GeekWire Awards 2018, presented by Wave Business

GeekWire Awards 2018, presented by Wave Business

Join us from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle for one of the region’s most-anticipated and hotly-contested tech events: The GeekWire Awards. Continuing this great tradition, we’ll reveal the winners of the Pacific Northwest’s annual startup and technology awards, as nominated and chosen by GeekWire readers.

We will be taking over the SkyChurch at the Museum of Pop Culture for an all-out party for the thriving tech community.  We’ll celebrate our community’s movers-and-shakers, up-and-comers, and thought leaders: The tech rock stars of the Pacific Northwest. Heavy appetizers, signature cocktails, wine, and beer will be served.

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.

It’s not a formal affair — it’s just a lot of fun. 

Winners will be chosen in more than a dozen categories, from Startup of the Year to Next Tech Titan to Geek of the Year. The GeekWire Awards sell out every year, so make sure to get your tickets today! GeekWire Awards’ attendees also will get full access to the new MoPop exhibit Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes.

Awards Selection Process

These awards are a participation sport, so here’s how the process will work:

  • March 26 – April 3: Readers submit nominations in 12 categories. Nominations are now closed.
  • April 4 – April 6:  Our panel of judges selects finalists from community nominations.
  • April 12 – April 27: Vote for winners on GeekWire.com.
    • Vote for Hire of the Year here.
    • Vote for Deal of the Year here.
    • Vote for CEO of the Year here.
    • Vote for Innovation of the Year here.
    • Vote for Geek of the Year here.
    • Vote for Young Entrepreneur of the Year here.
    • Vote for Startup of the Year here.
    • Vote for Next Tech Titan here.
    • Vote for Geeks Give Back here.
    • Vote for Newcomer of the Year here.
    • Vote for Hardware of the Year here.
    • Vote for Geekiest Office Space here.
  • May 10: Winners revealed at the GeekWire Awards at MoPOP, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the formal ceremony starting just after 8 p.m.

Please note this event is 21+, and every attendee must have proper ID proving their age in order to enter the venue. The GeekWire Awards is also structured as a networking party, so there are no tables or seats for general attendees. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes, and get ready to connect with others in the tech community. Also, see our terms of use and code of conduct for GeekWire events.

Judges

Greg Gottesman
Greg Gottesman
Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs
Heather Redman
Heather Redman
Partner, Flying Fish Partners
S. Somasegar
S. Somasegar
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Maria Karaivanova
Maria Karaivanova
Principal, Madrona Venture Group
Dr. Oren Etzioni
Dr. Oren Etzioni
CEO, The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Britt Provost
Britt Provost
Senior VP of People and Culture, Apptio
Kraig Baker
Kraig Baker
Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Wendy Kearns
Wendy Kearns
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
David Cromwell
David Cromwell
Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Marnie Kern
Marnie Kern
Director of Development, Center for Infectious Disease Research
Adam Lazara
Adam Lazara
Marketing Manager, Comcast Business
Yumi Huh
Yumi Huh
Director, Strategic Partnerships and Marketing, Nuance Communications
Tim Porter
Tim Porter
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Kim Vu
Kim Vu
Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Andrew Shawber
Andrew Shawber
Partner, Summit Law Group
Minh Le
Minh Le
Market Manager - Washington & Western Canada, Silicon Valley Bank
Diane Najm
Diane Najm
CEO & Founder, PhotoPad
Gary Rubens
Gary Rubens
Founder, Start it Labs, LLC
Perry Atkins
Perry Atkins
Director & Financial Advisor, Baird
Julia Fryett
Julia Fryett
Director of Marketing and Community Development, Pixvana
Keith O'Neill
Keith O'Neill
Managing Director, Globant
Bill Hankes
Bill Hankes
Founder & CEO, Sqoop
Jennifer Gehrt
Jennifer Gehrt
Founding Parner, Communique PR
Kellan Carter
Kellan Carter
Principal, Ignition Partners
Stephanie Kenison
Stephanie Kenison
Marketing Specialist, Comcast - Business Services
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
Partner and Emerging Companies Practice Leader, KPMG LLP
Troy DeFrank
Troy DeFrank
Director, Pacific Northwest, Trade & Invest British Columbia
Colleen Moffitt
Colleen Moffitt
Founding Partner, Communiqué PR
John Connors
John Connors
Managing Partner, Ignition Partners
Whitney Switzer
Whitney Switzer
Senior Sales Leader Global Infrastructure, INAP
Peter Lyster
Peter Lyster
Managing Director, KPMG LLP
Matthew Cole
Matthew Cole
Managing Director, Intuli
Emily Cantrell
Emily Cantrell
Director, World Trade Center Seattle
Matt Medlin
Matt Medlin
CPA and Shareholder, Clark Nuber P.S.
Diane Daggatt
Diane Daggatt
Senior Equity Analyst - PWM Value Equity Research, Baird
Jordon Voss
Jordon Voss
Vice President, Northern Trust Corporation
Brett Greene
Brett Greene
CEO and Founder, New Tech Northwest
Melissa Osvaldik
Melissa Osvaldik
Audit Senior Manager, KPMG
Richard Wood
Richard Wood
Managing Partner, First Hill Partners

Vote

From April 12 to April 27, we’re opening voting in 13 GeekWire Awards categories, with GeekWire readers choosing their top picks from finalists selected by our panel of judges from community nominations. Check back on GeekWire each day to cast your ballot. Winners will be revealed at the GeekWire Awards — presented by Wave Business — on May 10th at the Museum of Pop Culture.

Voting is now open in the following categories:

Register

The GeekWire Awards sell out every year, so make sure to get your tickets today! Trouble registering? Contact us at events@geekwire.com