Call for participants: Be a part of the story at TEDMED Great Challenges Day

Are you obsessed with the future of personalized medicine? Or perhaps its the unfolding advances in technology to improve the management of chronic disease that motivates you each morning? Do you tweet constantly about innovations in health? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be a perfect match for our never-before-done-opportunity.

The TEDMED Great Challenges program is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to attend its first ever Great Challenges Day at George Washington University on April 19th.

A maximum of 20 social media users will be credentialed to attend the event and will be given the same access as news media and bloggers in an effort to align the experience of social media representatives with those of traditional media.

TEDMED social media accreditation for Great Challenges Day opens at Noon EDT Thursday, March 21st and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday March 26th. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Those receiving TEDMED Great Challenges social media credentials will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the final morning of TEDMED 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
  • Participate in the first ever TEDMED Great Challenges Day at George Washington University in Washington, DC (Note: Transportation will be available between the Kennedy Center and the campus, and maps are available for walking between the sites)
  • Serve a critical role in sharing the discussions and discoveries from key speakers and breakout room dialogs throughout Great Challenges Day
  • Meet and interact with representatives from TEDMED and the TEDMED community of global thought leaders
  • Meet fellow health and medicine enthusiasts
  • Publish one (1) post, with byline attribution and author feature, on the TEDMED Blog
To Apply: Please make sure to review the details below and then submit your application to be a part of TEDMED Great Challenges Day.

What does it mean to be a part of TEDMED Great Challenges Day?
New to the Great Challenges Program in 2013 is Great Challenges Day, which features the opportunity for you, as an avid social media user, to become a piece of the story. As a member, you will receive access to TEDMED 2013, the Hive, and Great Challenges Day on Friday April 19, 2013 (only). You will receive social media credentials and placement within a Great Challenge delegation for Great Challenges Day.

Social media credentials give users a chance to apply for the same access as journalists in an effort to align the access and experience of social media representatives with those of traditional media. People who actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate news on social networking platforms are encouraged to apply for media credentials. Selection is not random. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Those chosen must prove through the application and registration process they meet specific engagement criteria.

Great Challenge delegates will meet as a team during Great Challenges Day for a workshop dialog on the pressing issues related to one specific challenge, identifying its untold narrative through a series of activities related to the storytelling of science. Placement within a Great Challenge delegation provides members with the opportunity to share their connection to the Great Challenges program, provide knowledgable reflections on the topics, and facilitate the global community – providing the insights of the social media community within each Great Challenges dialog.

To join us at Great Challenges Day for this opportunity, you must have proven expertise on social media and demonstrate interest in furthering the critical discussions within health and medicine. Participants will share their experience through live tweeting speakers and sharing updates on social media. They will also have the opportunity to work with the editorial team at TEDMED to submit a blog post for, with byline attribution and author spotlight.

How do I register?
Registration opens at Noon EDT on Thursday March 21st and closes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday March 26th. The registration link will be shared on TEDMED’s Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ accounts at that time. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for people who:

  • Actively use multiple social networking platforms (Twitter, Google+, Facebook, others) and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience
  • Demonstrate an advanced, sophisticated awareness of social media engagement
  • Regularly produce new content that features multimedia elements.
  • Have the potential to reach a large number of people using digital platforms.
  • Reach a unique audience, separate and distinctive from traditional news media and/or TEDMED audiences.
  • Must have an established history of posting content on social media platforms.
  • Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized.

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #GreatChallenges. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @TEDMED and via posts to Facebook and Google+.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to the Kennedy Center and George Washington University in Washington, DC and attend the one-day event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodations, food and other amenities.

TEDMED will provide breakfast and lunch on Friday, April 19th. At both the Kennedy Center and the University, TEDMED Great Challenges will provide a wi-fi login.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. TEDMED and TEDMED Great Challenges are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. TEDMED and TEDMED Great Challenges, moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step. To be admitted and pick up your credentials, you will need to show a government-issued identification (with a photo) that match the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Does my registration include a guest?
Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest. Each registration provides a place for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

What if I cannot come to Washington, DC?
If you cannot come to Washington, DC to attend in person, or you are unable to attend for the full day on April 19th, you should not register for TEDMED Great Challenges social media credentialing. You can follow the conversation using the #GreatChallenges and #TEDMED hashtags on Twitter.

When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, an notification email will be sent out to inform you whether or not you have been selected for TEDMED Great Challenges social media accreditation. Those selected will be required to complete an additional step before being accredited. We will send notifications upon approval.

If you do not make the registration list for accreditation, you can still participate in the conversation online by following @TEDMED, #TEDMED, and #GreatChallenges.

Does registration for and/or attendance at this TEDMED Great Challenges with social media accreditation qualify me for media accreditation for future events?
No, your registration and/or attendance, does not qualify you for news media credentials at TEDMED or TEDMED Great Challenges now or in the future.

TEDMED strongly encourages all potential applicants to be familiar with the Great Challenges of Health and Medicine prior to completing their application.