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At Quantified Self Labs, we create and host events that bring together our community of trackers, toolmakers, researchers, and other individuals interested in how self-tracking is shaping our culture. We focus mainly on meetups and conferences. With the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference coming up in May, we thought we’d let you know what makes it a unique and rewarding experience for us and our growing community.
When and Where
Since our first European Conference in 2011, we’ve been lucky to present at the Casa 400 Hotel in beautiful Amsterdam. This year’s conference will take place on May 10th and 11th to take advantage of the spring weather. Casa 400 is just a short bike ride from central Amsterdam and is conveniently located within waking distance of a public train station.
Our conferences are unique community-driven events that we like to refer to as “carefully curated unconferences”. All of our sessions and talks come from our conference attendees, which requires more hands-on work from our program staff. The end result is dynamic program that reflects the interest, insights, and experiences of our community. Our program is divided into four different types of sessions and presentations held concurrently throughout both days of the conference.
Show & Tell Talks: These talks are personal first-person self-tracking stories. We ask speakers to present their tracking experiments with an emphasis on what they’ve learned. At previous conferences we’ve heard talks on tracking Parkinson’s disease, computer use, continuous heart rate, and other fascinating subjects.
Breakout Discussions: Held concurrently with Show & Tell talks, the breakouts are group discussions about a specific topic related to Quantified Self. Each discussion topic is proposed and led by a conference attendee. Previous breakouts have touched on issues related to privacy, the “missing trackers”, DIY tracking, visualization design, the role of open data in the QS community, and many others.
Lunchtime Ignite Talks: After a healthy and delicious meal (lunch is provided) we encourage attendees to listen to six or eight rapid-fire Ignite talks from other participants. These talks are similar to our Show & Tell talks, but are typically more light-weight and entertaining. A great example is this talk given by Mark Moschel on tracking rejection.
Office Hours: We encourage participants to bring current projects, tools, or applications they’re working on. We provide office hour space during program sessions for people to present their project and interact with attendees in one-on-one conversations. We’ve been delighted to see a wide range of concepts exposed during office hours such as art projects, new visualization methods, meet and greets with luminaries in the field, and new tool prototypes.
Take a peak at our 2012 European Conference program for more examples of how we put together a collaborative program packed with learning and sharing opportunities.
Sponsors and Friends
We couldn’t create our conferences without the support of our generous sponsors. We’d like to thank our current annual sponsors, Autodesk and Intel, for their continued support. We are grateful for the support from this year’s conference sponsors: Gero Lab, Aro (Saga), Scanadu, Withings, and Zensorium. If you’re interested in sponsoring our work in general, or the upcoming European Conference, please get in touch.
We also want to thank our Friends of QS. These toolmakers, inventors, and entrepreneurs directly support our work and community. If you’d like to learn more about our Friends of QS program just let us know.
If you are an advanced user, designer, inventor, entrepreneur, journalist, scientist, or health professional, please join us in beautiful Amsterdam for two days of collaboration and inspiration!
We expect to sell out, so if you plan to attend please register today!
The QS Europe 2013 Conference in Amsterdam is one month away! Here are some more of the awesome talks and sessions that will be given by QS community members. Check them out below, and please remember to register soon if you’d like to come – there are only a few tickets left. Hope to see you there!
Using Data to Hack My Habits and Whip Up My Willpower (Mark Leavitt)
Tracking Puns (J. Paul Neeley)
Three Years of Tracking Sleep (Christel De Maeyer)
Daily Rhythm Tracking with Nike+ Fuelband (Eric Boyd)
Tracking Relationships (Fabio Ricardo dos Santos)
QS Privacy and Security (James Burke)
Activity Trackers (Michael Kazarnowicz)
QS and Longevity (Clement Charles)
From Quantified Self to Quantified Us/Communities: Our Future in Group Minds (Yuri van Geest)
QS Researchers and Scholars Gathering (Jakob Larsen, Dorien Zandbergen)
Insights from Tracking Walking Patterns (Per Sandholm)
Fun with Fitbit (Joost Plattel)
AchieveMint (Luca Foschini)
Momento (Oliver Waters)
Addressing Practical Needs of the Elderly (Homer Papadopoulos)
Only two months to go until the QS Europe 2013 Conference in Amsterdam! So we thought we’d release part of the program of awesome talks and sessions that will be given by QS community members. Check it out below, and please remember to register soon if you’d like to come – there are only 100 tickets left. Hope to see you there!
