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Upcoming Events

2022 GeekWire Summit












The GeekWire Summit returns Oct. 6-7, bringing together business, tech and community leaders for enriching and inspiring discussions about the future.

Now in its 11th year, the Summit features in-depth fireside chats, interactive panels, and brainy power talks with some of the top names in tech, plus unique in-person networking opportunities at one of Seattle’s coolest venues.

Limited in-person passes are available, so purchase tickets today. In addition, GeekWire Summit sessions will be available via livestream for virtual ticket holders.

Thanks to longtime presenting sponsor Bank of America for helping to make the GeekWire Summit possible.

More information on speakers and agenda coming soon.

Interested in sponsoring this year’s Summit? Connect with us at


Save the date for the 2022 GeekWire Gala in early December!

Past GeekWire Events

2022 GeekWire Rooftop BBQ + Sounders Day













Beautiful weather. Cold drinks. Tasty food. Meeting old friends. Making new ones. Sounders Day 2022 was epic!

We had a blast at our annual party with more than 500 people coming together on a picture-perfect 72-degree day at the First Mode rooftop deck in Seattle.

After the beers and BBQ, we headed across the street to Lumen Field and watched the Sounders get a big 1-0 win over FC Dallas.

A huge shoutout to our presenting sponsor First Mode, as well as gold sponsor WaFd for bringing the community together for this fun event.

Check out the full recap of the 2022 GeekWire Rooftop BBQ + Sounders Day, here.


The 2022 GeekWire Awards

Viraj Mody, left, and Linda Lian, co-founders of Common Room, accept the Startup of the Year award at the 2022 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)














The much-anticipated and hotly-contested GeekWire Awards celebrated the Pacific Northwest’s top innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists and technology leaders live from Seattle’s Showbox SoDo on May 12, 2022. This year’s ceremony marked our return to in-person events — with a seated dinner, entertainment, fun surprises and coveted awards handed out in more than a dozen categories. If you missed the 2022 GeekWire Awards, you can watch it virtually here or check out full coverage, including the announcement of all winners, here.


GeekWire Studios Virtual Event | Voodle Visionaries Grant Finals











The Voodle Visionaries Grant Finals, moderated by Nancy Poznoff, the co-founder at the Kingston Marketing Group. To generate concrete change towards inclusion and belonging, we have to support a startup funding ecosystem that will generate a better future of work for everyone. The Voodle Visionaries Grant is one small step in that direction. 

Panelists included:
• Priyanka Mitra, Principal at M12 Ventures
• Maria Gilfoyle, Investor at Madrona Venture Group
• AJ Yawn, Founder & CEO at ByteCheck

Thanks to the session sponsor Voodle.


GeekWire Studios Virtual Event | Restoring Hope: Tackling Healthcare’s Biggest Challenge Through Collective Action, sponsored by Lyn Health

Healthcare is failing the people who need it the most—those managing multiple medical- and behavioral health-related conditions. Throughout the coming decade, the number of Americans deemed “polychronic” will rise exponentially from 34 million in 2021 to more than 83 million in 2030. Disparate and disintegrated clinical solutions, inadequate or insufficient care plans, contributing social factors, and a lack of a human-centric support model all drive these vulnerable populations towards a sense of hopelessness and despair. In this session panelist discuss how multiple stakeholders across the ecosystem are aligning to tackle urgent issues through collective action, moderated by Andrey Ostrovsky, Founding Chief Medical Officer, Lyn Health.

Panelists included:

• Sheila Savageau, Global Health and Well-being Leader, General Motors
• Claire Verity, President of Regence BlueShield of Washington
• Naomi Allen, Co-founder and CEO, Brightline
• Rick Abbott, Co-founder and CEO, Lyn Health

Thanks to the session sponsor Lyn Health.

Improving the Patient Experience: The Value of Data Exchange in Health Care, sponsored by Opala

Check out this session on demand for a moderated discussion on how to improve the patient experience through standardizing data exchange. Leaders from Opala, an emerging leader in health data, and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield will discuss the barriers and the solutions that are being created in the health data space.
Panelists include:
• Meghan Quint, Ph.D., Vice President, Solutions and Customer Success
• Nathan Johnson, Vice President, Integrated Products at Premera Blue Cross
• Rami Rafeh, Vice President, Provider Strategy & Collaboration at Premera Blue Cross

Thanks to the session sponsor Opala.


