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The GeekWire Summit is back with a fabulous lineup of activities and speakers, including the highly-anticipated VC panel, the finals of The Elevator Pitch startup competition and much more.

The 2018 GeekWire Summit is finally here. After months of planning, we’re thrilled that more than 800 business, tech, media and government leaders will join us for the annual conference, taking place in downtown Seattle on Oct. 1-3.

Now in its seventh year, the GeekWire Summit is one of the premier technology events in the country, exploring what’s next in the innovation economy and discussing big technological trends that will shape society, everything from artificial intelligence to cryptocurrency to the future of health care, entertainment and transportation.

Things will get rolling Monday, Oct. 1st at 6 p.m. with a must-attend welcome party for all Summit attendees at the wonderfully geeky Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. If you’ve not yet secured your spot for the GeekWire Summit, a limited number of tickets are available here.

Here’s everything you need to about this week’s big show.

Dates: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1 – 3, with a Welcome Party at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1 at Living Computers: Museum + Labs (2245 First Ave S, Seattle WA, 98134) and the main conference at the Sheraton Seattle (1400 6th Ave.) on Oct. 2-3.

Welcome Party at Living Computers: Museum + Labs: Meet Summit attendees, speakers, and other VIPs at this warm-up party hosted and sponsored by Living Computers Museum + Labs in SODO (2245 First Ave S, Seattle WA, 98134). The Welcome Party, at 6 p.m., is open to all GeekWire Summit attendees. Get your geek on, and check out what computers used to look like.

GeekWire Summit Location: The main conference on Oct. 2-3 will take place at the Sheraton Seattle, 1400 Sixth Avenue in downtown Seattle. Map here. GeekWire Summit attendees are also invited to attend a reception on Oct. 2nd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Conference start time on Oct. 2nd: Registration, located on the second floor of the Sheraton, opens at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, followed by a welcome and introduction at 8:50 a.m. Be sure to grab your coffee before our first session, The State of the Tech Industry.

Do I need to bring my printed tickets? No. If you’ve purchased tickets, just pick up your Summit pass at the 2nd floor registration booth at the Sheraton Seattle on Oct. 2nd or 3rd. Registration will open at 7:45 a.m. NOTE: Summit badges will not be available at the Oct. 1st Welcome Party at the Living Computers Museum.

Are tickets still available to purchase? Yes, a limited number of tickets are still available, so make sure to invite a friend, colleague or co-worker to join the fun. Tickets available on the registration page here.

Agenda: We’ve lined up two days of great content, featuring technology leaders from across the industry, including fireside chats with Redfin CEO, Glenn Kelman (10:55 a.m. on Oct. 2nd); Ring CEO, Jamie Siminoff (11:30 a.m. on Oct. 2nd); Uber Chief Legal Officer Tony West (4:15 p.m. on Oct. 2nd); eBay CEO Devin Wenig (9 a.m. on Oct. 3rd); Dreambox CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson (9:30 a.m. on Oct. 3rd) Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime (10:45 a.m. on Oct. 3rd) and many more. Check out the full schedule on the “Agenda” tab here, and read more about the speakers under on the “speakers” tab on the event site here.

Inside IoT Stage: A new addition to the GeekWire Summit, the Inside IoT stage will explore how connected devices are transforming everything from retail to agriculture to transportation. The IoT stage will take place on Oct. 2 in the Willow Room of the Seattle Sheraton, and feature speakers from Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon, Control4 and many other leading companies. Check out the full agenda on the IoT tab on the event page here.

Health Tech Stage: Also new this year at the GeekWire Summit is the health tech stage, exploring how data science, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing how healthcare is delivered. The Health Tech stage, presented by Regence, will take place on Oct. 3 in the Willow Room of the Seattle Sheraton, and feature speakers from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Saykara, Arivale, Adaptive Biotechnologies and others. Check out the full agenda on the health tab on the event page here.

Finals of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch: Over the past six months, 27 entrepreneurs competed in this unique challenge, presented by Smartsheet, pitching their concepts in the elevator at the world famous Space Needle or iconic Smith Tower. But only one will truly make it to the top. Now, eight finalists will present live onstage in front of the GeekWire Summit audience where they will have just 48 seconds for their pitch before our judges announce this season’s winner. Binge watch all nine episodes of this fun, fast-paced startup pitch competition.

