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About Tedmed

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?

You can sign up for our mailing list through the footer at www.TEDMED.com, follow us on Twitter @TEDMED, "Like" us on Facebook, check out our Blog, and follow us on Google+.

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?

TEDMED partners with companies that have similar goals in advancing health and medicine through innovation, and who believe that the TEDMED platform can be an important vehicle to further their objectives in this area. If your company or organization is interested in partnering with TEDMED, please send us an email at partner@tedmed.com.

Is TEDMED owned by TED?

No. TEDMED is a licensee of TED that is focused on health and medicine. Though the management team of TEDMED is also involved with TED, TEDMED is independently owned and operated.

Is TEDMED a non-profit institution?

No. TEDMED is for-profit organization with the mission to advance health and medicine through innovation.

Who owns TEDMED?

TEDMED is owned by a consortium of investors, most of whom are longtime members of the TED movement.

The Event

When is TEDMED 2014?

TEDMED 2014 will be held from September 10-12 in Washington, DC, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and at a second location in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Where is TEDMED 2014?

TEDMED 2014 will be hosted at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. For more information about the Kennedy Center, please visit: http://www.kennedy-center.org/

Information about the venue in the San Francisco Bay Area will be posted shortly.

How many people attend the TEDMED event?

TEDMED typically hosts around 1,600 Delegates from many different industries, backgrounds and disciplines. In fact, many TEDMED Delegates are from outside the world of medicine, from the fields of science, technology, business, culture government, religion, law, military, media, the arts and education.

How much does it cost to attend TEDMED 2014?

The Delegate fee for the 2014 TEDMED Event is $4,950. Please be aware that this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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?

We welcome suggestions for future speakers, but please keep in mind that we try to feature a diverse group of speakers each year and capacity is extremely limited. If you would like to nominate someone to be a speaker, please click here

Where can I learn more about the programming for TEDMED 2014?

The program for TEDMED 2014 will be released within a couple of months of the event. We encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter so you will see the event program as soon as it becomes available.

Can I see a list for all Delegates of the upcoming 2014 TEDMED Event?

We do not have a public list of Delegates for the upcoming event. However, all attendees will receive a full list of Delegates with their other materials when arriving at TEDMED 2014.

Event Application

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?

Yes. If based on your application we believe that you can contribute to the TEDMED event, but if your application is not immediately approved (because of space limitations or an excess of previously approved applications in your particular field), we will place you on our Waiting List. We will make every effort to find you a spot at the event, and will notify you immediately if we can do so.

Is there an application decision deadline?

No. We review applications and grant acceptances on a rolling basis. This means that the earlier you apply, the greater the probability of acceptance, as fewer individuals will have been accepted with similar credentials.

Do you accept any forms of payment other than credit card?

Yes. If you would rather not use a credit card, we can send you an invoice. If you prefer this option, please contact us at admissions@tedmed.com for more information.

Do you offer any discounts or assistance programs for the TEDMED event?

We do not offer discounts. However, the TEDMED Front-Line Scholarships offer half- or full-fee scholarships for those who would make excellent Delegates to the event and would greatly benefit from attending, but who may need financial assistance to do so. Click here for more information on the Scholarships program.

TEDMED Content

Who owns the TEDMED videos?

All videos on this website are the property of and copyrighted by TEDMED, LLC. However, we make all videos available, free, to encourage medical innovation, and to keep the conversation started at the event continuing throughout the year.

Can I repost or publish TEDMED videos on another website or blog?

Yes, we encourage you to share TEDMED videos freely, as long as they are not used for commercial purposes. We believe that the topics and ideas discussed at TEDMED are too important to be discussed only once a year. However, we do prohibit any commercial use of copyrighted TEDMED media.

Can I re-edit and remix the TEDMED videos?

No. While we want TEDMED talks to be widely viewed, we do ask viewers to respect our copyright and the work of our speakers. Therefore, we ask that you not modify or distort the TEDMED videos in any way.

Do you post videos of all talks performed at TEDMED?

No, not all talks from TEDMED events are posted as videos on our website.

How are photos taken at TEDMED events used?

Any photos taken by TEDMED staff at any TEDMED event may be used to promote the event and community in a variety of ways, such as on our website or in promotional materials.

How can I obtain permission to use TEDMED content in a commercial project?

To obtain permission, please contact us here.

TEDMEDLive FAQs

What is TEDMEDLive Streaming?

During the TEDMED event, we stream all sessions from the TEDMED Stage in Washington, DC and in San Francisco, to locations (we call "affiliates") around the world. 

Affiliates program their part of this once-a-year global event by selecting the most relevant sessions that are of particular importance to their audience. Live simulcast and time-delayed (on demand) viewing capabilities of all sessions give affiliates maximum flexibility on scheduling during the 3 days and the following 2 days. Our mobile app can also be used by TEDMED Live Affiliates to bring the audiences together online.

May I have my own independent speakers?

When hosting a TEDMED Live simulcast we expect and encourage each affiliate to foster conversations and discussions about the TEDMED talks among its audience. This may even include involving your own subject matter experts to facilitate further discussion about the content delivered from the TEDMED stage.

However, in order to use the TEDMED Live logo and content, your gathering should be centered around the TEDMED simulcast content as the focal point. Independent speakers delivering content or talks unapproved by TEDMED is prohibited.


So TEDMEDLive is not a TEDx event?

No. TEDx events are mini TED-style, self-directed, one-day programs that occur at various times and places around the world. TEDx events must feature speakers that address a variety of topics and not a single subject. TEDMED is a once a year, 3 day event focused exclusively on health and medicine. It happens on our TEDMED stage simultaneously in Washington, DC and San Francisco - video from this event is streamed to our TEDMED Live affiliates. 

Affiliates can choose to participate by watching a live video stream or by watching our on-demand stream. This way, Affiliates can watch as TEDMED happens, or afterwards, through the weekend following the TEDMED event.


Why would my organization want to participate in TEDMEDLive Streaming?

Delegates in Washington, DC and San Francisco typically pay an event fee of $4,950 per person to attend the TEDMED event. 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 TEDMEDLive Streaming at no cost?

Thanks to support from our Partners, TEDMED Live is available worldwide and free to medical schools, teaching hospitals, health systems, academic and scientific societies, research institutions, health-focused government agencies and other qualified non-profits in the world of health and medicine, including key foundations, and some professional associations. 

Is there a deadline to sign-up for TEDMEDLive Streaming?

At this time, no application deadline has been established for TEDMED Live 2014.

Do attendees at TEDMEDLive Streaming affiliates just watch?

No. In addition to experiencing the TEDMED sessions in high definition, associates are encouraged to engage in conversations during breaks and communicate with other audiences online via TEDMED Connect. In some cases, TEDMED Live gatherings may even be asked to interact directly with the stage. Additionally, the conversations that happen off stage are just as important as what you experience from the stage.

When hosting a TEDMED Live simulcast, we expect and encourage each affiliate to foster conversations and discussions about the TEDMED talks among its audience. This may include involving your own subject matter experts to facilitate further discussion about the content delivered from the TEDMED stage. However, in order to use the TEDMED Live logo and content, your gathering should be centered around the TEDMED simulcast content as the focal point. Independent speakers delivering content or talks unapproved by TEDMED is prohibited


Can I charge admission or sell tickets to TEDMEDLive?

Any costs associated with organizing a Group Viewing are the responsibility of the host organization. TEDMED Live is provided on the condition that it is free to attendees in qualifying organizations. Local sponsors can be a good source of revenue to defray expenses. You should not charge your audience a fee to watch the event, and you should not seek to make a monetary profit from the event.


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 online and through TEDMED Connect.


When will TEDMED announce topics and speakers for all sessions?

The final program for TEDMED 2014 will be released a few weeks prior to the event. We encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed as speakers are announced, and to receive the final program as soon as it becomes available. You can sign up at the bottom of the home page at TEDMED.com.


We would like to listen to a specific speaker; when will we know the schedule?

Please refer to the previous question for more information. We encourage you to think of TEDMED more as an opportunity to inspire your audience about the possibilities in health and medicine and less as a channel for listening to any particular speaker or topic. Each TEDMED speaker is individually powerful. Yet, in unison with other session presentations, individual talks become far more poignant. For this reason, we strongly recommend that each 90-minute session be experienced in its entirety.

