Tag: qs17


Thomas Blomseth Christiansen: Over-Instrumented Running

September 29, 2017

After hitting the wall midway through a marathon, Thomas Blomseth Christiansen turned to instrumentation. Along with coding his own negative split plan generator, his project evolved to include an olympic swimming coach, many new devices, a metronome – and ultimately mastery of the art of pacing.


Jakob Eg Larsen: Tracking Sleep and Resting Heart Rate

September 6, 2017

Jakob Eg Larsen has tracked his sleep and resting heart rate (RHR) for the past four years. His 7 minute talk is far better watched than read about: it’s a great illustration of data validation, longitudinal tracking, and data assisted self-awareness. Briefly, by tracking his RHR over a long period of time, Jakob has developed…


Cantor Soule-Reeves: Fight For Your Right to Recess

September 5, 2017

It rains a lot in Portland, Oregon. And if you’re 8 years old like Cantor, recess gets cancelled a lot. But unlike most 8-year-olds, Cantor is doing something about that. By tracking his steps, he’s able to show that every cancelled recess takes about 600 steps out of his day. Compared to his average of…


QS17 Highlight: Body Temperature and Ovulatory Cycles

July 12, 2017

I was thrilled to have the chance to do a Show&Tell talk about tracking my ovulatory cycle via minute-by-minute body temperature during the final plenary session at QS17 Conference. It’s an ongoing project that explores what high-temporal-resolution body temperature can help us learn about our reproductive state. Daily body temperature readings are already used to…


QS17 Amsterdam Highlight: Tracking Crying

July 6, 2017

At QS17 Amsterdam, Robin Weis presented the opening Show & Tell on her self-tracking project examining a very personal metric in her life: crying. Robin uses the data-driven spirit of QS to navigate her emotions and piece together insights on personal discovery.


QS17 Program Updates

June 16, 2017

QS17 is here! We can’t wait to see old friends and meet new people who have never been to a QS conference before. If you are reading this because you are attending QS17, you are in for something special. Our program is filled with engaging talks, fascinating discussions, and informative workshops. Here is a PDF…


QS17 Preview: Externalizing Health Rewards

May 31, 2017

Kyrill Potapov wanted to design a system that didn’t just track his productivity, but motivated him through personal growth. This led him to design a project that appealed to his altruism while incentivizing productive and satisfying behavior. At QS17, Kyrill’s talk will explain how he uses the productivity output of RescueTime to power the light bulb keeping his house plant “Pip” alive.


QS17 Preview: Mental & Metabolic Dashboard

May 30, 2017

While the terms ”dashboard” and ”machinery” may bring to mind the tidy and separable systems operating within a car, it’s the crossed wires of human neurophysiology that will be the subject of this conference preview. Dr. Tara Thiagarajan, founder of Sapien Labs, brings demonstrates how she has captured her ‘human music‘ by looking at interactions between her sleep, diet, water intake, and brain activity.


QS17 Preview: Counting Scars

May 27, 2017

At QS17, “game alchemist” Ellis Bartholomeus will share her quantification of one of the inevitable and unpredictable outcomes of her study of play: scars. Her talk will explore the narrative scars tell us about our bodies and our activities—from fun childhood games to recovery from car accidents.


QS17 Preview: Dashboard of My Life

May 16, 2017

David de Souza is tracking 35 metrics on what he considers the most important areas of his life. His streamlined workflow allows him to record everything from sleep, weight and food intake to productivity, yoga and meditation. At QS17, David will share his dashboard and the correlations he’s drawn between diverse aspects of his behavior.


Doing Meetings Differently

May 15, 2017

Today we’re publishing the program for QS17: The Quantified Self Conference, which will be held this year at Casa 400 in Amsterdam on June 17 and 18. Looking over the 60+ sessions, I’m struck again by how different our meetings are. We do some things that are contrary to common sense, and we keep doing…


QS17 Preview: My Life as a Comic Strip

May 12, 2017

Could a personalized comic strip change the way you see your data? At QS17, Andreas Schreiber, founder of PyData Cologne and the Cologne QS Meetup, will present his Quantified Self comic strips, a technique for making self-tracking easier and more fun.


QS17 Preview: Data-Based Sculpture

May 10, 2017

At QS17, Stephen Cartwright, associate director at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will share the amazing landscape sculptures he has created from self-tracking data.


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

May 5, 2017

Laila has been tracking her weight for a few years, and more recently she began tracking other people’s weight and physical variation through her company, Fitnescity. In this video, she talks about her experiment with 3D body models, which is a relatively new way of representing and tracking the human body.


QS17 Conference Program!

March 21, 2017

We 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…