Archive for March, 2013

Twyla Tharp – Lifetime Achievement Award


Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Ms. Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred sixty works: one hundred twenty-nine dances, twelve television specials, five Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines.  She has also written three books.  She received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President’s Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, the 2008 Jerome Robbins Prize, and… [See Full Post]

City of Manchester – Manchester Prize for Urban Innovation


The City of Manchester is the powerhouse of the north of England.  Home to 2.6 million people and more than 90,000 businesses, the city’s economy is valued at £48 billion – 40% of GVA for the entire north west of England. Key industry sectors include: financial and professional services, manufacturing, low carbon, creative, digital and new media and life sciences and biotechnology.  The city’s international connectivity is unrivaled outside of London, with Manchester Airport offering… [See Full Post]

Norma Kamali


Norma Kamali is known for her innovative style and inventive approach to fashion.  She is known for directional, timeless concepts such as the sleeping bag coat, the high-heeled sneaker, clothing made from actual parachutes, influential swimwear, sweatshirt clothing as the forerunner of casual clothing and a collection of packable, wearable and multi-style clothing. Celebrities are naturally drawn to Norma’s clothing from Madonna to Raquel Welch to Beyonce today.  Norma launched her website in the mid-… [See Full Post]

Rus Yusupov


Rus Yusupov is a digital product designer and entrepreneur based in New York City.  His passion for the arts is grounded in his education at LaGuardia Arts High School and the School of Visual Arts, from which he holds a BFA in Graphic Design.  As a designer, he’s always been passionate about the creative process, and finding ways to improve it for both himself and others.  He’s driven to help people create more often, in… [See Full Post]

Elise Andrew

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Elise is being honored for pushing social boundaries to reach a wider audience.  Her wildly successful yet slightly irreverently titled Facebook page, I Fucking Love Science has attracted a new audience of over 5 million young science lovers; her less irreverent mirror page, Science is Awesome, has attracted 300,000 users.  The use of culturally irreverent memes is attracting global attention to how to best reach younger audiences. Facebook – I Fucking Love Science and Science… [See Full Post]

Glenn Beck

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Glenn Beck, one of America’s leading multi-media personalities, is the founder and owner of TheBlaze, a 24/7 news, information and opinion network that is available on television and online. attracts 10 million unique visitors per month. Beck’s quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and his unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to… [See Full Post]

Troy Carter


Renowned music manager Troy Carter is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, a pioneering entertainment and music management company. Carter has established the careers of numerous recording artists, including multi-platinum Grammy-Award winner Lady Gaga. Carter began his career in Philadelphia working for Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, and joined Bad Boy Entertainment in 1995 where he worked with groundbreaking artists such as Notorious B.I.G. In 1999, Carter formed the boutique talent… [See Full Post]

Ben Kaufman

Ben Kaufman

Ben Kaufman is the 26-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky.  His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with a second mortgage on his parent’s house and the founding of an iPod accessory company called mophie.  Shortly after mophie won “Best in Show” at MacWorld 2006, Ben discovered his passion for involving people around the world in the development of new consumer products.  The rapid growth of the mophie brand led to… [See Full Post]

Nicolas Berggruen


Nicolas Berggruen is the Chairman of Berggruen Holdings, a private company, which is the direct investment vehicle of The Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the Berggruen Institute on Governance.  Berggruen Holdings has operations, real estate and financial investments worldwide. The firm and related entities have made over 100 direct investments during the last 20 years by committing entirely its own capital across diverse industries, both public and private and focusing… [See Full Post]

Hamdi Ulukaya

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Dubbed “the Steve Jobs of yogurt” by Forbes, Hamdi Ulukaya built a $1 billion business in just five years.  Hamdi grew up in Turkey working his family’s sheep farm. In 1994 he moved to the U.S. and founded Chobani in 2005.  Today, Chobani is the No. 1 selling yogurt brand in America, and has grown from five employees to over 2,000. Hamdi’s Central New York plant ships two million cases of yogurt weekly, and Chobani… [See Full Post]

Peter Shapiro

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Independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro’s eclectic and wholly individual career path has led to acclaimed and ground-breaking projects like the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access, the annual Jammy Awards show, America’s Largest Earth Day event, and the Green Apple Festival. He is a founding partner of the inaugural Great GoogaMooga food and drink festival, founder of Central Park Jazz & Colors Festival, the leading 3D technology company 3ality Digital, and the celebrated venues, Wetlands, The… [See Full Post]

Garrett Camp

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Garrett is a serial entrepreneur and investor based in San Francisco. Garrett is Chairman & Co-founder of Uber, an on-demand car service available in 30 cities across North America and Europe. Garrett is also Chairman and Co-founder of StumbleUpon, a web discovery platform he grew to over 25 million registered users as its founding CEO. Garrett completed his Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Calgary, where he researched collaborative systems, evolutionary algorithms and… [See Full Post]

Jack Andraka

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Jack Andraka is a 15-year-old Maryland high school student who has invented an inexpensive and sensitive dipstick-like sensor for the rapid and early detection of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. He recently won the Gordon E. Moore top prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as well as the Google Thinking Big Award for the project addressing a large and seemingly impossible problem, finding an elegant solution with broad impact. Jack is a member… [See Full Post]

GE Focus Forward


GE and cinelan have collaborated to create short films by renowned documentary filmmakers that highlight innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention. GE Focus Forward – Short Films Big Ideas have established a new platform for storytelling with a global reach.   Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of GE Beth Comstock leads GE’s growth and market innovation initiatives, including three company-wide platforms: GE Ventures, which partners start-ups… [See Full Post]