Does our organization have to simulcast the entire event or can we pick and choose which sessions we would like to join?

Your institution can simulcast as much – or as little – of TEDMED as you choose. For example, you might organize a one-day event with two or three 90-minute sessions (each session features five to seven speakers). Institutions that create a TEDMED Live event for at least one day using an auditorium-style format are permitted to offer free access to all TEDMED sessions via individual laptops and tablets. 

When hosting a TEDMED Live simulcast we expect and encourage each affiliate to foster conversations and discussions about the TEDMED talks among its audience. This may even include involving your own subject matter experts to facilitate further discussion about the content delivered from the TEDMED stage. However, in order to use the TEDMED Live logo and content, your gathering should be centered around the TEDMED simulcast content as the focal point. Independent speakers delivering content or talks unapproved by TEDMED is prohibited.



Is TEDMEDLive Streaming also being provided to international locations?

Yes, TEDMED Live is available around the world. For now, it is only transmitted in English.

How may international TEDMEDLive Streaming affiliates participate given the time differences?

To accommodate various time zones and scheduling preferences, affiliates also have the option to experience all of the TEDMED sessions on demand. This allows you to show an entire session as it happened on stage, but at a time of your choosing. Each session will be available to view on demand shortly after it has taken place. So, for example, you might select the Wednesday morning session and show it at your location on Thursday morning - or Thursday evening. It depends on what is most convenient for your local TEDMED Live audience. 

Can I view the simulcast via my personal computer?

Institutions that organize a TEDMED Live event (using either real-time or on-demand video streaming from both of the locations) for at least one day in an auditorium-style format are then permitted to offer desktop computer access to all TEDMED sessions.


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.

PC/Mac Requirements:

  • 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

Mobile Requirements:

  • 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 TEDMEDLive Streaming?

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.

BrowserOperating SystemDownload Location
ChromeWindows, MacOSwww.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
FirefoxWindows, MacOShttp://www.firefox.com/
SafariMacOShttp://www.apple.com/safari

When can we expect to test our system to ensure compatibility?

You will perform several tests before the event. We will send you instructions and links that will enable you to test your system for both live simulcast and on demand viewing.

How do I dedicate bandwidth to the event?

Contact your IT manager to assess your viewing location’s bandwidth capacity. Tell your organization’s IT department that you will be streaming 1 mbps (1000 kbps) of live SD video or 3 mbps (3000 kbps) of live HD video through a wired Internet connection on the date(s) of the event (based on TEDMED Live 2013's guidelines). Request that your IT department ensures your viewing location has dedicated bandwidth capacity so your audience does not experience lag time or stuttering video during the event.

Can I test my signal and/or bandwidth? When will we receive our password to test the simulcast?

Yes, you are required to test your signal and bandwidth. Password, procedures and test dates will be announced much closer to the event.

How will we connect to the event on the day it happens?

TEDMED will send you a password a few days prior to the event that will allow you to connect to the live simulcast and on demand viewing.

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?

In case your Internet connection fails on your end (not ours), consider having backup options such as redundancy in Internet service providers or making a DVD of select TEDMED2013 talks or 2014 sessions prior to your start.

Will you have a help desk for technical questions during the event?

Yes. We will provide details a few days before the event.

What if I have additional questions about TEDMED?

Please visit the Contact Us page. If you have questions regarding TEDMED Live, please email tedmedlive@tedmed.com

Front-Line Scholarships

How does TEDMED ensure that its Delegation represents a broad cross-section of different disciplines, professions and perspectives?

TEDMED works diligently to recruit and curate a broad and diverse community of Delegates. To help achieve that goal, we have created the TEDMED Front-Line Scholarship program.

How does the Front-Line Scholarships program work?

TEDMED Front-Line Scholarships can cover all or part of the TEDMED event fee. This enables participation in TEDMED events by applicants who could not otherwise afford to attend.

What does TEDMED require of the recipient of a Scholarship grant?

