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.
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.
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.
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.
Aran Dahl of digital advertising company Choozle beat Byron Conforti of Fuel Talent in a quick but intense matchup to win the beginner bracket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The OfferUp sumo wrestling station was a hit again.
It’s wasn’t a party without some food and drink. Refueling was necessary at the Sirqul bars after all the heated competition.
Attendees also had a chance to learn about high-tech cooking at ChefSteps’ Joule station.
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.
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 Moz, Bellevue College, EY, Capital One, Perkins Coie, Big Fish, TechPower, Qualtrics, RealSelf, and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
And to our partners: DomainTools, AIE, Zipwhip, PlayImpossible, Mox Boarding House, Sounders 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.