TEDMED is a global community of leading doers and thinkers from every walk of life. Our goal is to seed the innovations of today, making possible the breakthroughs of tomorrow.
We are best known for our annual three-day gathering that brings together inspiring speakers, powerful Delegates and innovative start-ups.
TEDMED curates an unusual and provocative program featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances that reframe our mental models and inspire important new possibilities. TEDMED also offers evening spectaculars, thought-provoking conversations with Delegates and Speakers, and a showcase of inspiring startups called "The Hive".
The result is an immersive experience that allows us to recharge our brains, jumpstart new thinking, energize our work and enlarge our worldview. We come away from TEDMED better able to imagine new possibilities and solutions for the future of health and medicine.
TEDMED 2014: One Event. One Program. Two Stages
From September 10-12, 2014, we’ll bring together Delegates in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA for this year’s TEDMED gathering. Delegates in both cities will participate in a simultaneous, unified, digitally linked program with equal numbers of live Speakers, Delegates, and innovative Hive startups. Stanford Medicine and The University of California, San Francisco are TEDMED’s medical research institution partners for the West Coast. Find out more.
The full stage program from both cities will be simulcast via TEDMED Live Streaming to 100+ countries. TEDMED Live is available free to thousands of medical organizations, academic institutions and government facilities worldwide.
We hope you'll join us for TEDMED 2014 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.
Schedule is subject to change, times and locations specific to each coast will be updated soon
TEDMED 2014 links Washington, DC – the U.S. capital of healthcare policy and funding – with the San Francisco Bay Area, leading center of medical research and innovation. The simultaneous, unified stage program features equal numbers of Delegates, Speakers and Hive startups in both venues.
TEDMED’s Washington presence - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - attracts America’s leading public officials in health and medicine. Last year’s TEDMED in DC included the Directors of the FDA, NIH, and CDC; the U.S. Surgeon General; the Chairman of the U.S. Institute of Medicine; and numerous other high-profile public servants and policy advocates.
TEDMED’s new San Francisco presence - The Palace of Fine Arts - will attract hundreds of leading scientists, doctors, researchers and policy experts from across the West Coast, including many prestigious leaders associated with our California medical research institution partners: Stanford Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco.
Beyond policy and research leadership, Washington and San Francisco are also two of the world’s most beautiful and artistically vibrant cities. From DC’s Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Museums, to SF’s famed Opera House, Exploratorium and Museum of Modern Art, both cities offer magnificent settings and provide a superb backdrop for TEDMED’s social events and evening celebrations.
TEDMED has secured rooms at discounted rates at the following, nearby hotels. We will provide complimentary transportation to and from these hotels only. 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.
What to Pack
Casual dress is always 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. In some cases it can get chilly at night, so you may want to carry a sweater, jacket or scarf.
September in the DC area is the end of a very hot and humid season - the temperatures will begin to cool down to the mid-high 70's on average. While not the rainiest month of the year, rain tends to appear and linger for a few days, so come prepared.
Often regarded as San Francisco's hottest month, you can expect the weather to be in the 80s during September. In addition, the prevalence of fog and rain is lightest at this time of year.
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 - both cities are 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.
Traveling to/from Washington, DC
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.
Traveling to/from San Francisco, CA
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 TEDMED 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 and San Francisco.
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.
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In Washington, DC TEDMED will provide complimentary transportation between the listed event hotels, the TEDMED Event and evening celebrations. 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.
In San Francisco, we will also provide complimentary transportation between all hotels, venues and evening celebrations. In addition, the best mode of transportation for all non-TEDMED related activities will be the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, as well as the plentiful Taxis that run throughout the city. For more information about getting around San Francisco, click here.
For suggestions on transportation to and from airports, please refer to "Plan Your Travel", above.