Progress towards a healthier world begins with individuals who are willing to break the limits of convention, and to challenge the status quo. These innovators embrace imagination and aren't afraid to explore both chaos, clarity, and the space between in order to discover new paths to a healthier world.
This mindset is catalyzing exciting innovations across health and medicine in areas like life science and therapeutics, medical tech and devices, digital and mobile health, healthcare systems, care delivery, reimbursement models and IT, public health, advancing science, and more.
Each year, TEDMED celebrates the ideas behind progress in health and medicine through a program called The Hive, which is dedicated to celebrating the power of imagination and human potential.
The Hive Innovators take the TEDMED stage in a special session called “Audacious,” to share how their visonary ideas and boundary breaking innovations are affecting change in every area of health and medicine. This session features a unique format, wherein each talk is delivered in a unique, 2-minute format, that is sharply focused on how they are catalyzing progress. These ideas are creatively linked into 4 creatively themed “mini-segments” that highlight how even the most diverse set of entrepreneurs are connected by a single passion: to re-imagine healthcare and shape a healthier world.
Audacious was first featured at TEDMED 2016 and was brought back by popular demand in 2017. Below, select a year to browse these talks grouped by mini-segment.
One of the most prevalent factors governing what we do is also one of the most intangible forces on earth: Time. We all obey it, but try as we might, we can't change it—or can we? From extending our life-spans to making drugs that last longer, these companies are manipulating one of our oldest foes.
Breaking from the norm is natural for most entrepreneurs. They see an an established approach to an old problem and imagine entirely new solutions, often tackling the problem from a radically different angle. They challenge all of us to adopt new behaviors and to break from the status quo.
In considering how something was used before or the way things used to be done, these Innovators don't see limits, they see inspiration. The ways of yesterday have become their building blocks and a point of inspiration from which to imagine tomorrow as a stronger, healthier world.
Humanity’s never ending quest for knowledge is reflected in the ways these companies are pushing boundaries to expand our collective intelligence. With so much yet to learn in the fields of health and medicine, these companies are working on the edge of what we know and what we don’t know.
The ideas shared by the innovators in this segment are about the power of leverage. They exhibit the incredible potential of manipulating data and living matter at the smallest scale to achieve some surprisingly large effects. These entrepreneurs have learned “the art of thinking big by thinking small.”
This segment explores the world of the altered perspective. These six ideas address six different problems, and every one of them comes at the issue from an unusual angle. In baseball, a curve ball is what happens when the batter goes to swing at the incoming pitch; suddenly the ball isn’t where he thought it would be. It’s cleverly arced into a new place that nobody expected.
This segment represents a collection of creative curve balls that get over the home plate of health and medicine in surprising ways.
In this segment, the common theme is the common good, especially created by importing tools, technologies and paradigms from other sectors into health care. As we learn from these innovators, if visionaries rule the world then there is no hard and fast dividing line between the public good in health and medicine and every other sphere of life.
This segment is about bringing the lines into sharper focus by stepping back and seeing the big picture. Spotting trends and patterns that you couldn’t see before. These entrepreneurs specialize in zooming out to previously hidden trends and patterns.
A Hive organization may be nominated by one of its members, by a colleague, by any member of the TEDMED community, by TEDMED’s Editorial Advisory Board and/or by members of the TEDMED staff. If you would like to nominate an organization for the Hive, please use our online nomination form below.
TEDMED also consults incubators, accelerators, academic institutions, innovation centers and venture capitalists for nominations that should be considered for the Hive. If you are from, or know of, an accelerator, incubator or innovation center that should be included in our nomination process, you can contact us here.
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