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Blog/Video: IX Innovation Cities Tour, NYC Panel Discussion 4/21/14

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This past Monday night, Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula spoke with Hutch Carpenter, Judith E. Glaser, Mark Payne, Tarah Feinberg, Jeff Meleski, Peter Thum and Bre Pettis in a panel moderated by Julie Anixter. The panel was a part of the NYC edition of the Innovation Excellence Innovation Cities Tour, hosted in part by the Disruptor Foundation, HYPE Innovation (Founding Sponsor) and more. The Innovation Cities Tour celebrates the Innovation Movement across the US by capturing, sharing, and spreading your stories: “Our goal is to highlight innovation and innovators in each city we visit, proving that innovation is now a full-fledged discipline. We are gathering together disruptive thinkers, doers, technologies, and resources from the Innovation Excellence community in order to inspire one another, share knowledge, discover new resources, and accelerate innovation in your city — and beyond.”

Video of the full discussion:

The next stop on the Tour is Boston on May 12th followed by San Francisco and Chicago.

For more information and Innovation Cities Tour RSVP details visit InnovationExcellence

 

Blog: Mourning Online – What Does This Mean for Traditional Religion?

Mourning Online – What Does This Mean for Traditional Religion?

By Irwin Kula

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If there is one thing religion has historically been good at and its clergy and institutions used for it is death management. Well, these days with “None” the fastest growing religious identification – more than 20% of all Americans and more than 30% of those under 32 years of age so identified – it shouldn’t be surprising that close to 30% of all funerals in America happen without any clergy. Obviously, people are having funerals and mourning for loved ones so what are they doing? Rather than engage religious authorities and institutions – the “cathedrals” – people are getting the resources they need to bury, mourn, grieve, and find meaning and comfort – from the “bazaar”.

Recently, the New York Times highlighted products and services arising in this bazaar: new social media spaces like modernloss.com and whatsyourgrief.com where people share stories, insights and advice from their own experience with death (“witnessing” in classic religious language), get resources (wisdom and practices) to help navigate this life passage and develop webs of relationships of support, comfort, and care (the classic definition of “community”). These platforms are attracting thousands of people who, in religious language, are a blessing for those who wonder if they’re alone in their emotions or the challenges they face after a loss. The sites give witness not only to the enduring love people have for those they’ve lost but for people’s capacity to help each other affirm life despite loss. They do the jobs we need done when someone we love dies.

Just as technological innovation is disrupting every business model – retail stores, publishing, music, health care, universities, political revolutions, etc. – technology is now disrupting the business model of institutional religion. In classic disruptive innovation theory a disruptive product or service addresses a market that isn’t being served and offers a simpler, cheaper, and more convenient alternative to the existing product. The usual critique by the incumbent business is that the new product is not as good, as powerful, or as authentic as the existing product (think iTunes vs. a record album or Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Britannica) but all it needs to be is good enough to get the job done.

What do these new products and services that help people deal with death have in common? Why are they working for people for whom the incumbent religious institutions and authorities aren’t?

These platforms along with search engines, blogs, YouTube series, Facebook memorials, Instagram feeds about grief and loss all respond to the needs and sensibilities of the increasing number of Americans mixing, blending, bending, and switching identities. All these “spiritual” innovations transcend particular creeds and dogma and like cable companies, unbundle religious practices and rituals from their metaphysical and group contexts. These platforms embrace the fact that there are as many ways to experience and express grief as there are people. They encourage new norms and invite people to customize their religious and spiritual choices (have it your way as the jingle goes). People do not depend on experts but on peers who know the world has changed and that there’s no roadmap for handling grief and who want to connect to other people equally confused on their journey.

What does this mean for the cathedrals of organized religion? We are entering a brave new world for Americans increasingly disconnecting from traditional authorities and institutions. Forces that predominate in our culture, such as new media, entertainment, and information technologies will inevitably shape our spiritual sensibilities, values, and behaviors. Will the cathedrals embrace the bazaar? Will the imagination and ingenuity of the bazaar influence the cathedrals? What spiritual entrepreneurs and innovators have you met? What new spiritual innovations are you using?

