Last year Daniel Kraft, the chair of Singularity University’s FutureMed, contacted Medgadget and asked if we’d provide on-site coverage of his new (at the time) five day executive education program. We met up in Palo Alto and Daniel shared his vision, showed us the speaker list and draft schedule, and we were immediately sold.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Singularity University (SU), you can think of it as a Silicon Valley institution rigged up to be an innovator honey pot of sorts – a place to pull together folks hammering at the edges of technology to explore how their work can better shape the future. FutureMed is SU’s medical executive education program and last year’s event was exceptional.
From what we hear, FutureMed 2012 is primed to be equally amazing and will run February 6-11. Those interested in attending can apply here.
We’ll start by noting that FutureMed is not really a conference. Think of it as a one month course compressed into a week of lectures and activities. It’s very time intensive and demands full participation. If you’re looking to attend and get the most out of it, you should put your life on hold for the week, because each day has content from 8am-10pm. It is intense in the best of ways, and the attendees unequivocally sang its praises last year.
We regularly bump into attendees from last year’s program and people are still talking about it. To get a better idea of the experience and the caliber of speakers, have a look at our coverage at the links below or watch some of the FutureMed 2011 synthesis videos.
The 2012 faculty already includes the likes of John Mattison (CMIO of Kaiser), Philip Low (Founder of NeuroVigil), Eythor Bender (CEO of Ekso Bionics), and more. We’re of course going to do our best to be on-site, and again, those interested in attending can apply here.
Link: FutureMed 2012…
Medgadget’s coverage of last year’s event:
FutureMed Day 1 – Ray Kurzweil, 3D Printing Organs, Bionic Exoskeletons and More
FutureMed Day 2 – Genomics, Personalized Medicine, and More
FutureMed Day 3 – Stem Cell Breakthroughs, Regenerative Medicine, Autodesk Visit
FutureMed Day 4 – Neuromedicine, Synthetic Biology, Visit Intuitive Surgical, and More
FutureMed Day 5 – Global Health, Data Driven Medicine, and Innovation Practices