TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination
Attend TEDMED 2014 | September 10-12 | Washington, DC | San Francisco, CA
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In Proud Partnership with Leading Institutions 
AMA Stanford UCSF

 

About the Event

TEDMED is a global community of leading doers and thinkers from every walk of life. Our goal is to seed the innovations in health and medicine of today, making the breakthroughs of tomorrow possible.

We are best known for our annual three-day gathering that brings together inspiring speakers, influential Delegates and innovative start-ups.

TEDMED curates a unique and provocative program featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances that reframe the way we think and inspire critical new possibilities for the future of health and medicine. TEDMED also offers evening entertainments, thought-provoking conversations with Delegates and Speakers, and a showcase of inspiring bio-health startups that live in "The Hive".

The result is an immersive experience that challenges us to recharge our brains, ignite new thinking, energize our work and enlarge our worldview. We leave TEDMED imagining fresh possibilities and solutions for the future of health and medicine.


TEDMED 2014: One Event. One Program. Two Stages

 

From September 10-12, 2014, we are bringing together Delegates in two host cities - Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA- from across the globe for this year’s TEDMED gathering. These Delegates will simultaneously participate in a unified, digitally-linked program with equal numbers of live Speakers, Delegates, and innovative Hive startups.

We are proud to announce that TEDMED is partnering with medical research institutions Stanford Medicine and The University of California. Find out more.

The full stage program from both cities will be simulcast via TEDMED Live Streaming to over 100 countries. TEDMED Live is available for free to thousands of medical organizations, academic institutions, teaching hospitals, non-profit organizations, government facilities worldwide.

We hope you'll join us for TEDMED 2014 as we unlock the power of imagination in the hopes of building a healthier, more vibrant world.

See Photos from TEDMED 2013

Who Attends

TEDMED’s community is multi-disciplinary – our Delegates represent every field from A (architects) to Z (zoologists). They also cover every specialty within health and medicine, and the associated technical and scientific disciplines.  

This breathtaking range of experiences and perspectives provides the richest possible landscape for creative collisions. Any chance meeting at TEDMED can lead to exciting new ideas and insights. Each conversation with a new person could reveal new trends, treatments and technologies – or spark them.

Are you passionate about creating a healthier world? Are you full of ideas on how to improve society's take on medicine? If so, you’re encouraged to bring your passion to TEDMED 2014. All applications are reviewed and answered within one day. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available.

TEDMED 2014 Schedule

This schedule is subject to change so be sure to check often for updates. We provide complimentary transportation via TEDMED Trolleys from our listed hotels to and from the venues during mornings and evenings. Transportation to and from airports and at odd times back and forth to venues is on your own.

Tuesday, SEPT 9

  • 12:00 - 7:00 PM ET
    Check-in + Badge Pickup
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 7:00 - 11:00 PM ET
    Hotel Check-in, Networking & Night Cap
    Hotel Bars

Wednesday, SEPT 10

  • 7:45 - 8:45 AM ET
    Breakfast & Networking
    The Hive 
  • 9:00 - 10:40 AM ET
    SESSION:
    "Turn it Upside Down"
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 10:55 - 11:30 AM ET
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 11:30 - 12:45 PM ET
    Lunch
    The Hive & Sequoia Restaurant
  • 1:00 - 2:45 PM ET
    SESSION:
    “We Just Don’t Know”
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 3:00 - 3:45 PM ET
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 4:45 - 6:15 PM ET
    SESSION:
    “Flat Out Amazing”
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 7:00 - 11:00 PM ET
    Evening Celebration
    Library of Congress
  • 11:00 PM ET
    Night Cap & Networking
    Hotel bars

