Well, folks, here we are. We made it to the end of 2016, and we’re still standing. It’s been one heck of a year — from advances in self-driving vehicles to the rise of digital assistants. Oh yeah, there was also a little presidential election that consumed the nation.
To wrap things up for the year, it’s time for our annual news quiz. Test your knowledge in the quiz below and see how you score.
In an era of fake news, we promise not to offer any fake questions here. Just factual info about what transpired in tech in 2016.
In order to measure your smarts, here’s the scorecard on which to judge yourself.
- Uber Geek: 21 — 25 correct answers (Always looking for Jedi masters to join the GeekWire team!)
- Super Geek: 16 — 20 correct answers (The force is strong with this one!)
- Average Geek: 11 — 15 correct answers (Stay the course, and you will one day be a Jedi master)
- Geek in Training: 6 —10 correct answers (Keep studying young, Padawan!)
- Novice Nerd: 0 — 5 correct answers (Get informed. Sign up for the GeekWire daily newsletter here!)
Answers are at the bottom of this post. No cheating!
1) What famous Internet pioneer Tweeted on April 2: “Flawless BE-3 restart and perfect booster landing. CC chutes deployed.”
2) Microsoft agreed to pay $26.2 billion for which social network in 2016?
3) Facebook opened a new office in Seattle in May of 2016. Who was the world-renowned architect that designed the office space?
4) What is the name of the new convenience store concept that Amazon started testing in Seattle, one that allows customers to purchase items and bypass a checkout line?
5) Just days before John Glenn passed away on Dec. 8th, the famous astronaut and former Ohio senator penned a letter to which tech billionaire?
6) What was the name of the device that Samsung discontinued after reports of the device blowing up?
7) What do these three Seattle area tech companies share in common: PhaseRx, Impinj and Apptio?
8) What Las Vegas hotel announced plans to install Amazon Echo devices in its hotel rooms, operating as a digital “butler” for guests?
9) President Barack Obama said this about which recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom: “Few in human history have been more successful than these two impatient optimists.”
10) Squirtle and Spearow are popular characters in what hit augmented reality game?
11) “Listen to your employees, listen to your customers, shut the f*** up, and do what they tell you.” That blunt leadership advice was provided by the outspoken CEO of what tech company?
12) Turi, a machine learning startup founded by University of Washington computer science professor Carlos Guestrin, was sold for about $200 million to what tech giant?
13) Which Super Bowl-winning coach declared in October that he’s “done” using Microsoft Surface tablets on the sidelines?
14) Once a dot-com darling, which pioneering online health store was shut down by Walgreens in July 2016?
15) High-flying and high-energy former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer performed what stunt at an L.A. Clippers game, part of a promotion tied to the launch of the team’s new mascot?
16) Seattle venture capitalist Tom Alberg promoted a plan to connect the cities of Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. along Interstate-5 with what novel transportation technology?
17) Amazon Studios released the new comedy series “Crisis in Six Scenes,” which was directed by which Hollywood legend?
18) Snap Inc., formerly known as Snapchat, ventured into hardware and unveiled what wearable product in 2016?
19) Amazon unveiled a new aircraft at the Seafair celebration in Seattle in August: What prominent branding is emblazoned on the Boeing 767-300?
20) Convenience store chain 7-Eleven made history in July when it delivered what iconic product to a customer’s home via a FAA-approved drone?
21) Embattled Yahoo finally found a buyer in 2016. What company agreed to buy the 21-year-old Internet pioneer?
22) The release of Apple’s iPhone 7 was notable since it lacked what component that had long been a part of previous iPhones?
23) What’s the name of the new BMW-backed car-sharing service that launched in Seattle?
24) Which of these companies was not acquired in 2016: PitchBook, Blue Nile, Tableau Software or Julep?
25) Microsoft announced in September that it was forming a 5,000 person engineering and research team to focus on new products in what hot area of technology?
OK, so how did you do? Before checking out the answers below, watch GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop face off against GeekWire reporter Taylor Soper in the news quiz. Who do you think will win?
Spoiler alert: Answers are below this photo!
1). A: Jeff Bezos, following the launch of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket ship (Click on links for full story)
2). A: LinkedIn
3). A: Frank Gehry
4). A: Amazon Go
6). A: Galaxy Note 7
7). A: They all went public in 2016
8). A: Wynn Las Vegas
9). A: Bill & Melinda Gates (Obama even cracked a zinger about Bill Gates’ lack of dating skills when wooing Melinda).
10). A: Pokemon Go
11). A: T-Mobile CEO John Legere (Surprise, surprise that it was the potty-mouthed CEO of the Bellevue wireless giant).
12). A: Apple
13). A: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (#GoHawks!)
14). A: Drugstore.com
15). A: A trampoline-assisted slam dunk (Don’t miss the video, which is classic Ballmer!)
17). A: Woody Allen
19). A: Prime Air
20). A: A Slurpee (it also delivered a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and candy. Take that Amazon!)
22). A: Headphone jack
23). A: ReachNow
24). A: Tableau Software
25: A: Artificial Intelligence