February 25, 2021

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Baby Yoda’s real name and Bill Gates’ podcast pal: Test your geek smarts with our year-end news quiz


It has been quite a year. But before we wave goodbye to 2020, we thought it would be fun to test your geek knowledge.

Many of the quiz questions below were derived from GeekWire’s list of the most-read stories of the year. So, heavy-duty GeekWire readers should fare well. And just to make things a little more fun, here’s a scorecard on which to judge yourself. A perfect score is 30 points.

  • Uber Geek: 23 – 30 correct answers (A true Jedi master)
  • Super Geek: 16 – 22 correct answers (The force is strong with this one!)
  • Average Geek: 11 – 15 correct answers (Stay the course, and you will one day be a Jedi master)
  • Geek in Training: 6 —10 correct answers (Keep studying young, Padawan!)
  • Novice Nerd: 0 – 5 correct answers (Get informed. Sign up for the GeekWire daily newsletter here!)

Answers are at the bottom of this post – but remember not to cheat by peeking at them or checking the internet! Good luck.

  1. The US Department of Defense reaffirmed this year that which cloud computing giant had won the lucrative $ 10 billion JEDI contract? (One point extra bonus: What does JEDI stand for?)
  2. Amazon obtained naming rights to Seattle’s new hockey arena, which will play host to NHL’s Kraken. What will the new arena be called?
  3. In June, Seattle biotechnology upstart Sana Biotechnology revealed that it had raised more than $ 700 million in venture funding. Many of Sana’s top executives most recently worked at which one-time publicly-traded Seattle biotech?
  4. This Seattle area billionaire recently gave away $ 4 billion to 384 organizations, noting that the pandemic has been a “wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling.” Name the billionaire.
  5. Scientists used what type of technology to track and locate nesting murder hornets in Washington state?
  6. The Seattle area now boasts 10 unicorn companies – startups that are valued at $ 1 billion or more. Which of these is not a Seattle-area unicorn: Convoy, Instacart, Tanium, Zenoti.
  7. Bill Gates launched a new podcast called Ask Big Questions with this actress who is best known for her roles in The Office and Parks and Recreation?
  8. In March, Seattle’s Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute played a key role in some of the first US vaccine trials for which company’s experimental mRNA vaccine?
  9. What was the name of the third-party shooter game that Amazon Game Studios launched in May and then pulled the plug on in October?
  10. Outdoor retailer REI never moved into its brand new headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. choosing to sell the 6-acre complex in September for $ 367 million to which tech giant: Amazon, Facebook, Google or Microsoft?
  11. Software maker Smartsheet ventured into sports marketing with a sponsorship of this sport: Cricket, Formula One, Sailing, Soccer.
  12. Which of these Washington state companies did NOT go public in 2020: Accolade, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Athira Pharma, Silverback Therapeutics?
  13. Name the cybersecurity company valued at $ 9 billion that moved its headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Seattle area.
  14. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is reportedly part of an investment group looking to bring what sport to the US?
  15. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center just wanted to “have some fun” at its annual holiday gala, so the center invited what famous singer to perform virtually?
  16. Bill Gates Sr., who passed away in September at the age of 94, helped launch what technology organization in Washington state: Challenge Seattle; Sea.citi; The Technology Alliance; The Washington Technology Industry Association.
  17. Jeff Bezos announced in an Instagram post that the BE-7 would be the rocket engine that “will take the first woman to the surface of the Moon.” What is the name of the space company that’s building the rocket?
  18. Seattle area teenager Avi Schiffmann rose to prominence in 2020 for building a website to track what?
  19. What is “baby Yoda’s” real name? (Extra point for correct spelling)
  20. Match the below startups – all of which raised venture capital in 2020 – to the industries they operate in (possibility of 8 points):
  • Picnic ………… .Contact-less food pick up
  • Flexe ………… ..Human composting
  • Beta Hatch…. Wireless drone charging
  • 98point6 …… ..Environmental toilet paper
  • WiBotic ……… Virtual healthcare
  • Cloud Paper..Warehouse marketplace
  • Minnow ……… Robotic pizza maker
  • Recompose… Mealworm production

OK, so how did you do? Before checking out the answers below, watch or listen to GeekWire editor Todd Bishop face off against GeekWire managing editor Taylor Soper in the news quiz. Who do you think will win? Warning: Answers are provided in the video and podcast.

Thanks for taking the quiz. Answers appear below the photo.

ANSWERS (Links will take you to GeekWire coverage)

  1. The US Department of Defense reaffirmed this year that which cloud computing giant had won the lucrative $ 10 billion JEDI contract? (One point extra bonus: What does JEDI stand for?) Microsoft, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract
  2. Amazon obtained naming rights to Seattle’s new hockey arena, which will play host to NHL’s Kraken. What will the new arena be called? Climate Pledge Arena
  3. In June, Seattle biotechnology upstart Sana Biotechnology revealed that it had raised more than $ 700 million in venture funding. Many of Sana’s top executives most recently worked at which one-time publicly-traded Seattle biotech? Juno Therapeutics
  4. This Seattle area billionaire recently gave away $ 4 billion to 384 organizations, noting that the pandemic has been a “wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling.” Name the billionaire? MacKenzie Scott
  5. Scientists used what type of technology to track and locate nesting murder hornets in Washington state? Lightweight radio trackers
  6. The Seattle area now boasts 10 unicorn companies – startups that are valued at $ 1 billion or more. Which of these is not a Seattle area unicorn: Convoy, Instacart, Tanium, Zenoti. Instacart (full list of unicorns here)
  7. Bill Gates launched a new podcast called Ask Big Questions with this actress who is best known for her roles in The Office and Parks and Recreation? Rashida jones
  8. In March, Seattle’s Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute played a key role in some of the first US vaccine trials for which company’s experimental mRNA vaccine? Moderna
  9. What was the name of the third-party shooter game that Amazon Game Studios launched in May and then pulled the plug on in October? Crucible
  10. Outdoor retailer REI never moved into its brand new headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. choosing to sell the 6-acre complex in September for $ 367 million to which tech giant: Amazon, Facebook, Google or Microsoft? Facebook
  11. Software maker Smartsheet ventured into sports marketing with a sponsorship of this sport: Cricket, Formula One, Sailing, Soccer. Sailing
  12. Which of these Washington state companies did NOT go public in 2020: Accolade, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Athira Pharma, Silverback Therapeutics? Adaptive Biotechnologies (It went public in 2019)
  13. Name the cybersecurity company that’s valued at $ 9 billion that moved its headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Seattle area? Tanium
  14. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is reportedly part of an investment group looking to bring what sport to the US? Cricket
  15. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center just wanted to “have some fun” at its annual holiday gala so the center invited what famous singer to perform virtually? Sheryl Crow
  16. Bill Gates Sr., who passed away in September at the age of 94, helped launch what technology organization in Washington state: Challenge Seattle; Sea.citi; The Technology Alliance; The Washington Technology Industry Association. The Technology Alliance
  17. Jeff Bezos announced in an Instagram post that the BE-7 would be the rocket engine that “will take the first woman to the surface of the Moon.” What is the name of the space company that’s building the rocket? Blue Origin
  18. Seattle area teenager Avi Schiffmann rose to prominence in 2020 for building a Web site to track what? COVID-19 cases
  19. What is “baby Yoda’s” real name? (Extra point for correct spelling) Grogu
  20. Match the below startups – all of which raised venture capital in 2020 – to the industries they operate in (Possibility of 8 points):




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