GeekWire Gala 2017 recap: Scenes from our annual holiday bash with the Seattle community

Thanks to more than 1,000 of you who joined us for another fantastic GeekWire Gala at MOHAI in Seattle. (GeekWire photos / Kevin Lisota)

Seattle knows how to party.

That much was evident Wednesday evening at the Museum of History & Industry, where we had so much fun welcoming more than 1,000 of you who joined us for our seventh annual GeekWire Gala, presented by Wells Fargo.

Geeks, techies, entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, musicians, celebrities, and everyone in between from the Seattle community gathered for another awesome holiday celebration. Attendees had a chance to tour MOHAI’s exhibits as they networked, ate, drank, and danced the night away at one of our favorite events of the year.

Continue reading for tweets, pictures and highlights from the night.

As if to show us how it’s done, these @Moz’ers are rockin’ holiday PJs look— don’t forget to visit official #GWGala photo booth sponsored by @Moz near the @MOHAI entrance!

— GeekWire (@geekwire) December 7, 2017

We are so honored to be included in the #Seattle10 at the @MOHAI #GWGala w/ @geekwire! It was an amazing night.

— Amplero (@AmpleroInc) December 7, 2017

The HaptX team had a blast at the #GWGala at @MOHAI tonight. Met loads of amazing companies and entrepreneurs. An honor to be among the Seattle 10. Thanks @geekwire for the fun event. @HaptX_inc

— Andrew Mitrak (@AndrewMitrak) December 7, 2017

Donut wall. Brilliant end to an evening with fabulous people!! #GWGala

— Molly VMC (@Mollyvmc) December 7, 2017

#ThankYou @Geekwire for a fabulous #GWGala! As always, you created a welcoming & convivial atmosphere. Loved discovering @Mohai! Full of gems!

— Donna Manders (@SmokeFreeLife) December 7, 2017

The evening kicked off with a special VIP pre-party for GeekWire members, sponsors, and Seattle 10 startups aboard the Steamship Virginia V, a historic wooden-hulled vessel. Thanks to Regence BlueShield for sponsoring this fun gathering, and be sure check out ALLtech, the health insurance trust that provides fast-growing Seattle area tech companies with affordable health coverage through the GeekWire membership program.

We also had a chance to honor the Seattle 10, a group 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 made their public debut at the Gala on Wednesday.

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

As for best-dressed of the night, there were so many good candidates. Certainly in the running were Daniel Robbins and Teresa Konopka, the two lucky geeks who arrived in fashionable style as part of the first-ever Geek Style Reboot, presented by Nordstrom.

Daniel Robbins and Teresa Konopka in the beauty department at Nordstrom. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

A big thank you to everyone for coming out on Wednesday. And of course, this holiday tradition would not be possible without our wonderful GeekWire Gala Sponsors. They are:

Presenting Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Gold SponsorsRegenceOfferUp,  Perkins CoieNortheastern University-Seattleand JayMarc Homes.

Silver SponsorsEYMozMOHAIAlaska AirlinesFoster School of Business, and Nordstrom.

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

Check out more photos from the event below.

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