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Arivale accepts the award for Startup of the Year at the GeekWire Awards on Thursday at the EMP Museum.

The energy at the EMP Museum was palpable on Thursday evening as entrepreneurs, engineers, innovators, leaders, and more came together at the GeekWire Awards to recognize the very best of the Pacific Northwest tech community.

Now in its eighth year, this event, presented by Wave Business, just keeps getting bigger and more exciting, with more than 1,000 people joining us on Thursday for an awesome night to celebrate the region’s robust technology industry.

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After collecting more than 45,000 votes — nearly double the tally from last year — we had the pleasure of naming winners in 13 geeky categories ranging from Startup of the Year to App of the Year. You can see all the winners and finalists here.

Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader accepts the award for Next Tech Titan.
Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader accepts the award for Next Tech Titan.
Chad Wittman, co-founder of Dolly, won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Chad Wittman, co-founder of Dolly, won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Arivale employees celebrate after winning the Startup of the Year award.
Arivale employees celebrate after winning the Startup of the Year award.
Rover employees celebrate with CEO Aaron Easterly after his CEO of the Year award win.
Rover employees celebrate with CEO Aaron Easterly after his CEO of the Year award win.
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From left to right: Black Dot co-founders Mujale Chisebuka, K. Wyking Garrett, and Aramis Hamer accept award for Geek of the Year.

Before the awards presentation kicked off, attendees enjoyed tasty food, cold drinks, and great networking throughout the EMP Museum, which opened up the its awesome Hello Kitty and Indie Video Game Revolution exhibits.

As folks arrived at the EMP Museum, we had a chance to chat with a few on the Avanade Orange Carpet, asking folks about their favorite technologies, political views, and much more.

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Attendees also had fun at the Moz photo booth — see all the pictures from Usnaps here.

VIP attendees had a chance to enjoy a special lounge hosted by Wave Business Solutions:

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As the awards ceremony began, we showed off an inspiring video from our friends at Killer Infographics on the giant Sky Church big screen.

You can check out more reaction from our guests on Twitter. Rover.com had the Tweet of the Night:

A big thanks to our GeekWire Awards sponsors for making the event possible: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Wave Business, OfferUp, Knoll, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Kibble & Prentice, EY, Avanade, UPS, Nuance, Moz,Salesforce, Tourism Victoria, MyWorkNinja, Fastly, Indeed, Code Fellows,Whitepages and RealSelf.

And here are some more photos from the night — another big thanks to Eric Tra and Kevin Lisota for snapping these awesome pictures.

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