 

–as seen originally on The Wisdom Daily

Press Release: The 5th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

AND DISRUPTOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE HONOREES

FOR FIFTH ANNUAL TRIBECA DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS

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Award collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen to highlight successful disruptive innovation including non-traditional, identity-based domains such as culture, education, healthcare, philanthropy, politics, religion and social entrepreneurship

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Curator and Chairman of TEDMED Jay Walker and Olympian Dick Fosbury to be recognized  as  Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Award Winners Also Include National Institutes of Health, Red Bull Music Academy, Adam Braun, Sesame Workshop, Warby Parker & VisionSpring, Yael Cohen, GoldieBlox, Malala Fund’s Shiza Shahid, Afghani entrepreneur Roya Mahboob

Pope Francis named as recipient of Adam Smith Prize Presented by the Harvard Business Review; His Holiness’ Recent Exhoration, Evangelii Gaudium, named book of the year

 

Kickstarter to receive Christensen Prize presented annually by Harvard Business review

New York, NY [April 21, 2014] – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), in association with noted Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen and Tribeca’s Craig Hatkoff, who are co-founders of the Disruptor Foundation, announced it will hold the fifth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.  The fifth edition, co-sponsored by Accenture and AT&T will be hosted at NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, on Friday April 25th. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 16th to 27th.

The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards celebrates two dozen honorees whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact beyond the original technological and industrial realms into the fields of healthcare, education, international development, politics and advocacy, media, the arts and entertainment.  This year, the ceremony includes several awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Being honored for Class of 2014 Lifetime Achievement is Jay Walker, curator and chairman of TEDMED.  TEDMED is the sole independent licensee of the world-famous TED organization, whose online talks have over one billion views. Walker is also the founder of three companies that serve more than 50 million customers each, including Priceline.

“At NYU Tisch School of the Arts, we prize creative innovation and disruptive thinking for their power to create value,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of NYU Tisch School of Performing Arts.  “We are excited to host this year’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards at Skirball Center for Performing Arts, and thrilled that our students will share in this unique learning experience.”

Rick Rubin and Kanye West will be not be attending this year’s awards, but will be shown live at the event accepting the Roland 808‘s award for contribution to hip hop.

Other honorees include JC Curleigh and Amanda Palmer, two of the several honorees who have been newly selected since the first dozen were announced in February by Tribeca Film Festival.  James Curleigh, President of the Levi’s® brand, is responsible for leading the strategic direction and execution of the Levi’s® brand globally with a focus on product creation, marketing concepts, and market solutions. His role is to drive this iconic brand confidently into the future. Curleigh has more than 20 years of experience building and expanding consumer brands around the world. He previously acted as President and CEO of KEEN Footwear, Inc. as well as President and CEO of Salomon Sports North America. He also established and led TaylorMade adidas golf division in Europe and held various leadership positions at M&M Mars. Curleigh is a triple citizen of the USA, Canada, and the UK.

Amanda Palmer, widely known as “The Social Media Queen of Rock-N-Roll” is also being recognized.  Her constant and disarmingly intimate engagement with her fans via her blog, Tumblr, and Twitter (800,000+ followers), and has been at the vanguard of using both “direct to fan” and “pay what you want” (patronage) business models to build and run her business. In May of 2012 she made international news when she raised nearly $1.2 million pre-selling her new album, Theatre is Evil, along with related merchandise and “experiences” via Kickstarter. Theatre is Evil went on to debut in the “Billboard Top 10” when it was released on Sept. 11, 2012, and has been released in over 20 countries on her own label, 8ft records.  Provocative, irreverent, controversial and wildly creative, Amanda Palmer is a fearless singer, songwriter, playwright, blogger and an audaciously expressive pianist who simultaneously embraces – and explodes – traditional frameworks of music, theater and art.  Amanda was invited to present a “TED Talk” at TED’s 2013 Conference. To date her Talk, “The Art of Asking”, has been viewed more than 4 million times worldwide.

Yael Cohen, founder of Fuck Cancer is being honored with the Henry IV Prize.  Fuck Cancer is a cancer education organization aiming to activate Gen-Y to engage with their parents about early detection, preventative lifestyles and communication around cancer. Yael launched Fuck Cancer in 2009 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now at four years old, Fuck Cancer creates unique tools and campaigns that people can relate to, using technology, humor, and celebrities to enable their community to engage with cancer on a different level.  Wochit, based in New York, is being honored with the Gutenberg Prize for is disruptive potential in the field of journalism. The cloud based video creation platform enables brands and storytellers to instantly react to any story and economically scale branded, studio-quality video production.

