TEDMED 2015: Break<ing>Through

Join us November 18-20, in Palm Springs, CA - Apply to Attend

About the Event


TEDMED is a global community of leading multidisciplinary thinkers and doers all passionate about shaping a healthier world. We are best known for our annual two and a half day gathering that brings together inspiring speakers, influential Delegates, innovative start-ups and a passionate global audience. In 2014, this audience spanned 140+ countries and over 200,000 participants representing those on the frontlines of health and medicine. 

TEDMED curates a unique and provocative program featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances that reframe the way we think and inspire critical new possibilities for the future of health and medicine. TEDMED also offers evening entertainment and thought-provoking conversations with Delegates and Speakers all passionate about shaping a healthier world.  

The result is an immersive experience that challenges us to reframe our mental models, ignite new thinking, energize our work and enlarge our worldview. We leave TEDMED imagining fresh possibilities and recommitted to our contribution to a healthier future. 

From November 18-20, 2015, we are bringing together Delegates in Palm Springs, CA and remotely across the globe via TEDMED Live. This year, we're looking forward to Break<ing>Through old assumptions and exploring new science and new visions of what's possible - in ourselves, in our work and in the world at large.

Joined by its industry, association and institutional partners, TEDMED is honored to recognize the important progress being made in health and medicine at this year’s event. 


View Photos From Previous TEDMED Events


 

Who Attends

TEDMED’s community is multi-disciplinary – our Delegates represent every field from A (architects) to Z (zoologists). They also cover every specialty within health and medicine, and the associated technical and scientific disciplines.  

This breathtaking range of experiences and perspectives provides the richest possible landscape for creative collisions. Any chance meeting at TEDMED can lead to exciting new ideas and insights. Each conversation with a new person could reveal new trends, treatments and technologies – or spark them.

Are you passionate about creating a healthier world? Are you Break<ing>Through and advancing progress in your field? Are you full of ideas on how to improve society's take on medicine? If so, you’re encouraged to bring your passion to TEDMED 2015. All applications are reviewed and answered within two weeks. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

TEDMED 2015 Schedule

Wednesday NOV 18

  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Session 1
  • 7:30 - 10:00 pm
    Opening Reception

Thursday NOV 19

  • 7:00 - 8:00 am
    TEDMED Health
  • 8:00 - 9:00 am
    Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Session 2
  • 10:45 - 11:45 am
    Break
  • 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Session 3
  • 1:45 - 3:00 pm
    Lunch
  • 3:15 - 4:45 pm
    Session 4
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Break
  • 6:15 - 7:45 pm
    Session 5
  • 8:00 - Midnight
    Evening Celebration

Friday NOV 20

  • 7:00 - 8:00 am
    TEDMED Health
  • 8:00 - 9:00 am
    Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Session 6
  • 10:45 - 11:45 am
    Break
  • 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Session 7
  • 1:45 - 2:45 pm
    Lunch
  • 3:00 - 4:30 pm
    Session 8
  • Departure

Location

La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Palm Springs, CA

 

Frank Capra called it “the Shangri-La of screenwriting.” And it was here at La Quinta, that Capra wrote “It Happened One Night”, winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Writing. 
 
He went on to pen other classics such as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Lost Horizon,” and of course the holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” All of these now famous Hollywood movies were scripted in the same room at The Hotel La Quinta.
 
Capra was one of a long line of artists who found creative inspiration in this tranquil desert retreat and ultimately made La Quinta his home.  He believed there was something magical here and TEDMED is excited about incorporating this rich history -- and maybe even a little magic -- into this year’s event as we share important stories in health and medicine.  
 

Stage & Stay:
All Under One Roof

Our new venue allows the community to stay on-site around the clock — enjoy the full program, social experience, and lodging all in one place.

La Quinta Resort & Club, a member of Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, is a renowned destination and one of the premier Palm Springs resorts. Set on 45 lush acres of vibrantly-colored gardens and pathways, our luxury Palm Springs hotel will capture your spirit and transport your peaceful getaway. Located at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta Resort is an original desert hideaway, offering personal refuge to Hollywood starlets and world travelers.


Book your room at the La Quinta Resort & Club
We recommend that you book your room at the La Quinta Resort & Club as soon as possible. TEDMED has negotiated a special room rate of $199 + reduced resort fees ($20). 

Click here to book your room.


If you prefer to register over the phone, please call the reservations department at 1-800-598-3828. To receive our group rate be sure to mention TEDMED 2015 and give the SRP code ZTED. Please note that this group rate is available to registered TEDMED 2015 Delegates only.

Plan TEDMED 2015 

What’s the best way to travel to TEDMED? What should you pack? Below you can find informative answers and useful guidance for all these questions and many others.

What to Pack

Abundant sunshine, clear blue skies, low humidity, warm temperatures and rarely a hint of rain characterize Palm Springs weather. The average temperature in November ranges from 80F with lows around 48F.  Casual dress is always encouraged for TEDMED – we want you to be comfortable throughout the event.



