GeekWire Awards 2017: Early-bird tickets on sale, nominations now open


Mark Mader of Smartsheet, center, accepts the award for Next Tech Titan at the 2016 GeekWire Awards. Who will take home the robot trophy this year? (GeekWire Photo)

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most creative and vibrant places on the planet, a mossy-covered corner of the world where remarkable innovations and world-changing businesses take root.

On May 4th, we’ll once again recognize the iconoclasts, innovators and disruptors of the Northwest technology industry as we host the annual GeekWire Awards. Early-bird tickets available here.

Now in its ninth year, the GeekWire Awards — originally started by entrepreneur Marcelo Calbucci — represent a community-wide effort. We’ll start today by accepting nominations in 14 categories — ranging from old standbys such as Startup of the Year and Next Tech Titan to more recent additions such as Geekiest Office Space and Newcomer of the Year. (See nomination form below).

Until March 29th, we’ll take nominations in the 14 categories, with anyone in the Pacific Northwest community (Oregon, Idaho, Washington and British Columbia) able to nominate worthy candidates. From that list, we’ll work with our illustrious judging panel — including venture capitalists, CEOs, lawyers and other top minds in the tech community — to winnow our list to five nominees in each category. Then, beginning on April 6th, we’ll start community voting on GeekWire, with readers selecting the very best in each of the categories. The winners will be revealed May 4th at the GeekWire Awards party, taking place at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle (formerly known as EMP).

But first things first, now is your time to start the nomination process. Take a look at the categories below, and nominate those who you think are worthy, choosing entrepreneurs, products and companies that truly are changing the way we live, work and play.

Black Dot co-founders Mujale Chisebuka, K. Wyking Garrett, and Aramis Hamer win the Geek of the Year at the 2016 GeekWire Awards.

Note: One nomination is as good as 20, so no need to flood the ballot box at this time. That will come later when we open the voting up to the community in each of the 13 categories.

Also, just as a reminder, the GeekWire Awards is one of our most popular events. It always sells out, so make sure to grab tickets here.

A big thanks to Wave Business for sponsoring the 2017 GeekWire Awards, and for each of the individual category sponsors who help make this event possible. Gold and silver sponsors include: WSGR, Knoll, First Tech Federal Credit Union, EY, Moz, Capital One, UPS Connect, Perkins Coie, Vulcan and RealSelf.

We have just a few remaining sponsorships available for the 2017 GeekWire Awards, so if interested in sponsoring a category or other aspects of the event, please contact GeekWire’s Daniel Rossi at 206-423-9196 or; Adam Rubens at 425-753-1506 or or Rachel Huffman at or 206-898-9937.

We’re getting excited for the Awards, one of our favorite events of the year where we have a good old fashioned time celebrating the best of the innovation economy in the Northwest.

Geek of the Year, presented by Wave BusinessGeeks make the world go 'round, transforming how we work, live and play. This geek created a technological breakthrough that made the world a better place, or strengthened the community through their work or good deeds.Nominee Name



Newcomer of the YearWelcome! We're glad you're here. This company, individual or group was a major new arrival, bolstering the Pacific NW tech scene over the past two years.Nominee Company NameCompany, Group or PersonApp of the YearThis app has broken through during the past year with a new approach, an innovative twist, or a superior solution to a consumer or business challenge.App NameCompany NameGeekiest Office Space, presented by KnollWhere geeky = cool. Cryptograms on the walls, swanky furniture in the lobby, or a hidden room behind the bookshelf? This company's office space is the epitome of geek chic.Company NameLink to Images

Upload pictures to Flickr, Facebook or another photo service and provide link hereVideo Link

(Optional) Link to a video of the office space to support your nominationInnovation of the YearThis is it, you can feel it. This is where the world is going, the way of the future, and this breakthrough is one of the greatest hits of the year.Nominee Company, Product or ServiceCEO of the Year, presented by EYThis leader has vision, fortitude, creativity, and that impossible to define x-factorNominee Name



Nominee Company NameDeal of the Year, presented by WSGRFor this match made in heaven, everybody wins. It’s the Reese’s cup, chocolate-peanut butter combination, where a great exit or a big financing is a new beginning.DealPrincipal Companies InvolvedNominee Company NameNext Tech Titan, presented by Kibble & PrenticeFeeling lucky? Place your bets on the next big exit, huge breakthrough, and dominant force in our backyard.Nominee Company NameGadget (Hardware) of the YearThis hardware, device or gadget demonstrated innovative engineering and an exemplary user experience, making a unique mark on the technology landscape during the past year.Product NameNominee Company NameHire of the Year, presented by Capital OneTalent is the name of the game in tech, and this hire was a huge score for the lucky winnerNominee Name



Employer Company NameYoung Entrepreneur of the YearLook for big things from this entrepreneur, who has already made an impact in the startup world despite being just 30 or younger. (Those who are 30 or younger before May 4, 2017 are eligibleNominee Name



Nominee Company NameBootstrapper of the YearScrappy is in. Whether living off savings, top ramen, or the best of all, revenues, this startup has hit major milestones without taking institutional capital.Nominee Company NameStartup of the YearThis team is on the brink of stardom, but more importantly, innovating, executing, and making a difference. To be eligible for consideration in this category, startups need to be no more than 4 years old as of May 2017.
Nominee Company NameMaking a Difference AwardWe love when Geeks Give Back. This company is making a positive impact in the community through unique and positive philanthropic efforts.Nominee Company NameDescription of Philanthropic EffortNameThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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