Some people thought it would never happen, but TEDxHarlem organizers weren’t going to prove them right. While the original venue was changed from the famous Apollo Theater to the historic Riverside Church and the price for general admission tickets slashed after complaints were made about the initial ticket price, the inaugural event occurred without a snag on Tuesday.

Kicking off with inspirational words from Marcus Glover, founder and curator of TEDxHarlem, the one-day interactive conference was comprised of various demonstrations, performances and short discussions, broken up into four movements that explored the latest ideas in innovation. Each movement tied into the forum’s overall theme, “Creating Waves,” which addresses the concept that ideas can spread and make an impact, despite their origin.

Over 20 presenters and performers took the stage throughout each of the movements: The Global Future: Topics That Will Impact Your World Tomorrow, hosted by economic consultant and green activist Majora Carter; The Application of Ideas: Ideas in Motion, presented by Cisco Vice President Carlos Dominguez; Innovation and Triumph: How We Did It, hosted by Founder and CEO of Team Epiphany Coltrane Curtis, and Actionable Movements: The Challenge, The Call to Action, hosted by Harriette Cole, president and creative director at Harriette Cole Media.