GeekWire Studios Virtual Roundtable | Disruptors Leading Innovation, presented by BECU

On December 2nd, attendees heard from local disruptors who are inspiring innovation within their organizations, empowering their teams to transform how they work and collaborate, and who drive inclusion and equity within their industries in this virtual session moderated by CuriosityBased Founder and CEO Julie Pham, Ph.D.

Panelists included:
• Fumbi Chima, EVP & Chief Information Officer at BECU
• Susan Daimler, President at Zillow
• Catie Griggs, President of Business Operations at the Mariners

Thanks to the session sponsor BECU.

2021 GeekWire Summit

The 2021 GeekWire Summit was held on October 4th & 5th at Block 41 in downtown Seattle and brought together some of the best and brightest in business and tech for enriching and inspiring discussions about the future.

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Bank of America for making this year’s GeekWire Summit available to a wider audience virtually, and accessible on-demand through December 31, 2021.

If you missed the 2021 GeekWire Summit, you can still grab a ticket to tune in virtually at



In our first in-person event in 18-months, more than 200 geeks gathered for a festive rooftop BBQ at First Mode’s awesome new headquarters in Pioneer Square. Attendees took in the views, enjoyed cold beverages, chowed down on awesome BBQ and heard inspiring remarks from the owners of Seattle Sounders FC and Santos Laguna. The evening was capped with a thrilling last minute 1-0 victory by the Sounders over Santos Laguna at nearby Lumen Field. Photo gallery here. Thanks to everyone who attended this fun end-of-summer bash, and a big shout out to our presenting sponsor First Mode.

Civic Conversations | Compassion Seattle: Is this the path to solving homelessness?

Seattle’s homelessness crisis is at a crossroads. Now, a new effort called Compassion Seattle — supported by non-profits, business groups and other community leaders — is looking to take the matter directly to voters through a city charter amendment. The initiative would require the city to keep parks, playgrounds, sports fields, public spaces and sidewalks and streets clear of encampments once the mandated housing, drug, and mental health services are in place. Will this be the solution that will finally solve Seattle’s ongoing homelessness crisis?

Watch the session here, to learn more.

Special thanks to our sponsor Microsoft.

2021 GeekWire Awards

On May 20, 2021, we celebrated the Pacific Northwest’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists at one of the most annually anticipated tech events, the 2021 GeekWire Awards, presented by Wave Business. We crowned the winners from a virtual stage in over a dozen categories, based on community voting.

Check out the full coverage of the 2021 GeekWire awards, here.

Watch the awards!

The Future of Cities

The pandemic has changed how we live — and want to live. For some this has meant leaving the city and others insist we must redefine urban living, practically and philosophically. Richard Florida, founder of CityLab and author of the recent book The New Urban Crisis, shares his thoughts on this pivotal moment for Seattle, and cities around the world. Moderated by Monica Nickelsburg.

Special thanks to our sponsor Davis Wright Tremaine.


Civic Conversations: Tackling Public Policy Challenges During a Covid Economy

Civic Conversations is a new GeekWire virtual event series, presented by Microsoft.

Coming one year after the shutdown of Washington state’s economy and as hopeful signs emerge as to how we can bounce back, this session explored the public policy steps needed to get Washington state back on its feet.

Panelists included:

  • Chris Gregoire, CEO of Challenge Seattle and former governor of Washington state
  • Gordon McHenry Jr., CEO of United Way of King County
  • Kris Hermanns, Chief Impact Officer of Seattle Foundation

Media partner 

What the Biden Administration Means for Startups, presented by Lane Powell with GeekWire Studios


The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will bring change to the business community. In this 90-minute seminar and workshop, we heard from leaders in public policy and technology about what opportunities and pitfalls may arise for startup companies.

The virtual event kicked off with a panel discussion featuring National Venture Capital Association CEO Bobby Franklin and venture capitalist Heather Redman of Flying Fish Partners. Following the main session, attendees joined small breakouts where topics such as immigration, estate planning, privacy, employment and the Paycheck Protection Program were discussed. This Lane Powell virtual event is presented in partnership with GeekWire Studios.


2020 was an extraordinary year. And while it is a year that many want to put in the rearview mirror, powerful stories of resilience emerged as entrepreneurs adapted to an extreme and unprecedented business situation.

In this GeekWire virtual roundtable, we heard inspiring and impactful stories from entrepreneurs and executives who transformed their businesses amid one of the most stressful and chaotic periods in history. We were joined by Seattle Storm CEO and General Manager Alisha Valavanis who helped guide the professional basketball team to their fourth WNBA championship in 2020. We also heard from Brian Canlis owner of Canlis — the landmark Seattle restaurant that’s experimented with everything from yurt dining to professional training.

