Meet the finalists and tune in tonight to our annual celebration of PNW tech – GeekWire

Maria J. Smith

The GeekWire Awards are here!

Our annual celebration of Pacific Northwest tech takes place later today, May 12, at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

The event is sold out, but we’ll be livestreaming the action starting at 7 p.m. PT here.

Read on for more details about the event. . A big thanks to Astound Business Solutions, the presenting sponsor of the 2022 GeekWire Awards. Also, thanks to gold-level and category sponsors: Wilson SonsiniALLtechJLLDreamBox LearningBlink UXBECUBairdFuel TalentRSMAonMeridian Capital, and WTIA. And thanks to silver level sponsors: J.P. Morgan ChaseMaterial+, and Tomo.

To learn more about this year’s finalists, check out our special coverage page, or scroll down. After a months-long community nomination and judging process, finalists were chosen in more than a dozen categories, followed by online voting to determine winners that will be honored on stage Thursday at the GeekWire Awards.

When: Thursday, May 12, 5:30 to 10 p.m. PT

Where: Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. South Seattle, WA 98134

Attire: We are geeks, not fashion consultants — so come in what’s most comfortable. If you still need fashion help or suggestions, scan the photos from the last time we gathered for the GeekWire Awards — way back in 2019!

Parking: A number of paid surface lots surround the venue and are within a 1-minute walk (see map).

Do I need to bring my printed tickets? No. If you’ve registered, our friendly event staff will have your name on file, and provide you entry to the event.

What if I need to transfer a ticket? Please contact us ASAP at [email protected] with the name of the new attendee.

Do I need ID to enter? Yes. This is a 21+ event.

Program schedule: VIP finalist reception at 4:30 p.m. Doors for all guests will open at 5:30 p.m. The Awards program — the Oscars of the Northwest tech scene — will begin at 7 p.m., revealing the winners of the 2022 GeekWire Awards. The after party, presented by UnCruise Adventures, starts at 8:30 p.m.

Food and drink? Yes and yes. Cocktail hour is open to all guests before a seated dinner will be served. Table assignments will be listed on your badge and on a map at the front of the venue. 

Social: Use #GeekWireAwards when sharing scenes from the festivities to your feeds.

Who are the finalists?

Startup of the Year, presented by Meridian Capital

  • Common Room
  • Copper
  • DexCare
  • Logixboard
  • WhyLabs

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, presented by ALLtech

  • Tori Dunlap, Her First $100k
  • Esha Joshi and Varun Puri, Yoodli
  • Shane Kovalsky, Mystery
  • Michael Petrochuk, WellSaid Labs
  • Nancy Xiao, Mason

Public Policy Champion for Innovation, presented by the WTIA

Deal of the Year: Fundings, presented by Wilson Sonsini

  • Esper: DevOps for device fleets: Esper raises $60M to manage devices used in retail, healthcare, schools
  • Place: Real estate startup Place comes out of nowhere with $100M round, led by Goldman at $1B valuation
  • Shelf Engine: ‘We make our customers rich’: Shelf Engine raises $41M to help grocery giants manage their orders
  • Symbl: Symbl lands $17 million for its “conversational intelligence” software used by developers to build speech, text, and video services.
  • Tomo: Tomo, a ‘PayPal for the mortgage industry’ fintech startup, lands $40M at $640M valuation

Deal of the Year: IPOs, M&A and Mega Funding Rounds, presented by Wilson Sonsini

  • Ally: Microsoft acquires collaboration software startup Ally to bolster employee experience platform Viva
  • ExtraHop: Seattle cybersecurity startup ExtraHop to be acquired by private equity firms in $900M deal
  • Rec Room: Seattle VR startup Rec Room raises $145M, reaches $3.5B valuation
  • Remitly: Remitly prices IPO at $43/share; Seattle fintech giant valued at nearly $7B
  • Zipwhip: Twilio to acquire Seattle business texting startup Zipwhip for $850 million

Innovation of the Year, presented by Astound Business Solutions

  • Eviation
  • First Mode
  • Helion
  • Spaceflight
  • StormSensor

Health Innovation of the Year

  • A-Alpha Bio
  • Parse Biosciences
  • Tasso
  • Truveta
  • University of Washington Institute for Protein Design; RoseTTAFold

UX Design of the Year, presented by Blink UX

  • Crelate
  • Genba
  • Humanly
  • SecureSave

Workplace of the Year, presented by JLL

  • Edifecs
  • F5
  • Flyhomes
  • Icertis
  • Uplevel

STEM Educator of the Year, presented by DreamBox Learning

  • Johanna Brown, teacher at Pullman High School
  • Devina Khan, computer science and information technology instructional designer at the West Valley Innovation Center
  • Stephanie Winslow, teacher at South Kitsap High School

Geeks Give Back Award, presented by BECU

  • The Black Boardroom Initiative
  • Coding Dojo

Hardware/Gadget of the Year

  • Carbon Robotics
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pallet
  • Picnic
  • Wyze

Next Tech Titan, presented by Fuel Talent

  • fabric
  • Highspot
  • iSpot
  • Karat
  • OctoML

Startup CEO of the Year, presented by Aon

  • Justin Beals, Strike Graph
  • Raghu Gollamudi, Included.
  • Linda Lian, Common Room
  • Gaurav Oberoi, Lexion
  • Ambika Singh, Armoire

CEO of the Year, presented by RSM US

  • Maria Colacurcio, Syndio
  • Anoop Gupta, Seek Out
  • Sandi Lin, Skilljar
  • Bill Richter, Qumulo
  • Karl Siebrecht, Flexe
  • Xiao Wang, Boundless

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