GeekWire Gala 2017, presented by Wells Fargo

GeekWire Gala 2017, presented by Wells Fargo

The GeekWire Gala brings together the Seattle tech community to celebrate “The Year in Geek.”
The GeekWire Gala is SOLD OUT.

Join us from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Museum of History & Industry (860 Terry Avenue N Seattle), to celebrate the region’s tech community in style.

We will once again unveil The Seattle 10, our list of 10 innovative startup companies who will display their business concepts on giant cocktail napkins. You can see the 2017 class of The Seattle 10 here.

Click to see scenes from the 2016 GeekWire Gala

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.

Among the special activities:

  • Alaska Airlines will be giving away two roundtrip tickets to a lucky Gala attendee.
  • All MOHAI exhibits will be open, including the new Al Smith photography exhibit Seattle on the Spot.
  • Two lucky geeks will arrive to the Gala in fashionable style as part of the first-ever Geek Style Reboot, presented by Nordstrom.
  • KEXP DJ Troy Nelson will get the dance party moving from the Northeastern University DJ booth. Submit song requests to #NortheasternInSeattle.
  • Visit the Luxury Living Lounge Sponsored by JayMarc, featuring wine tasting by DeLille Cellars.
  • Get a fun holiday portrait at the AMLI Arc caricature artist booth.

We’re expecting a big crowd for the Gala, and traffic in South Lake Union can be a real mess, so please arrive early and check out these transit and parking options. Best option is to take the bus, street car, ride share or walk.

If you must drive your own vehicle, the suggested parking lot is northwest of the museum at the AGC lot at 1200 Westlake Avenue North.

In terms of dress code, you have the rare license to don cocktail attire in Seattle — or wear whatever you want for that matter. Tuxedos? Sure. Geeky T-shirts? Yep. Or, get in the spirit and come dressed as Frosty, one of Santa’s little elves or your favorite Star Wars character from the ice planet Hoth. The Moz photo booth will offer plenty of opportunities to showcase your sweet duds.

GeekWire Gala tickets are non-refundable. However, you may transfer your registration to another person by providing authorization to us before Dec. 4. For transfers or any other questions about registration, please contact us at events@geekwire.com. This is 21+ event. 

Also, see our terms of use and code of conduct for GeekWire events. GeekWire Gala branding designed by Chris Lewman.

FAQ

Here’s what you need to know if you’re attending the sold-out holiday bash on Wednesday:

Where: The Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave N. in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Map here.

When: Wednesday, December 6th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

MOHAI sits at the base of South Lake Union. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to make it through the Mercer Mess.

Parking and transportation: We’re expecting a big crowd for the Gala, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to park and check in. We also recommend those coming from downtown ride the South Lake Union Streetcar Line, which passes directly in front of the museum. Or hop in a taxi or ride-share.

If you must drive, the main parking lot is located just northwest of the museum off Westlake about a 10-minute walk from the museum: AGC Bldg. Parking (Republic Parking, located by McCormick & Schmick’s) 1200 Westlake Ave N.). Note: The weather report looks dry for Wednesday night, but even still we are going to have a few pedicabs transporting guests between the AGC parking lot and MOHAI from 5:45 pm to 7:15 pm.

Food and drink? Yes and yes. From coffee to beer to signature cocktails. The appetizers will be heavy, but it’s not dinner. No assigned tables, just tasty buffets and awesome conversation all evening.

Museum: Exhibits to the museum will be open, so if you’ve not yet checked out MOHAI or the Bezos Center for Innovation, this is your chance. Make sure to check out the new Seattle on the Spot photography exhibit on the second floor. Note: Food and drink are not permitted in the upstairs exhibit areas.

Do I need to bring my printed tickets for the Gala? Nope, just show up at the north entrance of MOHAI and our registration staff will take care of you.

Does my ticket include a plus one? No, each individual must have a ticket to enter the Gala.

Are tickets still available? Unfortunately, no the GeekWire Gala is officially sold out. Make sure to book tickets for upcoming GeekWire events here.

Attire: You have the rare license to don cocktail attire, or whatever you want for that matter. Tuxedos? Sure. Geeky T-shirts? Yep. Or, just get in the spirit and come dressed as Frosty, one of Santa’s little elves or your favorite Star Wars character from the ice planet Hoth. The photo booth, presented by Moz, will offer plenty of opportunities to showcase your sweet duds.

Seattle 10 companies from 2015 on display at MOHAI. See what this year’s class came up with at the 2017 GeekWire Gala.

The Seattle 10: We’re excited to partner with MOHAI to recognize The Seattle 10 — a list of 10 up-and-coming Seattle area startups who are looking to change the world. Each of these innovative companies — chosen through a judging panel — sketched their business concepts on giant six-foot by six-foot cocktail napkins, and those napkins will make their public debut at the Gala on Wednesday. Look for them throughout the museum.

Other activities taking place at the Gala:

  • Alaska Airlines will be giving away two roundtrip tickets to a lucky Gala attendee. Enter the giveaway upon arrival to the Gala, while sipping a specialty Aviator cocktail.
  • All MOHAI exhibits will be open, including the new Al Smith photography exhibit Seattle on the Spot.
  • Two lucky geeks will arrive at the Gala in fashionable style as part of the first-ever Geek Style Reboot, presented by Nordstrom. See their reboot first-hand as they come on stage around 7:15 p.m.
  • KEXP DJ Troy Nelson will get the dance party moving from the Northeastern University DJ booth. Submit song requests to #NortheasternInSeattle.
  • Visit the Luxury Living Lounge Sponsored by JayMarc, featuring a wine tasting by DeLille Cellars.
  • Get a fun holiday portrait at the AMLI Arc caricature artist booth.
  • Join the fun in the Moz photo booth.
  • Stop by the ALLtech Health Benefits booth to discover which star-studded accessory best suits your personality: Are you an Alien, a Spaceship or an Astronaut?

Hashtags: #GWGala is the primary hashtag for the evening.

And, finally, a big thanks to our wonderful GeekWire Gala Sponsors without whom this holiday tradition would not be possible. They are:

Presenting Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Gold SponsorsRegenceOfferUp,  Perkins CoieNortheastern University-Seattle  and JayMarc Homes.

Silver SponsorsEYMozMOHAIAlaska AirlinesFoster School of Business, and Nordstrom.

Supporting SponsorsUPS ConnectFirst Tech Federal Credit UnionRealSelfBader MartinALLtechAMLI Arc and Sharp.

Register

Attend the 2017 GeekWire Gala, Dec. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave N in Seattle.