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What is TEDMED?
TEDMED is a multi-disciplinary global community of innovators and leaders determined to create a better future for health and medicine. Each year, TEDMED curates a 3 ?-day program in Washington, D.C. for some 1,500 Delegates, featuring provocative, unforgettable short talks, stunning artistic performances, and informal get-togethers. We design the gathering to share inspired new thinking and varied perspectives with Delegates, and with the community at large. It’s also an opportunity for Delegates to discover others eager to imagine powerful possibilities, and to collaborate to make them happen.
TEDMED.com posts free videos of onstage talks to further share ideas with the world, and offers our online community another venue at which to connect. TEDMED also offers TEDMEDLive, a free simulcast of the conference; the Great Challenges Program, an ongoing, interactive, web-based discussion on some of the most complex issues facing health and medicine; and the Front-Line Scholarship program, which helps outstanding Delegates who might otherwise have difficulty attending to join our annual event.
Is TEDMED a non-profit institution?
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?
- 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?
Who owns TEDMED?
When is TEDMED 2013?
Where is TEDMED 2013?
How many people attend the TEDMED event?
How much does it cost to attend TEDMED 2013?
What does my Delegate fee cover?
The fee covers all TEDMED Sessions during the day and TEDMED events during afternoons and evenings. The fee also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, which are served to TEDMED Delegates between Main Hall sessions, or at evening events.
Your fee, however, does not cover lodging, which you are responsible for booking.
How do I suggest a potential speaker for TEDMED?
How will I know if a speaker I nominated is selected?
Where can I learn more about the programming for TEDMED 2013?
Can I see a list for all Delegates of the upcoming 2013 TEDMED Event?
Who Should Attend TEDMED 2013?
TEDMED is a community of accomplished doers and thinkers who are passionate about the future of health and medicine.
About half of our Delegates are from the worlds of health and medicine, while the other half come 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 2013?
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 2013 and embark in an amazing journey of possibilities. All applications are reviewed and answered within 24 hours.
Why is there an application process for TEDMED 2013?
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.
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 2013?
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 TEDMED?
TEDMED is where the world’s most creative minds meet to help shape a better future for health and medicine. Some 1,800 leaders from medical and non-medical fields come together at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and tens of thousands more participate via thousands of TEDMED Live affiliates across the globe.
What is TEDMED Live?
Who attends TEDMED? Who is it for?
TEDMED is for those who are passionate about the future of health and medicine. Delegates who come to TEDMED at the Kennedy Center include global innovators and leaders from medicine, the sciences, technology, business, education, government, religion, law, the armed forces, media and the arts. The audiences at TEDMED Live affiliates comprise a broad range of disciplines and fields. We come together to create unexpected connections, and to explore and inspire ideas and innovations with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of our planet’s seven billion people.
What is the mission of TEDMED?
Our mission is to spark breakthrough thinking and unusual collaborations that can lead to a better future in health and medicine for people everywhere. We do this by bringing together an extraordinarily diverse community of leading doers and thinkers from many disciplines and fields, who cross-pollinate their insights and ideas. The result is innovation, imagination and inspiration.
Is TEDMED affiliated with TED talks?
TEDMED is an independent licensee of the famous TED event. Specifically, TEDMED is TED’s only health and medicine related, full-event licensee. TEDMED and TED work closely together. Videos of many TEDMED stage talks are posted on TED.com as well as TEDMED.com.
What does TED stand for?
TED stands for "Technology, Entertainment and Design."
How many TEDMED events are there per year?
TEDMED is a once-a-year global event. TEDMED happens at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and around the world as TEDMED Live.
So TEDMED Live is not a TEDx event?
No. TEDx events are mini TED-style, self-directed, one-day programs that occur at various times and places around the world. TEDx events must feature speakers that address a variety of topics and not a single subject. TEDMED is a once a year, 3½-day event focused exclusively on health and medicine. It happens at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and concurrently at TEDMED Live affiliates. Most affiliates, however, elect to participate during one or two days only.
Is TEDMED a non-profit institution?
