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QS17 Preview: My Life as a Comic Strip

andreascartoon1Andreas Schreiber: I’ll share my automatically generated comics strips of personal tracking.

Could a personalized comic strip change the way you see your data? At QS17, Andreas Schreiber will share what may be the first Quantified Self comic strips. Well, maybe the first actually based on personal data. Andreas is excited to share this project because techniques like this could make self-tracking easier and more fun. Andreas is a founder of PyData Cologne and the Cologne QS Meetup, and an advocate of open source code to help ensure the reproducibility of scientific research. He has previously given a Show&Tell talk on recovering from a stroke and has since founded a company which creates apps to help others do the same.

QS conferences are an amazing place to share ideas shaping the future of wearable devices, precision medicine, and personal understanding. Join us at QS17, June 17-18, in Amsterdam.

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QS17 Preview: Quantifying your Constant Companion

Obsessive_PhoneJoost Plattel: I’ll share my phone usage data, and how changes to my apps have influenced my habits. 

In a little over a month, the global QS community will come together in Amsterdam for the 2017 Global Quantified Self Conference to share what they’ve been learning with personal data. If you’re like me, your phone might as well be attached to your body. As my near-constant companion, my smartphone can a be powerful source of information on everything from my exercise to my communication habits, but can also be a bit of a time sink for mindless procrastination.

Over the past couple of years, QS Amsterdam meetup co-organizer Joost Plattel has been analyzing when he picks up his phone, and for how long. More recently, he’s been looking at how app changes (ahem, deleting Facebook) influence these habits. This summer at QS17, Joost will share the insights gathered from this project. It’s a classic case of how small and often unconscious decisions add up, and that slight behavioral changes can be useful in the long run. Thankfully, Joost is taking the time to do the math. Joost is a data strategist and public speaker interested in creating open source analytics for quantified-selfers. Joost has previously given talks on analyzing his public transit data and what he learned about tracking teams as a part of his startup Qount.us.

QS conferences are organized to support the exchange of ideas, and we’re always inspired by what we learn. The next one is coming up June 17-18 in Amsterdam. We’ll see you there. (Thanks to xkcd for the injection of absurdity).

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QS17 Preview: Data-Based Sculpture


Stephen Cartwright: I create landscape sculptures based on data recorded over the course of several years. This summer in Amsterdam, I’ll show these images and talk about how I make them.

Sometimes the hardest part of self-tracking isn’t deciding what to track, or even being diligent about tracking. The biggest challenge can be creating captivating visualizations that deliver a message.

Stephen Cartwright is taking data visualization to a new level. He’s the associate director at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and himself an artist who uses self-tracking to create programmable sculpture, 3D acrylic topographies, and even acoustic representations of jet-lag. At QS17, he’ll be sharing some of these fantastic sculptural representations of his data with us.

Stephen is a familiar face at QS conferences. You may have seen one of his moving sculptures at QS15 or his talk on 17 years of location tracking. His art draws inspiration from data he collects about his family’s travels, his exercise, and his interaction with the environment. The results – including moving, color changing sculptures depicting temperatures through the seasons, and animations of his family’s migration through the United States – render an incredible image of change over time.

For those of us looking for clear ways to deliver personal data or research in outside-the-bar-graph ways, Stephen is an inspiration. If you’re an artist, scientist, engineer, doctor, designer, or just interested in the future of self-tracking and how novel data visualization can be used to understand ourselves and the world around us, check out our amazing program and join us this summer in Amsterdam!

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QS17 Preview: Can a Picture Be Worth a Thousand Numbers?

3D Body ScanA year of tracking my body shape with 3D scans
Body shape has been shown to be a better predictor of lifestyle-induced disease than BMI. Three-dimensional body scanners enable the 3D visualization of the body and the extraction of anthropometric landmarks and measurements. I wanted to see how body scanning compared to other ways of measuring physical variations (and how it felt to “get scanned”). 

On June 17-18, the global Quantified Self community will come together in Amsterdam to share what they’ve been learning with personal data.

We weigh ourselves, assess our body composition, and measure our waist and limbs. But would seeing how the shape of our entire body changed over time be a stronger motivator than numerical data? Psychological motivations aside, 3D body scanning may replace BMI as a go-to health measurement. It can help estimate body fat distribution, which correlates with cardiovascular disease and cancer risk. On a fun note, 3D body scans could help us find better fitting clothes.

At the 2017 Quantified Self Global Conference, Laila Zemrani will share how a year of her monthly 3D body scans helped her estimate body fat percentage and how her shape has changed with fitness and postural therapy. You may have seen Laila’s great Show & Tell talk at a recent QS Boston meetup on how strength vs. endurance training affected her body fat percentage. She also recently launched Fitnescity, a company that integrates health data – including 3D body scans – into personal wellness coaching, and contributes data to kinesiology research.

QS17 is the perfect event for seeing the latest self-experiments, discussing the most interesting topics in personal data, and meeting leaders in the Quantified Self community. We can’t wait to see you there.

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QS17 Conference Program!

BreakoutImage2-LongWe aren’t ready yet. But we can’t resist giving an advance look.

This year’s QS conference will be in Amsterdam on June 17/18, 2017. QS17 is a ”carefully curated unconference,” which means his means that all of the sessions are proposed by our attendees. We spend about six months before the conference starts getting in touch with everybody and working together to create something that we can all be inspired by and learn from.

We can’t help being a bit nervous at the start. It’s impossible to know in advance what you are all working on until we ask – and then you amaze us. An incredible amount of experimentation and knowledge making has been happening since your last meeting, and we’re seeing all kinds of novel metrics, methods and discoveries. (This year, I’m especially interested in learning more about tracking using 3d body scans, pulse wave velocity, and muscle activation.)

Typically, we don’t release the program until it’s closer to the event. But we are so thrilled by how the program is developing that we can’t resist giving a preview of what’s coming. This is not the whole picture – and there is still time to suggest a session if you have something you want to share. But here’s the latest QS17 program, as of today. Just remember, it is only a preview, and it’s going to grow and change.

And if you haven’t registered yet, please don’t delay. There are a limited number of tickets left!  Register for QS17.

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