We’re looking forward to seeing more than 700 of you for the GeekWire Summit, the Pacific Northwest’s premier technology conference, taking place Thursday, Oct. 2 in downtown Seattle.
We’ve been working for months on this very special event, and we’ve got a lot of fun stuff in store, from in-depth fireside chats with industry leaders to fun parties.
If you’re attending the Summit, here’s what you need to know.
GeekWire Summit Location: Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue.
Time: Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Thursday Oct. 2, followed by welcome and introduction at 8:50 a.m., leading directly into our first session with former Wired editor and drone entrepreneur Chris Anderson. The day will conclude with a reception at the Westin, sponsored by the Technology Association of Oregon.
Agenda: We’ve lined up a full day of great content, featuring technology leaders from across the industry, including U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel, Zulily co-founder Mark Vadon, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman and journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. The day will conclude with a fireside chat with the always-entertaining John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. Check out the full schedule and read more about the speakers under the “speaker” and “agenda” tabs here.
Food & Drink: No need to search for your own meal — we’ve got you covered. Light breakfast will be served in the morning, sponsored by Nytec, and lunch will be available to all attendees, sponsored by Acumatica and Macabe Associates. We’ve also sprinkled coffee and smoothie breaks throughout the day to keep the energy flowing.
Wi-Fi: Yes, there will be free Wi-Fi available throughout the Summit. The network is: Westin-Meeting, and password is geekwire.
Pre-Party at Zillow: The GeekWire Summit activities actually begin the night before the event, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 1, with a pre-Summit networking reception at Zillow’s headquarters in downtown Seattle, 1301 Second Avenue, Floor 31. This event is open to all GeekWire Summit attendees. It’s a great chance to connect with fellow attendees and also some of our speakers in advance of the Summit, with complimentary food and drink.
Twitter: We’ll be using the hashtag #gwsummit for the event, and also monitoring the Twitter stream for questions from attendees during the event.
Prizes and giveaways: We’ve got a full slate of awesome prizes and giveaways this year. The first 500 Summit attendees will receive an awesome laptop bag, courtesy of Brenthaven. Presenting Sponsor CenturyLink will be hiding Seattle Seahawks tickets in the lunch box for one lucky winner, while Barokas PR will be giving away an iPhone 6 to the person who finds a very special bulldog toy hidden in the venue. In addition, Gold Sponsor Alaska Airlines will be giving away a Hawaii vacation package to one lucky winner.
Parking: Paid parking is available at the Westin, as well as garages in the vicinity.
Tickets: A limited number of tickets are available for the Summit, so make sure to invite a friend, colleague or co-worker. Tickets here.
Thanks to all of you for attending, and a huge thanks to all of our GeekWire Summit sponsors for helping to make this event happen.
Presenting sponsor: CenturyLink
Silver Sponsors: Davis Wright Tremaine, Wave Business Solutions, Avalara, Zillow, Fresh Consulting, Moz, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Allovus Creative Partnerships, Knoll, Barokas PR, Sharp, Nytec, Xtreme Consulting, Ernst & Young, Acumatica, Macabe Associates, Taser.