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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the 2017 GeekWire Summit. (All photos by Dan DeLong for GeekWire, unless otherwise noted)

CEOs and executives shared their best practices. Professors and researchers offered their expert opinions. Inventors and entrepreneurs demonstrated their latest ideas.

The 2017 GeekWire Summit was a melting pot of innovators, entrepreneurs, business executives and tech leaders who came together this week in Seattle to explore the future of the innovation economy.

It was so fun welcoming more than 900 of you to our annual event, which featured speakers like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson; Amazon execs Jeff Wilke and Toni Reid; and many others who provided a glimpse into a technology-fueled future.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson.
Amazon exec Toni Reid, who leads the company’s Alexa and Echo Devices group, is interviewed by New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield.
Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer Jeff Wilke.
More than 900 attendees registered for the 2017 GeekWire Summit.
The GeekWire Summit After Party at Frolik.
The GeekWire Summit offers great opportunity to network with others from the community. (Photo by Kevin Lisota)
GeekWire Summit Welcome Party at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs.
Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures, Sarah Tavel of Benchmark, and Julie Sandler of Pioneer Square Labs speak on ‘The VC View’ panel at the 2017 GeekWire Summit.
Dana Lewis shows off her Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System during the Inventions We Love segment at the GeekWire Summit 2017.
Bloomberg TV anchor Emily Chang interviews Ed Lazowska, professor of computer science at the University of Washington. (Photo by Kevin Lisota)

The on-stage discussions ranged from quantum computing; to fake news; to battling cancer; to Inventions We Love; to the “The Quadfather.” GeekWire launched its third annual Geeks Give Back campaign; we debuted a new series called “Immigrant’s Journey”; and announced our newest initiative, “GeekWire HQ2.”

We had fun, too, as attendees networked and mingled at a geeky Welcome Party at the Living Computers + Museum and a Rooftop Party at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails.

Attendees also had fun with the return of the Best Buy box, which offered prizes if folks could solve tricky puzzles. Other prizes available to attendees included first class tickets on Alaska Airlines; iPads, Amazon Echoes; GoPros; signed Steve Largent jerseys; a drone; two Seahawks tickets and a night stay at the Sheraton; and much more. The first 500 Summit attendees also received a game-day approved Welcome Bag, including some cozy GeekWire socks, courtesy of our partners at Strideline.

We also welcomed back Guillaume Wiatr, founder of MetaHelm, who sketched drawings on big murals near the stage that were inspired by on-stage interviews and presentations.

This event isn’t possible without the help of many organizations and people — a huge thanks to all of our GeekWire Summit sponsors for helping to make this happen.

A big thanks to our title GeekWire Summit title sponsor: Bank of America.

Also, thanks to gold sponsorsBaiduBoeing, Capital OneSirqul,
HomeAdvisorWave BusinessWSGRExtraHopZillow Group and Dragonchain. And a shout out to our silver sponsors and supporting sponsorsLiving Computers Museum + LabsVulcanK2MozWGU WashingtonBest BuyAvalaraEYIntellectual VenturesNortheastern UniversityUPS ConnectAlexandriaCrayGlobal Innovation Exchange and EPAM.

Thanks to our partners: BloombergKUOWBootstrapper StudiosStridelineAlaska AirlinesALLtechKiller InfographicsName Brand Promotions and Sharp. And thanks to our exhibitors: OfferUp, WSOS, Perkins Coie, Nintex, WeWork, ReachNow, CloudEnablers, Acumatica, Validar, GWATA, Internap and TAG.

GeekWire co-founders Todd Bishop and John Cook, with GeekWire chairman Jonathan Sposato at the 2017 GeekWire Summit.

Thanks to Dan DeLong for taking photos; to Kevin Lisota for help on photos and video; and to Frank Catalano for “Heard & Overheard” editorial help.

You can check out our full coverage here. Also see videos and slides from each speaker here. And check out social media activity on Twitter and Instagram.

Other media outlets also covered the event — see stories from Bloomberg; AxiosPuget Sound Business Journal; KING5Q13The Stranger; Pitchbook; and OnMSFT.

We’ve put together a recap of the Summit for those who missed out or those that just want to relive the two-day event. We recapped Day 1 here — you can also read about it below, after our Day 2 recap.

We’ll see you again at the GeekWire Gala this December.

Day 2 Recap

Panel: Diversity & Inclusion

Zillow Group COO Amy Bohutinsky, Institute for Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion co-director Effenus Henderson, Moz CEO Sarah Bird, and, and HERE Seattle co-founder Eric Osborne.

Tech companies often focus on the numbers when discussing diversity and inclusion efforts — but it’s about a lot more than that. Zillow Group COO Amy Bohutinsky led a panel about how companies can authentically build a culture that values diversity and inclusion — whether that company is a startup or has thousands of employees. Panelists included Moz CEO Sarah Bird, HERE Seattle co-founder Eric Osborne and Effenus Henderson, co-director of the Institute of Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion.

