GeekWire Bash 2019

GeekWire Bash 2019

Join us Thursday, March 7 at CenturyLink Field Event Center 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. for the GeekWire Bash, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union!

Video Games. Sumo. Robotics. And epic dodgeball, foosball, ping pong and Catan tournaments.

The annual GeekWire Bash — the most unique and fun event on the Seattle tech calendar — is coming up on Thursday, March 7th. This giant geek festival draws more than 2,000, and is now open to geeks of all ages! Bring your family — or a co-worker who still acts like a kid. Either way, you’ll have a blast!

Tickets on sale below and at the “Register” tab above, including spots in the organized dodgeball, foosball, ping pong and Catan tournaments. Those tournaments sell out each year, so make sure to sign up now to compete for glory or bragging rights. New this year: A doubles ping pong tournament! Registration for the official tournaments closes Friday, February 22.

For tournaments, please note: All tournament players must be checked in by 3:30 p.m. and be 18 years or older. Due to tournament logistics, players are not able to participate in multiple tournaments. Please click on the “Tournaments” tab above for more details about participating in the official GeekWire Bash tournaments.

But wait, there’s more.

Take down your tech rivals (or good friends) with sumo wrestling at the GeekWire Bash!

Other featured activities:

  • Get your sumo face ready and try to not hit the mat, thanks to sumo sponsor NTT
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  • Pop into the Open Play Ping Pong Area to get your fix!
  • Big Impact: Play around of giant Jenga, Connect Four and more while learning about our Impact Partners, non-profit organizations making Seattle a better place.
  • Stay hydrated while you play at the Qualtrics water stations and, for the adults, cocktails inspired by featured spirit — Tito’s Vodka.
  • DJ Morgan of KEXP will keep the energy high from the First Tech DJ Booth.
  • Tabletop gaming is back with our partners at Meeples Games who will provide intro Magic lessons and share their extensive mobile game library!

In addition to the fun tournaments and featured activities, we’ll also debut a new Junior Geek Zone, targeted for kids age 5 and up!  Bring the family for fun to this year’s event and enjoy engaging carnival games and STEM-focused activities provided by area partners.

GeekWire is also proud to present the first annual GeekWire Robotics Cup, an invitational competition with 24 teams from around Western Washington hosted by FIRST Washington. FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) teams of up to 10 kids, from 4th – 8th grades, build LEGO®– based robots and develop research projects based on a real-world scientific challenge.  The competition theme for 2019 is “Into Orbit” in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the lunar landing.

Double the fun: GeekWire and Young Professionals of Seattle are excited to celebrate this March with two unique events and one great offer! Select the “Special Ticket Bundle” to purchase a General Admission ticket to the GeekWire Bash and a ticket to YPOSeattle’s 8 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, March 9 at discounted rates. Join us for two days of partying, dodgeball, dancing, ping-pong, drinks and fundraising for awesome causes!

Interested in partnering with us for the GeekWire Robotics Cup? Your support not only brings this fun tournament to our event, but it also makes a difference by helping underwrite robotics teams from our area. Contact us at advertising@geekwire.com.

Another new addition Camp STEM, in the Junior Geek Zone, features STEM-oriented activations and info from local area enrichment programs, camps and non-profits. Are you interested in engaging with families for your program or service? Contact us to learn more about Camp STEM at advertising@geekwire.com.

For GeekWire members, please 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 see our terms of use and code of conduct for GeekWire events. GeekWire Bash branding designed by Chris Lewman.

Tournaments

GeekWire’s 8th Annual Bash brings together a broad cross-section of the Seattle tech community, drawing nearly 2,000 geeks, including more than 500 who compete for glory and corporate pride in some of the tech industry’s official pastimes.

Read on below for important information about the official dodgeball, ping pong and foosball tournaments. To register as a player or grab tickets for your cheering section, click on the “Register” tab above.

Questions regarding the ping pong, foosball or dodgeball tournaments? Email Tournament Director Colton Edwards at colton@geekwire.com.

