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Bill Mitchell shows off the PicoBrew mini brewing machine at the 2014 GeekWire Summit.

One of our favorite parts of last year’s GeekWire Summit was the introduction of a new segment we called “Inventions We Love.”

Five entrepreneurs with especially geeky products — from smart socks to asteroid mining drones— took the stage for three-minute pitches and some light-hearted banter from Todd Bishop and me.

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Planetary Resources’ Chris Lewicki at the GeekWire Summit 2014.

“Inventions We Love” was so well received, that we’ve decided to expand the program this year at the 2015 GeekWire Summit, taking place from Oct. 1-2 at the Seattle Sheraton. This is our biggest event of the year, and provides an incredible opportunity for tinkerers and innovators to showcase those oddball inventions in the garage.

In addition to the 3-minute pitch on stage, inventors will get the chance to display their products during the event, interacting with the more than 700 GeekWire Summit attendees. A winner will be chosen on the last day of the conference.

We’ve been scouring the local tech universe for especially geeky products, and already have a couple cool inventions lined up for this year’s program. Now, here’s your chance to get involved.

geekwiresummit-logoWe are taking submissions for “Inventions We Love” from now until Aug. 15.

First, a few ground rules if you’d like to apply. You or your company must be based in the Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Vancouver, B.C) and have a working hardware device that can be shown on stage.

Send us a 150-word pitch on why you think the GeekWire Summit audience would love to hear — and see — your product. Also, if available, please send us a video with you pitching the product.

We are picking eight inventors/entrepreneurs who will present across Oct. 1-2. Send applications to Good luck!

And, don’t forget, early-bird tickets to the GeekWire Summit are on sale now. Get yours today to hear from leaders in tech, from Xbox chief Phil Spencer to New York Times science and tech reporter John Markoff. More speakers and details here. A big thanks to presenting sponsor Bank of America for helping to make this year’s Summit happen.

Here’s a look at last year’s presenters:

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