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Event Recap:The Ninth Annual @Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards @disruptorawards @tamronhall @thesheilanevins @Deborra_lee @questlove @chatkoff @TFFDisruptive

The 9th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, sponsored by AT&T and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey took place the morning of April 24th, 2018 to honor the diverse field of disruptors, revolutionaries, and game-changers whose breakthroughs are creating radical solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems.

Hosted by Tamron Hall, honorees included Questlove, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Beatrice Fihn, atom bomb survivor Koko Kondo, #NeverAgain activist Naomi Wadler, hip hop founder DJ Kool Herc, Howard W. Buffett, Ethereum’s Joe Lubin, hashtag inventor Chris Messina, Deborra-lee Furness, Sheila Nevins, literary legend Michiko Kakutani and more.

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Helmed by Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Craig Hatkoff, the awards celebrate those who have challenged the status quo and broken the mold to create world-changing impact.

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Highlights from the program included:

  • Naomi Wadler, the 11-year old #NeverAgain activist who made an empowering speech at the March for Our Lives earlier this year, received a standing ovation as she took the stage to accept her Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. She spoke passionately about the recent Waffle House shooting, pointing out the racial inequality and the bias of the shooter’s race, calling into light that “if the shooter had been a person of color, he would not have been offered bail.”

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    • Naomi received a surprise on-screen message from friend George Clooney which read: “Congratulations Naomi for your well-deserved honor. You and Carter remind us that the next generation won’t settle for the status quo and in demanding change, you give us all hope. This is an encouragement to keep going.”

  • Before presenting Etty Ausch for her Netflix documentary, One of Us, Fran Lebowitz asked if fellow Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award winner Dr. Waleed Hassanein of TransMedics could help with a very urgent transplant: “a heart and a brain for President Donald Trump.”

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  • Dr. William Magee, founder of Operation Smile, offered 7-year old Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award recipient Madden Humphries the opportunity to be a world ambassador for the organization.

  • Koko Kondo, Hiroshima atom bomb survivor, was brought to tears on stage as she was joined by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Beatrice Fihn to plant “seeds of change,” harvested from amongst the 150 surviving trees in Hiroshima, as a metaphor for the resilience of the human spirit, 72 years after the bombing.t18 540x339 - Event Recap:The Ninth Annual @Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards @disruptorawards @tamronhall @thesheilanevins @Deborra_lee @questlove @chatkoff @TFFDisruptive

 

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