Thursday, SEPT 11

  • 6:30 - 7:30 AM ET
    TEDMED Health: Run, Sun Salutations & Overdrive
  • 7:15 - 8:15 AM ET
    Breakfast & Networking
    The Hive
  • 8:30 - 10:10 AM ET
    SESSION:
    “Stealing Smart”
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 10:25 - 11:15 AM ET
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 11:15 - 12:30 PM ET
    Lunch
    The Hive & Sequoia Restaurant
  • 12:45 - 2:30 PM ET
    SESSION:
    “Don’t You Dare Talk About This”
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 2:45 - 3:35 PM ET
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 4:30 - 6:05 PM ET
    SESSION:
    “Play is Not a Waste of Time”
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 7:00 - 10:00 PM ET
    Partner Dinners & Dine on your own
  • 10:00 PM ET
    Night Cap & Networking
    Hotel bars

Friday SEPT 12

  • 6:00 - 7:00 AM ET
    TEDMED Health: Run, Sun Salutations & Overdrive 
  • 7:00 - 7:45 AM ET
    Breakfast & Networking
    The Hive
  • 8:00 - 9:40 AM ET
    SESSION:
    “Human Nature Inside and Out”
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 9:55 - 10:30 AM ET
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 11:00 - 12:40 PM ET
    SESSION:
    “Weird and Wonderful”
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 12:55 - 2:15 PM ET
    Speaker Meetups & Lunch
    The Hive
  • 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET
    SESSION:
    “I Was Just Thinking Too Small”
    Eisenhower Theater
  • 4:00 PM ET
    Departure

Tuesday, SEPT 9

  • 12:00 - 7:00 PM PT
    Check-in + Badge Pickup
    Palace Theatre
  • 7:00 - 11:00 PM PT
    Hotel Check-in, Networking & Night Cap
    Hotel Bars

Wednesday, SEPT 10

  • 8:00 - 9:15 AM PT
    Breakfast & Networking
    The Hive 
  • 9:30 - 11:10 AM PT
    SESSION:
    “We Just Don’t Know”
    Palace Theatre
  • 11:25 - 12:05 PM PT
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 12:05 - 1:30 PM PT
    Lunch
    The Hive & Rotunda
  • 1:45 - 3:15 PM PT
    SESSION:
    “Flat Out Amazing”
    Palace Theatre
  • 3:30 - 4:00 PM PT
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 4:45 - 6:25 PM PT
    SESSION:
    “Turn It Upside Down”
    Palace Theatre
  • 7:00 - 11:00 PM PT
    Evening Celebration
    San Francisco City Hall
  • 11:00 PM PT
    Night Cap & Networking
    Hotel bars

Thursday, SEPT 11

  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM PT
    TEDMED Health: Antigravity Yoga & Surfset TM & Sand Crunch Gym
  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM PT
    TEDMED Health: Mindfulness Training
    The Hive
  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM PT
    Breakfast & Networking
    The Hive
  • 9:45 - 11:15 AM PT
    SESSION:
    “Don’t You Dare Talk About This”
    Palace Theatre
  • 11:30 - 12:00 PM PT
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 12:00 - 1:15 PM PT
    Lunch
    The Hive & Rotunda
  • 1:30 - 3:05 PM PT
    SESSION:
    “Play Is Not a Waste of Time”
    Palace Theatre
  • 3:20 - 4:00 PM PT
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 4:45 - 6:25 PM PT
    SESSION:
    “Stealing Smart”
    Palace Theatre
  • 7:00 - 10:00 PM PT
    Partner Dinners & Dine on your own
  • 10:00 PM PT
    Night Cap & Networking
    Hotel bar

Friday SEPT 12

  • 6:00 - 7:00 AM PT
    TEDMED Health: Antigravity Yoga & Surfset TM & Sand Crunch Gym
  • 6:45 - 7:45 AM PT
    TEDMED Health: Mindfulness Training
    The Hive
  • 6:45 - 7:45 AM PT
    Breakfast & Networking
    The Hive
  • 8:00 - 9:40 AM PT
    SESSION:
    “Weird and Wonderful”
    Palace Theatre
  • 9:55 - 10:30 AM PT
    Speaker Meetups & Networking
    The Hive
  • 11:30 - 1:00 PM PT
    SESSION:
    “I Was Just Thinking Too Small”
    Palace Theatre
  • 1:15 - 2:45 PM PT
    Lunch & Speaker Meetups
    The Hive
  • 3:00 - 4:30 PM PT
    SESSION:
    “Human Nature Inside and Out”
    Palace Theatre
  • 4:30 PM PT
    Departure
     

ONE EVENT, TWO STAGES

Washington, DC | San Francisco, CA 

 


TEDMED 2014 links Washington, DC – the U.S. capital of healthcare policy and funding – with San Francisco, the leading center of medical research and innovation. The simultaneous, unified stage program features equal numbers of Delegates, Speakers and Hive startups in both venues.

