When it comes to the geeky stuff we cover, there’s no shortage of cutting-edge technology or fun and talented personalities. In 2017, GeekWire again chased down a wide range of interesting stories — and the images to go along with them.
While one story may have literally eclipsed all others in the science and space department, there were plenty of other compelling tech-related moments in Seattle and beyond.
Check out some of the people we met and interviewed, the stuff we saw being built, the games being played, the events taking place and more in our roundup of the year’s best pictures.
The total solar eclipse in August had everyone turning their heads — with protected eyes, hopefully — to the sky. GeekWire aerospace and science editor Alan Boyle traveled down to Madras, Ore., and contributor Kevin Lisota went to Bald Mountain, Idaho, to be in the path of totality.
In Seattle, people gathered in parks, outside office buildings and on street corners to catch a glimpse of the rare spectacle.
GeekWire sat down with some of the biggest names in technology this year, whether it was one-on-one or in front of a crowd at one of our events such as the GeekWire Summit, the Cloud Tech Summit or the Sports Tech Summit. We also caught various folks sharing their insight at a variety of engagements in Seattle and elsewhere.
Bertha the giant tunneling machine finally finished her work cutting a 2-mile tube beneath the city, emerging in a cloud of dust near the Space Needle on April 4. Crews continue to build the double-decker portion of SR 99 that will run through the tunnel, and GeekWire went deep more than once for a look at the engineering and transportation marvel, set to open to traffic in 2019.
Professional athletes and plain old wannabes took their best shots in 2017. GeekWire reporter Taylor Soper tracked a few stars and startups down to get the latest take on the intersection between sports and tech.
While the first plant was going in the ground at the unique Spheres on the tech giant’s downtown Seattle campus, another crane was likely going into the sky to build out the company’s ever-expanding South Lake Union presence. Meanwhile, Whole Foods came into the fold in a $13.7 billion acquisition and Amazon HQ2 plans stirred expansion buzz in hopeful cities across North America.
Bezos and Blue Origin
His day job as Amazon may keep him busy most of the time, but Jeff Bezos found plenty of opportunities to wow us with his other venture, Blue Origin, and the pursuit of space travel for ordinary people.
Also on stage
Don’t forget Starbucks and Microsoft and Redfin and more Seattle-area companies and their leaders making big news in 2017. The coffee giant saw its longtime chief step aside; Microsoft’s CEO promoted a new book and headlined the GeekWire Summit; Redfin had its IPO; and GeekWire embraced the cloud with a summit for that dominant tech arena.
More fun stuff
The people we met didn’t have to run giant tech companies. Some of them ran elevators or opened restaurants and coffee shops. Others hopped on a tandem bike and rode across the country. Another built a replica of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in his driveway.