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What is TEDMED?
TEDMED is a multi-disciplinary community of innovators and leaders who share a common determination to create a better future in health and medicine.
Today’s challenges in health and medicine are rooted in a complex web of poorly understood interdependencies among social, commercial, economic, regulatory, cultural and medical issues.
Progress against our challenges demands our best thinkers and doers from every discipline, whether in health and medicine or not, to figure out how to connect the seemingly unconnected.
The history of mankind is filled with astonishing leaps of imagination and invention that have produced huge gains in our quality of life.
We need a place to celebrate the best in us, to restore our sense of hope and possibility, to connect with people of common goals but varied experiences in search of the unexpected, to reconnect with ourselves and meaning in our work, to inspire new thinking and energize our world view, to raise the bar on what can be done, to rededicate ourselves to taking a leadership approach in our lives.
That’s why we are building TEDMED.
At its core, TEDMED is a celebration of human achievement and the power of connecting the unconnected in creative ways to change our world in health and medicine.
How can I stay informed about TEDMED?
How can I become involved with TEDMED?
First, join the TEDMED community by creating a member profile
Next, join the discussion on issues you care about in our Great Challenges Program. TEDMED is about sharing ideas and perspectives from passionate people all over the globe who represent many different disciplines, both medical and non-medical. The Great Challenges Program keeps the conversation going all year long.
Can I serve as a volunteer in some capacity to help the TEDMED event?
We welcome creative and talented people who want to lend their time and skills to help make TEDMED a success. If you're interested in collaborating with us, feel free to contact us.
Here are a couple of areas where your skills would be helpful:
- Speaker Coaching: We are committed to making all talks on the TEDMED stage world-class. If you are an experienced speaker or speechwriter, you could help our speakers polish their talks.
- Speaker Presentation Materials: If you are a talented designer and/or illustrator with experience in bringing presentations to life, you could help with our speaker presentation materials.
How can I become a TEDMED Partner?
Is TEDMED owned by TED?
Is TEDMED a non-profit institution?
Who owns TEDMED?
When is TEDMED 2014?
Where is TEDMED 2014?
How many people attend the TEDMED event?
How much does it cost to attend TEDMED 2014?
What does my Delegate fee cover?
The fee covers all TEDMED Sessions during the day and TEDMED events during afternoons and evenings. The fee also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, which are served to TEDMED Delegates between Main Hall sessions, or at evening events.
Your fee, however, does not cover lodging, which you are responsible for booking.
How do I suggest a potential speaker for TEDMED?
How will I know if a speaker I nominated is selected?
Where can I learn more about the programming for TEDMED 2014?
Can I see a list for all Delegates of the upcoming 2014 TEDMED Event?
Who Should Attend TEDMED 2014?
TEDMED is a community of accomplished doers and thinkers who are passionate about the future of health and medicine.
While many of our Delegates are from the worlds of health and medicine, many are also from science, technology, business, government, religion, law, military, media, the arts and education, among many other fields. Our goal is to have cardiologists talking to mathematicians...who talk to chemists...who talk to insurance executives...who talk to musicians...who talk to medical school directors... and so on.
It is this invigorating, unconventional mix of perspectives that gives TEDMED its ability to foster nonstop intellectual cross–pollination of news, views and ideas.
How do I apply for TEDMED 2014?
TEDMED welcomes participation from a broad cross-section of society, both from within and outside the fields of medicine and technology. If you are passionate about creating a healthier world, we encourage you to apply to attend TEDMED 2014 and embark in an amazing journey of possibilities. All applications are reviewed and answered within as soon as possible, normally within 2 weeks.
Why is there an application process for TEDMED 2014?
We review each application to ensure that we have participation from a broad cross-section of society, both from within and outside the fields of medicine and technology. TEDMED creates an environment to foster unexpected collaborations between individuals in different fields. The application process allows us to assemble a multi-disciplinary and talented delegation.
Who decides who gets to attend TEDMED?
Attendance is by application or invitation. Applications are reviewed by our admissions team, with guidelines established by our advisors from corporations, foundations, medical institutions, and government agencies.
Do you have a Waiting List for TEDMED 2014?
Is there an application decision deadline?
Do you accept any forms of payment other than credit card?
Do you offer any discounts or assistance programs for the TEDMED event?
Who owns the TEDMED videos?
Can I repost or publish TEDMED videos on another website or blog?
Can I re-edit and remix the TEDMED videos?
