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A big part of what we do here at Quantified Self is support and promote our amazing meetup groups around the world. We have a wonderful network of meetups in over 70 cities in more than 15 countries around the world. We wouldn’t be able to post all the great videos and articles here on the Quantified Self website if it wasn’t for the meetup organizers and attendees coming together to share and learn about self-tracking and self-experimentation in warm and open environments.
Today we just wanted to highlight a few of the most recent meetups from around the world!
We have another exciting week of meetups coming up with events in Seattle, Stockholm, Phoenix, and Singapore. If you don’t have a meetup in your community and want to learn more about how to start one just let us know!
There are two new Quantified Self meetup comming up in Germany:
On takes place on the 1st February in Munich.
The other on the 7th February in Hamburg.
Last month there was also another European country that had its QS Meeting:
The Czech Republic.
While other European countries have had Quantified Self meetups for a while till now we unfortunately had no Meetups in Germany. This has got to change. Therefore we’ll do something about it.
For gathering people for other cities we have a German Quantified Self Facebook-group.
Ernesto Ramirez has world-changing dreams but a grad student budget. He built his own walking desk, which recently helped inspire me to start standing to do my work, and he has also figured out how to do QS on the cheap, using free web tools. In the video below, he describes his favorite tools, including 750words, HealthMonth, IDoneThis, and Last.FM. (Filmed at the Quantified Self San Diego meetup in June.)
Here’s a quick note from Xaq Rothman for all of you who live in DC:
HacDC, DC’s hackerspace, will be hosting a QS Show & Tell this coming Sunday at 6pm. If you’re in the area, come see self-tracking presentations on topics including quitting cigarettes, GPS logging, and songwriting.
For more about the presentations: http://www.hacdc.org/content/meet-quantified-self-presenters
RSVP for the Meetup event: http://www.meetup.com/DC-Quantified-Self/events/17505733/
With our first Quantified Self conference coming up, many people are learning about the Quantified Self for the first time. (Welcome, newcomers!) Here, I’ll give some of the history of the Quantified Self, with a focus on why we’re organized the way we are, and some ideas about how you can get the most out of the various things we do. I’ll also describe what we’ve got planned with a focus on the upcoming conference. This is the first in a series: Later posts will take up specific conference themes, and many different people will be contributing. I’ll keep a close eye out, so so if there’s a question about QS that you’d like to ask, please add it to the comments and one of us will reply.
Kevin Kelly and I founded The Quantified Self in 2007. We had both been involved in the early years of Wired magazine: he was the founding executive editor; I was one of the early writers. (Later I became the executive editor of the online part of the company.) At Wired, it was exciting to be part of cultural and technological exploration.
In 2007 we began looking at some new practices that seemed, loosely, to belong together: life logging, personal genomics, location tracking, biometrics. These new tools were being developed for many different reasons, but all of them had something in common: they added a computational dimension to ordinary existence. Some of this was coming from “outside,” as marketers and planners tried to find new ways to understand and influence us. But some of it was coming from “inside” as our friends and acquaintances tried to learn new things about themselves. We saw a parallel to the way computers, originally developed to serve military and corporate requirements, became a tool of communication. Could something similar happen with personal data? We hoped so.
Some things about QS were thoughtfully considered, but the most important thing was serendipitous. One day Kevin issued an open invitation for people who shared our interests to come to what we called a “Show&Tell” at his studio. We created a Quantified Self group on MeetUp and did no other publicity. Thirty people came. Many had projects that were absolutely fascinating. The depth of knowledge and the intensity of curiosity was mind blowing. Suddenly we understood what we were doing in a new way. We were making a users group.
The most famous users group in Silicon Valley was the Homebrew Computer Club, whose members contributed so much to making the personal computer. Another important inspiration for us is the now mostly forgotten Berkeley Macintosh Users Group (BMUG), which welcomed and instructed so many newcomers after the release of the first Macs. Users groups, when they succeed, are wonderful things; informal but deeply engaged learning communities operating outside the normal channels of academic and commercial authority. Here at the Quantified Self, we want to know what these new tools of self-tracking are good for, and we want to create an environment where this question can be explored on a human level.
