The Smithsonian has been celebrating innovation in American culture for more than 150 years, and following in this tradition, Smithsonian magazine presents the American Ingenuity Awards, honoring revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, education and social progress. Winners and presenters have included Nobel laureates, rock stars and civil rights icons—from physicist Stephen Hawking, to Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, to musicians OK Go and St. Vincent, writer and educator Dave Eggers, and Emmy-award winner Aziz Ansari. The American Ingenuity Award itself was created by the artist Jeff Koons.

Learn more about the winners of the 2016 American Ingenuity Awards

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