Do you post videos of all talks performed at TEDMED?
How are photos taken at TEDMED events used?
How can I obtain permission to use TEDMED content in a commercial project?
What is TEDMED Live?
Affiliates program their part of this once-a-year global event by selecting the most relevant Kennedy Center sessions that are of particular importance to their audience. Live simulcast and time-delayed (on demand) viewing capabilities of all Kennedy Center sessions give affiliates maximum flexibility on scheduling during the 3 days and the following 2 days. Our mobile app, known as TEDMED Connect, brings the audiences together in various ways.
So TEDMED Live is not a TEDx event?
Why would my organization want to participate in TEDMED Live?
On-site Delegates typically pay an event fee of $4,950 per person to attend the TEDMED event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The TEDMED Live simulcast program offers an unparalleled opportunity for your constituents to see, hear and participate directly in an exciting multi-disciplinary dialog about health and medicine – live, at no charge, and without having to travel. There is no other experience in which your staff, team, faculty or students can experience the dazzling interplay of such varied minds, including Nobel Prize-winning scientists, the world’s most respected doctors and researchers, brilliant technology innovators and world-class artists.
Who is eligible to receive TEDMED Live at no cost?
Is there a deadline to sign-up for TEDMED Live?
Do attendees at TEDMED Live affiliates just watch?
No. In addition to experiencing the TEDMED sessions in high definition, and seeing local speakers live, associates are encouraged to engage in conversations during breaks and communicate with other audiences via TEDMED Connect, our mobile app. During the live simulcast, associates may also ask questions directly to speakers on the Kennedy Center stage. The conversations that happen off stage are just as important as what you experience from the stage.
Can I charge admission or sell tickets to TEDMED Live?
Will there be a Program Guide?
Each TEDMED Live affiliate is encouraged to create its own program guide. We will provide you with the speaker line-up for each TEDMED session and biographies for each of the speakers. A few weeks before the event, we’ll publish the final schedule for sessions and speakers. This session data will also be available through TEDMED Connect.
When will TEDMED announce topics and speakers for all sessions at the April 9-11 event?
We would like to listen to a specific speaker; when will we know the schedule?
Does our organization have to simulcast the entire event or can we pick and choose which sessions we would like to join?
TEDMED is taking place on the U.S. East Coast (Eastern Standard Time zone), but my organization is in a different time zone. Is there an option to time-shift or delay sessions?
Is TEDMED Live also being provided to international locations?
How may international TEDMED Live affiliates participate given the time differences?
Can I view the simulcast via my individual computer?
Institutions that organize a TEDMED Live event (using either real-time or on-demand video streaming from the Kennedy Center) for at least one day in an auditorium-style format are then permitted to offer desktop computer access to all TEDMED sessions during April 9-11.
What are the technical requirements needed to participate in the simulcast?
The technical requirements for TEDMED Live 2014 will be available closer to the event. In the meantime, you can reference the requirements for TEDMED Live 2013:
Affiliates needed a minimum of 1 Mbps (1000 kbps) for SD or 3 Mbps (3000 kbps) for HD through a wired Internet connection and a large display screen/monitor suitable for the size of your auditorium or event room.
- The latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari
- The latest version of Flash
- Display: 1280x720 (720p)
- 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster (Mac) or 2.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster (PC) processor
- At least 256MB (Mac) or 512MB (PC) of RAM
- 64MB or greater video card
- Connection to a dedicated Ethernet line with at least 1 Mbps download bandwidth for SD or 3 Mbps for HD
- Current iOS device,
- Current Android phone or tablet with a high level of desktop Flash support, or
- Current Windows Tablet (NOTE: At this time we do not support Windows Phone playback.)
What type of browser do we need to view TEDMED Live?
We recommend you use Chrome, Firefox and Safari, but not Internet Explorer. It is recommended that you update your browser to the latest version for the best results.
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Do we need any other special software?
You will need the latest version of Flash.
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I can't download the required software to my computer. What do I do?
When can we expect to test our system to ensure compatibility?
How do I dedicate bandwidth to the event?
Can I test my signal and/or bandwidth? When will we receive our password to test the simulcast?
How will we connect to the event on the day it happens?
When will each of the TEDMED sessions be simulcast live?
A preliminary TEDMED 2014 schedule will be available much closer to the event.
What if our Internet connection fails?
Do you have redundancy in connections in case something goes wrong with the feed?