The 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, inspired by the Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen, aim to emphasize applications of and advancements in disruptive innovation theory that have extended beyond the original technology and industrial realm.  The original disruptive theory is evolving, impacted by a digitally connected world and the growing potential to use the role of identity, worldviews and values as formidable variables in innovation theory.  This theory works as a means of social reciprocity being applied to pressing global issues such as education, philanthropy, politics, religion and spirituality.

Last year at the awards Professor Christensen identified three areas desperately in need of disruption:  parenting, terrorism and religion.  This year’s awards reflect Christensen’s call to action.  In particular Pope Francis has been identified by the Awards as a powerful innovator and, somewhat surprisingly, as an astute economist who appears intimately familiar with Adam Smith’s magnum opus, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.  The Pope has been named the recipient of the Adam Smith Prize that is presented at the awards by the Harvard Business Review.  The Awards also has recognized Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, as its 2014 Book of the Year.  The new Pope’s recent comments on capitalism seem to reflect Smith’s realization that no economic system can be successful without a strong moral foundation and personal accountability.

“We are delighted to have collaborated with Clay over the past five years to identify and celebrate the theory’s anomalies, black swans and outliers that have led to new lenses for rethinking the original theory particularly in domains where identity, worldviews, values and beliefs play a significant role in theory’s predictive power.” said Craig Hatkoff.

Honorees receive ball-pein hammers as the official award nicknamed Maslow’s Silver Hammer, in honor of psychologist Abe Maslow. Maslow, whose hierarchy of needs has become part of the disruptive innovation 2.0 framework, and is noted for his famous quote “When your only tool is a hammer, every problem starts looking like a nail” that embodies the spirit of the awards.

Breakout sessions with brown bag lunches served will follow the awards. Passes to attend Tribeca Innovation Week are available which include access to the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. Visit www.tribecafilm.com/innovation for more information.

The 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award honorees are as follows:

Jay Walker – Lifetime Achievement Award: Jay Walker is the founder and chairman of LabTV, an innovative new video platform designed to encourage millions of America’s best and brightest students to consider becoming medical scientists. A serial entrepreneur and business leader, Jay has founded three companies that serve more than 50 million customers each. Best known as the creator of Priceline, he is the world’s 11th most patented living inventor, named on more than 700 U.S. patents that describe business solutions across a dozen industries. Jay is also curator and chairman of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. In addition, he chairs Patent Properties, Inc., a public company that is creating a simple and affordable new way to diffuse innovation through America’s economy.

Dick Fosbury– Lifetime Achievement Award: Dick Fosbury defied convention when he went on to win a Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics hosted by Mexico City. The creator of the “Fosbury Flop” Dick changed the game forever. Since that time, the Fosbury Flop has become the universal technique used by elite high jumpers globally. The USA Olympic Hall of Famer continues to travel the world inspiring young athletes and corporate partners promoting the benefits of sports, fitness, and an active, healthy lifestyle.

Yancey Strickler – Christensen Prize: Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey served as Kickstarter’s Head of Community and Head of Communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.

Adam Braun: Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has built on more than 200 schools around the world. His book “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change” debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and explains the guiding steps for any person to discover a life of success and significance.

Yael Cohen: Yael Cohen is the founder and CEO of Fuck Cancer, a cancer education organization changing the way the world approaches the prevention and communication of cancer.

Dr. Francis Collins: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In that role he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

Constitute Project: Google Ideas worked with the Comparative Constitutions Project to build Constitute with the goal of making the world’s constitutions searchable so people can easily find and compare specific constitutional material. This ranges from the fairly general, such as “Citizenship” and “Foreign Policy,” to the very specific, such as “Suffrage and turnouts” and “Judicial Autonomy and Power.” The aim is to arm drafters with a better tool for constitution design and writing and help citizens learn more about their own constitutions, and those of countries around the world.

Cronut: Chef Dominique Ansel is one of the most feted pastry chefs in the world. As a James Beard Finalist for 2013 and 2014, Chef Ansel was also Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People” in 2013 and and Crain’s “40 Under 40″ in 2014. His creations, from the Cronut™ — one of Time Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2013 — to the Cookie Shot and Frozen S’more have captured the imaginations and attention not only of the culinary world, but that of innovators worldwide.

