Topic Archives: News and Pointers

From Heart Rate Variability 101 to QS Destroying the Hospital: 10 New QS Conference Sessions

We’re excited to announce another new batch of talks and sessions at the upcoming QS conference. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up to speak! The full roster of show&tell talks and breakout sessions so far is listed here.

Check out these awesome new topics:

Show&Tell Talks

Accounting for Taste: Creating a Highly Reliable Palate (Toli Galanis)
To Sleep, Perchance to REM (Ariel Berwaldt)
Patterns of My Achy Breaky HRV Heart (Jo Beth Dow)
Debugging Life with Personal Analytics (Stefan Heeke)
Sleeping Together (Lisa and Joe Betts-LaCroix)

Breakout Conversations

Best Practices in Dataviz (Lee Lukehart)
QS Destroying the Hospital? (Maarten den Braber)
Building an open source, universal tracking platform (Erik Haukebo)
Quantifying at Work (David Reeves)
Heart Rate Variability 101 (Ronda Collier)

All sessions are defined by attendees in advance of the conference, like a curated unconference. There will be overlapping breakout sessions, show&tell talks, and posters for you to choose from. We will keep posting them here as the date approaches.

If you’d like to join us, you can register here. And if you have a personal self-tracking story to share or would like to lead a breakout discussion, please let us know!

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Announcing Ten New Sessions for the QS Conference

We’re excited to announce another new batch of talks and sessions at the upcoming QS conference. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up to speak! Check out these awesome topics:

Show&Tell Talks

Genes and Other Strangers (Esther Dyson)
Tracking Breathing with Wearables (Danielle Roberts)
Chronicling chronic lower back pain, posture, and happiness (Andrew Chang)
The Quantified Us: Self-knowledge through group connection (David Fetherstonhaugh)
A Group Mood Experiment by QS Boston (Michael Nagle)

Breakout Conversations

EEG for Self-Experimentation (Martin Sona)
Infographics 101: The Power of Visual Storytelling (Jason Lankow)
Personal Speech Analytics (Bill Jarrold)
Practice and Quantify Mindful Communication (George Lawton)
Open Ways to Connect Devices, Apps, and Humans (Rafi Haladjian)

All sessions are defined by attendees in advance of the conference, like a curated unconference. There will be breakout sessions, show&tell talks, and posters. We will keep posting them here as the date approaches.

The first 350 tickets are already gone, so if you’d like to come, please make sure to register here. And if you have a personal self-tracking story to share or would like to lead a breakout discussion, please let us know!

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28-Hour Days, Business Models, and Biometric Yoga

We’re excited to announce a new batch of talks and sessions at the upcoming QS conference. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up to speak! Check out these awesome topics:

Show&Tell Talks

My 28-Hour Day Experiments (Joe Betts-LaCroix)
Quantified Awesome: Tracking Time, Clothes, Stuff, and Other Little Things (Sacha Chua)
World class performance through sleep quantification (Sky Christopherson)
Fitting mental models to a self-tracking life (Joost Plattel)
Using Sensor Patterns to Predict Depression or Addiction Relapse (Jan Peter Larsen)

Breakout Conversations

What business models work for QS? (Erik Svenson)
Biometric Yoga (Stuart Landsee)
Health Graph Hacking 101 (Bill Day)
Sleep Tracking (John Fass)
Medical data: Public resource, personal asset… or is there a third way? (Esther Dyson, John Wilbanks)

All sessions are defined by attendees in advance of the conference, like a curated unconference. There will be breakout sessions, show&tell talks, and posters. We will keep posting them here as the date approaches.

The tickets are more than half sold out, so if you’d like to come, please make sure to register here. And if you have a personal self-tracking story to share or would like to lead a breakout discussion, please let us know!

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Timeline of QS Meetup Group Formation

SJSU grad student Adam Butterfield did some analysis of the QS meetup groups around the world, and he recently passed this sheet around at one of our QS Discussion Group meetings. I think it’s an amazing way to see the growth in the number of QS meetup groups! The timeline runs from June 2008 to March 2012 (click to zoom in.) Thanks Adam!

Update! Adam says: “I just thought that some self-trackers might be interested in making timelines too, so here’s the link to the thing I used to make the meetup timeline. It’s free for personal use.
http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelArticles/create-a-timeline.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming QS Events

This is a “mark your calendars” post to let you know about some fun QS-related stuff coming up that’s not sold out yet!

March 20The Uploaded Life: Personal evolution through self tracking — MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) event, Stanford GSB Cemex Auditorium

6:00 – 7:00 pm  Demos, Networking and Refreshments;
7:00 – 8:30 pm  Panel Discussion, moderated by Gary Wolf, Co-Founder
of The Quantified Self and contributing editor to Wired. Panelists
include three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond.

March 31-April 1Life Extension Conference, South San Francisco Conference Center. Early registration ends Wed, Mar 14, use code QS for $100 off.

