It was an electric scene at the historic Showbox on Thursday evening as the Seattle community came out in full force to celebrate the holidays.
We had so much fun welcoming more than 800 of you for our eighth annual GeekWire Gala, presented by Smartsheet.
Entrepreneurs, engineers, and everyone in between partied in the heart of downtown Seattle with an evening of eating, drinking, networking, and of course, dancing.
The evening kicked off with a special live GeekWire podcast event for VIP attendees. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined us for a conversation about data, which is the focus of our new Numbers Geek podcast with Ballmer that debuted this week. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee took the stage for the second segment, answering questions about the future of this state and a potential 2020 presidential run.
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) December 7, 2018
The Gala is one of our favorite events of the year, and 2018 certainly did not disappoint. The food (Beecher’s Mac and Cheese; Dick’s burger delivery); the drinks (Alaska Airlines Aviator cocktails); and the music (via KEXP DJ whiz Michele Myers) all had a fun Seattle flair.
Seattle’s fashion game was surprisingly impressive on Thursday. Two top candidates for best dressed of the evening: Lana Neyolova and Kellen Ball, winners of our Geek Style Reboot, presented by Nordstrom.
A big thank you to everyone for coming out on Thursday. And of course, this holiday tradition would not be possible without our wonderful GeekWire Gala Sponsors. They are: