In three months we’ll be gathering again in Amsterdam for our third Quantified Self Europe Conference. Since 2011 we’ve seen this event grow into an amazing experience. We spend a lot of time working with attendees to find those special projects and experiments that show the diversity of the self-tracking experience. We’ve been honored to have worked with over 100 different attendees to bring outstanding presentations, breakout discussions, and interactive experiences.
I wanted to share one of those attendees with you today. Sara Riggare is an engineer, graduate student, and mother. She also has Parkinson’s Disease. We first met Sara at our first European Conference in 2011 where she gave an inspiring talk about how she uses self-tracking to monitor her movement and symptom progression. We were happy to welcome her again in 2013 where she shared her insights and experience with tracking how her medication impacted her movement throughout the day and how that enabled her to have more meaningful conversations with her healthcare team.
We could stop here and tell you how excited we are to have Sara attending the upcoming Quantified Self Europe Conference, but I want to share one more story with you. We are constantly telling people how our conferences are an opportunity to share and learn from each other. We love hearing stories about someone being inspired by what they saw. After Sara spoke about her experience in 2011 she met Caspar Addyman, a psychologist and researcher, and they started exploring their shared interests and expertise. Sharing quickly turned into collaboration and a successfully funded research project in the UK, which they shared in a short talk at the 2013 conference.
Lucky for us, Sara hasn’t stopped exploring her personal quantified self experience. Just this past September Sara was in the Bay Area and shared her current tracking progress and the tools she’s using:
We’re happy to have Sara as part of our community in Europe and we’re looking forward to what we’ll learn from her in May. We hope you’ll join us in Amsterdam to meet Sara and the other self-trackers, toolmakers, and researchers that make up our wonderful community. Registration is open now.
With a projected 90 Million wearables to ship this year, it’s no surprise that different form factors are entering the marketplace. At our 2013 Global Conference we were excited to have Stephane Marceau, the co-founder and CEO of OMsignal, give a short talk about their technology and how he’s using it to track his life.
If you’d like see talks like this in person we invite you to join us in Amsterdam for our 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference on May 10 and 11th.
As you may know, we get excited when someone in our community uses interesting data visualizations to help tell their self-tracking story. Jana Beck is no exception. As a woman living with Type 1 diabetes she’s constantly learning how to better understand what her Dexcom data is telling her. In this talk, Jana follows up on her previous show&tell presentation with some new visualization techniques she’s using. If you’re interested in Jana’s methods be sure to check out her Github repository and her work with Tidepool.org.
(Editor’s Note: I very interested in Jana’s use of Chernoff faces for multivariate data visualization. If you’re using this type of visualization for your own data I would love to see it. Get in touch.)
Since he was a child Mark Moschel has been a basketball fan. Growing up in Chicago he became a fan of Michael Jordan. What really captured his attention was the act of dunking a basketball. As an adult, and still a basketball fan, Mark decided he wanted to set a new goal for himself – learning to dunk a basketball. In this talk, presented at our 2013 Global Conference, Mark describes how he incorporated self-tracking in his efforts.
Aaron Rowe is a biochemist and researcher. When he realized that his lifestyle was leading him towards a unhealthy future he designed and tested an intervention to lower his cholesterol through nutritional supplements. In this talk, filmed at the Bay Area QS Meetup Group, Aaron describes his testing methods and his results from testing for 12 consecutive days.
Aaron cites a 1939 study of daily cholesterol variation as inspiration for this project. If you’re interested you can find that paper here.
Our show&tell talks usually give you insight into new and different self-tracking projects from a first person perspective. What we rarely hear about is how a self-tracking practice affects those around you, your family and friends. In this wonderful Ignite talk from our 2013 Global Conference Bill Schuller explains how his tracking has impacted his kids and what he’s learned from their experiences.
Vivienne Ming is an accomplished neuroscientist and entrepreneur. When she’s not conducting research or working on new ideas she’s busy taking care of her son Felix. Two years ago Felix was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Vivienne and her partner tackled his diagnosis head on and started tracking everything they could. In this talk, presented at the 2013 Quantified Self Global Conference, Vivienne explains what they’re learning together.
We’ll be posting videos from our 2013 Global Conference during the next few months. If you’d like see talks like this in person we invite you to join us in Amsterdam for our 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference on May 10 and 11th.
In this video from the always great Meetup of the London Quantified Self group, Gary Monk describes his detailed relaxation and focus experiments using continuous HRV measurement with HeartMath’s Inner Balance sensor in the course of his normal daily life.
Scanadu, a valued annual sponsor of the Quantified Self, invites you to donate your spit for science! Check out the announcement below to learn more.
Do you have a cough, fever, sore throat, achy muscles, and/or a runny nose?
If you do, you can help us better understand the biology of upper respiratory infections and/or the flu. Donating your spit may, down the line, help reduce unnecessary antibiotic use, help limit the spread of respiratory pathogens and contribute to the design of a new product.
Benefits of participating:
- An opportunity to participate in science and help Scanadu
- A $10 Amazon gift card
- Upon request, we will be happy to share your experimental results. It is understood that this is not an approved diagnostic test and results should not be used for medical diagnosis.
Who can participate?
- Children 6+ years and adults (parent/guardian consent required for children under the age of 18)
- Currently experiencing a common cold, sore throat or influenza
- Currently living in the United States
How do I participate?
Click the following link for more information and to sign-up: http://bit.ly/1dQNk8n
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Let’s end the year with this fun, short video about building your own QS devices. Thank you to Mike and Lisa Winter for giving us a look at what’s possible, fresh from your amazing studio.
WE WISH YOU ALL A CREATIVE AND INSPIRING 2014!