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Award honorees: What was your Sputnik moment?

  • Sputnik's disruptive launch led to the space race and even the Internet
  • Tribeca Film Festival is honoring several people for creating their own Sputnik moments that changed history

In 1957, the launch of the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, changed the world forever. It was a moment of excitement, of amazement at what man could accomplish. But those feelings soon turned to fear because it meant the Soviet Union had the upper hand over the U.S. when it came to space exploration. That moment also proved to be a real disruption to the way we do things and how we live. Not only did Sputnik's launch set off the space race -- it would eventually lead to the invention of the Internet. It was a disruptive moment that changed the course of history, forever.

Every year, the Tribeca Film Festival draws some of the greatest storytellers in the world -- creative minds shaping and retelling history with their art -- and this year is no different. And for the 5th year, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards will be honoring amazing people who've created their own Sputnik moments: innovators whose ideas have broken the mold to create a significant impact in their fields.

We’re talking about everything from technology to sports to toys. Watch the video to meet just some a few of them, including the football coach who never punts and almost always wins and a woman who told cancer to "F"-off after her mother was diagnosed with the disease.

See more about the honorees and the 5th anniversary of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards on Morning Express with Robin Meade, starting this Wednesday at 6 am ET.

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