Anybody can start a MeetUp, and while we’ve outlined some recommended practices in a document called “How To Start Your Own QS Show&Tell,” we don’t tell local groups what to do. If you have an idea you’d like to try, please let us know. We’ll do what we can to help. One new things to look out for later in the year is an online users guide to self tracking, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We hope that this guide will broaden the exchange between the more technologically oriented QS participants and those who are discovering these practices for the first time.
Right now we are focused on the conference coming up, with much work going on behind the scenes. Our intention is to extend the culture of collaborative learning that has been happening at the local meetings. Aside from very brief plenary sessions in the morning, both days will be taken up by breakout sessions, organized by topic and led by volunteers who have experience tracking mood, sleep, attention, weight loss, memory, fitness; or hacking sensors, making data visualizations, and designing self-experiments. Nearly forty breakouts have been suggested so far. You will hear more about them soon.
Your questions and suggestions are always welcome. Come to the conference and bring your curiosity – I look forward to meeting you there.
After about 5 months from the first meetup in Amsterdam, we organized the second meetup. The venue changed from het Volkskrant gebouw to Mediamatic which also sponsored us the venue! I have to add that Mediamatic is a awesome location for QS Meetups. They had an exhibition about early computers and consoles which perfectly fits to the QS mood. Ten minutes before the start, people started to arrive and just before we started we could count more then eighty people!
After a short introduction by Maarten den Braber; Glenn Wolters and Jeroen Bos from Lifelapse took the stage. They started with a short movie about their project which was created as an invention during their semesters at school. They’ve build an iPhone app which let’s you take a picture every 30 seconds and publish it as a movie. I’ve beta tested their app and find it awesome for capturing events like these meetups!
Second to take the stage was Tim van den Dool who talked about his ongoing project Livind(Asssisted Daily Living). The system monitors elderly people in a non-invasive way to watch for accidents or other irregular things. If something happens, parents or caretakers are remotely notified trough SMS or a beeper. He also talked about the growth of the project and how much expectations tend to be different from reality.
Just before the break Denis Harscoat, founder of Quantter and co-organizer of QS London talked about his start-up and showed how it works by letting people quantt trough Twitter. An interesting discussion started about public/private tracking and there was lots of good feedback!
After a 10 minute break we are being shown the fun side of the Quantified Self when Leonieke and Willempje talk about figurerunning. With apps like Runkeeper they try to draw figures on maps, both succesfull drawings as well as hilarious failures are being shown and there is lots of laughing in the audience! Try it out yourself, and realize it is not as easy as it sounds, if you succeed you may even end up in the half of fame!
James Burke gave a short talk about his ongoing project about memories and coins the sentence: Life as a software CVS. He ponders about a system that could be used as a memory and provides food for thought in a more philosophical way.
The last speaker Ben Blench talked about tracking his infant and more specifically the tools he used. He made in interesting comparison between digital and analog and noticed that most digital things have too much functions and lack flexibility. Meanwhile, paper supports fuzziness of data but has less methods of quantification. His talk in combination with some funny pictures completes the session and we take the discussion to the bar!
The second Quantified Self meetup in Amsterdam was awesome! We hope to organize another meetup just before the QS Conference! Again thanks to Sebastiaan ter Burg, who happily provided us with photos. And the videos will be online this weekend! We hope to see you next time!
On Tuesday Evening, January 18th, another inquisitive, intelligent and enthusiastic group of individuals came together to share and learn at the 2nd Quantified Self San Diego.
The event was hosted by Paula Nenn and Summer Rogers of Optimal Health and Prevention Research Foundation. Paula attended our 1st QSSD, and was so in tune with what we were doing that she immediately offered her support by offering to host our next meeting.
He shared information about his blood sugar as measured by the Dexcom SEVEN PLUS on an important and stressful day for him – the day he interviewed for a faculty positon.