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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The 2016 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
Enjoy a Moscow Mule in the Perk Lounge at the GeekWire Awards.
Amazon Product Manager Margot Johnson.
Rover employees celebrate with CEO Aaron Easterly after his CEO of the Year award win at the 2016 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo)
Rover CEO Aaron Easterly accepts the CEO of the Year award at the 2016 GeekWire Awards. The company is nominated in the Next Tech Titan category this year. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
Chad Wittman, co-founder of Dolly, won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo)
Pete Kyriacou, partner program manager at Microsoft.
Remitly CFO Krish Srinivasan won Hire of the Year at the 2016 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo)
Arivale accepts the award for Startup of the Year at the 2016 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo)
Arivale CEO Clayton Lewis and co-founder Lee Hood accept the award for Startup of the Year at the 2016 GeekWire Awards.
Arivale employees celebrate after winning the Startup of the Year award.
Blue Box founder Jesse Proudman accepts the Deal of the Year award at the 2016 GeekWire Awards
UW graduate student Supasorn Suwajanakorn.
Black Dot takes home the Geek of the Year award at the 2016 GeekWire Awards
Axon General Manager Marcus Womack.
MedBridge CEO Justin Kowalchuk accepting the company’s Bootstrapper of the Year award at the 2016 GeekWire awards. (GeekWire Photo)
Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader accepts the award for Next Tech Titan at the GeekWire Awards 2016.
Mark Mader of Smartsheet accepts the award for Next Tech Titan at the GeekWire Awards