Community Response to Female Circumcision in Eritrea, by Dr. Marni Sommer

Former soldier speaking out - 2009

By Dr. Marni Sommer, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health Tackling female circumcision (otherwise known as FGM or FGC) is challenging in countries around the world.  In 2009, on the international day symbolizing the global effort to stop the practice, I attended a remarkable event in Segeneiti, Eritrea.  The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) [...]

What Religions Can Learn from Microsoft, by Irwin Kula


By Irwin Kula, Disruptor Foundation co-founder Big news from Microsoft – it has finally decided to make its Office software, specifically its suite of applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, work on all computing devices including those made by its competitors, Apple’s Ipads and Google’s Android operating system. I think there’s something that religions can [...]

Water Wisdom, by Disruptor Foundation co-founder Irwin Kula


By Irwin Kula, co-founder of the Disruptor Foundation Here is innovation at its best – a billboard that generates water from nothing but thin air in a place where water shortage is one of the biggest problems. Innovation arises when passion and purpose come together, when people collaborate across different domains and expertise,  when different [...]

Announcing: The 5th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA) are now part of the first annual Tribeca Innovation Week, a place for gamers, coders, hackers, screenwriters, futurists, directors, financiers, and anyone who has a story to tell. Returning for its fifth edition, this provocative awards program, co-sponsored by Accenture and AT&T at NYU Skirball, celebrates the new frontiers [...]

Jack Dorsey Debuts Square at the First Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards


Tribeca Film Center April 29, 2010

Disruptive Innovation in the Talking Transition Tent


Harnessing Disruptive Innovation: Conversations on New York City, innovation, and disruptive economy led by one of the City’s leaders in the field. Tuesday, November 19th 2013 – 2PM **Panelists include: Ann Christensen – President, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation Melvin Ming – President and CEO, Sesame Workshop Irwin Kula – President, Center for Learning [...]

Disruptive Innovation Revisited: Toward Quantum Innovation


On Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Accenture and Tribeca hosted a private event entitled “Disruptive Innovation Revisited: Toward Quantum Innovation”. The event featured a lively conversation from select Disruptive Foundation Fellows and past Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award winners. They discussed how their applications of disruptive innovation have created value in unexpected ways, not only as applied to [...]

Disruptor Reviews: TDIA’s Chief Technology Officer Thomas Suarez Reviews the Leap Motion


Enjoy the latest Disruptor Review from TDIA class of 2012 alum and Chief Technology Officer Thomas Suarez!

Disruptive Innovators in the News

Links: Occupy Disruption: 10 Lessons from Tribeca’s Disruptive Innovation Awards For the Word on the Street, Courts Call Up an Online Witness The Disruptor Foundation’s Craig Hatkoff, Clayton M. Christensen and Rabbi Irwin Kula Publish the Off-White Papers on Huffington Post: The Blog This Picture of Glenn Beck and Psy Can’t Be Real, Can It? [...]

Professor Clayton Christensen Wins the Inaugural Christensen Prize, Presented by the Harvard Business Review

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Photos from the Disruptive Honoree Dinner – Thursday, April 25th 2013 at 121 Fulton


Photos by: Karli Cadel

Disruptive Honorees, Panelists and Guests Converge at the Fourth Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards


Photos by Andrew Federman                                                                  

Can American Capitalism Save Itself?


During a breakout session at 2013 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, an esteemed panel assembled by The Henry Jackson Initiative (2013 Honorees) engaged in a lively discussion and exchange of ideas on the subject. Discussion Framework: It has been over four and half years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the beginning of the worst [...]

Urban Dictionary Founder Aaron Peckham Accepts His Disruptive Innovation Award

TDIA Chief Curator Craig Hatkoff Presents Disruptive Book of the Year Award Winner Sheryl Sandberg With Her Disruptive Innovation Award

Craig and Sheryl

At a Colgate University alumni event in April, Hatkoff honored Sandberg for her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead (2013).

Disruptive 2013 Breakout Sessions Announced

2013 TDIA Breakouts

The Ever Increasing Technology/Culture Gap Hosted by the Disruptor Foundation Kenzo Digital – Director/Artist Ken Goldberg – Artist and Professor of Robotics, UC Berkeley Norma Kamali – Designer and Wellness Advocate Pierre J. de Lespinois – CEO, Vision 3 Experiential, LLC Morgan Spurlock – Director and Co-Founder, cinelan Moderated by: Betsy Isaacson – Tech Writer, [...]

Making Art out of Earthquakes – 2013 Honoree Ken Goldberg is featured in The Atlantic

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Disruptor Reviews: Thomas Suarez Reviews the Nexus 7

Thomas Suarez

Thomas Suarez, Disruptive Class of 2012, is TDIA’s official technology reviewer and blogger. Stay tuned for more from Thomas and visit his YouTube channel here:

2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards – Friday, April 25th

The 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards will be held on Friday, April 25th at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place). Buy all-inclusive Innovation Week Passes and view more information here.

2013 Disruptive Honorees Announced


We’re proud to honor pioneers and groundbreakers across all fields at the fourth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), in association with the Disruptor Foundation and Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen, father of Disruptive Innovation Theory, is pleased to announce the innovative honorees from various disciplines and domains that will [...]

2012 Disruptive Innovation Awards Video

Watch the entire 2012 Awards Ceremony here!

Thomas Suarez – TDIA’s Chief Technology Officer

Thomas Suarez

Thomas Suarez’  fascination with technology began at an early age.  He taught himself how to program which led him to develop apps for the App Store. He published his first app, “Earth Fortune”, and this was quickly followed by his most famous app, “Bustin Jieber”, a Justin Bieber whack-a-mole.  At 12, Thomas gave a TEDx [...]

Gentle Giants: Life Lessons of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards


    Originally posted on April 26, 2012 in honor of the third annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, this blog has been updated to reflect new dates for the 2013 fourth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.  Tribeca Enterprises COO and President Jon Patricof reflects on the unique partnership between Clay Christensen and Craig Hatkoff. On [...]

Disruptor Foundation Recommended Reading


2013 Books of the Year Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (2013) The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (2013) The Charles McKay Prize The Great Deformation – David Stockman (2013) Notable Books The Shield of Achilles by [...]