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When is TEDMED 2015?
Where is TEDMED 2015
How many people attend the TEDMED event?
How much does it cost to attend TEDMED 2015?
What does my Delegate fee cover?
Your 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 2015?
Can I see a list for all Delegates of the upcoming 2015 TEDMED Event?
Who Should Attend TEDMED 2015?
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 2015?
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 2015 and embark in an amazing journey of possibilities. All applications are reviewed and answered within as soon as possible, within 24 hrs.
Why is there an application process for TEDMED 2015?
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 paid a deposit or bought my ticket to TEDMED 2015 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 2015?
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 Streaming?
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?
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 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?
Is there a deadline to sign-up for TEDMEDLive Streaming?
Do attendees at TEDMEDLive Streaming affiliates just watch?
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?
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 Streaming also being provided to international locations?
How may international TEDMEDLive Streaming affiliates 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 2015 will be available closer to the event. In the meantime, you can reference the requirements for TEDMED Live 2014:
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.
- 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 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.
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When can we expect to test our system to ensure compatibility?
How do I dedicate bandwidth to the event?
Can I test my signal and/or bandwidth? When will we receive our password to test the simulcast?
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 2015 schedule will be available much closer to the event.
What if our Internet connection fails?
Will you have a help desk for technical questions during the event?
What if I have additional questions about TEDMED?
and to mention your name when applying. We will give priority to any application that has been recommended by a member of our community.
How does TEDMED ensure that its Delegation represents a broad cross-section of different disciplines, professions and perspectives?
How does the Front Line Scholarships program work?
What does TEDMED require of the recipient of a Scholarship grant?
Are these full scholarships?
Where does the money come from?
Who is eligible to receive a TEDMED Front Line 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 Delegate pool that represents as many different fields as possible.
Is TEDMED an equal opportunity organization?
How quickly do applicants learn if they have been selected or approved for a scholarship?
If an applicant is turned down for a full scholarship, can he or she apply for a half 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 private organizations such as TEDMED?
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 leading discussion and participating in our G+ Hangouts that happen every two weeks. Find out more about these live discussions, here.
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.
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 TEDMEDLive, 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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