2018 Broadcast Media Partner: Bloomberg TV

App: All of the essential info you need for the GeekWire Summit from speaker bios to session schedules and maps, are now available in the GeekWire Summit 2018 App, sponsored by Alaska Airlines. The app also includes live polls, an “Ask a Question” feature during key sessions, ways to engage with fellow Summit attendees and more. It’s accessible available for download in the Google Play store and iOS App store. Go here to install the app.

Pre-Summit Survey: Tell us what you’re hoping to get out of the Summit, and submit questions for our speakers, in this pre-event survey.

Food & Drink: No need to search for your own meal — we’ve got you covered. Light breakfast, sponsored by Vaco, will be served on both mornings, and boxed lunches courtesy of sponsor Hired will be available to all attendees. We’ve also sprinkled coffee and beverage breaks throughout the day to keep the energy flowing and you’ll stay hydrated thanks to water station sponsor SkyKick.

Wi-Fi & Power: Free Wi-Fi will be available throughout the Summit, courtesy of sponsor Boeing. Power also will be available at select tables during the Summit. Visit the Charging Lounge in the IoT Zone of the Exhibitor Hall to power up throughout the event.

Free Executive Coaching Session: Gold Sponsor ICF (International Coach Federation) is the global body for professional coaching and will be offering complimentary coaching sessions at the event. If you would like to experience a 30-minute personal coaching session with a ICF accredited professional coach, you can schedule here.

Murals: Back by popular demand, visual strategist Guillaume Wiatr of MetaHelm will be recreating the Summit activities with his custom murals, sponsored by Colocation Northwest. Follow along, as Guillaume recreates the Summit in real time creating dynamic visuals from the exciting content on stage.

Visual strategist Guillaume Wiatr, founder of Metahelm, at work during the GeekWire Summit in Seattle. Wiatr will be back for the 2018 Summit, this time with his creations appearing on a digital screen, with the artwork presented by Colocation Northwest. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

Social Media: We’ll be using the hashtag #gwsummit for the event on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

GeekWire Special Coverage: GeekWire reporters will be on site chronicling the action throughout the GeekWire Summit. Follow along with our special coverage section here.

Videos & Slides: Did we mention we’ve got two great days of content across two stages in store for the 2018 GeekWire Summit? That’s a lot to take in! After the event, all attendees will receive access to session videos and select slide decks so you can relive a favorite moment or watch a session from the other stage. Videos and slides made possible by The Global Innovation Exchange.

Prizes and giveaways: Yes, and yes. From Seahawks tickets to Cirque du Soleil passes to Ring doorbell devices, plenty of fun prizes and giveaways will be happening throughout the Summit.

Parking: Paid parking is available at garages in the vicinity. Parking at the Sheraton is valet-only and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are self-parking options nearby. Visit the City of Seattle’s e-Park website here for real-time parking information. We encourage you to bus, bike or use other alternative transportation.

Geeks Give Back: Join our big philanthropic effort, Geeks Give Back, to support various nonprofits working to move people out of homelessness. More on Geeks Give Back here.

GeekWire’s Impact Partners: Inspired by many of the organizations profiled in GeekWire’s weekly Impact Series, we wanted to engage some of these overlooked groups at our events. We’re doing this with help from the community and would like to thank Edelman Northwest for helping us to make even more complimentary tickets available. Read more about the program here.

Accommodations: For availability at the Sheraton, please contact the hotel directly. Other hotels within walking distance of the GeekWire Summit include The Roosevelt Seattle, Mayflower Park Hotel Seattle, The Paramount and Hotel Max. Please contact hotels directly for pricing and availability.

Attire: Business casual.

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A big thanks to Bank of America, our presenting sponsor of the Summit.

Also, thanks to gold sponsors: AmazonDavis Wright TremaineLiving Computers Museum + LabsWashington IoT CouncilMadrona Venture GroupMicrosoftOfferUpSmartsheetWSGRWave BusinessInternational Coach Federation, PWCRegenceWeWork LabsFlatiron School and Alaska Airlines.

And to our silver, supporting and exhibitor sponsors: MozSeattle FoundationHiredCoLocation NorthwestGlobal Innovation ExchangeAvalaraFirst Tech Federal Credit UnionFacebookBritish ColumbiaEYVacoSynapsePerkins CoieNortheastern University-SeattleValidarCrown CastleMetahelmSkykickEdelmanSynapseRigadoValidar, Southport on Lake Washington, Zonar, Washington State Department of Commerce, Bsquare, Growers and Flexential.

Thanks to our partners: Bloomberg, Bootstrapper Studios, Strideline and ALLtech

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