GeekWire Bash 2017

GeekWire Bash 2017

Dodgeball action at the 2016 GeekWire Bash. This year we’ve doubled the size of the tournament.

Join us Wednesday, March 15 at CenturyLink Field Event Center 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. for this Seattle tech tradition!

We’ll be bringing back the ping-pong paddles, dodgeball courts, and foosball tables at Seattle’s biggest, geekiest tech party. Now in its 6th year, the GeekWire Bash has it all: beer pong, video games, arcades, sumo wrestling, virtual reality, tabletop games, and MORE. The bigger the better to accommodate all the geeky madness.

Not interested in games? No worries. This is a party first and foremost. The GeekWire Bash is a unique setting to mix and mingle with hundreds of key members of the Seattle tech community.

Find your next great tech job, employee, customer, business connection, startup partner — heck maybe even your future husband or wife. We’ll have great prizes, special guests, good friends, good times, and lots of food and drink.Print

Buy your tickets below today. Remember, all ping pong, foosball, and dodgeball tournament players must be checked in by 3:30 p.m. All tournament tickets include admission to the entire event.

Due to tournament logistics, players are not able to participate in multiple tournaments. Questions about tournaments? Contact Cara Kuhlman (

You can check out the dodgeball tournament bracket and FAQ here, including an intense first-round matchup between rivals Zillow and Redfin. The GeekWire Bash ping pong tournament brackets are posted here, and foosball brackets are posted here. A full FAQ about the GeekWire Bash, including parking information and activities, is available here.

Important note: GeekWire Startup, Gold, Super and Galactic Pass Members are automatically signed up for this event — no need to register separately. Members receive email reminders in advance of each event. For more information and to purchase an annual pass, see our membership page.

Please note this event is 21+. As of March 14th we are no longer providing refunds for the GeekWire Bash. Also, see our terms of use and code of conduct for GeekWire events. GeekWire Bash branding designed by Chris Lewman.


Tournament Info

Information for GeekWire Bash Ping-Pong, Foosball and Dodgeball Competitors

Where and when is the GeekWire Bash? 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, just south of CenturyLink Field.

When should I arrive? Doors open at 3 p.m. All ping pong players need to be checked in by 3:30 p.m., and play will begin promptly at 4 p.m. We have more than 500 tournament competitors, so we’ll need your cooperation to move through the brackets as quickly as possible.

Where should I park? Various parking lots and street parking surround the CenturyLink Field Event Center. All-day parking is available in the CenturyLink Field Garage. Entrance to the garage is located off South Royal Brougham Way, between Occidental Ave S & 4th Ave S. You can also use the address of 330 South Royal Brougham Way in your GPS, although the physical address is not posted on the venue.

Also, you can leave your car at home and take a ReachNow BMW or MINI to the GeekWire Bash. ReachNow members can end their trips at the ReachNow Drop Zone located at the NW entrance of CenturyLink Field and Event Center off of Occidental Ave – no circling for parking required!

Where do I check in? Make sure to get your badge and drink tickets at the main registration desk on the west side of the CenturyLink Field Event Center. You’ll then be directed to the tournament check-in desk for your respective tournament.

Who will I be playing? You can see the dodgeball brackets here, foosball brackets here and ping pong brackets here.

How will I know when to play my match? Check in with the tournament director for your tournament, and he or she will notify you of your potential match time. Brackets will be displayed prominently and updated as the tournaments progress. Make sure to check them regularly. Additionally, if you are not in the main tournament area, notifications will be sent via text to the mobile phone number provided when you registered. Make sure we have your current phone number. If you don’t show for a match, it will result in a forfeit.

Are tickets to the event still available? General admission tickets to the anniversary bash are available for your friends and co-workers. Grab those here. All tournament tickets are sold out. As a tournament ticket holder, you receive access to all GeekWire Bash activities.

What if I can’t make the tournament next Thursday? If you can no longer participate in the tournament, please let us know immediately by emailing Cara Kuhlman at

What about my cheering section? We encourage you to bring one — just make sure your friends, colleagues and family get tickets in advance. Tickets to the party are available here. And, yes, there will once again be an awesome “spirit prize” for the team that best shows its geek pride during the event.

What’s at stake? Glory, and lots of it. You’ll be competing in the middle of a big crowd of more than 1,500 geeks. Most of all, this is a fun event and a chance to meet, connect with (and compete against) a wide variety of people across the tech industry.

What should I wear? Comfortable clothes, and maybe a towel to dry off. Feel free to bring an extra shirt if you tend to break out in a sweat during your matches. Headbands are optional!

What happens if I lose my first match? You will be eliminated from the tournament, but your tournament registration includes full access to the party, including great activities such as beer pong, sumo wrestling, a classic video game arcade and much more. Also, as tables open up throughout the evening you’ll be able to challenge your friends and co-workers to “friendly” matches in OfferUp open play area.

What happens if I win my match? Make sure to report your win to the table captain, and make sure it is recorded on the big bracket near the tournament desk.


Are personal paddles permitted? Absolutely, and in fact, we recommend you bring your own. But if you don’t have your own paddle, we’ll be providing one for you to use.

How will matches be scored? For ping pong, each match will consist of a best of three-game series. Games will be played to 11 points, with players alternating serves after every two points. Games must be won by two points. For those who need a refresher, here are some  basic rules of ping pong


Foosball tables: We will be playing on Tornado foosball tables.

How will matches be scored? For foosball, it will be a best of three-game series, single elimination tournament. We’ll play games to 5, with a time limit of 18 minutes on each match. Here are some basic rules of foosball. (And NO spinning allowed).


Dodgeball court: Matches will be held on the 60-foot by 30-foot CenturyLink Field dodgeball court in the netted area in the east part of the venue. Make sure your full team is assembled at the court 15 minutes before your official match time.

What are the rules of dodgeball? Teams consisting of 8 players will face off in 8-minute matches. There will be no substitutions, and no shots above the shoulders. A player is eliminated from the match if they are hit by a ball, or if their ball is caught by the opposing team. A player may re-enter from the bench if a teammate catches an opponent’s ball. At the end of regulation, the team with the most players on the court wins. Your team can also win if you eliminate every member of the opposing team. If an equal number of players remain at the end of the 8-minute regulation period, the first team to eliminate an opponent will win. A referee will officiate the matches. If your full 8-person team is not available at the start of the match, you will start with the players present.

More questions? Email us at See you next Wednesday afternoon, and good luck!