Meetups Near You - a full list of Quantified Self Show&Tell meetups around the world is at quantified-self.meetup.com

September 15-16QS annual conference, Stanford University

We have room for 600 QS’ers to come this year – a gathering of self-tracking minds from around the world! We’ll also be doing some fun group experiments during the weekend. Half of the tickets are already gone, so please make sure to get yours early if you’d like to join us.

See you soon at one or more of these events!

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From Orgasm to Emotion: New QS Conference Talks

We’re excited to announce the first batch of talks and sessions at the upcoming QS conference. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up to speak! Check out these awesome topics:

Show&Tell Talks

Data Doesn’t Lie: Orgasm vs. Performance (Dave Asprey)
Stress relief with a biofeedback game (Olivier Janin)
QS+1 Lessons learned from assisting in trading FOREX currencies (Ewart de Visser)
Tailored meals to keep me healthy (Jason Langheier)
Open.sen.se platform (Rafi Haladjian)
Sleep and consciousness (Marcin Kowrygo)

Breakout Conversations

10^100: Making sense of all that data (David Ewing Duncan)
Using Kickstarter for QS projects (Jun Axup)
Cognitive Measurement (Jakob Larsen)
Habit Design (Michael Kim)
pH tracking for learning about inflammation, sleep, and mental performance (Steve Fowkes)
Personal technologies for wellbeing: reducing stress, emotion regulation, and meaningful goal pursuit (Neema Moraveji and Steph Habif)

The conference sessions are defined by attendees in advance of the conference, like a curated unconference. There will be breakout sessions, show&tell talks, and posters. We will keep posting them here as the date approaches.

The tickets are half sold out, so if you’d like to come, please make sure to register here. And if you have a personal self-tracking story to share or would like to lead a breakout discussion, please let us know!

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Announcing Quantified Self Week!

You are invited to learn and to share your knowledge!
What:
QS Week – “Self-Knowledge Through Numbers”
When:
Date To Be Announced   Where: all over the world….  ;-)

What is QS Week?

This September, our Quantified Self community is coming together for a new experiment. Working together, we are going to create a world-wide, week long, open festival devoted to “self knowledge through numbers.” If you use or make self-tracking tools, or have knowledge or inspiration to share with a wider audience than you might find at a normal QS Show&Tell,  I hope you will continue reading to learn how you can participate.

What will happen during QS Week?

For the last six months, Alex, Ernesto, and I have been hard at work trying to understand how to stage this festival this in the most simple, inclusive, and meaningful way. We are already quietly on track to put on dozens of separate events in the Bay Area and around the world during the days of the festival. (We will have a public announcement of the program when it is more complete.) QS Week is going to include: Demos of new self-tracking tools. Keynote talks and debates. Workshops on how to do meaningful tracking for health, sports & fitness, cognition, emotion, productivity, and play. Collaborative experiments. Self-tracking art and design.

How can I get on the program?

Let us know if you have a demo or a workshop to give, and/or a venue to offer. Our goal is to have an open, diverse program. If you have a tool to demo or a workshop you want to lead, fill out the short form below or at bit.ly/qsweek. We will follow up to discuss.

What is your editorial perspective? What are you looking for?

Much of the program will be “hand-crafted” by Alex, Ernesto, and me, in our normal style. However, since this event will be far bigger than anything we’ve ever tried, we have an open attitude about offers to participate. As always, our emphasis will be on the personal meaning of personal data – not on academic, managerial, or commercial data concerns. Our goal is to help people by creating a good context for collaborative discovery, guided by our three Prime Questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

Is there a deadline to propose something?

Please let us know as soon as you can. The earlier you propose, the easier it is for us to help you find your audience. The form is below.

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Announcing the Quantified Self Conference 2012

We’re excited to announce the third Quantified Self conference, to be held September 15-16, 2012 at Stanford University. Registration is now open, and please feel free to tweet… now!

Quantified Self 2012 is our third conference for users and tool makers interested in self-tracking systems. It will be a “working meeting” for the QS community (50 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 600 attendees, so we are exploring the idea of specialized tracks to help the conference retain an intimate feel of like-minded people finding each other.

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 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 Palo Alto!

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New Quantified Self Meetups

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.

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Welcome Ernesto Ramirez!

Anyone who has presented their work at a Quantified Self conference will already know the amazing Ernesto Ramirez. Ernesto is a doctoral student at UC San Diego’s Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, a leader of the San Diego QS Show&Tell meetup group, a regular blogger here, and a positive force inspiring people to live healthy lives. We are excited to announce that Ernesto has agreed to join us at QS Labs to share his goodness.

As our new Community Organizer, Ernesto will be helping to support new and existing QS Show&Tell meetups around the world, exploring social media channels to engage and cross-pollinate the global QS community, writing a “QS 101″ series to guide people new to self-tracking, and generally helping to keep our collaborative, listening culture strong.

You can expect to see and hear more from Ernesto in the coming months. He is also @e_ramirez on Twitter and Ernesto Ramirez on Google+.

Welcome, Ernesto!

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