TEDMED’s Washington, DC presence - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - attracts America’s leading public officials in health and medicine. Last year’s TEDMED in Washington, DC included the Directors of the FDA, NIH, and CDC; the U.S. Surgeon General; the Chairman of the U.S. Institute of Medicine; and other numerous high-profile government officials and policy advocates.

TEDMED’s new San Francisco presence - The Palace of Fine Arts - will attract hundreds of leading scientists, doctors, researchers and policy experts from across the West Coast, including many prestigious leaders associated with our California medical research institution partners: Stanford Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco.

Beyond policy and research leadership, Washington, DC and San Francisco are also two of the nation’s most beautiful and artistically vibrant cities. From DC’s Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Museums to San Francisco’s famed Opera House, Exploratorium and Museum of Modern Art, both cities offer magnificent settings and provide a superb backdrop for TEDMED’s social events and evening celebrations.

Where to Stay

TEDMED has secured rooms at discounted rates at the following, nearby hotels in both locations. We will provide complimentary transportation to and from these hotels only. If staying elsewhere, please walk to one of these hotels for transportation.

TEDMED HOTELS IN WASHINGTON, DC

  • The Melrose Hotel

    2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
    Special TEDMED Rate: $329
    Call Reservations at 1-800-635-7673 or 1-202-955-6400 and mention TEDMED
  • Washington Marriott

    1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
    Special TEDMED Rate: $283
    Call Reservations at 1-800-468-3571 and mention TEDMED

TEDMED HOTELS IN SAN FRANCISCO

  • Park 55 Wyndham-Union Square

    55 Cyril Magnin Street San Francisco, CA 94102
    Special TEDMED Rate: $295.00
    Call Reservations at 888-228-1952 or 800-347-7559 and mention the TEDMED group
  • Sir Francis Drake

    450 Powell Street San Francisco, CA 94102
    Special TEDMED Rate: $269.00
    Call Reservations at 1-800-227-5480 (Choose Option #3 – Group Sales. During business hours request Reservations at extension 371) and mention the TEDMED
  • The Hotel Adagio

    550 Geary Street San Francisco, CA 94102
    Special TEDMED Rate: $289.00
    Call Reservations at 1-888-236-2427 and mention the TEDMED group when booking a reservation.

Plan TEDMED

What’s the best way to travel to TEDMED? What should you pack? Where should you stay? What are the best ways to get around the city? Below you can find informative answers and useful guidance for all these questions and many others. 

What to Pack

Casual dress is always encouraged for TEDMED – we want our Delegates to be comfortable throughout the event. Jackets, suits or ties are not required nor expected. Please plan on wearing comfortable shoes, as you may be walking a bit to and from sessions, breaks, meals and evening events. In some cases it can get chilly at night, so you may want to carry a sweater, jacket or scarf.

Washington, DC

September in the DC area is the end of a very hot and humid season - the temperatures will begin to cool down to the mid-high 70's on average.  While not the rainiest month of the year, rain tends to appear and linger for a few days, so come prepared.

San Francisco, CA

Often regarded as San Francisco's hottest month, you can expect the weather to be in the 80s during September. In addition, the prevalence of fog and rain is lightest at this time of year.

Arriving and Leaving

It's best to arrive early so that you have enough time to settle in before the conference and to plan to stay until the very end of the last session. Each and every one of our talks is integral to the experience.