All tournament participants

How many players can my company send? Currently, each organization is limited to 2 ping pong competitors per tournament (including a doubles ping pong team), 2 foosball teams, and 1 dodgeball team (each dodgeball team consists of 8 players and must have at least 4 female players, no substitutes) to accommodate as many groups as possible. We encourage companies to hold internal competitions in advance to find the best players to send for the intermediate and expert brackets.

Do I need to bring my printed ticket? No. If you are registered, we will have your name on file.

When and where is the event? 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 7th at the CenturyLink Field Event Center (800 Occidental Ave S) in Seattle, just south of CenturyLink Field. The main entrance and registration will be at the southwest doors on Occidental Ave S.

When should I arrive? Doors to the Bash will open at 3 pm. Tournament participants should arrive for check-in no later than 3:30 pm.

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 for $15. 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.

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 along Occidental Ave S.

Can I play in more than one tournament? No. Due to tournament logistics and scheduling, participants are limited to one tournament at the Bash.

Dodgeball sponsored by T-Mobile

Robyn Posey of Voxus PR has her hands full during dodgeball. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Tournament Rules (subject to change) can be found here

What are the stakes? Read about last year’s champions and the epic intensity of this 32-team tournament here.

How many players are on each team? Teams must consist of 8 players with at least 4 women. There are no substitutions or bench players allowed.

What happens if our team loses? The tournament is double-elimination: one loss places the team in “Second-Chance” bracket, while a second loss results in elimination from the tournament.

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 dodgeball matches. We will have a coat and bag check area near registration.

Dodgeball court: Matches will be held on the 60-foot by 30-foot 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.

How will I know when to play my match? Check in with your full team 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.

What if I can’t make the tournament? If you can no longer participate in the tournament, please let us know immediately by emailing Colton Edwards at colton@geekwire.com.

Ping Pong sponsored by Avalara

James Duan of Qualtrics won the expert ping pong championship. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Basic rules of Ping Pong can be found here.

How many brackets will there be? Three. Intermediate, Expert and new in 2019, Doubles. Read more about the exciting end of the 2018 Expert tournament and the new Doubles tournament here. (P.S. Still want to play ping pong but skip the tournament? There will be an Open Play area!)

Can I bring my own regulation-sized paddle? Yes! We encourage it.

What style of ping pong balls will be used? Stiga 3-star.

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.

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 the 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.

What if I can’t make the tournament? If you can no longer participate in the tournament, please let us know immediately by emailing Colton Edwards at colton@geekwire.com.

Foosball

foosball champs
Matt Quint and Annie Love with their intermediate foosball trophy at the 2018 GeekWire Bash. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Foosball rules can be found here.

How many brackets will there be? Two. When you register, select to participate in the Intermediate or Expert bracket. Read more about the 2018 foosball champs 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.

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.

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 the open play area.

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

What if I can’t make the tournament? If you can no longer participate in the tournament, please let us know immediately by emailing Colton Edwards at colton@geekwire.com.

Interested in being the official sponsor of foosball at the GeekWire Bash? Contact us for more details at advertising@geekwire.com

Catan

settlers of catan
(GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

This tournament is sold out. To join the tournament waitlist, email Colton Edwards at colton@geekwire.com.

How will I know when to play my match? Round one starts at 4:00 p.m. Please check in by 3:30 p.m. If you are not in the main tournament area, we will attempt to reach you via the text number provided when you registered.

What if I can’t make the tournament? If you can no longer participate in the tournament, please let us know immediately by emailing Colton Edwards at colton@geekwire.com.

What’s at stake? The entire island of Catan! But 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.

Catan Boards: Latest edition base game boards (no expansions), tokens, dice, and cards will all be supplied by Meeples Games.

What are the rules of Settlers of Catan? We will be playing base Settlers of Catan with 4 players per table using the standard game rules and modified World Championship tournament rules. Standard game rules can be found here.

How do I report my match? Each table will be provided with a score sheet that all players must sign at the end of the match. The referee will keep track of points and announce winners.

 

Register

Join us Thursday, March 7 at CenturyLink Field Event Center 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. for the GeekWire Bash, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union!

For GeekWire members, please 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.