- Two separate fiber lines out of the Kennedy Center
- Web encoding at main distribution center and back up encoding onsite at the Kennedy Center
- Manual tape backup delivered to distribution center (20-minute delay)
My institution was unable to participate this year, but is interested in viewing the sessions. Are all sessions available to be viewed?
We have already started posting videos from TEDMED 2013 stage presentations at www.tedmed.com/videos, and will continue to do so on a weekly basis. Editing and uploading footage from the conference takes some time, so speakers' talks will be shared as soon as they are ready. However, there is no schedule available that indicates the order in which the videos will be uploaded.
Will you have a help desk for technical questions during the event?
What if I have additional questions about TEDMED?
How does TEDMED ensure that its Delegation represents a broad cross-section of different disciplines, professions and perspectives?
How does the Front-Line Scholarships program work?
What does TEDMED require of the recipient of a Scholarship grant?
Are these full scholarships?
Where does the money come from?
Who is eligible to receive a TEDMED Front-Line Scholarship?
What kinds of individuals apply for TEDMED Front-Line Scholarships?
- Nurses and doctors (specialists of all kinds; family medicine and GPs; RNs and LPNs; etc.)
- First responders (firefighters, EMTs, ambulance drivers, paramedics, etc., whether paid or volunteer; medical social workers; police; etc.)
- Military personnel (military doctors, nurses and medics; U.S. Defense Dept. health program directors and staff; VA medical and support staff; etc.)
- Hospital and urgent care staff (non-profit and for-profit hospital administrators, staff, etc.)
- Mental health professionals (psychiatrists and psychologists; mental health counselors; mental health clinic directors; clergy with counseling responsibilities and programs; etc.)
- Healthcare and fitness providers and therapists (physical therapists; rehab counselors and therapists; occupational therapists; chiropractors; audiologists; speech therapists; dentists and dental personnel; dieticians and nutritionists; home health aides; respiratory therapists; athletic coaches and trainers; industrial hygienists; etc.)
- Health-oriented government personnel (federal, state and county health officials; health-related agency and policy directors and staff; public policy experts and analysts; public health administrators; etc.)
- Health-related technology experts (computer programmers and Web developers; prosthetics & robotics engineers and developers; clinical technologists; biomedical engineers; etc.)
- Patients and supporters (cancer and heart attack survivors; patient counselors; patient advocates; etc.)
- Health-oriented educators and students (university, college and professional school administrators and professors; medical students; public policy and health policy students; etc.)
- Health-related knowledge workers (academic and industrial medical and scientific researchers; environmental health specialists; health science journalists, editors and publishers; health information specialists; health science librarians; etc.)
- Non-profit organization leaders and staff (NGO leaders and personnel; community program directors; philanthropic workers and leaders; etc.)
- Innovators and leaders of for-profit companies with a strongly health focused public service mission (Note: the applicant’s job and responsibilities must be directly related to health and medicine).
Who decides which applicants receive TEDMED Front-Line scholarships?
How is the decision made to award a scholarship?
(a) professional merit;
(b) financial need; and
(c) creating a multi-disciplinary TEDMED Delegate pool that represents as many different fields as possible.
Is TEDMED an equal opportunity organization?
How quickly do applicants learn if they have been selected or approved for a scholarship?
If an applicant is turned down for a full scholarship, can he or she apply for a half scholarship?
What information about me do you make public?
Are scholarships transferable? For example, can the designated recipient transfer the scholarship to someone else in the same organization?
How many scholarships will TEDMED award?
Can government employees accept scholarships from private organizations such as TEDMED?
What are the Great Challenges of Health and Medicine?
For the purposes of TEDMED’s program, the Great Challenges of Health and Medicine are defined as complex problems with medical and non-medical causes, effects and dimensions. As such, these Challenges cannot be solved through any one-shot solution, magic bullet, laboratory breakthrough or test-tube cure.
For this reason, Great Challenges such as childhood obesity, the caregiver crisis, and the others on our list must be addressed by examining many factors simultaneously – not just medical and scientific, but also social, economic, environmental, political, legal, ethical and more.
What is the Great Challenges Program?
TEDMED’s Great Challenges Program provides an online platform for our multi-disciplinary community to engage in year-round dialog on 20 difficult and persistent Challenges in health and medicine. The Challenges were selected by the TEDMED community.
What is the goal of the Great Challenges Program?