The four general themes of the conference will be:
- Self-measurement for Health
- Open Data
- Emotion, Relationships, and the Brain
Here are some of the sessions scheduled so far:
The Effects of Reintroducing Carbs into a Paleo Diet (Winslow Strong)
Hypertension Experiments (Candide Kemmler)
Tracking My Happiness (Stephen Rogers)
Visualizing Physiological Data from Social Situations (Rain Ashford)
Optimizing my Parkinson’s Medication (Sara Riggare)
Tracking All the Books I’ve Read (Rajiv Mehta)
Breath Tracking (Danielle Roberts)
EEG 101 (Martin Sona and Richard Ryan)
QS and Mental Health (Rutger Goekoop)
Privacy Laws and Norms (Heather Patterson)
A Quantified Self Scientific Journal? (Daniel Gartenberg)
QS APIs (Eric Jain)
Tools and Methods for 24/7 Tracking (Randy Sargent)
Dream Tracking (Luca Mascaro)
Quentiq for Behavior Change (Yago Veith)
Health Self-Management (Marco Altini)
In the Flow app (Giorgio Baresi)
BodyTrack and Fluxtream: Open Source Tools for Health (Anne Wright)
Quantified Self Europe 2013 is our fourth conference for users and tool makers interested in self-tracking systems, and our second time in Amsterdam.
It will be another “working meeting” for the QS community (70 groups worldwide now), where we will gather, inspire, and learn from each other as we share and collaborate on self-tracking projects. This year we’re welcoming 350 attendees.
If you are an advanced user, designer, tech inventor, entrepreneur, journalist, scientist, or health professional, please join us for a weekend of collaboration and inspiration! Like last year, we will have some scholarship registrations available for people if registration price is a barrier. If you either need financial assistance or would like to sponsor a scholarship for a grateful self-tracker to attend the conference, write to me here. You can register here.
As always, any attendee is welcome to apply to present their self-tracking story or lead a breakout session. Send in your proposed topic to me here. We will be announcing speakers and topics in the coming weeks, and we look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!
Ulrich Atz was curious about measuring his stress levels. He chose three methods to do this: experience sampling, day reconstruction method, and heart rate. In the video below, he helpfully describes how he went about designing his experiment, how the different methods work and the challenges of each one, and what he learned. He was surprised to discover which method worked best! (Filmed at the QS Europe conference in Amsterdam.)
Kiel Gilleade researches physiological computing. He streams his heart rate data to Twitter, live, 24 hours a day. Over the course of a year, he learned how his heart rate responded to different events, dietary intake, and changes in routine. He was also surprised to learn that he didn’t get up until 8 am! His friends and colleagues can check in on how he’s feeling by looking at his data, but context is very important to record and display for a complete understanding. In the video below, Kiel shows his entire year of data in one beautiful, final slide. (Filmed at the QS Europe conference in Amsterdam.)
Hind Hobeika is a swimmer and an engineer from Beirut. She wanted to monitor her heart rate while she was swimming, so she built goggles that sense and display her heart rate in real time. It’s called the Butterfleye Project. In this great talk below, she describes how she designed and assembled the goggles, the challenges she faced, and future prospects for the project.
We’re excited to announce that the videos from the Quantified Self Europe conference in Amsterdam are starting to come online! I’ll be posting them individually here on the blog, but if you can’t wait for that, you can find some of them here on Vimeo.
Also, QS Amsterdam member Kees Plattel put together this beautiful video impression of the conference, to give you a flavor of what it was like, or to remind you of your experience there. Enjoy, and see you at the next conference (to be announced soon!)
An excited, sold-out crowd is gathered in Amsterdam today for our first Quantified Self Europe conference. You can follow along on Twitter with the hashtags #qs2011 and #qseurope.
To give a bit of background for our Dutch readers, here is a video of Martijn Aslander, one of the QS Europe organizers, at a recent talk he gave about Quantified Self.
It’s an exciting day, brought to you by a team of dedicated QS’ers. We are hereby announcing the first Quantified Self Europe Conference, to be held November 26-27, 2011, in Amsterdam.
Our first conference this past May in Mountain View was a success by however you’d like to measure it – people said it was transformative (“best conference ever!”), new collaborations were launched, it sold out and paid for itself, and we had a great time putting it on. So we’re doing it again, in Europe, to allow QS enthusiasts from different parts of the world to join in, and to explore some fun new topics.
This is a hands-on, collaborative conference for users and tool makers interested in self-tracking. It will be a “working meeting” for the QS community, where we will gather, inspire, and learn from each other as we share and collaborate on self-tracking projects. We will also explore the potential effects of self-tracking on ourselves and society.
QS founder Gary Wolf will be speaking, and all attendees are welcome to present their projects! We already have people coming who are working on:
- wearable sensors
- open source ECG monitors
- “collecting silence”
- designing patient-facing clinical information
- mobile psychological sampling
- life hacking
- mood/location mashups
The first block of tickets is €75, and we only have 250 spots for this conference, so please register early to make sure you get a spot. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!
I’d also like to send out a giant thank you to our lead sponsor, Philips, who is making this possible, as well as Basis, HealthTap, CureTogether, and more sponsors to be announced soon! Your generous support of QS is greatly appreciated by our community.