The list of 50 speakers for the next TedMed, to be held in Washington D.C., April 10-13, has been posted and it is, once again, a dizzying array of creative talent from a whole host of seemingly unrelated disciplines.
This year’s conference brings together biochemical engineers and biochemists, the heads of NIH, the Red Cross and the CDC, doctors, authors, poets, performance artists, gaming strategists, and others, each of whom bring their unique perspective and insights into the future of health and medicine.
This will be an early public appearance for Todd Park, the newly appointed U.S. Chief Technology Officer, whose talk “Higher, Faster, Smarter, the Olympics? No, Uncle Sam” may shed some light on his plans for the new job. Park previously worked as Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services where his mission was to be a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology and innovation to improve the health of the nation. Park also worked at athenahealth and co-founded Castlight, a web-based healthcare shopping service for consumers. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics and has a big fan base in both the technology and healthcare communities. Park’s role as technology advisor to the White House at a time of national healthcare overhaul gives him a front row seat and position of influence on the future of health.
To attend TedMed, you must apply and be selected since they curate the audience as they do the speakers. But even if you can’t attend in person, most of the speakers will be taped, and the full-length tapes of their brief-but-fascinating talks will be released over the coming year. Here are the ones from 2011 to give you an idea of what’s in store. Over the coming months, as the videos are posted, we’ll share our thoughts on the ones we find most interesting. And please send us comments of those that you find most intriguing, as well.