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We’re fortunate at GeekWire to spend our days digging for insights, asking big questions, and talking with people at the top of their fields. For a couple days each year, we get to share this experience directly, in person, with hundreds of you.

That’s how we think of the GeekWire Summit: live journalism on stage. Our signature tech conference, now in its 8th year, is known for in-depth interviews and inspiring talks from leaders in tech, business, science, and other key sectors of innovation and economic growth.

This year’s GeekWire Summit is Oct. 7-9 in Seattle. Whether it’s your first time attending or you’ve been with us since the start, we invite you to join us by registering below or on the Summit site.

Today we’re announcing our initial slate of speakers, with more to come.

Microsoft President Brad Smith. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)

Microsoft President Brad Smith is one of tech’s leading voices in high-stakes areas such as public policy, privacy, surveillance, security and artificial intelligence. The author of the upcoming book “Tools and Weapons” (with co-author Carol Ann Browne), Smith will join us to share his insights into some of the most important issues shaping the industry and the world.

Megan Quinn of Spark Capital, Hope Cochran of Madrona, Amy Bohutinksy of Crossover Ventures

We’ll get a glimpse into the minds of top tech investors with a panel featuring venture capitalists Amy Bohutinsky of TCV, the former Zillow chief operating officer; Hope Cochran, managing director of Madrona Venture Group, the former Clearwire and King Digital CFO; and Megan Quinn of Spark Capital, who worked previously in key leadership positions at Google and Square.

Doug Baldwin, Jr. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

NFL great Doug Baldwin Jr., the retired Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, will share lessons from the football field and his extraordinary work to support and build the community in his adopted hometown of Renton, Wash.

L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO. (GeekWire Photo / Amy Bishop)

L.A. Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer, the philanthropist and former Microsoft CEO, is fresh off one of the most epic deals in NBA history. He’ll join us at the GeekWire Summit to share more on his post-Microsoft pursuits, including the latest insights into the U.S. government and key issues in the country from his non-profit civic data initiative, USAFacts.

Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom will talk about the future of travel and his plans for Expedia Group at a pivotal moment in the travel giant’s history — as it absorbs a wave of ambitious acquisitions, adapts to new business models and competitors, and makes a major headquarters move across the Seattle region.

Auth0 CEO Eugenio Pace, Outreach CEO Manny Medina, and Convoy CEO Dan Lewis.

We’ll find out what it takes to make a unicorn in a session featuring Outreach CEO Manny Medina, Auth0 CEO Eugenio Pace, and Convoy CEO Dan Lewis, who have each built companies valued at more than $1 billion by upending traditional industries and creating transformative products.

Elevator Pitch finals at the 2018 GeekWire Summit, with judges Chris Blessington, Richard Tait, Heather Redman and T.A. McCann, and John Cook and Kwame Boler. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

We’ll see the live finals of the second season of our startup video series Elevator Pitch, presented by Paccar — with returning judges including T.A. McCann of Pioneer Square Labs and Heather Redman of Flying Fish Partners. 

And we’re excited to announce the return of a dedicated track at the GeekWire Summit focused on the intersection of tech and health, presented by Regence.

We’ll be announcing many more speakers and sessions in the weeks ahead.

The GeekWire Summit takes place this year at the new Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle. We’ll kick things off with a reception on the evening of Oct. 7, followed by two days full of content, on Oct. 8 and 9.

A big thanks to Bank of America, our longtime partner and presenting sponsor of the 2019 GeekWire Summit.

Also, thanks to platinum sponsor Regence, and gold sponsors: SirqulEY,  WSGRWave Business, and PACCAR.  Thanks to our silver sponsors — Alaska Airlines and First Tech Federal Credit Union — and our exhibitors: Capital OneExtraSliceInternational Coach Federation, and Simplicity Consulting.

Interested in sponsoring the 2019 GeekWire Summit? Contact us at advertising@geekwire.com.

Register below or on the event site. Early bird rates end Sept. 12.

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