Announcing QS18: The Quantified Self Conference

May 29, 2018

Please join us in Portland for the 2018 Quantified Self conference, with over 60 original talks, workshops, and presentations about “self-knowledge through numbers.”

We’re thrilled to share the news that, along with our normal wide range of show&tell talks, breakout discussions, and toolmaker demos, this year’s QS conference is going to have a special focus on self-collected data in formal and informal learning. Over the coming months we’ll be developing the program in close collaboration with a wide range of self-trackers and toolmakers. If you are doing a self-tracking project on any topic that you want to present at the conference, please get in touch. And if you’re a student, an educator, or both, we’re especially eager to find out what you’ve been working on.

All Quantified Self projects aim at learning. The process of making observations, analyzing them, and making conclusions based on evidence is common across nearly all of the self-tracking Show&Tells we’ve seen. At the same time, most of us have at least some experience in conventional educational settings where the practice of self-experiment and everyday science has been mostly unknown. But this is changing. Quantified Self methods are being incorporated into many kinds of learning processes at the same time traditional classroom boundaries have become more porous, with learners of different ages and in remote locations participating in study that might once have required sitting at a desk and working through a textbook. This year we will explore the intersection of Quantified Self and formal and informal learning because we want to contribute to this expanded understanding of what it means to learn, and to help the culture of everyday science grow as a force for change. Most importantly, we’ll be sharing what we’ve learned about ourselves in a new series of original talks about self-tracking and N-of-1 experiments that answer our three prime questions: What did you do, how did you do it, and what did you learn?

A warm thank you to Ziba Design in Portland, OR, whose beautiful building will be the setting of this year’s meeting.

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