You stand poised at the beginning of an extra ordinary journey. TEDMED 2013.

A warm welcome from TEDMED Curator and Chairman, Jay Walker…


For the next three and a half days at our home in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, you and your fellow TEDMED Delegates will explore the adventure that is health and medicine. You will hear inspiring stories and learn about infinite new possibilities. Above all, you will experience unexpected connections that can lead to new insights and exciting innovations.

TEDMED is about connections between people. TEDMED brings together doctors, nurses, scientists, researchers, technologists, business leaders, policymakers, rescue workers, educators, armed service personnel, artists, media and athletes all eager to share, learn, listen and grow. The result? A series of creative collisions that spark imaginative new thinking.

TEDMED is about connections between ideas. This year’s stage program offers mind- expanding themes and topics, beginning with “A Broader Lens” that includes the first ever attempt to map the human brain. Our speakers will make the leap “From Data to Wisdom” with fresh connections between personal and social uses of medical data. Along the way, we’ll find surprising ways to connect ability and disability, science and art, and even life and death.


TEDMED is about connections that inspire innovation. New this year, TEDMED (in association with the StartUp Health Network) proudly presents “The Hive.” Fifty transformative new companies and the passionate entrepreneurs leading them — along with TEDMED’s major partners — will inspire all of us to imagine and realize a better future in health and medicine. Incubators and accelerators, government-run challenges, academic- led programs and independent startups will represent exciting transformations across the innovation landscape of health and medicine. Together with our multidisciplinary community, we’ll form new connections between today’s innovators and the future leaders of tomorrow.

TEDMED is about global connections. Once again TEDMED Live brings a simulcast of our entire stage program to some 2,000 U.S. medical schools, teaching hospitals, non-profits, VA clinics and health-focused government agencies. New this year, TEDMED Live is expanding to the same kinds of institutions worldwide, making it possible for offsite Delegates to engage the power of the TEDMED community in their own cities, states and nations.

TEDMED is about connecting you to your best self. You will have the chance to interact with fellow leaders and innovators from across society. TEDMED Delegates are people with different experiences but with a common goal — to contribute to a better future in health and medicine. Spending time sharing struggles and accomplishments alike with people outside your norm will inspire new possibilities in your own world and prepare you for your best work. Prepare to be informed, inspired, engaged and energized as we embark together on this transforming experience. We are glad that you are a part of it.


200px-Jay_WalkerJay Walker is Curator and Chairman of TEDMED 2013. One of America’s best-known business inventors and entrepreneurs, Jay Walker has founded multiple successful startup companies that today serve more than 75 million customers; he holds more than 200 U.S. patents. He is Chairman of Walker Digital, a privately held R&D lab founded in 1994 and based in Stamford, Connecticut. The company specializes in creating innovative applications that work with large-scale digital networks such as the Internet. Jay is best known as the founder of, the “name your own price” service that has brought a new level of value to the travel industry.

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