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The 2018 GeekWire Bash. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Intense competition, awesome networking, and a whole lot of fun.

It was another epic geek carnival at our GeekWire Bash anniversary party on Thursday, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center.

We had a blast with more than 1,700 engineers, entrepreneurs and everyone in between during a six-hour extravaganza that included everything from VR to board games to ziplining to sumo wrestling.

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Local companies came out in force, particularly over on the T-Mobile dodgeball courts, where 32 teams duked it out in an epic tournament that sparked constant roars from the crowd. Seattle-based online real estate platform Zillow Group beat food processing manufacturer Marel in the championship.

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Team Zillow poses with the golden dodgeball after a big win Thursday night. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

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(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
Dodgeball players from Marel are fired up. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

The ping pong battles were just as intense. A new champion emerged at the always-exhilarating expert ping pong bracket, where Qualtrics’ James Duan made his GeekWire Bash debut in grand fashion, ousting defending champ Brian Chia of Slalom.

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Qualtrics must have some serious ping pong practice time at the office because the Seattle company also took down the intermediate ping pong bracket, with Bruce Gou beating Jasdeep Singh of Best Buy.

Bruce Gou of Qualtrics won the intermediate ping pong title. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)

Aran Dahl of digital advertising company Choozle beat Byron Conforti of Fuel Talent in a quick but intense matchup to win the beginner bracket.

Aran Dahl of Choozle took the beiginner’s ping pong title. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Over on the foosball tables, former Google colleagues Nick Gorski (now at Bonsai) and Russ Brennan took down Ryan Anderson and Jeremy Kirby of DoubleDown.

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Russ Brennan and Nick Gorski.

The intermediate foosball final had a big crowd gathered for an epic 3-game battle, with Matt Quint and Annie Love from Geocaching beating Chase Snyder and David Botha of ExtraHop.

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Annie Love, left, and Matt Quint. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)

The Bash also had its second Settlers of Catan tournament, hosted by Seattle’s Mox Boardinghouse. The bracket doubled in size to include 16 players, all of whom competed in two rounds of the strategy board game. Zillow Group’s Jonathan Li On Wing, a newcomer to the tournament, took home the top prize. He won all three of his games.

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Settlers of Catan tournament finalists, from left: AJ Hans, Jonathan Li On Wing, Michael Adams and Blake Robertson. (GeekWire Photo / Clare McGrane)

Read a full recap of all the competitions here.

For the first time ever at the Bash, we were excited to introduce many of our Impact Partners — non-profit organizations that are making the Seattle community stronger through innovative programs related to education, science, leadership and inclusion.

The Rainier Scholars’ display at the GeekWire Bash. (GeekWire photo / Taylor Soper)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

It was fun once again welcoming some of Seattle’s top soccer players, as Tony Alfaro and Handwalla Bwana from the Sounders FC played games of FIFA with attendees. Jason Flick, the team’s new eMLS gamer, was also at the Bash.

Sounders FC midfielder Handwalla Bwana and eMLS player Jason Flick battle in a game of FIFA. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
Sounders FC defender Tony Alfaro (right) battles James Cook of GeekWire in a game of FIFA. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

One of the more popular new additions to the Bash was the Xiamen Air zipline, which zipped attendees from one end of the building to the other in speedy fashion.

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

The OfferUp sumo wrestling station was a hit again.

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

It’s wasn’t a party without some food and drink. Refueling was necessary at the Sirqul bars after all the heated competition.

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Attendees also had a chance to learn about high-tech cooking at ChefSteps’ Joule station.

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Video games and virtual reality are must-haves at a geeky carnival. Avalara went all out with its artwork at the arcade, while CenturyLink helped take attendees into another world at the VR zone.

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

A big thanks to the 2018 GeekWire Bash title sponsor: First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Also, thanks to Xiamen Air, the zipline sponsor; Avalara, the arcade sponsor; OfferUp, the sumo wrestling sponsor; T-Mobile, the dodgeball tournament sponsor; Sirqul, a bar sponsor; CenturyLink, our VR zone sponsor; and ChefSteps, our Joule cooking sponsor.

And thanks to our silver sponsors MozBellevue CollegeEY, Capital OnePerkins CoieBig FishTechPowerQualtricsRealSelf, and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
And to our partners: DomainToolsAIEZipwhipPlayImpossible, Mox Boarding HouseSounders FC and Skytap.

We’ll have more highlights from the Bash in the coming days. In the meantime, enjoy some more photos below, including some fun ones from the photo booth. Once again, thanks so much for joining us for the GeekWire Bash.

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
Fun in the Play Impossible zone. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
Foosball at the GeekWire Bash (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
Board game fun in the Moz Boarding House game lounge. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
(GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
The dodgeball refs (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
Foosball action at the GeekWire Bash. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
Verge of Brilliance CEO Evie Powell, left, watches as a Bash guest tries her VR game: Epic Snowday Adventure (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
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