GeekWire events bring out thousands of people to connect, learn, recruit, do business and have fun with people from across the technology community. GeekWire members receive special rates and VIP access.
The GeekWire Summit, presented by Bank of America, on Oct. 9-11, in Seattle, is one of the country’s premier technology conferences, bringing together more than 800 innovators, entrepreneurs, business executives and tech leaders to explore the future of the innovation economy. An immersive two-day conference, the Summit features on-stage Q&As, insightful talks, fun cocktail parties and interactive product demos by leaders in tech, science and business. The 2017 Summit is our strongest lineup ever, with featured speakers such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson; Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson; Allen Institute of Brain Science president Christof Koch; and many others. Early-bird tickets on sale now here.
Past speakers have included Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, DARPA director Arati Prabhakar, Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold, T-Mobile CEO John Legere, software pioneer Ray Ozzie, venture capitalist Bill Gurley, Senator Maria Cantwell, Nike COO Eric Sprunk, and many more. Purchase your tickets here for the 2017 GeekWire Summit.
Make our gala your holiday party! Bring old friends, colleagues, significant or insignificant others, and enjoy an evening of conversation, tasty treats and festive cocktails with our region’s vibrant tech community. We’ll also celebrate the region’s tech community, support non-profit groups, recognize GeekWire’s Newsmakers of the Year and unveil The Seattle 10, our list of the 10 most promising startup companies in the region who’ll display their business concepts on giant cocktail napkins. Check out the festivities from 2016 here. Tickets for this year’s GeekWire Gala on sale now.
GeekWire Startup Day (February 2018):
This day-long entrepreneurial bootcamp features successful startup leaders offering lessons from the trenches in a series of talks focusing on different aspects of the startup journey — from founding to funding to failing. The event attracts a wide variety of budding entrepreneurs, many of whom go on to found successful companies. A fun and inspirational event for startups of all sizes!
GeekWire Bash (March 2018):
The most unique and fun event on the Seattle tech calendar — featuring a hotly contested ping-pong, dodgeball and foosball tournaments, as well as beer pong, a classic video game arcade and much more in the middle of a giant party. Brings together a broad cross-section of the tech community, including many developers and engineers, competing for glory, corporate pride and bragging rights in some of the tech industry’s official pastimes.
GeekWire Awards (May 2018):
GeekWire rolls out the red carpet each year at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) to honor the top innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, developers and do-gooder geeks, as nominated and chosen by the GeekWire community. Nearly 1,000 people attend this fun event, cheering on their colleagues and executives. Past winners have included Tableau, Zulily, Tune, PopCap Games, Arivale, OfferUp, Brown Paper Tickets, Avalara’s Scott McFarlane, University of Washington computer science professor Ed Lazowska and many more.
The GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit (June 2018)
The GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit showcases the cutting-edge trends and ideas that are transforming business. Hear from industry leaders, and make connections with engineers, developers, CIOs, CTOs and others in this fast-moving corner of the tech world. Past speakers have included Microsoft Azure chief Scott Guthrie, Amazon AI Vice President Swami Sivasubramanian, Docker CEO Steve Singh, Heptio co-founder and Kubernetes co-creator Joe Beda and others. The Cloud Tech Summit is ideal for developers, engineers, IT administrators and other technical staffers who want to stay abreast of the major trends in computing today. The event features separate tracks that go deep into technical areas such as DevOps, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Serverless Computing/Microservices. See full coverage from the 2017 Cloud Tech Summit here, a recap of the event here and a video overview of the event here.
GeekWire Sports Tech Summit (Summer 2018):
Bringing together dozens of leading thinkers in data science, sports marketing, virtual reality, stadium design, wearables and more for an informative and action-packed event that includes evening cocktail receptions, fireside chats, interactive panels, live demos, networking parties, a Sounders match and much more. Past speakers have included LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer; NFL COO Tod Leiweke; WNBA legend Sue Bird: Top Golf CEO Erik Anderson; Seattle Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto; San Francisco 49ers president Al Guido; WNBA legend Sue Bird; Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin; Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio; Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber; sports executive Tim Leiweke and many others. Check out a full recap and video from the inaugural GeekWire Sports Tech Summit here, and see the full recap of the 2017 event here.
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Past GeekWire Events
GeekWire Sounders Day, July 19, 2017
The beer was cold; the BBQ was juicy; the weather was perfect; and the vibe was bumpin’.
Thanks to everyone for joining us at our fifth annual GeekWire Sounders Day tailgate party on Wednesday at the Dell EMC rooftop deck in Seattle. We had so much fun bringing together soccer fans and tech geeks for this one-of-a-kind networking event where friends new and old enjoyed amazing views of Seattle before crossing the street and watching the Sounders match at CenturyLink Field. Photos from the tailgate and the match here.
GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, June 21-22, 2017
There is more happening at the intersection of sports and technology than ever.
That much was evident at the second annual GeekWire Sports Tech Summit this week at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, where we had so much fun welcoming 400 executives, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, founders, athletes, general managers, gamers, scientists, and many more to our one-of-a-kind event. Check out the full recap of the 2017 event here, and check out the overview video here.
GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit, June 7, 2017
“Cloud computing is the new operating system.” That’s what one venture capitalist said on stage at the inaugural GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit, and it’s a reminder of why it was so exciting to welcome more than 600 folks to our first technical event ever on Wednesday in Bellevue, Wash.
It was an action-packed day that showcased the cutting-edge cloud-related trends and ideas that are transforming the technology world. See the full recap here and a video overview here of GeekWire’s first-ever Cloud Tech Summit in “the cloud capital of the world.”
GeekWire Awards, May 4, 2017
If our annual GeekWire Awards celebration is any indication, the innovation and entrepreneurial energy within the Pacific Northwest tech community continues to rock on.
Nominees of the 14 categories like Startup of the Year and Geek of the Year were in attendance at this high-energy event, in addition to entrepreneurs, engineers, executives, and everyone in between. See all the winners, photos, videos and more here.
Thirsty Thursday with GeekWire, April 20, 2017
There’s nothing quite like waking up on a sunny morning after an evening clinking glasses, playing games, and chatting with members of our fantastic community. Thanks to everyone who showed up to make our first Thirsty Thursday happy hour a success.
We like to experiment and mix things up at GeekWire and thankfully you guys do too! More than 200 geeks wanted to try something new with us at this sold-out event. See the scenes from our hoppin’ happy hour at Pike Brewing here.
The 2017 GeekWire Bash was the biggest and most epic party we’ve hosted yet, as we welcomed more than 1,700 of you inside the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle to celebrate our sixth anniversary. Check out all the action here, including photos, tweets and more.
GeekWire Gala, December 7, 2016
Buzzing energy, awesome networking, cold cocktails, groovy dancing, an escape room, a museum, the Seattle 10, and a whole lot of fun — the GeekWire Gala 2016 had it all.
Thanks to the more than 1,000 of you who joined us Wednesday night for our sixth annual GeekWire Gala, presented by Wells Fargo, where geeks, techies, entrepreneurs, engineers, and everyone in between from the Seattle community gathered for a holiday celebration at the Museum of History & Industry. See the full recap including photos, tweets, and more.
GeekWire Summit, October 4-5, 2016
Top executives from the likes of Microsoft and Expedia laid out their vision for the future. A biotech CEO explained how his company is fighting cancer. A former NFL wide receiver who nearly died on the field last year talked about the power of grit and determination. And Seattle was declared as “the Silicon Valley of saving the world.”
In between all of that, hundreds of entrepreneurs, engineers, executives, and many more met new friends, made business connections, and learned about the future of innovation. Check out a full recap and video from two action-packed days in downtown Seattle with the top thinkers and builders across the tech industry.
GeekWire Sounders Day, July 13, 2016
Another huge crowd got to enjoy blue Seattle skies, great BBQ and plenty of beer at the fourth annual Sounders Day on presenting sponsor EMC/Isilon‘s rooftop deck in Pioneer Square on Wednesday, July 13.
The Seattle Sounders FC made it an even better night for the more than 400 tech and soccer geeks who turned out for GeekWire’s event by easily beating FC Dallas 5-0 in a match at CenturyLink Field. Check out photos from the rooftop tailgate and victorious match here.
The whole sporting affair was a great way to cap off the inaugural GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, see below, which took place the same day just down the street at Safeco Field.
More than 300 techies, geeks, entrepreneurs, executives, athletes, coaches, team owners, and many others came together for an awesome day all about the budding intersection of sports and technology. From Steve Ballmer to Big Data, check out a full recap and video from the inaugural GeekWire Sports Tech Summit here.
GeekWire Awards, May 12, 2016
The energy at the EMP Museum was palpable as entrepreneurs, engineers, innovators, leaders, and more came together at the GeekWire Awards to recognize the very best of the Pacific Northwest tech community.
Now in its eighth year, this event, presented by Wave Business, just keeps getting bigger and more exciting, with more than 1,000 people joining us for an awesome night to celebrate the region’s robust technology industry.
The ping pong and foosball action at the GeekWire Bash once again delivered thrilling competition with top-notch quality of play. But for our fifth Anniversary Bash, we expanded beyond those games and went big — like, really big.
