Last week, the gdgt live tour returned to the Showbox Sodo, bringing with it a conglomeration of more than 20 technology companies – both big and small – and Seattle’s most passionate tech enthusiasts.

From booth to booth, new innovations captured the attention of hundreds of techies (and some press, including GeekWire who captured some great photos) from across the Seattle area who were anxious to get their hands on the latest software and gadgets.  Weber Shandwick Seattle client Clipboard was on-site providing a demo of the company’s content curation site, while the company’s founder and CEO showcased the product on the main stage, where several companies gave the audience a closer look at their innovation.

So while gdgt live brought to Seattle a venue filled with snacks, drinks, a massive live-streaming Twitter screen and all the swag a casual observer could carry, what we like about gdgt live is that it offers something for consumer tech brands of any size. For larger, well-known companies, gdgt gives brands an opportunity to meet some of their most passionate fans in person, while start-ups get to go through the tech version of pledge week, getting hands-on, real-time feedback from a cross section of enthusiasts that can (and will) be totally honest in their perception of each gizmo, software and streaming service they come across.

If you attended the show, what were your thoughts? How valuable is a show like this for both the established and startup companies in the area?

Disclosure: Clipboard is a Weber Shandwick client.

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