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What a night!

It was so much fun welcoming 1,000 of you to our fourth annual GeekWire Gala on Wednesday night, where entrepreneurs, engineers, geeks, and many more from the Seattle community gathered for a holiday celebration at the Museum of History & Industry.

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GeekWire Gala 2015

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GeekWire Gala 2015

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GeekWire Gala 2015

The evening kicked off with a special VIP pre-party for GeekWire members, sponsors, Seattle 10 startups, and Newsmakers of the Year aboard the Steamship Virginia V, a historic wooden-hulled vessel. Thanks to IBM Analytics for sponsoring this fun gathering.

GeekWire Gala 2015 VIP Party

GeekWire Gala 2015 VIP Party

GeekWire Gala 2015 VIP Party

Then it was three hours of networking, eating, drinking, dancing, and an all-around good time at MOHAI, where attendees had a chance to tour museum exhibits, visit a whiskey tasting room sponsored by Ivy Softworks, and stop by the Moz photo booth before ending the night with a fantastic after-party at Art Marble 21.

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We also had a chance to honor our 2015 GeekWire Newsmakers of the Year and the Seattle 10, a group of 10 up-and-coming Seattle-area startups who are looking to change the world. Each of these innovative companies — chosen through a judging panel — sketched their business concepts on giant six-foot by six-foot cocktail napkins, and those napkins will made their public debut at the Gala on Wednesday. We’ll show off their cocktail napkin creations later today on GeekWire.

A big thank you to everyone for coming out on Wednesday. If you missed out last night or just want to relive the bash, check out the social media chatter here on Tagboard. We’ve also posted photos from the event below, and here’s a video recap from our partners at KING5:

Finally, we wanted to say thank you to our wonderful GeekWire Gala Sponsors without whom this holiday tradition would not be possible. They are:

Presenting Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Gold Sponsors: Perkins Coie, UPS Connect, Avalara, MozTune, Ivy Softworks,MOHAI, IBM, Galvanize, Salesforce, and Regence.

Silver Sponsors: First Tech Federal Credit UnionSharp, Xtreme Consulting Group,OfferUp, EY, Curalate, Car2Go, and Coordinated Care.

Supporting Sponsors: Bader Martin, Tagboard, RealSelf, ALLtech, Protingent, Green House Data, Digital Realty/telx, Madrona Venture Group, WTIA and Knoll.

Check out more photos from the event below:

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