Last week we launched our Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards special section, honoring innovators in nine fields, ranging from technology to social progress to historical scholarship. Tonight, at a gala in Washington, DC, we celebrate our award winners: Elon Musk, Esperanza Spalding, Bryan Stevenson, Benh Zeitlin, Anne Kelly Knowles, Pardis Sabeti, Jack Andraka, Jim Anderson and Sebastian Thrun. Follow along as we liveblog quotes, interviews, photos and special updates from the gala as we champion the best in innovation.
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