In exchange for a scholarship grant to attend TEDMED, we ask that each scholarship recipient commit to 8 hours of service to the TEDMED community. Service hours may be satisfied in a number of different ways. As TEDMED 2014 gets closer, we will prepare funds, develop the program, provide insight into the available opportunities to satisfy service hours and open the application process. Please see the FAQ's below for a greater understanding of the program.

Are these full scholarships?

The program offers a mix of half scholarships ($2,475) and full scholarships ($4,950). There are more half scholarships than full scholarships. This enables TEDMED to assist the greatest number of people to attend.

Where does the money come from?

The scholarship awards are possible through the generous support of our major Partners, TEDMED Patrons and TEDMED. Participating Partners include: GE; Johnson & Johnson; The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Xerox; The California Endowment; Booz Allen Hamilton; Mars, Inc.; Panasonic; Verizon Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; and Target.

Who is eligible to receive a TEDMED Front-Line Scholarship?

Anyone who is an innovator or leader or on the front lines of medicine, public service or research is eligible. This includes patients and journalists. It also includes experts from non-medical fields who are looking to apply their experience and knowledge to the world of health and medicine.

What kinds of individuals apply for TEDMED Front-Line Scholarships?

TEDMED encourages innovators and leaders on the front lines of health and medicine to apply.
For example:
  • 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?

The TEDMED Admissions Office.

How is the decision made to award a scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of three factors:
(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?

Yes. TEDMED awards scholarships to men and women of all ages, races, backgrounds and beliefs, and to individuals with disabilities or special needs.

How quickly do applicants learn if they have been selected or approved for a scholarship?

The TEDMED Admissions Office will review each application and typically get back to the applicant within 2 weeks with an acceptance or with follow-up questions. We advise applicants quickly so that front-line medical personnel will have sufficient time to arrange for their responsibilities to be covered by colleagues while they attend the event.

If an applicant is turned down for a full scholarship, can he or she apply for a half scholarship?

No. Applicants may apply only once per year. In addition, we try not to grant scholarships to the same person more than once.  For example - anyone who receives a scholarship in 2013 may reapply in 2014.

What information about me do you make public?

Names and affiliations of applicants are not published unless the applicant is accepted and uses a scholarship to attend TEDMED. TEDMED is committed to transparency so that the community can see how scholarship funds are used.

Are scholarships transferable? For example, can the designated recipient transfer the scholarship to someone else in the same organization?

No. Scholarships are not transferable.

How many scholarships will TEDMED award?

TEDMED will award as many scholarships as possible until the entire Scholarship fund has been awarded in Delegate fees. The final number of Delegates who receive funds will depend on how many half scholarships and how many full scholarships are awarded.

Can government employees accept scholarships from private organizations such as TEDMED?

Public employees are urged to check with their own agency or department for guidelines.

Great Challenges

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?

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.


Speaker Nomination

How do I suggest a Speaker?

Use our Speaker Nomination Form, and fill in as much information as you can. This form goes directly to our Editorial Team.

Can I suggest someone I don't know personally? You ask for their email address, and I don't know it.

Yes.  Please fill out as much information as you have on the speaker you are nominating.  

Can I suggest someone I work for, or a client of mine?

Yes.

Can I suggest myself as a speaker?

Yes. 

Can I speak at TEDMED by becoming a Partner?

No. Being a TEDMED Partner has many benefits, but a guaranteed speaking slot is not one of them. For more about Partnering with TEDMED, please send us an email at partner@tedmed.com. 

Will it help if I submit multiple nominations, or have my friends or employees nominate me several times?

No. It only takes one nomination. 

Is there a deadline for suggesting a speaker?

We accept nominations for speakers year-round.  Typically, we are working to finalize the program about three to six months before an event.

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?

At TEDMED, everyone hears every presentation; there are no breakout sessions or tracks, no keynotes, and very rarely are there panels.

What do you pay speakers?

Neither TED nor TEDMED pay speakers.  However, there are many benefits to speaking at TEDMED.  When you take the stage at TEDMED, you address an extraordinary gathering of leaders and creators in many different fields – all in one place.  Your appearance will be seen around the world via TEDMEDLive, our remote simulcast. And after the live event, a broadcast quality video of your talk will be posted on TEDMED.com, where millions can view it for many years to come.