Yes and yes. From chilled beers presented by sponsor Goose Island brewery to the signature cocktail “The Exsilio Elixir” from Exsilio Solutions, beverages will be flowing. Appetizers will be heavy. No assigned tables, just tasty buffets.

Sport Restaurant & Bar, site of the after party, is located at the blue dot, just a few blocks south of EMP.

Fun in the EMP Liquid Lounge: Classic arcade games will rule in this special lounge area, sponsored by Filter and Goose Island brewery. Prizes and other memorabilia also will be handed out.

Fun on the outdoor patio: It’s summer in Seattle … in May!! Since we’ve got a record crowd coming to the bash, we’ve decided to open an outdoor conversation lounge just off the Sky Church area. Want to sip a cold brew in the shadow of the Space Needle? This is your spot.  Note: Out of respect for our keynote speaker and award winners, we’re requesting that those who want to socialize and network during the awards program (all of you chatterboxes) either head to the Liquid Lounge or the outdoor patio areas away from the main stage.

After-party: You’re all dressed up and have someplace to go! When the Awards end at 9 p.m., we will be making the short walk to Sport Restaurant & Bar a few blocks away at Fisher Plaza (140 4th Avenue North) for the Zulily after party! There will be drink and food specials for our army of geeks.

We can’t wait to see you at Thursday night’s awards celebration!!

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