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When is TEDMED 2018?
Where is TEDMED 2018?
TEDMED 2018 will be hosted at the La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Palm Springs, CA. For more information about the La Quinta Resort, please visit: http://www.laquintaresort.com.
How many people attend the TEDMED event?
How much does it cost to attend TEDMED 2018?
What does my Delegate fee cover?
The registration fee covers:
A 2.5 day stage program full of TEDMED's famous talks, plus music, artistic performances and other surprises ... in a theater that's custom-built for listening intently to a speaker
The Hive, a networking space separate from the stage program. In the Hive we have a wide range of entrepreneurs such as technologists, designers, scientists and academics; each representing impactful and emerging organizations across the landscape of health and medicine
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and two evening celebrations onsite at the La Quinta Resort and Club
Simulcast spaces where you can watch, tweet and blog ... and meeting spaces to connect over ideas and move them forward
Free access to TEDMED Live to stream content from the stage back to your organization
Art exhibits, hands-on tech demos, and other experiences between sessions
Wellness activities every morning -- yoga, hikes and more ...
Your registration fee, however, does not cover lodging, which you are responsible for booking.
How do I suggest a potential speaker for TEDMED?
Where can I learn more about the programming for TEDMED 2018?
Can I see a list for all Delegates of the upcoming 2018 TEDMED Event?
Who Should Attend TEDMED 2018?
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 mission is to curate a talented and diverse group of Delegates who take a leadership approach in their lives and want to contribute to a healthier future.
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 2018?
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 2018 and embark on an amazing journey of possibilities.
All Delegates apply to attend TEDMED, which are reviewed by TEDMED staff to ensure that the community represents a broad range of people from across health and medicine.
All applications are reviewed and answered within 14 business days.
Why is there an application process for TEDMED 2018?
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.
What if I already bought my ticket to TEDMED 2018 and I need to make a change?
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 2018?
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 TEDMEDLive?
Viewers 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 viewers maximum flexibility on scheduling during the 3 days and the following 2 days. Our mobile app can also be used by TEDMED Live Viewers to bring the audiences together online.
May I have my own independent speakers?
When hosting a TEDMED Live simulcast we expect and encourage each viewer 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?
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 at their convenience during the week of our event.
Why would my organization want to participate in TEDMEDLive?
Delegates 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 at no cost?
Is there a deadline to sign-up for TEDMEDLive?
Do attendees at TEDMEDLive Gatherings 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 social media with #TEDMED. 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 my TEDMEDLive Gathering?
Will there be a Program Guide?
When will TEDMED announce topics and speakers for all sessions?
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?
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 also being provided to international locations?
How may international TEDMEDLive viewers participate given the time differences?
Can I view the simulcast via my personal computer?
What are the technical requirements needed to participate in the simulcast?
The technical requirements for TEDMED Live 2016 will be available closer to the event. In the meantime, you can reference the requirements for TEDMED Live 2015:
Viewers 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 TEDMEDLive?
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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When can we expect to test our system to ensure compatibility?
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 2016 schedule will be available much closer to the event.
What if I have additional questions about TEDMED or TEDMED Live?
How does the TEDMED Front Line Scholarship Program work?
Are these full scholarships?
Where does the money come from?
Who is eligible to receive a TEDMED 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 community that represents as many different fields as possible.
Is TEDMED an equal opportunity organization?
How long does the application process take?
If an applicant is turned down for a Full Scholarship, can he or she apply for a Partial 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 TEDMED?
What is TEDMED?
Created by TED’s founder, TEDMED convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines both inside and outside of medicine in pursuit of unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine. Best known for our annual event, TEDMED is a year-round global community
What does TEDMED do?
Our annual event brings the world together to focus on what’s new and important in health and medicine. We forge partnerships with industry leaders, medical research institutions, think tanks, government agencies and foundations, to ensure that cutting-edge biomedical thinking is shared across disciplines and made accessible to the public at large.
Year-round, TEDMED engages a community of dedicated change-makers in dynamic conversations through social media, TEDMED Talks and a variety of programmatic efforts involving speakers, start-ups and everyday breakthroughs.
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?
Speaker & Hive Nominations
How do I suggest a Speaker or Hive Innovator?
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 or Hive Innovator?
Can I speak or join The Hive 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 submitting a nomination?
Will you let me know if the person I've nominated has been selected for the TEDMED Program?
Due to the volume of nominations that we receive, we regret that we cannot correspond with everyone who submits a nomination. 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 and Hive innovators?
Have a question? The answer you seek may be in our FAQs.
- To apply for TEDMED Live, please click here.
- To apply for the event, please click here.
- To apply for a press pass, please click here.
- To find out more about our Front Line Scholarship program, click here.
- To nominate a speaker, click here.
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