JC Curleigh: President of the Levi’s® brand. Responsible for leading the strategic direction and execution of the brand globally with a focus on product creation, marketing concepts, and market solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience building and expanding consumer brands, including KEEN Footwear, Inc. and Salomon Sports North America.

Regina Dugan: Vice President of Engineering at Google named Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000” and CNN’s “Top 10 Thinkers.” She leads the Advanced Technology and Projects group charged with breakthrough innovations in mobile computing and accelerating the development of promising technologies to market.

Mary Fisher: Mary Fisher did not wait for change; she became it. In the darkest days of the American AIDS epidemic, she showed millions a “new face of AIDS.” Through her speeches, books, painting, quilts and ethical jewelry, she’s called powerful audiences around the world to protect the powerless. She’s helped build clinics, schools, and sustainable social enterprises enabling vulnerable women to realize their dreams. Co-founder of “100 Good Deeds,” she’s now inspiring a movement to change the world as she has: one person, one deed at a time.

GoldieBlox: Founded by Debbie Sterling in 2012 after recognizing the need for more women in engineering and knowing that girls typically lose interest in math and science as early as age eight. Seizing the opportunity to inspire future innovators before this critical juncture, Sterling designed GoldieBlox to cultivate young girls’ ingenuity and get them building.  GoldieBlox is a book series and construction set where girls follow and build alongside Goldie, a girl inventor.

IdeaPaint: IdeaPaint, headquartered in Boston, MA, exists for one simple reason, to fundamentally improve the way people work and work together.  IdeaPaint makes a high performance dry erase paint that transforms any surface into a boundless writable dry erase canvas that becomes a catalyst for better results; through encouraging collaboration, enhancing creativity and increasing engagement.

Kevin Kelley: Kevin Kelley, a head football coach and athletic director at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, has radically changed the thinking about “go for it” backed by statistical analysis.  Kelley has led his team to three state championships in the last 11 years by rarely ever giving up the ball on fourth down. Now known as the “the coach who never punts”, Kelley has transformed conventional thinking about football strategy.

Lindon Leader: Over a thirty-year career in corporate identity Lindon has developed branding programs for FedEx, CIGNA, Avery Dennison, Hawaiian Airlines and Ryder Systems, among many others.  Lindon has earned significant recognition worldwide, testimony to the merit of his two-word design philosophy: clarity and simplicity.  His work has appeared in numerous publications and his FedEx logo was cited in the May 2003 Rolling Stone magazine twenty-fifth anniversary issue as one of the eight best American identities of the preceding twenty-five years.

Roya Mahboob: Roya Mahboob is the CEO of Afghan Citadel Software and is one of the first female IT CEOs in Afghanistan. She received the Time 100 Most Influential award in 2013, in a piece written by Sheryl Sandberg, for her work building internet classrooms for women in Afghanistan. Her model trained women to work online from home, allowing them to earn money in a practical way. She also serves on the board of Jelly, the new company from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Her fellow board members include Al Gore, Jack Dorsey, and Bono.

Menurkey: Conceived and prototyped by New York City 10-year-old Asher Weintraub, the Menurkey™ is a menorah + turkey combination prompted by the once in a lifetime 2013 convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving.  Inspiring countless imitations, a goal-doubling crowdfunding campaign, and even President Obama (who called it a ‘small miracle’), the Menurkey became the Jewish Museum’s top selling item in history, and changed the way we look at hybrid holidays.

Jon Oringer: Jon Oringer is the founder and CEO of Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK), the world’s leading provider of commercial stock videos, photos and illustrations. As a dynamic, two-sided creative marketplace, Shutterstock currently has 40,000 contributing artists providing 30 million images to 750,000 customers around the world. The company recently surpassed 350 million paid image downloads and maintains offices in several cities around the world, including New York, Berlin, San Francisco and London.

Amanda Palmer: Provocative, irreverent, controversial and wildly creative, Amanda Palmer is a fearless singer, songwriter, playwright, blogger and an audaciously expressive pianist who simultaneously embraces – and explodes – traditional frameworks of music, theater and art.

