Story Swap: Part 1

This meetup is a joint event with the Bay Area Quantified Self meetup!
We want to bring together the two groups to share knowledge and experience around collecting and visualizing data. We thought it would be fun to do it by working on projects together!

What is a Story Swap?

Think of the Story Swap as a kind of “mixer” for people who have a variety of skills and questions. Bring your skills, bring your questions. Use your skills to answer others’ questions, and get answers to your questions from people who have skills you lack.

We’re inviting the QS meetup members to come with some personal data. Having a dataset that one knows intimately is a great way to start a visualization project, so there should be seeds of many interesting projects that could benefit from some d3/data visualization design. It's a great way to sharpen your skills and meet more people who are interested in finding meaning in data.

We’ll have tags so that you can identify what type of data you’re tracking or interested in and we’ll be breaking into groups to discuss questions, ideas, and of course, visualizations!

We know that starting these conversations can be difficult so we’ve devised a “icebreaker” of sorts to help conversations get going. When you RSVP, you’ll be asked if you can share a single personal data visualization that has been useful to you. Nothing fancy is necessary. A screen grab from a mobile app is fine as long as you’ve learned something from it. We’ll be turning these into name badges for the meetup and encouraging everyone to explore them together. If you’re attending and would like us to make you a visualization badge please send us your visualization and a short description by 11/20.

(Don’t worry if you don’t have a personal data visualization to share, you are still welcome and invited!)

6:30 - 7:00 PM - Social Time & Food
We'll be providing light refreshments and beverages for everyone. Come early and meet your fellow self-trackers and data visualizers.

7:00 - 7:15 PM - Intros
Gary and Ernesto (QS Labs) will be giving a brief intro about the meetup, Quantified Self, and our recent Global Conference. We'll also introduce about our work with personal QS data visualizations.
Ian Johnson (D2 User Group) will give a brief background on the D3 User Group and provide a few examples of D3 being used for interesting data visualizations.

7:15 - 8:30 PM - Story Swap
We'll be breaking into small groups based on tracking topics (e.g. mood, physical activity, productivity, etc.). You'll have time to share your experiences, questions, and ideas about tracking an visualizing personal data.
This is also your time to meet members of the D3 User Group and pair up to work on a new personal data visualization for presentation at our December Meetup. If you have data you want to explore, this is your chance!

8:30 - 9:00 PM Social Time
Stay and hangout for a bit. We'd love to hear more about what your tracking!

The Quantified Self (QS) is a global collaboration of the makers and users of self-tracking tools and technologies. The Bay Areas QS Meetup is the original and largest QS meetup in the world (over 90 worldwide!). They actively engage the community to help give a voice to the individuals who are gaining personal meaning from their personal data. The members track any and every aspect of life - habits, steps, diet, mood - if you can track it, someone is doing it. You can see their work online at

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