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We’re getting ready for our second annual GeekWire Sports Tech Summit that will take place on June 22 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Last year’s inaugural event featured leaders like Steve Ballmer and Doug Baldwin talking about the intersection of sports and tech, and we’re expecting an even better Sports Tech Summit this summer.

This week we’re offering an early way to snag a free ticket — a test of your NCAA basketball knowledge.

GeekWire is hosting a March Madness pool, and the top-finisher will win a ticket to the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit this June.

The annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m. PT, and millions of people are busy this week filling out their brackets. The American Gambling Association estimates that more than 70 million brackets will be filled out this year, with more than $10 billion bet in office pools, sportsbooks, local bookies, and other platforms.

Our competition is free to enter — we’re hosting it on Yahoo, and you can submit your bracket picks here. Only one entry is allowed per person, and the first-place bracket will win a ticket to the upcoming Sports Tech Summit. The second and third-place winners will receive a GeekWire t-shirt and a pair of GeekWire socks. You also need to subscribe to our sports tech newsletter to be eligible:

For some advice, check out Microsoft Bing’s data-driven predictions. Or try FiveThirtyEight‘s projections, these tips from a Davidson math professor, as well as this prediction tool from the NCAA. And here is some more help from The Washington Post; ESPN; and CBS Sports.

We’re excited to host the inaugural GeekWire Sports Tech Summit on June 21-22, which will bring together professionals, investors, entrepreneurs and fans in sports and technology for a full day immersive and interactive summit focused on learning, networking and idea exchange.

I’ll provide updates throughout the tournament in my weekly sports tech newsletter, noting who has the top brackets. Again, here’s the link to enter your bracket.

Any questions? Email me at Good luck to your bracket!

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