Frequently Asked Questions

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The Event

When is the next TEDMED event?

The next TEDMED event is scheduled for March 2 - 4, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Where is TEDMED 2020?

TEDMED 2020 will be hosted at The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. For more information about the hotel, please visit:

(Once you've registered for TEDMED, you'll receive a proprietary room booking link to reserve your room in the TEDMED room block.)

How many people attend the TEDMED event?

TEDMED hosts approximately 700 Delegates from many different industries, backgrounds and disciplines both inside and outside the field of health and medicine.

How much does it cost to attend TEDMED 2020?

The standard registration fee is $4,950. However, we do offer an early bird rate of $3,950 (May 15 to November 1, 2019). Please be aware that this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

What does my Delegate fee cover?

The registration fee covers:

3 Day Stage Program - A single session of TEDMED might include a Nobel Prize-winning researcher, a dance troupe, a health activist, a venture capitalist and a brilliant young medical student. Each is selected because they have an amazing story to share…and a different way of looking at the world

Innovator's Showcase - We celebrate the Ideas that are driving change in health and medicine, by featuring the Innovators who power them at TEDMED

Curated Conversation & Social Experiences - Stage programming is only a part of the experience at TEDMED. Throughout the event, our community comes together to discuss important topics in health and medicine, and to provide their perspective as they work to create a healthier world

Around the Clock Networking - At TEDMED, the entire event happens in one location and under one roof – from sun-up, to sun-down, and beyond. Our program provides attendees the opportunity to interact and connect throughout the event, from collaborative experiences and interactive demos to themed discussions and evening celebrations

A Culinary Experience - Breakfasts, lunches, healthy snacks, gourmet coffee bars, evening cocktails, dinners and parties all onsite at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel (all inclusive)

TEDMED Health Program - Wake up both your body and your mind with activities designed to leave you focused and energized for the day ahead

TEDMED Live Streaming Access - Missed a Speaker? No problem - we provide you with Live and On Demand Streaming Access of our stage program, available anywhere on your mobile, tablet or computer. 

Reduced room rate at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel where TEDMED 2020 takes place ($289/night)

How do I suggest a potential speaker for TEDMED?

We search year-round to curate speakers for future stage programs which are rooted in the foundation of science, impacting health and medicine. All submission requirements are found in the speaker nomination form on our website:

We encourage you to apply to attend TEDMED (or suggesting this to your nominee), as most of our speakers have attended at least one TEDMED event before they are ultimately selected. Speakers are more impactful when they have first hand experience of our event and the role we play in the world of health and medicine. The purpose of TEDMED is to share ideas on and off the stage. Our delegation is made up of accomplished, global thought-leaders who are equally as worthy as the speakers chosen to tell their story, on our stage. 

Where can I learn more about the programming for TEDMED 2020?

All up-to-date stage program information can be found on our website.

To stay informed, please be sure to join our eNewsletter via this link

Can I see a list for all Delegates of the upcoming 2020 TEDMED Event?

We don't provide a public list of Delegates for our events. However, all attendees will have access to the full list of Delegates when they download the TEDMED Connect App onsite.

Event Application

Who Should Attend TEDMED 2020?

TEDMED is a multi-disciplinary community of change-makers who are passionate about creating a healthier world.

While we have Delegates 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.

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 2020?

TEDMED welcomes participation from a broad cross-section of society, both from inside and outside the fields of health, medicine and technology. If you are passionate about creating a healthier world, we encourage you to apply to attend TEDMED and embark on an amazing journey of possibilities. All applications are reviewed and answered within 5 business days.

Why is there an application process for TEDMED 2020?

We review each application to ensure that we have participation from a broad cross-section of society, both from inside and outside the fields of health, 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 2020 and I need to make a change?

Registration to TEDMED is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Who decides who gets to attend TEDMED?

Attendance is by application or invitation. Our Admissions Team reviews applications with guidelines established by our advisors from corporations, foundations, medical institutions, and government agencies.

Do you have a Waiting List for TEDMED 2020?

Yes. If based on your application we believe that you can contribute to the TEDMED event, but 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?

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.

Applications are open until we sell out (which we always do).

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

If you prefer payment other than credit card, please contact us at We can assist you with check or wire transfer options.

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

We offer an early bird rate of $3,950 which is $1,000 off the standard registration fee (May 15 to November 1, 2019).