The goal of TEDMED’s Great Challenges Program is not find solutions to the complex problems that our community has selected to focus on, but rather to generate a deeper and broader understanding that can set the stage for truly effective action.
What are the 20 Great Challenges and how are they selected?
The list of this year’s 20 great Challenges can be found here.
In April of 2012, TEDMED community members across the U.S. learned about a list of 50 proposed Great Challenges, then voted to determine 20 that would be TEDMED’s focus for the coming year. The Challenges that received the most votes are included in this year’s roster.
How can I get involved with the Great Challenges Program?
You can get involved by joining the community at GreatChallenges. Create an account and contribute to the dialog on one or more Challenges that interests you. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions, share opinions and comments, post useful links, and engage in online conversation with our Challenge Teams and with other community members. TEDMED also encourages community members to spread the word and bring their own networks and contacts to the program.
Is there a way I can get updates about the Great Challenges Program?
There are a number of ways you can stay up to date, including:
- Joining our mailing list
- Following us on Twitter
- Finding us on Facebook
- Reading our Blog
- Subscribing to our RSS feed
- Continually checking the Great Challenges Website for the most recently posted content
- Participate in one or both of the live online "town halls" that each Challenge Team will generate, by asking questions or posting comments.
Who are the Great Challenge Team members and what do they do?
For each Challenge, TEDMED has recruited a team of six or seven experts in various relevant fields, such that each Team combines multi-disciplinary perspectives about its specific Challenge. Team members interact with each other and the community by answering questions submitted by the community and discussing the issues of greatest concern and participating in live online events.
What are the steps of the Great Challenges program and how can I tell which step a Challenge is on?
The following image explains the steps each Challenge will go through:
You can find out what stage a specific Challenge is on by going to that Challenge’s "discuss" page and checking the graphic at the top of the page.
I want to know more about a particular Challenge – where can I find some information about it?
You can learn more about a Challenge by going to the page about that Challenge and clicking the "About" tab. You can also click on the "Explore" tab after each Team has answered the initial round of questions, read or hear their responses and check out other comments, questions and resources posted by the community.
Where can I submit questions for a particular Challenge?
You can submit questions by going to the page about that Challenge and clicking the "Discuss" tab.
How are the questions selected or curated?
All questions submitted by the TEDMED community are reviewed by the Hasting Center, a respected think tank for bioethics and public policy. Questions are selected according to which topics arise most frequently, which issues are most thought provoking and which questions appear likely to generate the most useful and enlightening discussion.
Where can I leave my comments for a particular Challenge?
You can comment on a specific Challenge by going to the page about that Challenge and clicking the "Discuss" tab.
Where and when can I view Challenge Team member responses?
Approximately 10 days after the initial round of questions for a Challenge are posted on the "Discuss" page, we will add responses by the Team Members at the "Explore" page.
What are the Great Challenges Live Events and how can I participate?
Between now and next March, each Challenge Team will hold two online live "town halls" allowing any member of the TEDMED community to post questions and see replies in real time.
Will the Great Challenges Program be a part of TEDMED 2013?
Yes. At TEDMED 2013, held from April 16-19 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, attending Delegates will have an opportunity to focus on the Great Challenges in a program called "The Science of Storytelling".
On Friday, April 19, this program will take participating Delegates to George Washington University where they will organize by Challenge and work with professional storytellers, each of whom has a medical or scientific background. Delegates will learn new communications skills and will share their insights and stories about their particular Challenge of interest.
Since one Challenge in the program deals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, why aren’t cancer or other diseases represented?
Two of the original 50 proposed Challenges did deal with large classes of diseases, one of which was cancer in youth populations. Both of these Challenges were carefully framed within a larger context of social, political, economic, legal, ethical and environmental factors.
The final 20 Challenges that are included in this year’s Program were determined by vote of the TEDMED community.
How do I suggest a Speaker?
Can I suggest someone I don't know personally? You ask for their email address, and I don't know it.
Can I suggest someone I work for, or a client of mine?
Can I suggest myself as a speaker?
Can I speak at TEDMED by becoming a Partner?
Will it help if I submit multiple nominations, or have my friends or employees nominate me several times?
Is there a deadline for suggesting a speaker?
Will you let me know if the person I’ve nominated has been selected to speak at TEDMED?
Due to the volume of nominations that we receive, we regret that we can’t directly correspond with everyone who nominates a speaker, sorry. However, we review and consider every nomination, and will contact you if we need more information.
Do you have keynotes or panels?
What do you pay speakers?