The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards celebrate disruptive innovation across the full spectrum of traditional and non-traditional domains ranging from technology, biomed, politics, education, healthcare, spirituality, religion, economics, sports, fashion and philanthropy. The awards focus on breakthroughs occurring at the intersection of technology and culture where frequent clashes and resistance to change impede social progress and solutions for some of the world’s most vexing problems. TDIA serves as a living laboratory for advances in disruptive innovation theory and brings together the world’s most fascinating disruptors whose stories will inspire anyone with an interest in the process of innovation.


Held on Earth Day, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, TDIA 2016 traced the evolution of online crowdsourcing to advances in community coalitions, social reform and global conservation efforts.

Honorees include Dr. Richard Leakey, designer Thomas Heatherwick, Ron Suskind and his family, "Hamilton" star/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and "Birth of A Nation" filmmaker Nate Parker. ACLU Director Anthony Romero received his award via a robotic Beam-Bot, remote-controlled from a secure location by Edward Snowden.