On the surface, this evening event in the heart of the Financial District in New York City seems a lot like any other VIP-filled gala for the consumer technology industry. A who’s who cast of characters peppered the tables throughout Cipriani 25 Broadway. There was drinks and dancing throughout the evening. A silent auction greeted attendees as they walked through the door (with some pretty sweet consumer tech products up for grabs, I might add). Awards were handed out, and there were a few tears shed during heartfelt acceptance speeches.
For all intents and purposes, this seemed like another opportunity for the top-flight names in the industry to puff their chests out and take a break from the daily grind.
But to look at the ADL Awards Tribute Gala through that limited view would be akin to looking at an iceberg jutting out of the ocean and assuming you’ve seen all that there is to see. (A credit to the evening’s keynote speaker Jason Sirois for that imagery.)