City of Pittsburgh: Preparing young people for higher education and the workforce means building on the basics and connecting students with creative and imaginative learning experiences that help them develop modern day skills and competencies. In Pittsburgh, learning innovation efforts are spearheaded by Kids+Creativity, a collaborative network of people, projects and organizations working together to remake learning in schools, libraries, museums, afterschool programs, community centers and online. Gregg Behr and Cathy Lewis Long will be accepting the award on behalf of Pittsburgh.

Red Bull Music Academy: When Many Ameri and Torsten Schmidt were approached in 1997 by an Austrian Beverage Company to help to create something long-lasting and meaningful in music, they had little idea, how serious those alpine folks really were. 17 years of Red Bull Music Academy later, their company Yadastar conceptualizes and executes not only more than 500 music & art events a year, but has added an almost endless video archive of original accounts of modern day’s music history, an online radio station, books and moving images. Yet at the heart of it is still the annual gathering of 60 handpicked applicants, who, once meeting their counterparts from different eras, turn the host city (2014 that will be Tokyo) into a 6 week-long festival of creation, collaboration and celebration.

Sesame Workshop: Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning.  CEO and President, Melvin Ming will be accepting the award on behalf of Sesame Workshop.

Shiza Shahid: Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur and activist, with her current role being cofounder and CEO of the Malala Fund. She has been recognized as TIME Magazine’s social entrepreneur on its list of “30 Under 30,” Forbes Magazine Education “30 Under 30,” and featured in multiple publications for her social entrepreneurship work including Entrepreneur Magazine and Fast Company.

Sputnik: On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, humankind’s first artificial satellite.  This 184 lb. round ball of metal triggered a response in the United States which is now called The Sputnik Moment — a period of several years that began a scientific, political and cultural transformation in America and was the beginning of a Space Race. David Hoffman, The Sputnik Moment’s “unofficial historian,” will be accepting for himself and on behalf of the many individuals who worked on Sputnik and all human technological endeavors since. A 50 year veteran documentary filmmaker who has produced 178 television shows and series mostly for PBS, David Hoffman is currently Executive Producer of Jay Walker’s LabTV. Among Hoffman’s 5 documentary feature films is Sputnik Mania (2009) and its spinoff, the one-hour documentary The Sputnik Moment. In creating this film, Hoffman spent more than a year uncovering the profound changes that took place in America within the 18 months after the Soviets launched Sputnik.

Warby Parker & VisionSpring: Both Warby Parker and VisionSpring have been inspired to disrupt the status quo in the fields of eyewear and vision—one from a non-profit perspective, and the other from a for-profit perspective. Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker, was an early hire at VisionSpring helping to pioneer innovative solutions to deliver affordable glasses in the developing world. Today Warby Parker is revolutionizing the American eyewear industry and VisionSpring has sold more than 1.6 million glasses to those living on less than $8 a day.

Wochit: Wochit is a revolution in short form video. The cloud based video creation platform enables brands and storytellers to instantly react to any story and economically scale branded, studio-quality video production. Whether it’s breaking news or a personal message to communicate, in just 10 minutes you have a ready-to-publish video for web, social and mobile. Backed by Redpoint Ventures, Cedar Fund and Greycroft Partners, Wochit is based in New York with offices in Tel Aviv.

 

About the Disruptor Foundation

The Disruptor Foundation is an independent 501(C)3 non-profit private foundation co-founded in 2009 by Craig Hatkoff,  Irwin Kula and Professor Clayton Christensen, who also serves as Senior Advisor. The Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness of and encourage the advancement of disruptive innovation theory and its application in societally-critical domains.  The Foundation’s marquee event, the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, is presented in collaboration with theTribeca Film Festival and the Harvard Business School’s Professor Clayton Christensen, originator of disruptive innovation theory.  It will seek to broaden the theory and applications of disruptive as well as other forms of innovations into non-traditional domains and areas. The Foundation will organize, plan and sponsor conferences, events, seminars, awards, prizes, publications, digital and electronic resources for analysis, study, research and application using Disruptive Innovation to effect societal change. The Foundation will encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and serve as a convener of traditional and non-traditional thinkers, entrepreneurs, educators, funders and innovation activists. The Disruptor Foundation Fellows are a self-defining, self-organizing community of accomplished and promising innovators, applying transdisciplinary approaches in their work and daily lives to further the study and application of disruptive innovation. There are no requirements and no obligations other than to be part of an interesting community of creative “solutionaries” across domains.

