2014 Silver Innovator Award

Congratulations to our 2014 Silver Innovator Award Winner, Jay Walker.


Jay Walker is curator and chairman of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED organization, whose online talks have been watched more than one billion times.

Dedicated to “unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine,” TEDMED is a global, multi-disciplinary community of leading doers and thinkers from all walks of life and every sector of society. 

Jay is also Executive Chairman and Lead Inventor of Patent Properties, Inc., a public company that is developing a voluntary, private-enterprise solution to diffuse more innovation through the U.S. economy in a way that is simple and affordable for all.

A serial entrepreneur, Jay is the founder of three companies that each serve more than 50 million customers. He is best known as the creator of Priceline, which created a new level of value for the travel and hospitality industries. Priceline has grown into a business with a $60 billion market cap, second only to Apple computer on the S&P as the company with the highest 10-year compounded growth rate.

Jay is the world’s 11th most patented living inventor. He is a named inventor on more than 700 U.S. patents. His inventions provide unique business systems and solutions across a dozen different industries.

A noted expert on imagination, Jay created and curates one of the world’s great private libraries: The Library of The History of Human Imagination. Filled with books, manuscripts, historical artifacts and treasures of all kinds, especially in the field of medicine, the facility was described by Wired magazine as “the most amazing library in the world.”

In addition to serving as an active member of The President’s Circle of the National Academies, Jay is also a member of The Atlantic Council and the non-profit TED.

Whether you think of Jay as curator of TEDMED, prolific inventor, serial entrepreneur, founder of Priceline, or as the creator of one of the world's great libraries, Jay Walker is sure to challenge your thinking about the future of health and medicine.