GeekWire Awards: Everything you need to know for Thursday’s big celebration of NW tech

Avalara co-founder Rory Rawlings enjoys the Next Tech Titan award at the 2014 GeekWire Awards.

Who will take home the robot trophies?

We’re looking forward to seeing nearly 1,000 of you this Thursday night, May 4, for the GeekWire Awards, the annual awards ceremony where we recognize the very best of the Pacific Northwest tech community.

Here are some important details to know for those who’ve secured tickets for this one-of-a-kind celebration.

When: Thursday, May 4, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP), 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA.

Attire: It’s Seattle. Come dressed for business, fun or intergalactic battle — the dress code is completely flexible.

Parking: Rockstar street parking and pay lots surround MoPop and Seattle Center. There is also a pay lot next to MoPop at 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street. Get there early! We’re expecting a packed house.

Tickets: Just 25 tickets are left for the GeekWire Awards, and once they’re gone, we are officially sold out. You can go here to buy tickets. If you can’t join us on Thursday night, we hope you can attend the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit on June 7 or the GeekWire Sports Tech Summit on June 21-22.

Nicole Bell of Cambia Grove accepts the robot trophy for “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2015 GeekWire Awards.

Program schedule: Doors will open at 7 p.m. The Awards program — the Oscars of the Northwest tech scene — will begin at 8:10 p.m., revealing the winners of the 2017 GeekWire Awards in 14 categories. We’ve got some fun surprises in store, so make sure to show up early.

Seating: There is limited seating available for finalists, members and sponsors. No tables, or assigned seating. We encourage you to network and mingle with other guests in this party atmosphere, but we also hope you’ll limit conversations during the awards’ program. Wear comfortable shoes as guests stand during the program.

Food and drink? Yes and yes. Appetizers will be heavy. No assigned tables, just tasty buffets. Attendees will receive two drink tickets.

Social media: Use the #gwawards hashtag on Twitter.

Activities: We’ve got some great activities in store, including the Liquid Lounge area where Perkins Coie is sponsoring a special bar and hang-out area. As a special bonus, we’ve opened up the MoPop’s awesome exhibits, including the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit presented by Qumulo. These exhibits are available for all guests, and we encourage you to linger and enjoy the geeky fun. Our friends at Moz are once again hosting the fun in the photo booth. Our bar sponsors are OfferUp, Vulcan and Perkins Coie. Also, thanks to Bootstrapper Studios for handling the video at the event, including the live stream from the Wave Business Blue Carpet.

A packed house at the 2015 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo)

Who are the finalists: Check out all of the finalists in 14 categories — including Next Tech Titan, Geekiest Office Space and Startup of the Year — here. All finalists were nominated by the tech community and selected with the help of our Super and Galactic Geek members, a panel of more than two dozen industry leaders from across the Pacific Northwest. Then, it was all up to you! GeekWire readers voted to select the winners, with more than 50,000 votes cast across 14 categories.

After-party: You’re all dressed up and have someplace to go! When the Awards end at 10 p.m., we will be making the short walk to Sport Restaurant & Bar just a few blocks away at Fisher Plaza (140 4th Ave. N.) for the after party, sponsored by UPS. There will be drink and food specials for our army of geeks.

A big thanks to our GeekWire Awards sponsors for making the event possible: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Wave Business, OfferUp, Knoll, First Tech Federal Credit Union, USI Kibble & Prentice, EY, UPS, Moz, Northeastern University Seattle, Vulcan Technology, Capital One, League, Bank of America, Igor Institute, Deloitte, Fred Hutch, Expedia, Qumulo and RealSelf.

Contact us at with questions, and see you Thursday night!

NOTE: Please note this event is 21+, and every attendee must have proper ID proving their age in order to enter the venue. Also see our terms of use and code of conduct for GeekWire events. Refunds are no longer available for the GeekWire Awards.