CLASS OF 2012

Lifetime Achievement Award – Jack Dorsey

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A self-taught computer coder, Dorsey dropped out of New York University in 1999, and gravitated to tech. In 2006, with Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass, he cofounded Twitter and was the company’s chief executive until 2008. At it’s start, Dorsey had built a simple site where users could instantly post short messages of 140 characters or… [See Full Post]


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

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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. It all started with a case of job burnout. As an overworked Microsoft executive, John Wood escaped… [See Full Post]


Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler – Kickstarter

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Perry Chen provided the original idea for the crowd-funding Web site Kickstarter. He then founded the company with Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler. Yancey Strickler is currently CEO. 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… [See Full Post]


Dr. Pat Bath – Laserphaco

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Born in Harlem, Dr. Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Bath worked hard on her intellectual pursuits and, at the age of 16, became one of only a few students to attend a cancer research workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program head, Dr. Robert… [See Full Post]


WintersGel

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Accepting on behalf of WintersGel are Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, Vice President of Prosthetics for Hanger Clinic & Dan Strzempka, CPO, Area Practice Manager for Hanger Clinic.   In December 2005, a three-month-old bottlenose dolphin found herself tangled in the ropes of a crab trap near Cape Canaveral, Florida. Fortunately, fisherman Jim Savage heard her… [See Full Post]


Alec Ross – former Senior Advisor for Innovation, U.S. Department of State

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Ross served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where he was tasked with maximizing the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals and stewarding Secretary of State Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft agenda. In this role, Alec helped ensure America’s leadership and advanced the State Department’s interests on… [See Full Post]


Dr. Steven A. Curley — Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation

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Dr. Steven A. Curley, Professor of Surgical Oncology, M. D., F.A.C.S. at MD Anderson Cancer Center is honored for his work at Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation. Dr. Curley led the development of a promising, non-invasive nano-particle radio-wave cancer treatment that fries hyper-targeted cancer cells. Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation was a registered, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization from… [See Full Post]


Peter Thum — Fonderie 47

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Peter Thum is CEO & Co-Founder of Fonderie 47, working to stop gun violence.  He is Founder and CEO of two brands: Fonderie 47 and Liberty United; ventures that transform illegal guns into jewelry, watches, and art. In 2008, while working in Africa on water projects, Peter met boys and young men armed with assault rifles…. [See Full Post]


DARPA Cheetah

The Cheetah robot is the fastest legged robot in the world, surpassing 29 mph, a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989 at MIT. The Cheetah robot has an articulated back that flexes back and forth on each step, increasing its stride and running speed, much… [See Full Post]


DARPA Hummingbird

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Hummingbird is developed by DARPA’s Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program, Dr. Gill Pratt, DARPA Program Manager and AeroVironment, and Matt Keennon, Project Manager. The latest in nano-drone technology, the Hummingbird brings strategic surprise to a new level of realism. The life-size prototype uses flapping wings for propulsion and control. Carrying a video camera and downlink, it has… [See Full Post]


Bre Pettis – Makerbot

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Bre Pettis created Bold Machines which is now an independent product development workshop. Bre Pettis looks forward to creating innovative products using Stratasys, MakerBot and Solidscape 3D printers. He’s a cofounder and former CEO of MakerBot, leading the next industrial revolution to empower creative explorers to make anything. With “The Replicator,” a desktop 3D printer that can make objects about the… [See Full Post]


Thomas Suarez – Founder and Chief Engineer, CarrotCorp, Inc.

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Suarez is hardly an average sixth-grader. The (at the time of TDIA) 12-year-old app developer has started a movement for app clubs for schools. Thomas’ inspirational TEDx talk has attracted nearly 2 million online views. Suarez attends middle school in the South Bay and is in the sixth grade. He has established his own company, CarrotCorp,… [See Full Post]


OpenCourseWare & MITx

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Rafael Reif (left) is Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology led the creation of MITx. Accepting at TDIA for Rafael is the Chancellor of MIT, Eric Grimson. The mission of Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation… [See Full Post]


Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing

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Accepting on Stanford’s behalf are Katharine Ku, Executive Director, and Luis Mejia, Associate Director For more than 40 years, OTL’s goal has been to successfully transfer Stanford cutting edge technology to industry via both start-ups and existing companies. Notable Stanford licenses include the exclusive license to Google and the 440 nonexclusive licenses to the basic… [See Full Post]


Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) Program

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SEED, University at Albany, SUNY, SEFCU and the Empire State Development Corporation – SEED links faculty, staff and graduate students from the UAlbany School of Social Welfare, the UAlbany School of Business and its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to local entrepreneurs. It has $2.5 million in financial support from SEFCU and $96,700 from ESD…. [See Full Post]


Street Bump App

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Street Bump App is City of Boston’s newest mobile phone app designed to help Boston residents improve their neighborhoods. Taking advantage of the sensors on smart phones, Street Bump will provide the City with a near-real time picture of Boston’s road conditions and the location of its potholes. Accepting on behalf of the app are… [See Full Post]


Marci Harris – POPVOX

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Marci Harris is the CEO of POPVOX. A former Congressional staffer and lawyer, Marci says that her “first startup was a town,” as she led Jackson, TN’s rebuilding efforts following a 2004 tornado. She received a B.A. in International Relations from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland and attended law school at the University of Memphis… [See Full Post]


Rachael Chong — Catchafire

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Chong created Catchafire: an online matching service for social entrepreneurs and non-profits in need of pro-bono professional services, engaging a network of professionals seeking worthy projects for the public good. The one quote that Rachael hangs by her desk says, “Be truthful, gentle, and fearless.” She wants to leave this earth known as a leader who… [See Full Post]


Jaqueline Novogratz

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Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen, created a new philanthropic business model for patient, disciplined investment in disruptive innovations in emerging markets. Acumen’s mission is to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas. It invests patient capital to identify, strengthen and scale business models that effectively serve the… [See Full Post]


Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm — WITNESS

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Co-founded in 1992 by Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm and advocate and musician Peter Gabriel, WITNESS was created in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident, in which a bystander recorded police brutality. Its founding vision sought to amplify grassroots voices through stories and transform them into powerful agents of change. Today—20 years later—WITNESS has partnered with more… [See Full Post]


Jason Kottke – kottke.org

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A pioneering blogger since 1998, Kottke used crowd funding to keep his blog running and has created one of the most influential voices on the Internet through consistent yet eclectic curation. Jason currently lives in NYC where he works on kottke.org and Stellar, a site for collecting and sharing your favorite things. You can find him on Twitter,… [See Full Post]


Tiffany Shlain

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Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. She created disruptive innovation both in the way she made Connected and the way she is using the social media itself to further the conversation about its subject: “connectedness” in the 21st century. Tiffany Shlain has received over 70 awards and… [See Full Post]


James Steyer – Common Sense Media

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James Steyer is one of the most respected experts and entrepreneurs on issues related to children’s media and education in the United States. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading non-partisan organization dedicated to improving media and technology choices for kids and families. He is also the Founder and… [See Full Post]


Jourdan Urbach

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Jourdan Urbach, Executive Director, Concerts for a Cure Executive Director, International Coalition of College Philanthropists Goodwill Ambassador and Artist-in-Residence, UN Arts for Peace – Urbach is a 20-year-old, award-winning, Juilliard-trained violin virtuoso, a composer/film scorer, a Yale University senior and Founder/Executive Director of Concerts for a Cure. He stands alone as the only young, classical music… [See Full Post]


Playing for Change

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Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and… [See Full Post]


Pat Metheny & Linda Manzer

Pat Metheny and Linda Manzer – Legendary jazz guitarist Metheny and pioneering designer Manzer have had a three-decade collaboration, which began with the creation of the 42-string Pikasso guitar in 1984. It has a special feature known as “The Wedge,” a tapered body shape that makes the side closest to the player thinner than the… [See Full Post]


Rick Rubin – Founder, Def Jam Records

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                    As one of the most widely accomplished record producers of the past 25 years, Rick Rubin is also one of music’s biggest fans, a quality often times lost in the commerce of the record industry.  Whether he is working with an artist in his capacity… [See Full Post]


Nimble TV

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Anand Subramanian, Founder and CEO


Ed Burns – Director & Writer, “Newlyweds”

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When a feature film can be shot on a micro-budget of $9,000 with no fixed sets, in live environments and on a small HD camera, watch out. Burns’ Newlyweds is a case in point. Shot in the neighborhood of Tribeca, it was the Closing Night film at the 2011 TFF and was later acquired and… [See Full Post]


Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun, Music Manager and Entrepreneur

In the first major discovery of an artist on YouTube, videos posted by Bieber and seen by Braun on YouTube led to an unprecedented success story that disrupted the traditional gatekeepers of the music industry. Bieber has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide to date and has amassed more than 2.7 billion video views… [See Full Post]