We suggest making post-conference travel plans, as well - both cities are full of superb museums and historic attractions. Many folks stay the weekend to relax and continue the conversation. Should you decide to do so, please make the appropriate hotel accommodations. 
Our hotels will extend our preferred rate 3 nights before and after the event, subject to availability.


Traveling to / from Washington, DC

The closest airport is the Reagan International Airport in Arlington, VA, which is a 25- to 35-minute drive to downtown D.C., depending on traffic. The airport is also a stop on the Metro rail line. Please follow these links for ground transportation options and driving directions
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Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA, is a 35- to 45-minute drive to downtown D.C., depending on traffic. Click here for ground transportation options, driving directions, and parking.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall airport, just south of Baltimore, is 50 minutes to just over an hour to D.C. in non-rush-hour traffic. Click here for ground transportation options, driving directions, and parking.

Traveling to / from San Francisco, CA

The closest airport is the San Francisco International Airport, which is about a 30-minute drive to downtown San Francisco, depending on traffic. The airport is also a stop on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Please follow these links for ground transportation options, driving directions, and parking.

 

Oakland International Airport, located in Oakland, CA, is about a 40- to 50- minutes drive from downtown San Francisco and is about four stops away if you take the BART. View the links for information about ground transportation options, driving directions, and parking.

 

Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport, "Silicon Valley's airport", is about a 50-minute drive from downtown San Francisco and two hours if you hop on the BART. Check out these options for ground transportation, driving directions, and parking.

During three days at TEDMED you’ll pack in more ideas, fun, energy and excitement than most of us experience during the year’s remaining 362 days put together.
 
You’ll arrive at the Kennedy Center early each morning to share a healthy gourmet breakfast with over 1,000 fascinating fellow Delegates, making connections and sharing perspectives.
 
You’ll rocket through a jam-packed, fast-paced day of amazing TEDMED talks and sessions, stimulating social breaks and inspiring artistic performances. After lunch onsite, you’ll visit social spaces where dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups share their unique innovations, original thinking and powerful new technologies.During three days at TEDMED you’ll pack in more ideas, fun, energy and excitement than most of us experience during the year’s remaining 362 days put together.
 
You’ll arrive at the Kennedy Center early each morning to share a healthy gourmet breakfast with over 1,000 fascinating fellow Delegates, making connections and sharing perspectives.
 
You’ll rocket through a jam-packed, fast-paced day of amazing TEDMED talks and sessions, stimulating social breaks and inspiring artistic performances. After lunch onsite, you’ll visit social spaces where dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups share their unique innovations, original thinking and powerful new technologies.

During your three days at TEDMED, you’ll pack in more ideas, fun, energy and excitement than most of us experience during the year’s remaining 362 days put together.

You’ll arrive at TEDMED early each morning to share a healthy, gourmet breakfast with an eclectic group of fascinating Delegates, making connections and sharing diverse perspectives.

You’ll rocket through a jam-packed, fast-paced day of amazing TEDMED talks and sessions, stimulating social breaks and inspiring artistic performances. After lunch onsite, you’ll visit various social spaces in "the Hive", where dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups will talk about their unique innovations, original thinking and powerful new technologies.

Finally, you’ll unwind into the night with fellow delegates, forging lifelong friendships while enjoying some of the most spectacular sights in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA.

So clear your calendar; be prepared to turn off your cell phone; and ignore your emails because TEDMED will command your full attention and demand your best thinking. 

After only three days, you'll feel reenergized and inspired to imagine a better future in health and medicine.

See Photos from TEDMED 2013

In Washington, DC, TEDMED will provide complimentary transportation between the event hotels listed under "Where to Stay", the TEDMED Event and evening celebrations. The Kennedy Center also has a shuttle bus from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station that runs every 15 minutes. A transportation schedule will be available before the start of the conference. 

In San Francisco, we will also provide complimentary transportation between all hotels, venues and evening celebrations. In addition, the best mode of transportation for all non-TEDMED related activities is the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, as well as the plentiful taxis that run throughout the city.  For more information about getting around San Francisco, click here.

For suggestions on transportation to and from airports in both locations, please refer to the "Plan Your Travel" section above.