The Disruptor Cup brings together designers, developers and community members to create simple, effective, user friendly and experience based solutions to persistent urban challenges. The first Disruptor Cup was held in New York City in April 2013, around the theme of emergency preparedness, response and long term recovery.

About the Tribeca Film Festival:

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,300 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 3.7 million attendees and has generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.

Press Contacts:
TFF/Tribeca Enterprises:
Tammie Rosen, VP of Communications,
(212) 941-2003
trosen@tribecaenterprises.com
Hiltzik Strategies
Melissa Nathan
(212) 430-5059
mnathan@hstrategies.com
 
Hiltzik Strategies
Breanna Farquharson
(212) 776-1163
bfarquharson@hstrategies.com

Visit the Class of 2014 page for the complete list of all TDIA 2014 Honorees and for more information on each honoree.

The 2014 Awards Ceremony will take place:

Friday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m.
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)

Lunch and breakout sessions to follow.

All-inclusive Innovation Week Passes now available for purchase. Learn more.

 

Jay Walker — Lifetime Achievement Award

Jay Walker is the founder and chairman of LabTV, an innovative new video platform designed to encourage millions of America’s best and brightest students to consider becoming medical scientists. A serial entrepreneur and business leader, Jay has founded three companies that serve more than 50 million customers each. Best known as the creator of Priceline, he is the world’s 11th most patented living inventor, named on more than 700 U.S. patents that describe business solutions across a dozen industries.

Jay is also curator and chairman of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. In addition, he chairs Patent Properties, Inc., a public company that is creating a simple and affordable new way to diffuse innovation through America’s economy.

A noted expert on imagination, Mr. Walker created and curates one of the world’s great private libraries:  The Library of The History of Human Imagination.  Filled with books, manuscripts, historical artifacts and treasures of all kinds, especially in the field of medicine, the facility was described by Wired magazine as “the most amazing library in the world.”

 

Twitter – @JWalkerImagine
Facebook – LabTV   TEDMED
Websites –  labtv.com   tedmed.com  walkerdigital.com 

 

Dick Fosbury — Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dick Fosbury defied convention when he went on to win a Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics hosted by Mexico City. The creator of the “Fosbury Flop” Dick changed the game forever. Since that time, the Fosbury Flop has become the universal technique used by elite high jumpers globally. The USA Olympic Hall of Famer continues to travel the world inspiring young athletes and corporate partners promoting the benefits of sports, fitness, and an active, healthy lifestyle.

Twitter – @DickFosbury1
Facebook – Dick Fosbury
Website – www.dickfosbury.com

Kickstarter — Christensen Prize

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Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. Since its launch in April 2009, more than 5.8 million people have pledged over $1 billion to projects on Kickstarter. The projects funded come from across the creative spectrum — everything from films, video games, and food trucks, to albums, product design, and comics.

Yancey served as Kickstarter’s Head of Community and Head of Communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, he was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.

Twitter @kickstarter & @ystrickler
Facebook – Kickstarter
Website – kickstarter.com

Cronut® — Product of the Year

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Dominique Ansel is the chef and owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. In 2014, he became one of Crain’s “40 Under 40”. In 2013, Chef Ansel was named one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative people Under 40”. That same year, the Daily Mail UK called him the “most feted pastry chef in the world”. In 2013 and 2014, Dominique was nominated a finalist for the “Outstanding Pastry Chef” award by the James Beard Foundation.

Perhaps what has most widely been reported is Chef’s creation of the Cronut®, a croissant and doughnut hybrid that has been reported on throughout the world, and domestically on Good Morning America, the Today Show, ABC’s The Chew, Inside Edition, Fox & Friends, Live with Kelly and Michael, CNN’s Piers Morgan Live with Anthony Bourdain, E! News, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as Bloomberg amongst others. It is also the first pastry to have been so in demand, it sells of up to 20x its retail price on the black market. TIME Magazine named it one of the “25 Best Inventions of 2013”. The Chef’s various other inventions, including his Frozen S’more, Magic Soufflé, and Milk & Cookie shots have all become popular treats with international fame. The New York Post proclaimed Chef Ansel the “Willy Wonka of NYC”and Food & Wine called him a “culinary Van Gogh”.

