Since 1990, the annual TED conference (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) has been a popular destination for inspirational, invitation-only speakers offering “ideas worth spreading.” Well, that spreading spilled over into healthcare and inspired the creation of TEDMED, a veritable who’s who of innovators in medicine who happen to be outstanding speakers and entertainers. Unfortunately, TEDMED is a bit pricey and exclusive – charging $4000/ticket to attend – and so some creative young folks decided to create a free sister conference at the same venue. They called it “BIL:PIL” as a kind of riff on Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and keeping “PIL” for a rhyming medical theme. Pretty funny.
Funnier still is that my friend and Better Health contributor Jonathan Sheffi has lured me into presenting at BIL:PIL. I’ll be joined by some speakers from TEDMED and a gaggle of social media and medical technology innovators. In fact, it’s not too late to register or vote for your favorite speaker at BIL:PIL as programming will not be finalized until September 30th.
The meeting will be held October 30th and 31st at the San Diego State University BioScience Center in San Diego, California.