Geek of the Year Finalists

We were selected as 2016 Finalists for the GeekWire Geek of the Year Award!

Dressed in our buddingSTEM clothes, we stepped onto the orange carpet at the EMP Museum in Seattle.  Once in there we met John Cook and Todd Bishop, the two co-founders of GeekWire, and Jonathan Sposato, the Chairman of GeekWire.  We had an interview with Todd Bishop and Taylor Soper, one of the GeekWire reporters.

We had a special treat, and were escorted up to the Blue Lounge, which apparently was built for Mr. Paul Allen to entertain his guests.  We both got a Shirley Temple and a few snacks.  We met a bunch of people from the biggest event sponsor, Wave.

Then we met up with Jennifer Muhm and Malorie Catchpole from buddingSTEM (who were last year’s Geek of the Year award winners) and walked through a few of the different EMP exhibits, including the Hello Kitty and the indie video game exhibits.  We spent a bunch of time in the indie video games and tried out a bunch of cool video games.  My favorite was called a video game called Metamorphabet.

Then the award ceremony began.  They started out on the huge big screen with an animation of future technology.  Then, John and Todd started to announce the winners of the GeekWire awards in the different categories.  Ours was fifth, so we waited a little bit.  A company called Black Dot won the Geek of Year Award.  They provide resources for black entrepreneurs, and help get younger people more interested in being entrepreneurs.  It was really cool for us to be nominated with them and the other finalists who were doing amazing things.

We didn’t stay for the whole event since it was past our bedtime, but it was enough to understand how much of an honor it was to be there.  We feel very lucky to be able to do that!


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