TEDMED 2020 kicks off in Boston today, running until March 4th, and designed to bring the entire TEDMED community together including health leaders, clinicians, researchers, scientists, creators innovators and influencers. With this year’s theme being ‘Make Way for Wonder’, attendees get to hear about the power and possibilities that are propelling humanity forward, and can join inspiring TEDMED Talks live and in person, as well as have the opportunity to attend inspirational workshops, classes and meetups.


As a fully immersive community event, TEDMED 2020 provides the ideal platform to have conversations and connect with leading healthcare thinkers. One influencer that will be joining the event this year as a TEDMED 2020 Hive Innovator, is our very own Andy Blackwell, Chief Science and Strategy Officer at Ieso Digital Health, and ambassador for our research and development program Eight Billion Minds – an initiative to deliver the next generation of digital healthcare services to address the unmet mental healthcare needs of millions of people globally.

TEDMED celebrates the ideas behind progress in health and medicine through its Hive program, which is dedicated to celebrating the power of imagination and human potential. TEDMED Hive Innovators are individuals who are willing to break boundaries and the limits of convention to challenge the status quo. These innovators embrace imagination and aren’t afraid to explore new paths to a healthier world. At TEDMED 2020, the Hive Innovators will participate in a series of curated meetups, around a topic that aligns to their work, and uniquely designed to engage the entire TEDMED community and share their individual perspectives and voices to help improve humanity’s health.

Andy will be joining the ‘Mapping Human Health’ meetup on Tuesday 3rd March at 1pm (EST) to discuss the rise of technology in health, and the opportunity to capture health data like never before. In this meetup, the innovators will demonstrate the ways in which data can be mapped, across conditions, to better understand, analyze, and reimagine human health. Zen Chu of MIT’s Hacking Medicine Initiative will lead this meetup, and look to talk about mapping trends around mental health, immunity, rare diseases, or even animal genomics, and what it means for the future of data and human health.  Andy will also look to address the question ‘what if personalized technology could ensure that no one is held back by mental illness’,  digging deeper into why applying deep learning and clinical data science to hundreds of thousands of hours of real-world data can determine what really works in therapy to help patients get better.

We will be reporting back from the event so watch this space to hear more about ‘making way for wonder’, and follow us on twitter to see our updates throughout the event: @8bminds.