Thanks to our sponsors Seattle Bank and Davis Wright Tremaine.

GeekWire Studios Virtual Event: Calgary-The city of disruptors, not the disrupted

Why Calgary? As the city of choice for the world’s best entrepreneurs solving global challenges in energy, transportation, food, and health, there is a thriving innovation ecosystem with highly-skilled talent, poised to embrace digital transformation, adapt and prosper. Panelists included the City of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Virtual Gurus Founder & CEO Bobbie Racette, and Exhibition Founder James Lochrie who shared their insights on why Calgary is quickly becoming Canada’s most adventurous tech city. 

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Calgary Economic Development

GeekWire Roundtable: Enabling Digital Health at Scale Post-COVID-19 – a more effective, and more convenient future

COVID-19 is catalyzing digital transformation in many areas of healthcare and creating opportunities for innovators. The impact on the traditional, hospital-centric health system will accelerate business model shifts, new entrants, and the adoption of new technologies. The panel discussed tech’s critical role in the shift, and the opportunity for innovation associated with this acceleration of distributed care due to COVID-19. 

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Providence’s Digital Innovation Group.

2020 GeekWire Summit

The 2020 GeekWire Summit was a fully immersive virtual event, taking place in bite-sized chunks throughout October, with fireside chats and panel discussions featuring software pioneer Bill Gates, venture capitalist Emily Melton, Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern, COVID-19 data expert Dr. Vin Gupta, DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson 

CFO Roundtable: Insights on a Changing Economy

The historic events of 2020 have altered business operations in unimaginable ways, making the job of the chief financial officer especially challenging. In this exclusive GeekWire Studios virtual event, three CFOs discussed how they are navigating these turbulent times. Learn how businesses are conducting long-range financial planning; managing the risk of bringing employees back to work; evaluating growth opportunities like acquisitions; and thinking about the economic changes ahead. 

Thanks to our presenting sponsors Apptio and EY.

GeekWire Studios | How do we collaborate and innovate together in the midst of a pandemic? Sponsored by Premera

The panel explored “Just-in-Time” innovation collaboration for on-demand care, telehealth treatment for opioid addiction and other behavioral health applications and consumerism’s impact on post-pandemic healthcare delivery.

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Premera for their support.

GeekWire Virtual Awards

Continuing this great tradition, we revealed the winners of the Pacific Northwest’s annual startup and technology awards.  Unable to meet in person, the GeekWire Awards were held virtually for the first time it’s 12 year history. Watch the awards now!

GeekWire Virtual Roundtable: The Future of Sports 

Sports bind us together in unimaginable ways.  But with the shutdown of nearly all sporting activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, teams, fans, players, staff and others have been sidelined. In this special GeekWire live-streamed event, we discussed how sports can safely return; what technologies will be deployed to ensure a seamless transition; and the economics of sports in the age of COVID-19.

Thanks to our presenting sponsors Pure Storage and Davis Wright Tremaine for their support.

Geeks Gaming for Good (July 8, 2020)

Five company-sponsored teams competed in this one-of-a-kind Rocket League tournament, presented by Avalara in conjunction with our organizing partner Virtual Sports. A portion of the team entry fees went towards a prize pool benefiting non-profit organizations that are part of the All In Seattle initiative.  The winning team will also received three round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines.

Virtual Webinars and Roundtables

GeekWire Gala presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union (December 5, 2019)

Jacob Kolker (in green) won the “Ugly Sweater” contest.

The tech community’s holiday party! We kicked off the 2019 holiday season in style with friends, colleagues and significant others at the holiday party that celebrates the region’s tech community. We saw familiar faces, made new friends and enjoyed an evening of conversation, tasty treats and festive cocktails with great music from KEXP DJ Troy Nelson at the Showbox in the heart of Seattle. Check out the festivities from Gala here, including the Geek Style Reboot, Ugly Sweater Contest winners, and Geekaraoke.

The Playbook from GeekWire (November 7, 2019)

Inside The Playbook on Wednesday evening in Seattle.

Designed for entrepreneurs and business leaders, The Playbook, presented by Lane Powell and Seattle Bank, brings together Seattle’s top minds, innovators and iconoclastic thinkers to share the secrets to success, while also recounting what it takes to overcome life’s biggest hurdles.