No need for jackets, suits or ties. Please plan on wearing comfortable shoes to enjoy walking around the stunning property. And, if you plan on taking advantage of TEDMED Health activities, don’t forget to bring exercise attire.

Arriving and Leaving
 

It's best to arrive early so that you have enough time to settle in before the conference and to plan to stay until the very end of the last session. Each and every one of our talks is integral to the experience.

We suggest making post-conference travel plans, as well. Many folks stay the weekend to relax and continue the conversation. Should you decide to do so, please make the appropriate accommodations.


Traveling to / from Palm Springs, CA

Address
La Quinta Resort & Club
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.564.4111

From Palm Springs Airport:

Head northwest on E Tahquitz Canyon Way toward N El Cielo Rd. Turn left at S El Cielo Rd, and then left at E Ramon Rd. Get onto I-10 E and to the Washington St. exit. Turn right at Washington St. (signs for La Quinta/Palm Desert/Indian Wells/Bermuda Dunes). Make a right at Eisenhower Dr and continue about 1 mile. Resort will be on the right. (Approximately 35 minutes, depending on traffic)



From Ontario Airport:

Head east on East Terminal Way, make a slight left at S E Way and continue onto N Archibald Ave. Take the ramp onto I-10 E to the Washington St exit. Turn right at Washington St. (signs for La Quinta/Palm Desert/Indian Wells/Bermuda Dunes). Make a right at Eisenhower Dr and continue about 1 mile. Resort will be on the right. (Approximately 1.5 hours, depending on traffic)

 

From Los Angeles Airport:

Head south on World Way towards W Way. Take the ramp onto S Sepulveda Blvd to I-1405 E. Take the exit toward I-605 N, keep left at the fork and follow signs for I-605 and merge onto I-605 N. Take the exit onto I-10 E toward San Bernadino. Take the Washington St exit. Turn right at Washington St. (signs for La Quinta/Palm Desert/Indian Wells/Bermuda Dunes). Make a right at Eisenhower Dr and continue about 1 mile. Resort will be on the right. (Approximately 2.5 hours, depending on traffic)
 

Route Your Trip:

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR has a special arrangement with La Quinta Resort & Club. You may rent a car at any of the airports and drop the car off the Hotel without any additional drop-off charges. Consider flying into Los Angeles and driving.

Click here to visit the Enterprise website.

During three days at TEDMED you’ll pack in more ideas, fun, energy and excitement than most of us experience during the year’s remaining 362 days put together.
 
You’ll arrive at the Kennedy Center early each morning to share a healthy gourmet breakfast with over 1,000 fascinating fellow Delegates, making connections and sharing perspectives.
 
You’ll rocket through a jam-packed, fast-paced day of amazing TEDMED talks and sessions, stimulating social breaks and inspiring artistic performances. After lunch onsite, you’ll visit social spaces where dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups share their unique innovations, original thinking and powerful new technologies.During three days at TEDMED you’ll pack in more ideas, fun, energy and excitement than most of us experience during the year’s remaining 362 days put together.
 
You’ll arrive at the Kennedy Center early each morning to share a healthy gourmet breakfast with over 1,000 fascinating fellow Delegates, making connections and sharing perspectives.
 
You’ll rocket through a jam-packed, fast-paced day of amazing TEDMED talks and sessions, stimulating social breaks and inspiring artistic performances. After lunch onsite, you’ll visit social spaces where dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups share their unique innovations, original thinking and powerful new technologies.

Integral to the TEDMED experience are the creative collisions and unexpected connections that happen when a multi-disciplinary group of thinkers and doers come together to share thoughts and ideas for shaping a healthier world. 

For 2.5 days TEDMED Delegates join speakers, innovators, and artists in a creative and stimulating environment designed to encourage conversation, collaboration and exploration around the important stories shared from the stage and among the members of the community. 

Each moment, Delegates are active participants in the TEDMED experience, reinforcing that what happens off the stage is as important as what happens on the stage. As contributors and catalysts, they forge new friendships and partnerships that can inspire new opportunities in their own work and for those around them. For this reason, while at the event, we encourage Delegates to unplug from the outside world and become immersed in this invigorating and unique gathering. 

In addition to encouraging important and compelling discussions on our stage and active social spaces, TEDMED also offers the opportunity to relax and recharge both mind and body. To start the day, Delegates are invited to experience the spectacular views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, take an energizing walk around the resort’s grounds, or join a TEDMED Health activity before heading to a delicious healthy breakfast.

Each day is brimming with amazing TEDMED talks, inspiring artistic performances and stimulating social breaks. This can be a lot to take in, we invite Delegates to join the community and unwind at the evening celebrations – complete with food, fun and entertainment.

As with every TEDMED, our goal is for each person to leave inspired and recommitted to the important contributions they make – to their health, the health of their community and the world at large.

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR has a special arrangement with La Quinta Resort & Club. You may rent a car at any of the airports and drop the car off the Hotel without any additional drop-off charges. Consider flying into Los Angeles and driving. 
 
Click here to link to the Enterprise website.

For suggestions on transportation to and from airports in both locations, please refer to the "Plan Your Travel" section above.