We also have a limited number of partial scholarships reserved for individuals who would contribute greatly to and benefit immensely from attending, but who may need financial assistance to do so. These scholarships offset a portion of the registration fee, reducing the fee to $2,475 (half priced). Applications for a partial scholarship can be found on our registration page. 

TEDMED Content

Who owns the TEDMED videos?

All videos on our website are the property of and copyrighted by TEDMED, LLC. However, we make all videos available for streaming, free, to encourage medical innovation, and to continue these important conversations throughout the year.

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

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 should be shared with a broader community. However, we do prohibit any commercial use of copyrighted TEDMED media.

Can I re-edit and remix the TEDMED videos?

While we want TEDMED talks to be widely viewed (via streaming from our website), we prohibit the editing of our talks; therefore, we don't provide downloadable version.

Do you post videos of all talks performed at TEDMED?

Most 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?

Unfortunately, we doesn't license our content for commercial projects.


What is TEDMED Live?

During the TEDMED event, we stream all sessions from the TEDMED Stage to locations (we call "affiliates") around the world. 

Affiliates program their part of this annual event by selecting the most relevant sessions that are of particular importance to their audience. Live simulcast and time-delayed (onDemand) viewing capabilities of all sessions give affiliates maximum flexibility on scheduling during the week of our event. 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 remote gathering we expect and encourage each viewer to foster conversations and discussions round topics from the TEDMED stage. 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 TEDMED Live is not a TEDx event?

TEDx events are mini TED-style, self-directed, one-day programs that occur at various times and places around the world. TEDx events feature speakers that address a variety of topics and not a single subject.

TEDMED is an annual, 3 day event focused exclusively on health and medicine. Video from from the TEDMED stage is streamed to our TEDMED Live affiliates. Affiliates can choose to participate by watching a live video stream or by watching onDemand. This way, Affiliates can watch as TEDMED happens, or anytime during the week of our TEDMED event.

Why would my organization want to participate in TEDMED Live?

Our delegation pays a registration 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 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?

TEDMED Live is FREE of charge for Teaching Hospitals, Government Agencies, Medical Schools, Schools of Public Health, Nursing Schools and other Academic Institutions.

Do attendees at TEDMED Live Gatherings just watch?

No. In addition to experiencing the TEDMED sessions in high definition, viewers are encouraged to engage in conversations during breaks and communicate with other audiences via social media. 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 gathering, we expect and encourage each gathering to foster conversations and discussions about the TEDMED topics from the stage. 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 TEDMED Live Gathering?

Any costs associated with organizing a TEDMED Live gathering 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 may not charge your audience a fee to watch TEDMED Live, and you should not seek to make a monetary profit from TEDMED content.

Will there be a Program Guide?

Each TEDMED Live affiliate is encouraged to create its own program guide. Speaker biographies and the event schedule can be found on our website. We’ll publish the final schedule - with speakers in each of the sessions - much closer to the event date. This session data will also be available online and through TEDMED Connect.

When will TEDMED announce topics and speakers for all sessions?

The final stage program schedule for TEDMED 2020 will be released a few weeks prior to the event. We encourage you to sign up for our eNewsletter to stay informed as speakers are announced, and to receive the final line-up as soon as it becomes available. You can sign up at the bottom of the home page at

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

The TEDMED program is holistic. 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 session be experienced in its entirety.

The event schedule can be found on our website.

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

You 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 2-hours sessions (each session features five to seven speakers). Organizations 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 gathering 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 topics from the TEDMED stage, as the focal point. Independent speakers delivering content or talks unapproved by TEDMED is prohibited.

Is TEDMED Live also being provided to international locations?

Yes. TEDMED Live is available around the world. At this time, it is transmitted in English. 

How may international TEDMED Live viewers 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 onDemand. 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 onDemand shortly after it has taken place. So, for example, you might select the Tuesday morning session and show it at your location on Wednesday morning - or evening. It depends on what is most convenient for your local TEDMED Live audience.

What are the technical requirements needed to participate in the simulcast?

The technical requirements for TEDMED Live 2020 will be available closer to the event. In the meantime, you can reference the requirements for TEDMED Live 2018:

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 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.

BrowserOperating SystemDownload Location
FirefoxWindows, MacOS

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 onDemand viewing.

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 onDemand viewing via 

When will each of the TEDMED sessions be simulcast live?