Our featured speaker for this event was Alisha Valavanis, currently CEO and General Manager of the reigning WNBA Champion Seattle Storm and Force 10 Sports Management, LLC; a sports management firm that creates world-class sport and entertainment events in Seattle by providing operations, revenue generation, communications and marketing expertise. See the full recap here.

The GeekWire Summit, presented by Bank of America (October 7-9, 2019)

What happens here, matters everywhere.

That’s one of GeekWire’s founding principles as a technology news website — that the innovation-related work in the Seattle region impacts the world — and it certainly rang true at the eight annual GeekWire Summit, where attendees had a chance to learn about the future from more than 65 world class speakers such as Microsoft President Brad Smith, University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce, Seattle Seahawks legend Doug Baldwin, Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom, and many others.

Videos from the 2019 Summit will be available soon, a full recap of the event is here and all our special coverage is here.

From left to right: Amy Bohutinsky of TCV; Hope Cochran of Madrona and Dana Settle of Greycroft. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)

GeekWire Sounders Day presented by Qualtrics (September 18, 2019)

Summer wasn’t quite done putting on a show in Seattle on Wednesday evening, turning the rooftop deck at Qualtrics in Pioneer Square into the perfect place to be for the annual GeekWire Sounders Day tailgate party. See photos of the celebration before the Sounders FC match against FC Dallas here.

The Seattle community came together on the rooftop of Qualtrics before heading to the Sounders FC match on Thursday evening. (GeekWire Photos / Kurt Schlosser and Taylor Soper)

The Playbook with T.A. McCann (June 26, 2019)

Not every entrepreneur can say they helped save Rupert Murdoch’s finger from falling off. But that was one of several fascinating life experiences shared by Seattle startup veteran T.A. McCann at The Playbook, our speaker series where entrepreneurs, founders and investors connect in a casual setting to hear what really happens inside early-stage companies. See more startup lessons here.

Serial entrepreneur T.A. McCann speaks at The Playbook event on Wednesday in Seattle. (GeekWire Photos / Kevin Lisota)

GeekWire Cloud Summit, presented by F5 (June 5, 2019)

There were several themes running through the sessions of our third annual GeekWire Cloud Summit Wednesday, but one thing is clear: data is the lifeblood of the cloud, from machine-learning algorithms to managing infrastructure at scale to the connected farms of the future. See the recap here for key takeaways, links to coverage of the event, and photos. All GeekWire Cloud Summit coverage is here.

Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec - GeekWire Cloud Summit 2019
Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, vice president and general manager of Amazon Web Services’ S3 division, speaks at the 2019 GeekWire Cloud Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

GeekWire Awards, presented by Wave Business (May 2, 2019)

The strength and success of the people and companies across the Pacific Northwest tech ecosystem was on full display Thursday night at the GeekWire Awards.

It was so much fun celebrating with more than 900 of you at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle for the 11th annual GeekWire Awards, one of our favorite events of the year that spotlights the entrepreneurs, engineers, CEOs, designers, marketers, product managers, and everyone in between working at Pacific Northwest companies based in the region. See all the winners here and all of our special awards coverage here.

GeekWire Bash, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union (March 7, 2019)

Dodgeball squads hooted and hollered amid intense battles between Seattle tech companies. Elementary and middle school students chanted “We Love STEM!” over at the Robotics Cup competition. Attendees oohed and aahed after delicately-placed shots landed perfectly on the ping pong tables.

It was another exciting geek festival at the 8th annual GeekWire Bash, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union. See a recap of the event here, coverage of the tournaments here and the inaugural GeekWire Robotics Cup here.

GeekWire Gala, presented by Smartsheet (December 6, 2018)

It was an electric scene at the historic Showbox on Thursday evening as the Seattle community came out in full force to celebrate the holidays. We had so much fun welcoming more than 800 of you for our eighth annual GeekWire Gala, presented by Smartsheet. Entrepreneurs, engineers, and everyone in between partied in the heart of downtown Seattle with an evening of eating, drinking, networking, and of course, dancing. See a recap of the event here and a video of all the fun here.

Scenes from the GeekWire Gala 2018 at The Showbox at the Market in downtown Seattle, Thursday, December 6, 2018. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

GeekWire Live with Chris Cocks and Doug Baldwin, November 1, 2018

As part of a special editorial project, GeekWire on the Road in Renton, GeekWire Live headed to Southport on Lake Washington for a special recording of the GeekWire podcast with Chris Cocks, President at Wizards of the Coast and surprise guest Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks. See the full interview with Doug Baldwin here, the conversation with Chris Cocks here and GeekWire Reporter Taylor Soper’s top takeaways after a week in the growing Seattle suburb of Renton.

