On Wednesday, February 20, the Bay Area tech community descended upon the Mezzanine in San Francisco for the first annual Golden Gate Smackdown. A Ping Pong Tournament like no other, representatives from companies like VentureBeat, PCWorld, Mashable, CNet, Skype and BranchOut donned their headbands and corporate colors to compete for table tennis glory and $1000 towards the charity of their choice.
The invitation only event brought over 200 attendees together for a night of mixing, mingling, and good ol’ fashion trash talkin’ while 64 of the tech world’s finest fought full throttle to the finish, many of whom indulge in traditional silicon valley pastimes like coding or product managing as a break from their grueling, daily ping-pong training regimen.
At the end of the battle royale, Saad Kahn from CMEA Capital was declared King of Pong, besting Jordan Meyer of Ustream in the final round. Kahn’s winnings will benefit Watsi, a Y-Combinator backed non-profit that enables contributors to fund “low cost high-impact” medical treatments. Meyer didn’t go home empty-handed as he and the other runner-ups received generous gift certificates from Sports Basement. The party was capped with a live performance from 90s Hip-Hop sensation Shock G of Digital Underground Featuring Humpty Hump, DJ Fuze, and Peewee.