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The GeekWire Summit is a week away, and our heads are spinning with anticipation, excitement and a bit of nervous energy.

The two-day Summit will be our biggest yet, with more than 75 speakers, two new tracks and the finals of our fun Elevator Pitch startup competition.

Our goal? Inform, inspire and entertain as we interview some of the top minds in technology, science and business about the future. The Summit marks a rare opportunity to see live journalism unfold on stage.

Tickets are still available, so make sure to go here to purchase yours — and please note this nice little letter we crafted in case you need to convince your boss.

Here’s why we are so excited about this year’s Summit.

The pace of innovation continues to accelerate, and we will have deep discussions about that change, everything from transportation (Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg) to entertainment (Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime) to education (DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson) to smart cities (Uber chief legal officer Tony West) to augmented reality (Niantic senior director of engineering Niniane Wang) to real estate (Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman) and much more.

Other highlights for this year’s Summit:

  • Bloomberg TV broadcasts live from the Summit show floor, with journalist Emily Chang interviewing top tech leaders.
  • Great parties, including a fun kick-off reception on Oct. 1 at the Living Computers Museum + Labs where you’ll get your hands on an old Atari 2600 or Apple IIe.
  • A new subject-specific stage with deep-dives into the Internet of Things on Oct. 2 and Health Tech on Oct. 3
  • An expanded exhibitor hall with gizmos, games and giveaways.

Check out more on the Summit — including the full agendas — here. We are looking forward to seeing you Oct. 2-3 in downtown Seattle! You will not want to miss the opportunity to connect with more than 800 tech, business, scientific, media and governmental leaders.

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

Also, thanks to gold sponsors: AmazonDavis Wright TremaineLiving Computers Museum + Labs, Washington IoT CouncilMadrona Venture GroupMicrosoftOfferUpSmartsheetWSGRWave BusinessInternational Coach Federation, PWCRegence, WeWork Labs, Flatiron School and Alaska Airlines.

And to our silver, supporting and exhibitor sponsors: Moz, Seattle Foundation, Hired, CoLocation NorthwestGlobal Innovation ExchangeAvalaraFirst Tech Federal Credit UnionFacebookBritish ColumbiaEYVacoSynapsePerkins CoieNortheastern University-SeattleValidar, Crown Castle, Metahelm, Skykick, Edelman, Synapse, Rigado, Validar and Flexential.

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