GeekWire Live with Cory Bergman, October 24, 2018

This special recording, hosted by GeekWire’s Todd Bishop and Monica Nickelsburg featured special guest Cory Bergman, co-founder of Breaking News and Next Door Media. Recording live at Columbia Bank’s Ballard Neighborhub, Bergman discussed the story behind his new startup Factal, the changing media landscape, and the role of facts and news in our current national political climate. Read five insights from Bergman on the future of news and listen to the full conversation here.

Cory Bergman, second from right, the co-founder of Factal news service, speaks on a live recording of the GeekWire Podcast at the NeighborHub at Columbia Bank, with (L-R) GeekWire’s Todd Bishop, Monica Nickelsburg, Clare McGrane and John Cook. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

The GeekWire Summit, October 1 – 3, 2018

The 2018 GeekWire Summit was an action-packed national tech conference that explored what’s next in the innovation economy and brought together more than 800 business, tech, media and government leaders.

The panel discussions and fireside chats on stage in Seattle covered a wide spectrum of industries: aerospacee-commercereal estatephilanthropyeducation, and more. Videos from the 2018 Summit are available here, a full recap of the event is here and all our special coverage is here.

GeekWire’s John Cook, left, speaks with the Elevator Pitch finalists on stage at the GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)

The Playbook from GeekWire, September 19, 2018

The second installment of The Playbook, our new speaker series that dives into the fascinating intersection of entrepreneurship, business, sports and culture took place at The Ninety just before Seattle Sounders FC took on Philadelphia Union. Our featured guest Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet, discussed the importance of “radical candor” and shared other valuable leadership tips.Big thanks to our partners at Lane Powell for helping make The Playbook happen. Read about “radical candor” and 4 other unorthodox leadership tips from Mader here.

Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader, left, interviewed by GeekWire co-founder John Cook at The Playbook event at The Ninety in Seattle on Thursday. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Thirsty Thursday + GeekWire Podcast Live at NeighborHub, August 23, 2018

We had a great time last night recording the GeekWire podcast at NeighborHub at Columbia Bank, before hanging out on the rooftop deck with more than 150 of you as the sun went down over Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Listen to the podcast and see our event recap here. Also check out this post for highlights from the conversation with Amy Nelson of The Riveter and Sarah Studer of Impact Hub Seattle about the future of workplaces, startups and the tech economy. Full video of the live recording is here.

From L to R: GeekWire Co-founders John Cook and Todd Bishop with podcast producer Clare McGrane interview The Riveter founder and CEO Amy Nelson and Impact Hub Seattle Managing Director Sarah Studer at a live taping of the GeekWire Podcast. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

The Playbook from GeekWire, July 25, 2018

They grew up together, worked at the same family business as teenagers, and have both become household names in the Seattle community. But the Hanauer brothers also couldn’t be more different with how they’ve approached business, life, and civic engagement.

That juxtaposition was on full display at The Playbook, a new speaker series hosted by GeekWire that brings together some of Seattle’s top minds, innovators and iconoclastic thinkers to share the secrets to their success, while also recounting the biggest hurdles they’ve overcome. A recap of GeekWire’s conversation with Adrian and Nick Hanauer is available here and a closer look at Nick’s advice to Amazon’s HQ2 city is here. Full video of the fireside chat is here.

Brothers Nick and Adrian Hanauer (right) speak at The Playbook, a new speaker series hosted by GeekWire at The Ninety in Seattle on Wednesday. (GeekWire photos / Kevin Lisota)

GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit, June 27, 2018

The second annual Cloud Tech Summit offered a deep dive into some of the most important innovations in computing, from machine learning to DevOps to serverless computing. Top technical minds from Slack, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Alaska Airlines joined us on stage at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, with more than 600 developers, engineers, CIOs, CTOs and others attending. You can see full coverage of the 2018 event here and recap of the event here. Cloud Tech Summit slides and videos here.

(L to R): Michel Feaster, CEO, Usermind; Joe Duffy, CEO, Pulumi during the Navigating the Cloud: Lessons Learned from startup CEOs panel. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

GeekWire Awards, May 10, 2018

There was singing; there was cheering; there was laughing; there was crying. The 2018 GeekWire Awards had it all on Thursday evening as we honored the top companies and entrepreneurs across the Pacific Northwest. It was a blast welcoming more than 900 of you at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle for the tenth annual GeekWire Awards — a longstanding event symbolic of this region’s robust and growing tech ecosystem. See all the winners here.