Fireside chat: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during Day 2 of the GeekWire Summit 2017 at Sheraton Seattle on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop had a wide-ranging conversation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, exploring the themes and subjects of his upcoming book, “Hit Refresh.” An engineer by training, Nadella led Microsoft businesses including its Bing search engine and Azure cloud computing platform prior to becoming CEO, putting him in a unique position to understand and shape the future of technology.

Nadella noted that one of the hardest parts of writing his new book was reflecting on Zane, his son with cerebral palsy. It also led to him reflecting on his work at unusual times, such as in a hospital when Zane was coming out of surgery. “All the equipment around me, it was all Windows,” he recalled. “And I said, ‘Hey, it better work.'”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks with GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop.

More coverage:

Tech companies are provoking more ire by moving out of the suburbs and into cities, says urban history expert

University of Washington Professor Margaret O’Mara.

Margaret O’Mara, a University of Washington professor of history, schooled the tech present on the tech past — and made it clear that, not so long ago, tech was not pervasive in day-to-day experience. Around 1980, when companies like Microsoft and Apple were just starting to gain traction, in newspapers, “there might be a section on the tech industry — ‘Oh these funny guys making these funny things,'” she noted.

Immigrant’s Journey with Reetu Gupta, CEO of Cirkled In

Indian-born Reetu Gupta, CEO of Cirkled In, and her daughter.

Indian-born Reetu Gupta, CEO of Cirkled In, shared the inspiring story of her path to the Seattle region and entrepreneurship. Gupta’s daughter joined her on stage and sung a song for the crowd.

In pursuit of independence, Todd Stabelfeldt urges techies at GeekWire Summit: ‘Make my life real’

Todd Stabelfeldt, CEO of C4 Database Management.

Todd Stabelfeldt, CEO of C4 Database Management and a quadriplegic, started off his talk about the universal benefits of universal design by politely rejecting the 20-minute time limit for his talk. “Who’s gonna push the dude in the wheelchair off the stage because he went more than 20 minutes?” he joked.

Stabelfeldt, a.k.a. “The Quadfather,” made the case for universal design as a way to level the playing field for everyone, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. Stabelfeldt showed how technology allows him to fully participate in life in this funny, tender, and inspiring talk.

Stripe co-founder John Collison explains why online payments powerhouse opened an office in Seattle

Stripe co-founder and president John Collison, the youngest self-made tech billionaire on the planet, spoke with Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried about how he and his brother are shaking up online and mobile payments.

More coverage: Why Stripe co-founder John Collison thinks his company is the Amazon Web Services of payments

TheBoardlist founder: ‘Silicon Valley is built for people given opportunity they’re not qualified for’

theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy and Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff.

theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a former Google executive and startup founder who is now leading an effort to bolster the number of women serving on company boards. During an on-stage interview with Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff, she called BS on tech industry leaders who avoid hiring female candidates because they don’t want to “lower the bar.”

Inventions We Love: Smart lighting, a smart ball and a DIY pancreas system that is … well, really smart

Brian Monnin, CEO of Play Impossible.

Inventions We Love, presented by Sirqul, is a fun geek show-and-tell featuring some of the coolest gadgets and hardware devices we’ve seen. Day 2 included presentations by Deako, Open APS, and Play Impossible.

Dana Lewis shows off her Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System.
GeekWire’s John Cook, left, with Deako CEO Derek Richardson.

Real talk about fake news: How the Information Age became the Disinformation Age

(L to R) Vinny Green of Snopes, Jevin West of the University of Washington, and Ina Fried of Axios discuss misinformation and technology

Technology is fueling a massive shakeup in the way news and information is distributed. From fabricated news stories to social media echo chambers, it can feel like the nature of truth itself is under assault. Vinny Green of Snopes, Jevin West of the University of Washington, and Ina Fried of Axios offered some hope that a combination of dogged fact-checking, media literacy, and technological innovation could improve incentives to produce quality, trustworthy content in an era of misinformation.

More coverage: B.S. for Ph.D.s: Not even science is immune from the fake-news epidemic

See the GeekWire Summit 2017 Day 1 recap here, or continue reading.

Day 1

Baidu president calls AI the ‘single most transformative force of our time’

Baidu President Ya-Qin Zhang speaks at the GeekWire Summit Welcome Party at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

The GeekWire Summit kicked off on Monday evening with a Welcome Party hosted by Vulcan, Inc. at the unique and geeky Living Computers Museum + Labs.

VIP guests also attended a pre-party hosted by Baidu, featuring a fireside chat with Baidu President Ya-Qin Zhang. Baidu, which just opened an office in the Seattle area, is putting its full weight behind artificial intelligence and its ability to change countless industries.

GeekWire Editor Todd Bishop (right) interviews Baidu President Ya-Qin Zhang at the GeekWire Summit Welcome Party.
Baidu President Ya-Qin Zhang accepts a hand-drawn mural from Guillaume Wiatr.

Starbucks CEO explains how company ties together a physical store experience with digital innovation

GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop interviews Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson (left) at the GeekWire Summit 2017.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, a long-time tech industry executive, touched on a number of topics related to the Seattle-based coffee giant, from artificial intelligence to store design to digital innovation.

Immigrant’s Journey with Venture Kits CEO Leslie Feinzaig

Venture Kits CEO Leslie Feinzaig.