No. TEDMED is a for-profit organization, though many components of TEDMED, such as the Patron Fund and the Front Line Scholarship Program, mimic the goals of non-profit organizations, and we are in the process of establishing the TEDMED Foundation towards this end. As an “org.com,” our mission is to advance health and medicine through unexpected collaborations, innovation, imagination and inspiration.
Why would my organization want to participate in TEDMED Live?
On-site Delegates typically pay an event fee of $4,950 per person to attend the TEDMED event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 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. But our content is just one of the reasons why you should become part of this worldwide event. Bringing local speakers to your auditorium will encourage you to explore topics in health and medicine of particular relevance to your audience. The combined content will lead to stimulating conversations among your audience and, via the TEDMED Connect mobile app, across audiences at TEDMED Live affiliates around the world, creating unexpected connections and collaborations as we seek to create better solutions to the problems the world faces in healthcare.
Who is eligible to receive TEDMED Live at no cost?
I am a for-profit organization – how can I receive TEDMED Live?
Do attendees at TEDMED Live affiliates just watch?
No. In addition to experiencing the TEDMED sessions in high definition, and seeing local speakers live, associates are encouraged to engage in conversations during breaks and communicate with other audiences via TEDMED Connect, our mobile app. During the live simulcast, associates may also ask questions directly to speakers on the Kennedy Center stage. The conversations that happen off stage are just as important as what you experience from the stage.
What is the TEDMED Connect mobile application?
The TEDMED Connect mobile application is a simple-to-use app that allows audiences from around the globe to connect with each other, learn more about the speakers at the Kennedy Center, and interact in various ways. Still under development, it will be available, thanks to the Verizon Foundation, a few weeks before the event.
Where can I find the TEDMED Connect mobile application?
The TEDMED Connect mobile application will be available at no charge approximately one to two weeks before the event from the Apple Store and from Google Play, and will be accessible as a mobile-optimized website. Check TEDMED.com for updates.
How can my organization put its unique accent on TEDMED Live?
We encourage you to build your own local meetings, events and programs around the TEDMED Live program. Each day offers one to four sessions, each 90 minutes long. You might organize a one-day event (“TEDMED Day”) with two or three sessions (each featuring five to seven speakers) and then complement the TEDMED sessions with your own speakers on topics of particular importance to your organization. Video-record your talks and send them to TEDMED.com; the best will be posted on our site and the best of those speakers may very well be invited to the Kennedy Center stage the following year.
Your organization can host meals, interactive demonstrations, morning runs, yoga breaks, or simply encourage your local attendees to meet, mix and mingle. Curating an audience comprising individuals with very different backgrounds and expertise will yield unexpected conversations and collaborations.
Can I charge admission or sell tickets to TEDMED Live?
Is there any cost for an organization that hosts TEDMED Live in a remote auditorium?
Will there be a Program Guide?
Each TEDMED Live affiliate is encouraged to create its own program guide. We will provide you with the speaker line-up for each TEDMED session and biographies for each of the speakers. A few weeks before the event, we’ll publish the final schedule for sessions and speakers. This session data will also be available through TEDMED Connect.
When will TEDMED announce topics and speakers for all sessions at the April 16-19 event?
The final program for TEDMED 2013 will be released a few weeks prior to the event. Because all sessions will also be available to view on demand through midnight Sunday, April 21st (in all time zones), you’ll be able to schedule your program as you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed as speakers are announced, and to receive the final program as soon as it becomes available. You can sign up at the bottom of the home page at TEDMED.com.
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?
What is the difference between a simulcast and a webcast?
Our simulcast is a high-volume, multi-camera, HD feed. The video stream is specifically designed and engineered for an auditorium or roomful of people. Because our simulcast is delivered through the web, it can also be considered a live webcast.
Can I view the simulcast via my individual computer?
Institutions that organize a TEDMED Live event (using either real-time or on-demand video streaming from the Kennedy Center) for at least one day in an auditorium-style format are then permitted to offer desktop computer access to all TEDMED sessions during April 16th-21st.
What are the technical requirements needed to participate in the simulcast?
You will need 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 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.
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Do we need any other special software?
You will need the latest version of Flash.
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|Windows, MacOS||Flash Video Player 11||http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/|
I can't download the required software to my computer. What do I do?
How do I dedicate bandwidth to the event?
What is the minimum size room that I need to have?