It was a blast hosting our annual party, presented by Point Inside, for Seattle’s buzzing tech community last night at the massive CenturyLink Events Center, where more than 1,500 people joined us for dodgeball, basketball, video games, beer pong, cornhole, sumo wrestling, March Madness, massages, and of course, action-packed sold-out ping pong and foosball tournaments.
Check out our full recap and scenes from the 5th Anniversary Bash here.
GeekWire Startup Day, Feb. 12, 2016
Over 600 members of the Northwest entrepreneurial community gathered at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue for a day of insights and inspiration about the startup journey. The crowd heard from OfferUp CEO Nick Huzar, Olympic track star Ja’Warren Hooker, wireless pioneer John Stanton, and dozens of other entrepreneurs. Marketing software startup Slope took home first prize after presenting to our panel of VC judges. Seahawks lineman and Greater founder Russell Okung closed out the day with some inspiring words about startup lessons learned on and off the field.
It was so much fun welcoming 1,000 of you to our fourth annual GeekWire Gala, where the Seattle community gathered for a holiday celebration at the Museum of History & Industry. The evening kicked off with a special VIP pre-party aboard the Steamship Virginia V for GeekWire members, Seattle 10 startups, and Newsmakers of the Year. Then it was three hours of networking, eating, drinking, dancing, and an all-around good time at MOHAI, where attendees had a chance to tour museum exhibits, visit a whiskey tasting room, and stop by the photo booth before ending the night with a fantastic after-party. Visit KING5 for a video recap of the event and to see the Seattle 10 honored at this festive celebration.
Check out our full recap and scenes from the Gala here.
GeekWire Summit, Oct. 1-2, 2015
Authors, artists, and astronauts. Senators, scientists, and superheroes. CEOs, COOs, and CTOs. The GeekWire Summit 2015 featured top executives, entrepreneurs, experts, and more than 800 attendees in downtown Seattle this October. This was our first time hosting the Summit for two days, doubling the amount of fireside chats, power talks, and “Inventions We Love” segments. It ended up being a fantastic time as we heard from technology leaders and innovators in a variety of fields, offering up interesting insights into the past, present, and future of their respective industries.
Over 400 soccer geeks joined us on the roof deck of EMC Isilon for Seattle’s best tailgate party.
Sounders General Manager Adrian Hanauer stopped by talk about the future of the franchise, along with goalie Stefan Frei. With so many fans showing their Seattle pride, it was the perfect opportunity to announce GeekWire Sports, our new channel focused on the intersection of sports and technology. Sign up here to receive our free, weekly GeekWire Sports newsletter.
We had a fantastic time celebrating the very best in the Pacific Northwest tech community with nearly 1,000 attendees at the EMP in Seattle.
After collecting more than 25,000 votes, we had the pleasure of naming winners in 13 geeky categories representing the pillars of the region’s tech community.
Check out the winners here and photos from the event here.
GeekWire Anniversary Bash, March 26, 2015
They came. They mingled. They partied. They ponged.
It was a blast welcoming more than 700 attendees — many in costume or wearing company gear — at our fourth annual GeekWire Anniversary Bash. Sure, Georgia may have The Masters, but we’ve got a tradition unlike any other right here in Seattle with hundreds of fanatical ping pong and foosball players.
More than 600 of you joined us for the sold-out, sixth annual GeekWire Startup Day. We heard from a stellar lineup of startup vets, Seattle’s mayor, a noted chef, two nationally recognized Entrepreneurs of the Year, and two former roommates who just sold their company for $8.3 billion. We learned what happens when the cash runs out, and what people do after they leave Microsoft. And we were introduced to some promising new companies that are trying to make their own dent in the world.
We had so much fun welcoming more than 1,000 attendees at the beautiful Museum of History & Industry for one of our favorite events of the year. We introduced the 2014 Newsmakers of the Year, displayed the artistic skills of the Seattle 10, our list of the top rising startups in the area, and we danced…a lot.
Thanks to everyone in the community who came out for the huge holiday bash, where we ate, drank, networked, and celebrated another great year in geek!
It was a blast welcoming 800 attendees to the Pacific Northwest’s premier technology conference this year. We heard from some of the top thinkers, leaders and innovators across a wide variety of industries.
A rooftop tailgate, delicious BBQ, tasty beer, and even an Ice Bucket Challenge — Sounders Day 2014 had it all.
More than 500 people joined us for an awesome evening that started on the wonderful deck of EMC/Isilon overlooking Puget Sound and ended with an exciting Sounders match just a few blocks away at CenturyLink Field.
It was tons of fun hanging with some of Seattle’s coolest geeks and listening to Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer share insights about the growth of both soccer and technology in Seattle.
