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Koru’s Kristen Hamilton holds the Startup of the Year robot trophy at the 2015 GeekWire Awards

We’re looking forward to seeing more than 900 innovators, entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and other tech leaders Thursday night for the GeekWire Awards, the annual awards ceremony where we recognize the very best of the Pacific Northwest tech community. A handful of tickets remain, so if you are not already registered, go here to purchase yours.

Here are the key details to know for those who’ve secured tickets for this fun celebration.

When: Thursday, May 10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WhereMuseum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP), 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA.

Attire: It’s Seattle. Come dressed for business, fun or intergalactic battle — the dress code is completely flexible.

Parking: Rockstar street parking and pay lots surround MoPop and Seattle Center. There is also a pay lot next to MoPop at 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street. Get there early! We’re expecting a packed house.

Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader accepting the “Next Tech Titan” award during the 2016 GeekWire Awards.

Do I need to bring my printed tickets? No. If you’ve registered, our friendly event staff will have your name on file, and provide you entry to the event.

Do I need ID to enter? Yes. This is a 21+ event, and all guests will be asked for valid ID.

Additional Tickets: A few tickets remain, so if you have friends or colleagues who want to join the fun, go here to buy tickets. If you can’t join us on Thursday night, we hope you can attend the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit on June 27 in Bellevue.

Seating: There is limited seating available for finalists, members and sponsors. No tables, or assigned seating. We encourage you to network and mingle with other guests in this party atmosphere, but we also hope you’ll limit conversations during the awards’ program. Wear comfortable shoes as guests stand during the program.

Enjoy a Moscow Mule in the Perk Lounge from Perkins Coie at the GeekWire Awards.

Program schedule: Doors will open at 7 p.m. The Awards program — the Oscars of the Northwest tech scene — will begin at 8:10 p.m., revealing the winners of the 2018 GeekWire Awards in 13 categories.

Food and drink? Yes and yes. Appetizers will be heavy. No assigned tables, just tasty buffets. Attendees will receive two drink tickets and a glass of champagne to welcome you to the Awards courtesy of OfferUp.

Social media: Use the #gwawards hashtag on Twitter.

Activities: We’ve got some great activities in store, including the Perk Lounge from Perkins Coie, a special bar and hang-out area where Moscow Mules will be served. As a special bonus, we’ve opened up the MoPop’s awesome new exhibit, Marvel: Universe of Superheroes. These exhibits are available for all guests, and we encourage you to linger and enjoy the geeky fun. Our friends at Moz are once again hosting the fun in the photo booth.

A packed house at the 2015 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo)

Who are the finalists: Check out all of the finalists in 13 categories — including Next Tech Titan, Geekiest Office Space and Startup of the Year — here. All finalists were nominated by the tech community and selected with the help of our Super and Galactic Geek members, a panel of more than two dozen industry leaders from across the Pacific Northwest. Then, it was all up to you! GeekWire readers voted to select the winners, with thousands of votes cast across the 13 categories.

After-party and karaoke competition: You’re all dressed up and have someplace to go! When the Awards end at 9:45 p.m., we will be making the short walk to Sport Restaurant & Bar just a few blocks away at Fisher Plaza (140 4th Ave. N.) for the after party, sponsored by UPS. There will be drink and food specials for our army of geeks, not to mention a first-ever geeky karaoke party with special prizes.

A big thanks to Wave Business for sponsoring the 2018 GeekWire Awards, and for each of the individual category sponsors who help make this event possible.

Gold and silver sponsors include: WSGRKnollEYMozCapital OneUPS ConnectPerkins CoieBank of AmericaLeagueIndeedPremera, Honest Buck AccountingOfferUp, Walker Sands Communications, and Smartsheet. Also, thanks to Donuts, Bader Martin, Filld, Audi SeattleFirst Tech Federal Credit Union, Killer Infographics, ALLtech and Bootstrapper Studios.

Contact us at with questions, and see you Thursday night!

NOTE: Please note this event is 21+, and every attendee must have proper ID proving their age in order to enter the venue. Also see our terms of use and code of conduct for GeekWire events. Refunds are no longer available for the GeekWire Awards. 

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