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How will children respond to a world where personal data is ubiquitous? Bill Schuller is starting to find out with his two young children and will be sharing his story at the upcoming 2013 Quantified Self Global Conference.
Bill started tracking his exercise and weight in 2010. His preschool-aged son, listening to his father talk about his daily metrics at the dinner table, began to imitate Bill’s tracking behavior, regularly stepping on the scale, not to watch his weight, but to “just check my numbers.” Bill then designed tracking games for him and his son. One of them involved putting things away in the house while tracking steps and gaining “clean-up points.”
This fun talk will feature more stories on the creative ways Bill and his children are playing with self-tracking. As a preview, we have a version of the talk that he gave in San Diego in March 2012. Watch the video and then find out at the conference what further data adventures Bill has had with his kids in the last year and a half.
The Quantified Self Global Conference will be held in San Francisco on October 10th and 11th. Registration is now open. As with all of our conferences, our speakers are members of the community. We hope to see you there!
As you’ve probably read here before, our Quantified Self Conferences are special events. We spend a lot of time hand crafting the program to make sure we enable the human-to-human connections that we value and love. At our last two Global Quantified Self Conferences hosted in the bay area we’ve had the opportunity to bring people together in the evening to socialize and hack on projects together. (A big thank you goes to Noisebridge and HealthTap for making that happen.)
At our last social event held at the 2012 conference in Palo Alto I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to hear something amazing. I saw a group of people huddled around a laptop exchanging questions and answers. Obviously they were talking about a new gadget or tool and the API that was allowing them to create an awesome visualization. To my surprise and delight, everyone was looking at graphs of a child’s feeding times, sleep schedule, and weight. I had never seen someone talk about this kind of tracking in such great detail and with such enthusiasm. Fascination quickly turned to excitement as I realized that this experience, tracking and learning about your child, should be shared with the conference attendees.
Yasmin Lucero, a mother, statistician, and wonderful speaker, thankfully listened to my pleas and presented her experience during our Lunchtime Ignite Talk session. I’m excited to share that with you here. She also gave a show&tell talk about what she learned from tracking her daughter at a QS Los Angeles Meetup. We’ve appended the slides from that talk below. If you’re interested in how she made her graphs using R then make sure to check out her project page on RPuds.
If you’re engaging with this type of self-tracking we would love to have you join us this year for our 2013 Global Conference where we’ll have great talks, sessions, and discussions that cover the wide range of Quantified Self topics. Registration is now open so make sure to get your ticket today!