Leslie Feinzaig, CEO of Venture Kits, kicked off this first-of-its-kind GeekWire Summit series that highlights the inspiring stories of immigrant entrepreneurs, innovators and trailblazers.

In the race to get driverless cars on the road, expert warns of the need to pump the brakes — for now

Missy Cummings, a professor from Duke and one of the first U.S. Navy female fighter pilots.

Missy Cummings, a professor from Duke and one of the first U.S. Navy female fighter pilots, gave a Power Talk about how artificial intelligence is changing transportation systems, from driverless cars to cargo drones to flying cars.

3rd annual Geeks Give Back campaign aims to raise $1M for the next generation of STEM leaders

Naria K. Santa Lucia (right), the executive director of Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, announces Geeks Give Back with Bank of America’s Kim Vu.

We announced details about the annual Geeks Give Back campaign, presented by Bank of America. GeekWire helps run the program with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, opening doors to a brighter future for today’s youth.

Future battles against cancer will expand tech frontiers, Fred Hutch’s chief says

Fred Hutch President Dr. Gary Gilliland.

Fred Hutch President Dr. Gary Gilliland discussed the latest innovations in the fight against cancer, and provided an update on his bold prediction that “we will have cures and therapies for most, if not all, human cancers” in the next eight years.

How Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods is a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Instacart

Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta.

The grocery market is rapidly changing, and Instacart founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta — a former supply chain engineer at Amazon — shared insights on the changing face of grocery shopping and a few entrepreneurial lessons that he’s learned along the way.

How do you succeed in tech? ExtraHop CEO Arif Kareem thinks you must invest in people

ExtraHop CEO Arif Kareem.

In this sponsored talk, ExtraHop CEO Arif Kareem talked about how new market opportunities, customer influence, people, and community contribute to a company’s ultimate success.

‘I cannot stand losing’: Washington AG Bob Ferguson on never underestimating Donald Trump

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson provided an update on the battle against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, and discussed the intersection of public policy and tech.

Brain scientist Christof Koch maps out a path to merge humans and machines

Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Integrating artificial intelligence chips into our own neural wiring may be the best way to address concerns about the rapid rise of AI, and the potential that the machines could outpace humans, said neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science.

How Amazon’s Alexa overcame doubters — even within the project team — to conquer the voice speaker market

Amazon exec Toni Reid leads the company’s Alexa and Echo Devices group.

Longtime Amazon exec Toni Reid, who leads the company’s Alexa and Echo Devices group, talked about the origins and future of Amazon’s popular voice technology platform.

Brad Smith, Microsoft president and Washington State Opportunity Scholarship board chairman, and Citlaly Ramirez, a WSOS scholar

Microsoft President Brad Smith.
WSOS Scholar Citlaly Ramirez.

Brad Smith, Microsoft president and Washington State Opportunity Scholarship board chairman, introduced Citlaly Ramirez, a WSOS scholar who spoke about her journey as an immigrant in this first-of-its-kind GeekWire Summit series.

3 investors discuss the most (and least) exciting emerging technologies on their radar

From left to right: Canvas Ventures’ Rebecca Lynn; Benchmark Capital’s Sarah Tavel; Pioneer Square Labs’ Julie Sandler; and Bloomberg TV reporter Emily Chang.

Cryptocurrency. Virtual Reality. Artificial Intelligence. We found out what’s hot in the startup world from three leading venture capitalist: Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures, Julie Sandler of Pioneer Square Labs and Sarah Tavel of Benchmark.

See also: Benchmark Capital partner on suing Uber’s former CEO and replacing him with Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi.

Amazon says it will make Prime membership ‘really valuable’ for Whole Foods shoppers

Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon.

If you’ve purchased anything on Amazon lately, you’ve likely got Jeff Wilke to thank, at least indirectly. As head of Amazon’s consumer business, Wilke oversees a diverse range of businesses in the consumer arena, everything from third party marketplaces to new entertainment offerings to Amazon’s historical roots in book sales. Wilke talked about Amazon’s expansion into brick-and-mortar retail; how the company uses artificial intelligence and robotics in its operations; and Amazon’s plans for HQ2.

See also: Sorry, HQ2 suitors: Wacky stunts aren’t likely to get Amazon’s attention, says top exec Jeff Wilke

Inventions We Love: Pillsy, JikoPower and SafKan pitch geeky gadgets to voters at GeekWire Summit

Chuks Onwuneme, co-founder of Pillsy, with the company’s smart pill bottle.

Inventions We Love, presented by Sirqul, is a fun geek show-and-tell featuring some of the coolest gadgets and hardware devices we’ve seen. Day 1 included presentations by Pillsy, JikoPower, and SafKan.

Marene Wiley, co-founder of JikoPower, shows off the Spark.
Sahil Diwan, CEO of SafKan, pitches his ear-wax-removing headphones at the GeekWire Summit.

Capital One Rooftop Party at Frolik

Geek Choir

The “Geek Choir.”

Day 1 also included some geeky entertainment from the talented folks at Seattle Peace Chorus who sang techie remakes of classic songs as part of the newly-formed “Geek Choir.”

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