Forbes Media


Forbes Media LLC, publisher of Forbes magazine and, is an authoritative source of news and information on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles., a leading business website, currently reaches 46 million monthly unique visitors, according to Omniture.  Forbes magazine, Forbes Asia and Forbes Europe attract a global audience of 5 million readers.  The Forbes magazine iPad app merges the power of print with social sharing and the web.  The Company also… [See Full Post]

The African Robotics Network (AFRON)


Since it launched May 2012, AFRON has 300 members from 25 countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Algeria, South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Ethiopia, as well as affiliated members from the US, Switzerland, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Argentina.  With guidance from an esteemed Advisory Board, AFRON’s first project was the “$10 Robot” International Design Challenge (sponsored in part by IEEE RAS) which sought designs for extremely low cost robots for education.  The ten… [See Full Post]

Donald Katz

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Donald Katz is founder and CEO of Audible, Inc., the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet. Prior to founding Audible, Katz was a journalist and author for twenty years; his work won a National Magazine Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, among other prizes. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Newark,… [See Full Post]

Henry Jackson Initiative


The Henry Jackson Initiative (HJI) is a bi-partisan, transatlantic movement of business leaders, senior policy makers and academics focused on promoting a more Inclusive Capitalism.  The HJI calls for international collaboration from businesses and other organizations to encourage the widest possible adoption of programs that improve capitalism as a driver of wellbeing for society. The HJI grew out of the Task Force project For Inclusive Capitalism, which sought solutions to the effects on society and… [See Full Post]

THINX – Change your Underwear


Miki Agrawal of WILD, Radha Agrawal of Super Sprowtz and Kym and Alexis McClay of NAVEN Accept the Joseph Lister Prize, Presented by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, for THINX The latest undertaking of entrepreneurial twins Radha and Miki Agrawal is THINX, a sustainable way for the 2 billion women around the world to live more comfortably without worrying about their “time of the month.”  The twins and their co-founder, Antonia Dunbar, developed… [See Full Post]

Kenzo Digital


Kenzo Digital is a director and artist based in New York City. His work is dedicated to synthesizing new narrative forms by unifying traditional storytelling with groundbreaking technology. Kenzo is best known for his collaborative work with Beyonce, including her video-driven 2011 Billboard Awards performance and the United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day 2012 project, “I Was Here.” Previously, Kenzo worked as a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy, where he developed broadcast and print campaigns starring Dwyane… [See Full Post]

Deborah Kenny

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Deborah Kenny is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Village Academies, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential educational entrepreneurs in the country.  Under her leadership, HVA has become a national model for education reform.  Oprah Magazine named Kenny on its “Power List”, calling her a “visionary educator,” and Esquire selected her for its annual “Best and Brightest” issue.  She is featured regularly on national television and print media, such… [See Full Post]

STEM to STEAM Initiative


STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM. Access to ever-increasing data sets, complex scientific discovery, and always-on devices have left us oversaturated with information. The tools and methods of design offer new models for creative problem solving and interdisciplinary partnership, introducing innovative practices of design thinking into STEM education and research. To realize… [See Full Post]

Urban Dictionary


“I started Urban Dictionary as a freshman at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I started it because I felt like traditional dictionaries weren’t keeping up with changes in language – in contrast, Urban Dictionary receives a new definition every 30 seconds.  I started it to parody the authority of the traditional dictionary. A traditional dictionary is used to settle arguments between friends about pronunciation and word usage, but who says that the dictionary’s answer is… [See Full Post]


PSY- Thumbs UP

The recent online obsession over PSY’s video for “Gangnam Style” has turned the Korean artist into a global phenomenon.  “Gangnam Style,” a hit single about the ideal hip/trendy man and woman, has received over 28 million YouTube views so far and has grabbed the attention of Robbie Williams, T Pain, and Josh Groban, as well as several major media outlets such as CNN, The L.A. Times and Huffington Post. But long before the Internet turned… [See Full Post]

Jose Antonio Vargas

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Jose Antonio Vargas is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to elevating and reframing the immigration conversation. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Vargas, in a June 2012 cover story for TIME magazine titled “WE ARE AMERICANS* (*Just not legally),” popularized the term “undocumented Americans” in describing the country’s population of 11.5 million undocumented immigrants. In February 2013, he moderated a White House Fireside Hangout on Google+ on President Obama’s proposal for immigration… [See Full Post]

Lifetime Achievement Award – Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder and Chairman of Twitter and Co-Founder and CEO of Square


Originally from St. Louis, Dorsey had an early fascination with mass-transit and how cities function, which led him to Manhattan and programming real-time messaging systems for couriers, taxis, and emergency vehicles. Through this work, Dorsey witnessed thousands of workers in the field constantly updating where they were and what they were doing; Twitter is a constrained simplification designed for general usage and extended by the millions of people who make it their own every day…. [See Full Post]

Lifetime Achievement Award – John Wood, Founder and Board Co-Chair of Room to Read


Wood’s organization focuses on improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Since 2000, they have established over 13,500 libraries, 1,600 schools and distributed over 10 million books, impacting over 6 million children in the developing world. Twitter: @johnwoodRTR Website:  Room to Read



Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler, Co-Founders



Dr. Patricia Bath, President, American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness – When Dr. Bath became the first person to demonstrate Laserphaco cataract surgery she also became the first African American woman to receive a medical patent. She recently published “ilaser,” an educational science App designed to inspire the next generation of inventors. Her next mission: “to help the blind see.”



Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, Vice President of Prosthetics for Hanger Clinic & Dan Strzempka, CPO, Area Practice Manager for Hanger Clinic – Carroll and Strzempka worked with engineers to develop WintersGel™, a unique prosthetic liner that serves as the critical interface between delicate skin and prosthetic devices. First developed for a tail-less dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium (and dramatized in 2011 hit movie Dolphin Tale), WintersGel has since been adapted for human use, providing comfort… [See Full Post]