A preliminary TEDMED 2020 schedule will be available much closer to the event.

What if I have additional questions about TEDMED or TEDMED Live?

If you have questions regarding TEDMED Live, please email


What is TEDMED?

TEDMED is the health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. Once a year, a select group of Delegates come together for 3 days to experience 30+ remarkable speakers and 20 disruptive innovators as they transport all of us into a new world of possibilities about our health.

Our multi-disciplinary community of innovators and leaders share a common determination to challenge norms, and ignite new ways of understanding, thinking and doing.

What does TEDMED do?

TEDMED bridges the gap between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine. TEDMED values inclusiveness, multi-disciplinary collaboration and diversity in its mission to catalyze a healthier world.

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?

We invite you to join the TEDMED community on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. And, if you haven't done so already, sign up for our Newsletter as we share perspectives, contribute to important conversations, and join an intellectual cross-pollination of news, views and ideas to energize our work and worldview and alter how we imagine new possibilities.

How can I become involved with TEDMED?

We invite you to join the TEDMED community on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. And, if you haven't done so already, sign up for our Newsletter as we share perspectives, contribute to important conversations, and join an intellectual cross-pollination of news, views and ideas to energize our work and worldview and alter how we imagine new possibilities.

Can I serve as a volunteer in some capacity to help the TEDMED event?

Each year we look for passionate, hard working individuals who will work onsite and represent TEDMED during our 3-day event. Volunteering for TEDMED 2020 is not a free pass to attend; rather, it's an enriching opportunity to work alongside and meet accomplished individuals who are passionate about the future of health and medicine.

Volunteers for TEDMED 2020 have already been selected. 

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

Is TEDMED owned by TED?

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 an independently run non-profit.

Is TEDMED a non-profit institution?

Yes. TEDMED is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

Speaker & Hive Nominations

How do I suggest a Speaker or Hive Innovator?

Please use our Speaker Nomination Form or Hive Nomination Form. Provide as much information as you can. The TEDMED team will use this form as they review the nomination.

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 can!

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?

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 

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 submitting a nomination?

We accept nominations for speakers year-round. Typically, we are working to finalize the program about six months out from our event date.

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?

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 speakers take the stage at TEDMED, they address an extraordinary gathering of thought leaders in many different fields – all in one place. Their appearance will be seen around the world via TEDMED Live, our remote simulcast. And after the live event, a broadcast quality video of their talk will be posted on, where millions can view it for many years to come.


TEDMED Scholarships

How does the TEDMED Scholarship Program work?

TEDMED's Scholarship Program provides scholarships to help support exceptional individuals who would make outstanding Delegates, and who would greatly benefit from attending TEDMED, but who could not otherwise afford to participate. 

Full Scholarships are awarded to Research Scholars who help us throughout the year, leading up to our event. To stay informed, please join the TEDMED community on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube and sign up for our Newsletter.

Applications for Partial Scholarships is currently open (on our registration page). The partial scholarship offsets a portion of the $4,950 registration fee. Awarded scholars are responsible for the balance of the registration fee ($2,475), along with their travel and accommodations.

Are these full scholarships?

The TEDMED Scholarship Program offers Full and Partial Scholarships to deserving applicants. Full scholarships are awarded to our Research Scholars who help us throughout the year, leading up tp our event. 

Application for partial scholarships is currently open (on the registration page).

To stay informed, we invite you to join the TEDMED community on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. And, if you haven't done so already, sign up for our Newsletter as we share perspectives, contribute to important conversations, and join an intellectual cross-pollination of news, views and ideas to energize our work and worldview and alter how we imagine new possibilities.

Where does the money come from?

The TEDMED's Scholarships are made possible through the generous support of our major Partners, TEDMED Patrons and TEDMED. For more information about our Partners, click here.

Who is eligible to receive a TEDMED Scholarship?

Anyone who is an innovator or leader 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 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 scholarships?

The TEDMED Admissions Team.

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 community 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 long does the application process take?

The TEDMED Admissions Team will review each application and typically get back to the applicant within 5 days, with an acceptance or with follow-up questions. We do our best to reply to 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 Partial Scholarship?


What information about me do you make public?

Names and affiliations of applicants are not published unless the applicant is accepted and receives 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?

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 depleted. The final number of Scholars who receive financial support will depend on how many Full and Partial Scholarships have been awarded.

Can government employees accept scholarships from TEDMED?

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

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