Does NYU Have Bieber Fever?

As I bicycled to and arrived at NYU this morning, there was a huge security detail around the Stern Business School. While there was the usual presence of NYU Campus Safety and NYPD officers, a new batch of guards wearing Tribeca Film Festival badges were also on the scene. After some quick online searches, I found that the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards ceremony is here today at Stern.

The third annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, hosted by NYU Stern School of Business, on April 27. The 11th edition of TFF runs April 18 to 29.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, and John Wood, founder of Room to Read. Wood has opened over 13,500 libraries around the world at a cost of $5,000 per library. The Book of the Year honor will go to Thinking, Fast and Slow by Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) will be returning this year with Agency Program Manager Dr. Gill Pratt showcasing the Hummingbird, DARPA’s prototype nano-drone, as well as a new prototype making its debut from DARPA’s M3 program—the Cheetah. The roster of other award winners is a colorful and eclectic group spanning several realms of culture and society, among them pop superstar Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun, honored for the historic discovery of Bieber on YouTube and his subsequent social media rise; producer Rick Rubin, for founding Def Jam Records 30 years ago in an NYU dorm room; and oncologist Steven A. Curley for his advances in cancer treatments.

While there are a good number of heavy hitters attending, I suspect that the larger-than-normal detail is due to Justin Bieber.

I don’t think I saw this level of security when David Cameron spoke on campus in March, and he’s only the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

(Via We Are Movie Geeks.)

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