TEDMED is a global community of leading doers and thinkers from every walk of life.
As the only independent licensee of the TED conference, we are best known for our annual three-day gathering in Washington, DC, bringing together inspiring speakers, powerful Delegates and innovative start-ups.
TEDMED curates an unusual and provocative program on the Opera House stage featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances that reframe our mental models and inspire important new possibilities. Add evening spectaculars at DC landmarks, thought-provoking conversation and company, and a showcase of inspiring startups called "The Hive" – the result is an experience that allows us to recharge our brains, jumpstart new thinking, energize our work and worldview and alter how we imagine a healthier future.
1,500 leading thinkers and doers from across society form the delegation at our annual gathering. They come to meet people they would never otherwise meet, discover ideas they would never otherwise be exposed to and build relationships that often last a lifetime.
TEDMED 2014 will take place April 9-11 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and will be simulcast via TEDMED Live to thousands of medical organizations, academic institutions and government facilities in 100+ countries.
Our goal is to seed the innovations of today, making possible the breakthroughs of tomorrow. We hope you'll join us as we unlock the power of imagination in service of a healthier, more vibrant planet.
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? You’re encouraged to bring your passion to TEDMED 2014. All applications are reviewed and answered within a week. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available.
TEDMED takes place each spring in Washington, DC, the healthcare capital of the United States. Here is where national policy is made, regulations are forged and billions in medical research are funded. Here too, the voice of the TEDMED community is amplified as nowhere else.
Only TEDMED gathers so many leading U.S. public officials in health and medicine in one place, at one time. At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, TEDMED has included the Directors of the FDA, NIH, and CDC; the Surgeon General of the U.S.; the Chairman of the U.S. Institute of Medicine; and other public servants and high-profile policy advocates whose decisions and ideas impact the lives and well being of 314 million Americans.
If proximity to power is the first step toward influence, then TEDMED’s presence in the nation’s capital has put us on the mental map of America’s health and medicine establishment.
Washington is also one of the world’s most beautiful and artistically vibrant cities. In addition to the Kennedy Center, the city is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet, Smithsonian Museum system, Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Theater and countless additional national treasures and attractions. These magnificent settings provide a superb backdrop for TEDMED’s social events and evening spectaculars.
TEDMED has secured rooms at discounted rates at the following, nearby hotels. We will provide complimentary transportation to and from the Kennedy Center and evening events only from these hotels. If staying elsewhere, please walk to one of these hotels for transportation.
What’s the best way to travel to TEDMED? What should you pack? Where should you stay? What else should you see while you’re in town? What are the best ways to get around the city? Below you can find informative answers and useful guidance for all these questions and many others.
Casual dress is encouraged for TEDMED – we want our Delegates to be comfortable. Jackets, suits or ties are not required nor expected. Please plan on wearing comfortable shoes, as you may be walking a bit to and
from sessions, breaks, meals and evening events. It gets chilly at night, so you may want to carry a sweater, jacket or scarf.
The closest airport is Reagan International Airport in Arlington, VA, which is a 25- to 35-minute drive to downtown D.C., depending on traffic. The airport is also a stop on the Metro rail line. Please follow these links for ground transportation options and driving directions.
Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA, is a 35- to 45-minute drive to downtown D.C., depending on traffic. Click here for ground transportation options and driving directions.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall airport, just south of Baltimore, is 50 minutes to just over an hour to D.C. in non-rush-hour traffic. Click here for ground transportation options and driving directions.
When to Arrive
It's best to arrive early so that you have enough time to settle in before the conference begins. You may pick up Delegate Credentials for the event starting on Tuesday, April 8th from Noon – 7pm. We’ll send more information about how and where to pick up Credentials as the event gets closer.
The opening session starts at 9:00am on Wednesday, April 9th, at which time the event will jump into full swing. You won't want to miss a moment, so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to travel, pack, and unwind before we get started.
Do 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 Washington, D.C. is full of superb museums and historic attractions. Many folks stay the weekend to relax and continue the conversation. Should you decide to do so, please make the appropriate hotel accommodations.
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.
Finally, you’ll unwind into night with fellow Delegates, forging lifelong friendships while enjoying some of the most spectacular venues in Washington, DC.
So clear your calendar; be prepared to turn off your cell phones; and ignore your emails – because TEDMED will command your full attention and demand your best thinking.
By the end of three days you'll feel reenergized and inspired to imagine a better future in health and medicine.
TEDMED will provide complimentary transportation between the listed event hotels, the Kennedy Center and Wednesday's evening Celebration. The Kennedy Center also has a shuttle bus from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station that runs every 15 minutes. A transportation schedule will be available before the start of the conference.
For suggestions on transportation to and from airports, please refer to "Plan Your Travel", above.
For ways to get around Washington, D.C. for non-TEDMED related activities, click here.