& Celebrating the Innovation Powering a Healthier World


Progress towards a healthier world begins with individuals who are willing to break the limits of convention, and to challenge the status quo. These innovators embrace imagination and aren't afraid to explore both chaos, clarity, and the space between in order to discover new paths to a healthier world.

This mindset is catalyzing exciting innovations across health and medicine in areas like life science and therapeutics, medical tech and devices, digital and mobile health, healthcare systems, care delivery, reimbursement models and IT, public health, advancing science, and more.

Each year, TEDMED celebrates the ideas behind progress in health and medicine through a program called The Hive, which is dedicated to celebrating the power of imagination and human potential. 

The Hive Startups
Hive Talks
Hive Diversity and Reach
Nomination Process

Meet the 2018
Hive Innovators

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Audacious: The Hive at TEDMED

The Hive Innovators take the TEDMED stage in a special session called “Audacious,” to share how their visonary ideas and boundary breaking innovations are affecting change in every area of health and medicine. This session features a unique format, wherein each talk is delivered in a unique, 2-minute format, that is sharply focused on how they are catalyzing progress. These ideas are creatively linked into 4 creatively themed “mini-segments” that highlight how even the most diverse set of entrepreneurs are connected by a single passion: to re-imagine healthcare and shape a healthier world. 

Audacious was first featured at TEDMED 2016 and was brought back by popular demand in 2017. Below, select a year to browse these talks grouped by mini-segment.

Filter Hive Talks By Year:
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One of the most prevalent factors governing what we do is also one of the most intangible forces on earth: Time. We all obey it, but try as we might, we can't change it—or can we? From extending our life-spans to making drugs that last longer, these companies are manipulating one of our oldest foes.

Breaking from the norm is natural for most entrepreneurs. They see an an established approach to an old problem and imagine entirely new solutions, often tackling the problem from a radically different angle. They challenge all of us to adopt new behaviors and to break from the status quo.

In considering how something was used before or the way things used to be done, these Innovators don't see limits, they see inspiration. The ways of yesterday have become their building blocks and a point of inspiration from which to imagine tomorrow as a stronger, healthier world.

Humanity’s never ending quest for knowledge is reflected in the ways these companies are pushing boundaries to expand our collective intelligence. With so much yet to learn in the fields of health and medicine, these companies are working on the edge of what we know and what we don’t know.

The Hive Nomination
& Selection Process

A Hive organization may be nominated by one of its members, by a colleague, by any member of the TEDMED community, by TEDMED’s Editorial Advisory Board and/or by members of the TEDMED staff. If you would like to nominate an organization for the Hive, please use our online nomination form below. 

TEDMED also consults incubators, accelerators, academic institutions, innovation centers and venture capitalists for nominations that should be considered for the Hive. If you are from, or know of, an accelerator, incubator or innovation center that should be included in our nomination process, you can contact us here.

All Hive nominees are referred to TEDMED and its Editorial Advisory Board. TEDMED also relies on outside feedback from our Research Scholars, a diverse group of carefully selected experts who have professional training, objective knowledge, and institutional credibility. 

These groups work collaboratively to evaluate each nominated Hive organization and its leadership in order to ensure scientific rigor and credibility, topical relevance, and cutting-edge innovations that reflect the power of human potential and challenge the status quo across health and medicine.


Submit a Nomination

Please fill out as much information as you're able to, in the form below. The more information you provide, the better our team will be able to evaluate and consider your nomination. 

We consider ALL nominations that come through, but because of submission volume, we are unable to respond to each. Rest assured, your nomination will be fairly evaluated.

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Please list links to helpful videos, talks, interviews, reviews, articles, etc. that will help us in our review. Links to talks or interviews by the organization's leadership are especially helpful.

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