TAF co-founder and executive director Trish Millines Dziko accepting the Geeks Give Back award at the GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

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.

Team Zillow poses with the golden dodgeball after a big win at the 2018 GeekWire Bash. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

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.

Seattle 10 giant napkins hang at MOHAI at the GeekWire Gala. (GeekWire Photos / Kevin Lisota)

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.

Pillsy co-founder Chuks Onwuneme, left, with the company’s smart pill bottle pitches during Inventions We Love at the GeekWire Summit as GeekWire’s John Cook looks on. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

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 Sounders Day attendees enjoy a rooftop tailgate party at Dell/EMC before heading to the Sounders match at CenturyLink Field. (GeekWire photo/Kevin Lisota)

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.

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird. (GeekWire photo/Kevin Lisota)

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 Photo / Taylor Soper)

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.

The GeekWire Bash saw double the dodgeball action with a 32-team bracket and expanded courts.

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.

It was another awesome GeekWire Gala at MOHAI in Seattle on Wednesday evening. Photos by Kevin Lisota / GeekWire.

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.

Microsoft Executive VP Peggy Johnson speaks at the GeekWire Summit.
Microsoft Executive VP Peggy Johnson speaks at the GeekWire Summit.

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.

Sounders Day
The Sounders Day crowd on the rooftop deck at EMC/Isilon in Seattle on Wednesday. (Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire)

GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, July 12 – 13, 2016

What. A. Day.

It was so much fun learning how and why technology is changing the sports we love to watch and play at the first-ever GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, presented by Comcast at Safeco Field in Seattle.

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’s Todd Bishop (left) and Taylor Soper interview Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.
GeekWire’s Todd Bishop (left) and Taylor Soper interview Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

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.

Check out who took home a robot, highlights of the night, and full coverage of the GeekWire Awards here.

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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 Bash 2016

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.

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GeekWire Gala, Dec. 2, 2015

What a night!

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.

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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.

Check out the winners here and photos from the event here.

Koru CEO Kristin Hamilton.

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.

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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.

Check out our full recap and special coverage with highlights from the day’s events. Thanks to our title sponsor, EY, and to all of the sponsors who made this event possible.

The crowd at GeekWire Startup Day 2015.
The crowd at GeekWire Startup Day 2015.

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.

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John Legere at the GeekWire Summit 2014

Sounders Day, Aug. 20, 2014.

Good times on the rooftop as more than 500 soccer geeks show up for Sounder Day
Good times on the rooftop as more than 500 soccer geeks show up for Sounder Day

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.

Read the detailed recap here and check out the winners for each category here.

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

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Photo by Jessica Keener

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.

Recap and scenes from the night.

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.

GeekWire Summit, Sept. 12th 2013.


From a fantastic talk with Rich Barton and Bill Gurley to a former Amazon exec comparing shopping to sex, the 2013 GeekWire Summit was one to remember.

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.

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:


GeekWire Meetup, April 12, 2013.

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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.

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.

GeekWire Meetup, Feb. 13, 2013: Fireside chat with Tableau CEO Christian Chabot

Coverage from GeekWire, plus a bonus video with audience reaction:

GeekWire Gala, December 6, 2012

At the GeekWire Gala, GeekWire Newsmakers of the Year led in a toast by Lisa Weeks of Filter

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.

VIDEO: Fashion, tech trends, favorite geeky gifts from the GeekWire Gala Red Carpet

Gallery: Scenes from the festive GeekWire Gala

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.

Revealed: The Winners of the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards

March 7, 2012 – The GeekWire Summit

Former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle. (Annie Laurie Malarkey photo)

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.

News emerging from the event generated multiple rounds of coverage from sites including Engadget, Mashable, Reuters, CNet and more.

Also see more of GeekWire’s coverage from the event.

Dec. 8, 2011 – GeekWire Gala

At the GeekWire Gala: Scott MacFarlane of Avalara, Ben and Emily Huh of Cheezburger, Mike McSherry of Swype, Darrell Cavens of Zulily, Jason Kapalka and John Vechey of PopCap and T.A. McCann of Gist/RIM. (Click for larger image).

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

The centerpiece of the evening was our specially constructed GeekBall court. (Photo by Karen Ducey)

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.

More: Photos and Video from the GeekWire Launch Event

Past Meetups