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More than 800 people came together at the GeekWire Gala at The Showbox at the Market in downtown Seattle on Thursday. (GeekWire Photos / Dan DeLong)

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.

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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.

Steve Ballmer (left) and Todd Bishop talk about Numbers Geek, a new GeekWire podcast series featuring the former Microsoft CEO about numbers and data.
GeekWire Civic Innovation Editor Monica Nickelsburg interviews Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at the GeekWire Gala 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.

A late night Dick’s delivery kept the party going on Thursday.

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.

Lana Neyolova and Kellen Ball, winners of our Geek Style Reboot.

We’ll post more photos to our Facebook page later today. Attendees can check out the Moz photo booth shots below, and from the RealSelf Red Carpet booth here.

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:




OfferUp | Avalara | Perkins Coie | Calgary Economic Development

Nordstrom | Alaska Airlines | Moz | EY | RealSelf | University of Washington Foster MSIS Program

Bader Martin | Flywheel Investment Conference | First Tech Federal Credit Union

ALLtech | United Way of King County

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