TEDMED 2020 | BOSTON | March 2-4


TEDMED is excited to announce that the next convening of our diverse, multi-disciplinary community will take place March 2-4, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts at The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. That’s right, TEDMED 2020 will be at a brand new location and a brand new time of year!

We feel that Boston is the ideal home for TEDMED 2020. Boston is a city and community with deep roots in pioneering new ideas and pushing innovation forward—much like TEDMED. Boston boasts renowned industry-leading companies,  world-class academic institutions and scientific R&D, some of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals, the country’s highest number of arts and cultural organizations per capita, and an impressive entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports a cutting-edge health tech start-up culture.

As a city with innovation at its core, we were interested to learn that Boston also lays claim to many technological and social “firsts,” including the world’s first telephone, and the United States’ first public park, first public library, and first public secondary school. Also, America’s very first inoculations happened in Boston, way back in 1721. To this day, the city remains a hotbed for health and medical innovation.

We have hosted TEDMED in Palm Springs, CA for the last 4 years, but TEDMED has regularly migrated to fresh venues every few years for most of the past decade, enabling people from many regions to join the community and participate in person at our annual gathering.

“TEDMED has a proud history of adopting a diverse range of venues, literally from coast to coast,” says TEDMED COO and Executive Producer Shirley Bergin, adding, “We are excited for everything that Boston has to offer and can’t wait to host TEDMED 2020 in this amazing city.”

So, what can you expect to experience at TEDMED 2020?

First and foremost, we are always striving to bridge the gap between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage, and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine. At TEDMED 2020, you’ll be moved by Talks from individuals working to improve humanity’s health. As one TEDMED Delegate said:

“When you come out of a session of Talks, and you’ve changed as a person—in outlook, in perspective, in opinion—that’s the mark of a conference worth attending. And that happened several times at TEDMED.”
– Giles N.

At TEDMED 2020, you will also become a part of a truly unique community of public health leaders, clinicians, researchers, scientists, influencers, and innovators from across the landscape of health, medicine, and scientific innovation. Over the 2.5 days of TEDMED 2020, you’re bound to make unexpected connections that will last well beyond the event. Again, our Delegates explain it best:

“It was such a humbling experience to be able to connect with such inspiring and passionate people who I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.”
– Kittaya T.

By attending TEDMED 2020, you can expect to engage in interactive conversations hosted by TEDMED’s Partners—a dynamic group of global industry leaders, health systems, associations, research and academic institutions, foundations, and more. Our Partners not only help to make TEDMED possible, but they also enhance the program with their cutting-edge innovations, advancements in health policy, and large-scale global public health initiatives. Whether it’s a curated conversation with Partners and TEDMED Speakers about an unexpected theme that connects their work or a lively workshopping session over breakfast, there are plenty of ways to connect with other leading thinkers and doers at TEDMED.

In addition to the inspiring Talks, engaging community, and mind-expanding conversations, TEDMED 2020 offers you the chance to fully immerse yourself in various health experiences. For instance, you can choose to start your day with a mindfulness class or a heart-pumping workout. And from morning until night, we’ll provide you with nutritious meals and snacks to fuel your body and mind. Attending TEDMED 2020 offers you the space to unplug from your day-to-day routine and the opportunity to absorb new ways of thinking about the challenges we face in health and medicine today.

We hope you’ll join us in Boston for TEDMED 2020. Registration for TEDMED Alumni is open now, and early-bird registration opens soon. Stay up to date on the latest information about TEDMED 2020 by signing up for our newsletter and following us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


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TEDMED is the independent health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” TEDMED Talks have been viewed online over 150 million times around the world. TEDMED is a non-profit that is wholly owned by The TEDMED Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.