Since its opening in November of 2011, the chef’s eponymous bakery was awarded Time Out New York’s “Best New Bakery of 2012” and Metromix’s “Best Bakery of 2012”, all within four months of opening its doors. Today, it is also Zagat 2013’s highest ranked bakery and listed as one of the Best Bakeries in the U.S. by Daily Meal.

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Prior to starting his own business, Dominique is well-known in New York as the executive pastry chef at Daniel, Daniel Boulud’s flagship French restaurant. During his six years there (the longest tenure of any pastry chef at Daniel), Dominique was part of the team that led the restaurant to receive its first 4-star New York Times Rating, 3 Michelin stars, and James Beard’s Outstanding Restaurant of the Year Award in 2010. Chef Ansel also spent seven years at the venerable French bakery Fauchon, where he was in charge of international expansion. He has helped Fauchon set up shops around the world, including Russia, Egypt, and Kuwait.

These days, the chef is often noted for his support of various charities, including the fight to end hunger with Food Bank for New York City. In 2013, he appeared on the CNN’s Nightly News to launch a series of charitable campaigns that increased Food Bank search engine awareness by 56% and raised more than $10K of proceeds. Growing up in a poor family in the north of France, the Chef’s story and passion for food and desire to turn that passion for good has inspired a personal visit from the First Lady of France and a call from President François Hollande himself.

Chef Ansel’s first cookbook DOMINIQUE ANSEL: The Secret Recipes (working title) published by Simon & Schuster will be released in October of 2014.

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Twitter: @DominiqueAnsel
Facebook: Dominique Ansel Bakery

Website: dominiqueansel.com

Wochit — Gutenberg Prize

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Ran Oz and Dror Ginzberg, Co-Founders

Wochit is a revolution in short form video. The cloud based video creation platform enables brands and storytellers to instantly react to any story and economically scale branded, studio-quality video production. Whether it’s breaking news or a personal message to communicate, in just 10 minutes you have a ready-to-publish video for web, social and mobile.

Backed by Redpoint Ventures, Cedar Fund and Greycroft Partners, Wochit is based in New York with offices in Tel Aviv.

Facebook – Wochit
Twitter – @wochitTwit
Website – www.wochit.com

Sputnik & David Hoffman

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On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, humankind’s first artificial satellite.  This 184 lb. round ball of metal triggered a response in the United States which is now called The Sputnik Moment — a period of several years that began a scientific, political and cultural transformation in America and was the beginning of a Space Race.

David Hoffman, The Sputnik Moment’s “unofficial historian,” will be accepting for himself and on behalf of the many individuals who worked on Sputnik and all human technological endeavors since.

David Hoffman has been innovative in a number of different professions and disruptive in every one of them. A 50 year veteran documentary filmmaker producing 178 television shows and series mostly for PBS, strategic communications consultant to corporations like AT&T, UTC, Google, Amazon, and GE among others, a startup guy founding 3 businesses, music producer, publisher of 17 books, greeting card creator, Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to several dozen startups, and currently executive producer of Jay Walker’s LabTV. Hoffman lives and works in Santa Cruz California and continues to produce films–“one man band moviemaking” as he calls it, currently using extremely portable equipment as the photograph above indicates.

Sputnik, pictured in Jay Walker's Library of The History of Human Imagination

Sputnik, pictured in Jay Walker’s Library of The History of Human Imagination

Among Hoffman’s 5 documentary feature films, is Sputnik Mania (2009) and its spinoff, the one-hour documentary The Sputnik Moment. In creating this film, Hoffman spent more than a year uncovering the profound changes that took place in America within the 18 months after the Soviets launched Sputnik.

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Related Links:

David Hoffman – Website

David Hoffman Launches Sputnik At TED

How to See The Complete Feature Documentary: Sputnik Mania

How to Get The 1-hour Documentary: The Sputnik Moment

Social Media:

Facebook – David Hoffman
Twitter – @davidhoffmanca

Adam Braun

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Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has built on more than 200 schools around the world. He began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling abroad he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked him what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “a pencil.”

This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave Bain & Company several years later to start with just $25 on his twenty-fifth birthday. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he meshed for-profit business acumen with non-profit idealism and in doing so led PoP to be named, “2013 Education Organization of the Year” at a showcase held at the United Nations. His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and explains the guiding steps for any person to discover a life of success and significance.

Twitter – @AdamBraun
Facebook – Pencils of Promise
Websites – www.adambraun.com & www.pencilsofpromise.org