TEDMED is … a collaborative experience that challenges, equips and inspires its delegates to think bigger, dream bigger, and be bigger.
– Mary P., Delegate, TEDMED 2013
An annual two and a half day gathering, TEDMED brings together inspiring speakers, influential Delegates, innovative start-ups and a passionate global audience. This November 30-December 2, 2016, our community will gather in Palm Springs, CA and remotely across the globe via TEDMED Live streaming.
TEDMED was the most stimulating conference I have ever been to. Instead of focusing on one area that closes off your train of thought, you are exposed to a celebration of innovation across all fields - biology, health, technology, humanitarianism, education and the arts. It really stimulates your creative process.
– Charles D., Delegate, TEDMED 2014
Featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances, TEDMED’s unique stage program reframes the way we think and inspires critical new possibilities for a healthier future.
Participating as a group 'tuning in’ to TEDMED proved extremely powerful for our campus... Thank you for making the opportunity available!
– Nina G., Affiliate, TEDMED Live 2014
Thanks to the support of our partners and Delegates, TEDMED's stage program is shared via live stream at no cost with teaching hospitals, medical schools, government agencies and select non-profits around the world – ensuring those on the frontlines of health and medicine have access to this important content. In 2014, TEDMED Live was accessed in 147 countries by 5000 affiliate organizations representing over 200,000 participants.
My favorite part of the experience was the opportunity to meet and engage with so many thinkers, creators and do-ers! In was astounding to me how literally turning to the person next to me and starting a conversation often led to potential collaborations!
– Barbara Natterson Horowitz, Speaker, TEDMED 2014
Representing every field from A (architects) to Z (zoologists), the breathtaking range of experiences and perspectives among the TEDMED Delegates provides the richest possible landscape for creative collisions inspiring important new relationships.
A healthy society is everyone’s business. That’s why TEDMED speakers are thought leaders and accomplished individuals from every sector of society, both inside and outside of medicine. Whether they come from science, business, academia, government, law, media or the arts -- whether they are doctors, patients or Muppets -- the extraordinary voices of the TEDMED stage unlock our imaginations. They inspire new thinking that can lead to a healthier world.
A single session of TEDMED might include a Nobel Prize-winning researcher, a dance troupe, a health activist, a venture capitalist and a brilliant young medical student. Each is selected because they have an amazing story to share…and a different way of looking at the world.
The Hive program explores the technology, creativity and innovation that contribute to a healthier future. Dedicated to embracing transformative startups and inspiring entrepreneurs, TEDMED brings together the leaders of today with the leaders of tomorrow by inviting startups and the creative, multi-disciplinary entrepreneurs powering new approaches to innovation and scalable game-changing ideas.
Our stage program is only a fraction of TEDMED - the full experience involves many more activities and interactive installations that catalyze discussion and stimulate new relationships.
To kickstart each day, we begins each morning with "TEDMED Health" to get the blood pumping with activities like hiking, running, yoga and meditation to help get you ready for the day ahead. After fueling up with a nutritious breakfast, the day is spent alternating between inspiring and thought-provoking talks from our speakers, and meals and interaction with fellow Delegates, who comprise a truly multi-disciplinary group of change-makers passionate about creating a healthier world.
During breaks between sessions, The Hive offers innovative hands-on activities, beautiful art exhibits, and of course meet-ups with all of our speakers and with The Hive Innovators. On both Wednesday and Thursday evening, take the chance to kick back, relax and share new ideas over food, drinks and performances at our opening reception and evening celebration.
TEDMED 2016 will take place in sunny Palm Springs, California at the La Quinta Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. The location was selected to help foster and nurture the important connections of the TEDMED community. This unique setting enables Delegates to stay on-site around the clock – enjoying the full program, social engagements, and lodging all in one place, while fully embracing the powerful ideas that will undoubtedly be shared.
Frank Capra was one of a long line of artists who found creative inspiration in this tranquil desert retreat and ultimately made La Quinta his home; he called it “the Shangri-La of screenwriting” and it was at La Quinta that Capra wrote many of his screenplays. He believed there was something magical here, and TEDMED is excited about incorporating this rich history – and maybe even a little magic – into this year’s event as we share important stories in health and medicine.
The result is an immersive experience that challenges us to reframe our mental models, ignite new thinking, energize our work and enlarge our worldview.We will leave TEDMED imagining fresh possibilities and recommitted to our contribution to a healthier future.
We hope you’ll join us.