Lifetime Achievement Award – Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales

With only 50 employees and 450 million users, Wikipedia has changed the face of the world of collaborative information sharing. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had been interested in the internet from its earliest days. Wales spent considerable amounts of time reading encyclopedias as a child and credits this self-directed upbringing with his ability to think creatively. He studied… [See Full Post]

Special Recognition Award – Dr. Ken Gabriel (DARPA)


Dr. Ken Gabriel, Deputy Director (at the time of TDIA), accepts on behalf of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA is honored for its role in creating, founding and funding of the Internet. Dr. Ken Gabriel is currently president and CEO of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., an independent not-for-profit research institution that… [See Full Post]

Katharina Hayes, Designer 3D Systems

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We honor Katharina Hayes, on behalf of 3D Systems, with Maslow’s Silver Hammer Award for additive manufacturing (3D printing). Katharina Hayes is Director of Communication, Marketing & Business Development at 3D Systems whose advances in alloys and printing technologies represent one of the most promising advances that have the potential to change the entire economic… [See Full Post]

Keith Richards and Jane Rose – Open G tuning


Instead of six strings in standard guitar tuning, in the late 60’s Keith Richards created a disruptive innovation by playing chords and riffs on five-string open G banjo tuning on his electric guitar. “It changed my life,” said Richards. This innovative use of Open G tuning embodied the hallmark sound of the Rolling Stones, leaving… [See Full Post]

Xtranormal – Best Video of the Year


The team at Xtranormal accepting for pioneering text-to-video animation technology: Graham Sharp, President Sylvio Drouin, CTO Bruno Langlais, VP of Marketing Xtranormal provides free online tools that allow anyone to create movies and publish them online. You can select the characters, location, voices and sound effects and type your own script into the movie maker. After… [See Full Post]

Nancy Spector –YouTube Play at The Guggenheim


In this collaboration by the Guggenheim Museum and YouTube, the Guggenheim used an open Internet call for entries and selected 20 videos from 23,000 submissions, exhibiting them at its museums in October 2010 and making the videos available worldwide via YouTube. YouTube Play focused on the most exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of… [See Full Post]

Peter Gelb — The Met: Live in HD


  Peter Gelb’s career has followed a singular arc that began with his teenage years as an usher at the Metropolitan Opera and led to his appointment, in August 2006, as the storied company’s 16th general manager. Now in his ninth season at the helm of the Met, Mr. Gelb has overseen the launch of… [See Full Post]

Jared Cohen and Eric Schmidt — The Digital Disruption

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“The Digital Disruption: Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power,” by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, was published in Foreign Affairs magazine in October 2010 and eerily presaged the events in the Middle East that started to unfold in December 2010. Eric Schmidt is the Executive Chairman at Google. Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt… [See Full Post]

Warden Byron Garcia

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  CPDRC Dancing Inmates or the CPDRC dancers is a collective of prison inmates in Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), a maximum security prison in Cebu, in Cebu Province, Philippines where the prisoners perform dance routines as part of their daily exercise and rehabilitation, and many of their performances are filmed and released online,… [See Full Post]

Chris Andersen and Lara Stein — TEDx


Accepting the award on behalf of TEDx is Chris Andersen and TEDx founder Lara Stein  After a long career in journalism and publishing, Chris Anderson became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002 and has developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading including TEDx. This radical innovation expanded the… [See Full Post]

Paul Romer – Charter Cities


  Paul Romer, Professor of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business, entrepreneur and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research developed the theory behind Charter Cities: sometimes it is easier to start over than to fix legacy issues and get bogged down by politics, legal hurdles and special interests. An economist and policy entrepreneur, he… [See Full Post]

Espresso Book Machine

Espresso Book Machine

Legendary publisher Jason Epstein and CEO Dane Neller have created a print-on-demand machine that eventually will allow users to choose from an enormous digital library of books, and print them on site. Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is a patented technology that can make a paperback book in minutes, at point of sale.hrough its EspressNet® digital catalog… [See Full Post]

Senator Edward Markey – BP Spillcam


Senator Edward J. Markey, a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy, has a prolific legislative record on major issues across the policy spectrum and a deep commitment to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts and our country. Whether the issue is climate change, clean energy, safeguarding privacy,… [See Full Post]