Can I test my signal and/or bandwidth? When will we receive our password to test the simulcast?
TEDMED is taking place on the U.S. East Coast (Eastern Standard Time zone), but my organization is in a different time zone. Is there an option to time-shift or delay sessions?
When will each of the TEDMED sessions be simulcast live?
Click here for the latest schedule.
What happens during the breaks?
Is there a deadline to sign-up for TEDMED Live?
My institution is unable to participate this year, but is interested in viewing the sessions. Will all sessions be available to view at some time after the event?
When can we expect to test our system to ensure compatibility?
How will we connect to the event on the day it happens?
What if our Internet connection fails?
Do you have redundancy in connections in case something goes wrong with the feed?
- Two separate fiber lines out of the Kennedy Center
- Web encoding at main distribution center and back up encoding onsite at the Kennedy Center
- Manual tape backup delivered to distribution center (20-minute delay)
Is TEDMED Live also being provided to international locations?
How may international TEDMED Live affiliates participate given the time differences?
This content, available exclusively to you as a TEDMEDLive affiliate, will not be available to the general public until a few months after the event has taken place in April. Individual talks will be released to TEDMED.com on a weekly basis commencing 60 days after the event and will be available to everyone for free, as always.
I am an international organization. Due to time difference, will it be possible for the audience to interact with the speakers in any way?
Is TEDMED 508(c) compliant?
Will you have a help desk for technical questions during the event?
May we send someone from our organization to attend the TEDMED event in person at the Kennedy Center?
Yes. We have a limited number of seats for Delegates from our TEDMED Live affiliates to attend TEDMED at the Kennedy Center at a courtesy rate. This is an opportunity to physically link our audiences and explore new ways to leverage TEDMED. Send us an email at email@example.com for further details.
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?
TEDMED welcomes creative and talented people who want to lend their time and skills to help make TEDMED a success. 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, your abilities could help our speakers polish their presentation.
- Speaker Presentation Materials: If you are a talented designer and/or illustrator with experience in bringing presentations to life, your skills could help with our speaker presentation materials.
- Promoting TEDMED Live: Consider working with a TEDMED Live affiliate to help promote their program.
What if I have additional questions about TEDMED?
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 answering questions submitted by the community and discussing the issues of greatest concern and participating in live online events.
What are the steps of the Great Challenges program and how can I tell which step a Challenge is on?
The following image explains the steps each Challenge will go through:
You can find out what stage a specific Challenge is on by going to that Challenge’s "discuss" page and checking the graphic at the top of the page.
I want to know more about a particular Challenge – where can I find some information about it?
You can learn more about a Challenge by going to the page about that Challenge and clicking the "About" tab. You can also click on the "Explore" tab after each Team has answered the initial round of questions, read or hear their responses and check out other comments, questions and resources posted by the community.
Where can I submit questions for a particular Challenge?
You can submit questions by going to the page about that Challenge and clicking the "Discuss" tab.
How are the questions selected or curated?
All questions submitted by the TEDMED community are reviewed by the Hasting Center, a respected think tank for bioethics and public policy. Questions are selected according to which topics arise most frequently, which issues are most thought provoking and which questions appear likely to generate the most useful and enlightening discussion.
Where can I leave my comments for a particular Challenge?
You can comment on a specific Challenge by going to the page about that Challenge and clicking the "Discuss" tab.
Where and when can I view Challenge Team member responses?
Approximately 10 days after the initial round of questions for a Challenge are posted on the "Discuss" page, we will add responses by the Team Members at the "Explore" page.
What are the Great Challenges Live Events and how can I participate?
Between now and next March, each Challenge Team will hold two online live "town halls" allowing any member of the TEDMED community to post questions and see replies in real time.
Will the Great Challenges Program be a part of TEDMED 2013?
Yes. At TEDMED 2013, held from April 16-19 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, attending Delegates will have an opportunity to focus on the Great Challenges in a program called "The Science of Storytelling".
On Friday, April 19, this program will take participating Delegates to George Washington University where they will organize by Challenge and work with professional storytellers, each of whom has a medical or scientific background. Delegates will learn new communications skills and will share their insights and stories about their particular Challenge of interest.
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.