TEDMED day 1

Trip Start Apr 16, 2013
Trip End Apr 19, 2013

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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I slowly drove my Honda Odyssey to Landmark Honda.  The transmission would no longer shift into higher than second gear.  I was taking it in to have the transmission replaced.  I eventually made it to the car dealer, left my car, took their shuttle to the Metro and caught a train to Foggy Bottom. I walked to my hotel on New Hampshire Avenue and got in line to check in.

The check-in line moved very slowly. I grabbed a free USA Today and started working on the crossword puzzle. I'm not very good at crossword puzzles but I had a lot of the puzzle filled in by the time I reached the front of the line. I got checked in, was given a key card and headed for my room.

I found my room, unlocked the door and headed in. I noticed a half-empty soda bottle sitting on the desk. My first thought was that their cleaning crew wasn't doing their job but then I noticed a suitcase sitting in the room. They had given me a key to an occupied room.  I quickly left.

I went back to the check-in desk and asked for an unoccupied room. I was given another room and a re-programmed key card. I went to the room and went in (after knocking this time, just in case).  I set up my computer, made sure I could connect to their wi-fi and then headed for the TEDMED conference.

The TEDMED conference is being held at the Kennedy Center this year.  The schedule for today was for check-in between 6pm and 8pm followed by talks from 8pm until 10pm.  After getting my badge I was directed to go to the second floor of the Opera House, where the talks will be held, to pick up my Fitbit (an electronic pedometer) and have it set up.

Next I headed for The Hive, which is the name they've given a tent set up next to the Kennedy Center to spend time in between sessions and for snacks and some meals.  There were also representatives from a number of small, innovative companies in the health care field that were asked to come to the event.  I wandered around to the booths until it was time for the talks to start.

Talks are being held in the Opera House.  I got there shortly before the starting time. I was told that it was full and I had to go to one of the satellite viewing areas where they showed the talks on monitors.  I know to go early for the rest of the talks.

The talks were much like what I've seen on TED.com.  The biggest difference is that the videos include very little of the talking between speakers.  It turns out, there was quite a bit of that.

When the talks were over I headed back to my hotel.

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