If the TEDMED 2014 stage is the brain imagining health, The Hive is its beating heart.
For starters, it showcases some of the smartest and potentially revolutionary ideas in health in an up-close-and-personal forum, in which start-ups can gather ideas from other Delegates and from each other. It’s been a launchpad for a number of game-changing companies.
This year, 80 entrepreneurs – 40 on each coast – have a chance to share their stories with TEDMED attendees and the world, from technologies that help kids track their blood sugar and diagnose brain injuries by tracking eye movements, to a brilliantly simple pill pack design that promotes medicine adherence and a technology application where patients can get a doctor’s house call on demand within two hours.
There’s also an opportunity to visualize progress; the Imagine Wall – seen above in its San Francisco incarnation – is a mural of Twitter responses to the question, “How would you imagine a healthier world?”
The Hive was conversation central for the Great Challenges program, a platform for discussing complex public health issues. Delegates also had a chance to talk over some of the biggest questions in health and science over at the Campfire, an intimate space that presented thought experiment questions to small groups.
Hot topics: Getting approval and a market plan for niche medical devices; the increasing dearth of primary care physicians, and what medical education should do about it, and how the world can solve the health conundrum of having undernourished populations in most of the world, and overweight, overfed people in many others.