It's time to light the lights: GeekWire seeks nominees for their annual GeekWire Awards

Building a company is hard. And—for the vast majority of folks—relatively thankless. So when there’s an opportunity for Portland startups to get some recognition for their hard work? I think they should take it. And there’s no better opportunity to be recognized on the big stage than the annual GeekWire Awards.

Until April 7th, we’ll take nominations in the 13 categories, with anyone in the Pacific Northwest community (Oregon, Idaho, Washington and British Columbia) able to nominate worthy candidates. From that list, we’ll work with our illustrious judging panel — including venture capitalists, CEOs, lawyers and others — to winnow our list to five nominees in each category. Then, beginning on April 20th, we’ll start community voting on GeekWire, with readers selecting the very best in each of the categories. The winners will be revealed May 12th at the GeekWire Awards party, taking place once again at the EMP Museum in Seattle.

Note: One nomination is as good as 20, so no need to flood the ballot box at this time. That will come later when we open the voting up to the community in each of the 13 categories.

So don’t be shy. Nominate yourself. Or nominate your company. Or nominate one of your peers. Just participate. Because I, for one, think you deserve some recognition—and hopefully an award—for all that you do.

For more information or to throw your proverbial hat into the proverbial ring, visit GeekWire.