GeekWire Awards, May 8, 2014.
More than 800 members of the Seattle tech community joined us to honor the region’s top entrepreneurs and companies. From the inspiring keynote from Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff to the awesome intro video from Killer Infographics to the actual awards ceremony itself, it was a night to remember.
Read the detailed recap here and check out the winners for each category here.
GeekWire Ping-Pong & Anniversary Bash, March 20, 2014.
More than 800 people joined us for the GeekWire Anniversary Bash & Ping-Pong Tournament, a one-of-a-kind event has become an annual tradition in the Pacific Northwest tech community. Check out the full recap here, with pictures, and results and video highlights from the hotly contested ping-pong and foosball tournaments.
In addition to the huge turnout from the tech community we were honored to be joined by notable guests including U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who connected with a wide variety of tech entrepreneurs at the event; and members of the Seattle Reign FC professional women’s soccer team, who competed in the GeekWire foosball tournament.
GeekWire Gala, Dec. 4th, 2013
More than 1,000 Seattle geeks, tasty food, cold drinks, great conversation and an epic impromptu dance floor inside one of the coolest venues in the city — yep, the GeekWire Gala had it all.
We had so much fun hosting all of you Wednesday night at the newly-renovated Museum of History & Industry in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood for one of our favorite events of the year.
Whether it was the governor touting Washington as the most innovative place in the world, or Dave Cotter sharing his near-death experience that changed his perspective on life, it was an action-packed day at the Showbox SoDo filled with powerful entrepreneurial insight and advice from CEOs, founders and industry leaders. In case you missed Startup Day — or the awesome Battle of the Geek Bands afterparty — we’ve got you covered here in the form of photos and tweets.
We were joined by more than 400 people for a swanky pre-game tailgate party on the EMC/Isilon rooftop deck, before marching to the match and watching the Sounders top Chivas USA from a special GeekWire section at Century Link Field. More photos here.
GeekWire Startup Awards, May 9th, 2013.
We had at GeekWire Awards celebration, partying with more than 750 folks from the tech community as we handed out awards in 14 categories. It was an epic night for us, thanks to all who came out! Coverage from this awesome night below:
Live taping of the GeekWire Radio show. It was a GeekWire first as we recorded our weekly KIRO-FM radio show on stage in front of an audience. With guests, Mike McSherry of Nuance; Tom Leung of Yabbly; and Dan Crowdus, a.k.a. the Icarus Kid.
GeekWire Ping Pong & Anniversary Bash, March 6, 2013
Hundreds of people from around the Seattle region’s tech community joined us for a night of ping-pong, foosball, networking and more, celebrating GeekWire’s 2nd Anniversary. Here’s some of our coverage from this one-of-a-kind event.
More than 300 current and aspiring entrepreneurs joined us for this one-of-a-kind one-day conference to inspire and inform their decision to join the world of startups. GeekWire was pleased to present the fourth year of this popular favorite, with entrepreneurial veterans sharing key lessons from the world of startups. Featuring keynoter Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.
GeekWire Summer Bash, June 21, 2012
We brought out the ping-pong tables and brought back the GeekBall Court for this giant summer celebration at the Showbox SODO — with expert and intermediate ping-pong tournaments, foosball, prizes, special guests, good friends, good times and plenty of food and drink.
Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards, May 3, 2012
This was the fourth year of one of the region’s most-anticipated and hotly-contested tech events: the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards at the EMP. Continuing this great tradition, we celebrated our community’s movers-and-shakers, up-and-comers, and thought leaders: the region’s tech rock stars.
More than 500 people joined us for the first-ever GeekWire Summit and Anniversary Celebration, an afternoon conference and evening party in downtown Seattle that brought together thought leaders from our region and beyond to discuss the future of innovation.
We looked back on a big year in technology at the first-ever GeekWire Gala — toasting our GeekWire Newsmakers of 2011, and celebrating the “Geeks Who Give Back,” who were featured in a specially produced 2012 GeekWire Calendar that was our gift to everyone who joined us for the event.
Apart from recognizing those tech luminaries, the event provided an important setting for the technology community to connect as the year drew to a close.
More than 500 people attended the GeekWire Gala at Seattle’s Union Station, including executives and employees from many of the region’s top startups and larger companies such Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, RealNetworks and many more.
More than 800 people joined us for the epic GeekWire Launch Event, including NBA legend Detlef Schrempf, music legend Sir Mix-A-Lot, Seattle Sounders Pat Noonan and Brad Evans, and hundreds of people from the Seattle tech community.
The event featured classic games, prizes and a new sport that we call “GeekBall” — a unique combination of soccer and billiards on an oversized pool table.