GeekWire events bring out thousands to connect, learn, recruit, do business and have fun with people from across the tech community. GeekWire members receive special rates and VIP access.
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. Speakers at the 2018 Cloud Tech Summit include Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich; Apple’s senior director of artificial intelligence and machine learning Carlos Guestrin; Google’s Aparna Sinha and many more. 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. Early-bird tickets available for the 2018 Cloud Tech Summit available here.
The GeekWire Summit, taking place on Oct. 1-3, 2018 in Seattle, is one of the country’s premier technology conferences, bringing together more than 900 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 2018 Summit will feature many of the top tech, business and government leaders.
Past speakers have included former Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke, Expedia CEO and current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, DARPA director Arati Prabhakar, Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold, theBoardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, T-Mobile CEO John Legere, software pioneer Ray Ozzie, venture capitalist Bill Gurley, Senator Maria Cantwell, Nike COO Eric Sprunk, and many more. Videos from the 2017 Summit are available here, and a recap of the event is here. Purchase your advanced tickets here for the 2018 GeekWire Summit.
GeekWire Gala (December, 2018):
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 best of 2017 and then 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 inside the Museum of History & Industry. A dance party also has been known to break out amid some of Seattle’s coolest historical artifacts. And, if you don’t like to bust a move, the entire museum is open for GeekWire Gala guests. Check out the festivities from 2017 Gala here, including the Geek Style Reboot, a fun holiday toast and some amazing geek fashionistas. Don’t snooze, and don’t be a scrooge. The Gala always sells out!
The most unique and fun event on the Seattle tech calendar — featuring a hotly contested ping-pong, dodgeball, Catan and foosball tournaments, as well as beer pong, a classic video game arcade, virtual reality, board games 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. More than 1,500 people attend the GeekWire Bash. Check out all of the fun — including some epic dodgeball moments, surprise appearance by the Seattle Sounders, a fun zipline and more — at the 2018 event here.
GeekWire Awards, presented by Wave Business (May 2019):
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, Smartsheet, OfferUp, Brown Paper Tickets, Avalara’s Scott McFarlane, University of Washington computer science professor Ed Lazowska and many more. The GeekWire Awards sell out every year, so make sure to get your tickets early!
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Past GeekWire Events
GeekWire Bash, March 15, 2018
Dodgeball. VR. Video Games. Ping Pong. Foosball. And even a fast-moving zipline. More than 1,700 geeks — many sporting their company colors — joined us for the GeekWire 7th Anniversary Bash at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. The Zillow Group captured the crown on the T-Mobile dodgeball court, while Qualtrics swept the expert and intermediate divisions of ping pong. Choozle’s Aran Dahl picked up the trophy in the beginner bracket of ping pong. Matt Quint and Annie Love from Geocaching won the intermediate foosball tourney, while former Google colleagues Nick Gorski (now at Bonsai) and Russ Brennan won the expert group. Full recap here, and video overview here.
GeekWire Gala, Dec. 6, 2017
Another fun holiday gala, with more than 1,000 party goers who arrived at the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle to celebrate the year in tech in true geeky style. We also welcomed a new class of The Seattle 10, an awesome program that recognizes 10 up-and-coming Seattle area startups who recreate their business concepts on giant cocktail napkins. Check out the full recap here, and the awesome sizzle reel here.
GeekWire Summit, Oct. 9-11, 2017
Our biggest Summit yet, with fireside chats from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta; Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson and many more. And don’t forget the parties, rocking out at the Living Computers Museum + Labs and the amazing rooftop deck at Frolik. Videos from the 2017 Summit are available here, a full recap of the event is here and don’t miss the 2017 GeekWire Summit sizzle reel here.
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.
It was so much fun welcoming nearly 1,000 folks from the local community to the Museum of Pop Culture Thursday evening in Seattle, where we honored winners of the 2017 GeekWire Awards, presented by Wave Business.
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.
GeekWire Bash, March 15, 2017
Ping pong, foosball, intense dodgeball tourney, sumo wrestling, virtual reality, beer pong, arcade games, FIFA, Settlers of Catan, giant jenga, tricycle races, donut walls, networking, and a whole lot of fun.
Yes, it was an epic geek carnival.
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.
GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, July 12 – 13, 2016
What. A. Day.
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.
GeekWire’s 5th Anniversary Bash, March 24, 2016
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.
Check out our full recap of the day here.
GeekWire Gala, Dec. 2, 2015
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.
Check out scenes and quotes from the Summit here.
GeekWire Sounders Day, July 18, 2015
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.
Check out scenes from Sounders Day here.
GeekWire Awards, May 7, 2015
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.
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.
Check out scenes from the event here.
GeekWire Startup Day, Jan. 30, 2015
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.
GeekWire Gala, Dec. 3, 2014
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!
Check out scenes from the event here.
GeekWire Summit, Oct. 2, 2014.
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.
It kicked off with the future of flight and ended with an honest — and hilarious — chat with T-Mobile CEO John Legere. In between, we saw some amazing inventions, listened to insights from one of Seattle’s lesser-known billionaires, and a heard from the nation’s chief information officer.
Read a detailed recap of the event here.
Sounders Day, Aug. 20, 2014.
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.
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.
GeekWire Startup Day, Oct. 25th, 2013
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.
- Relive Startup Day here! Photos, tweets and more.
- Startup Day photos.
- Battle of the Geek Bands after party!
GeekWire Summit, Sept. 12th 2013.
Thanks to the more than 700 of you who came out to Thursday’s day-long event, where we enjoyed excellent conversations with industry leaders, great networking and tasty food. Photos and recap here.
- More photos
- Rich Barton and Bill Gurley Unplugged
- Chase Jarvis critiques photos
- Future of Video Games with Bonnie Ross, (Microsoft’s 343 Industries), Glenn Walcott (DoubleDown Interactive) and David Edery (Spry Fox) and Ed Fries
- E-commerce panel
- Student RND pitches
GeekWire Sounders Day, Sept. 4th 2013.
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:
- Watch the acceptance speeches from the big show
- Startup: the Game video
- The whole thing on video
- Photos and wrap up
GeekWire Meetup, April 12, 2013.
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.
- Scenes from the meetup & radio show.
- Broadcast of the show.
- Special live edition of “Name That Tech Tune”
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.
- VIDEO: Relive GeekWire’s epic ping-pong finale
- Ping-Pong Bash: Qhode’s Avi Cavale takes down Japanese national champ in epic finale
- Ping-pong, prizes and a big crowd of geeks: Scenes from the giant GeekWire Bash
GeekWire Meetup, Feb. 13, 2013: Fireside chat with Tableau CEO Christian Chabot
Coverage from GeekWire, plus a bonus video with audience reaction:
- Patience, perseverance and passion: Video highlights from our talk with Tableau CEO Christian Chabot
- Scenes from the GeekWire Meetup, in pictures and tweets
- Tableau CEO Christian Chabot: Why entrepreneurs should avoid venture capital
- Tableau CEO Christian Chabot: The power of perseverance over pivoting
GeekWire Gala, December 6, 2012
More than 800 people joined us at McCaw Hall in Seattle to celebrate the Newsmakers of the Year and the year in geek at our giant holiday bash.
GeekWire Presents Seattle 2.0 Startup Day,
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.
March 7, 2012 – The GeekWire Summit
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.
The event featured keynote conversations with former Microsoft software chief Ray Ozzie and Hulu CTO Richard Tom plus panels with leaders from Facebook, T-Mobile USA, Rhapsody, Microsoft, Swype, the University of Washington and more.
Dec. 8, 2011 – GeekWire Gala
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.
See this roundup with photos and video from the event.
June 22, 2011 – GeekWire Launch Event
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.
- Aug. 20, 2014: GeekWire Sounders Day
- June 27, 2014: GeekWire Trivia Night
- July 10, 2013: GeekWire Game Night
- Feb. 13, 2013: GeekWire Meetup with Tableau CEO Christian Chabot
- Oct. 23, 2012: GeekWire Fall Meetup and Karaoke for a Cause
- Aug. 16, 2012: GeekWire Summer Meetup in Ballard
- Apr, 11, 2012: GeekWire Spring Meetup and Conversation with Bill Flora
- Feb. 8, 2012: GeekWire Game Night
- Oct. 29, 2011: GeekWire Meetup and Conversation with Rich Barton