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Ideas to Action #1 (Collaborative QS Brainstorming) Cambridge Innovation Center

The Quantified Self movement consists of users and tool makers who have a shared interest in self knowledge through self tracking. Currently, there are three “branches” of the group: the Quantified Self blog and community site, Quantified Self Show&Tell meetup events, and the Quantified Self conference. After connecting at one of the QS informal networking events, a few of us thought, “how can we take this a step further”? Quantified Selfers are DOers, and here in Boston, there are countless resources for innovators to connect, share ideas, and take action...and so we decided to create the Quantified Self: Ideas to Action Event.

Our goal for this event is to inspire ideas, initiatives, experiments, and potentially even business concepts by way of self tracking. Whether you have a project you are currently working on, looking to discover something new, or simply investigating the world of Quantified Self, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event with something to be excited about and to become involved with.

Throughout the course of the night, we will propose 2 or 3 topic areas for group discussion. Our objective is to solve some of the toughest questions that QSers are facing, so make sure you come ready to flex those brain muscles. Some examples would be: “Why haven’t the FitBit, or Nike Fuelband devices become accepted by the average consumer? How do we turn an invasive procedure into a simple non-invasive test? What tools, other than food diaries and tracking apps, can be used to quantify caloric intake?” We can’t solve these tough questions on our own. So let’s band together to tackle these issues!

These events are geared towards collaboration and brainstorming. Our schedule will be flexible depending on what topics the group is interested in discussing. But in order to provide SOME structure, here is the general outline for the night:

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Sign-in and Networking

6:30pm - 7:00pm: QS presentations and general discussion
We’d like to get the creative juices flowing by having everyone talk about what QS topics interest them. If you have an ongoing experiment and would like to speak about it for 5 minutes, we encourage you to do so. This is relatively informal, so don’t worry about preparing any slides in advance.

7:00pm - 8:30pm: The roundtable discussion & brainstorm begins!
We will propose topics to the group to encourage an interactive and collaborative conversation. We have expert facilitators that will help us with the creative process. Generally, the first topic proposed will be from one of our QSers. The second topic will come from an established company, startup, or entrepreneur who is interested in solving a seriously tough QS problem. The third topic, will be up to the group to decide.

8:30pm - 9:00pm: Wrap-up and review
We will be looking for feedback from you to see where you would like to take this event in the future. But generally, we want this event to be about solving some of the toughest QS problems out there while helping you find new collaborators and new projects relating to the Quantified Self that you would be interested in.

QS SPONSORS: OUR THANKS TO Cambridge Innovation Center

A wonderful space is generously being provided by Cambridge Innovation Center, the area's largest and most popular flexible office space facility designed to meet the needs of small and fast-growing technology-oriented companies.

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  • Joel F.

    I'm glad that so many of you enjoyed this event! We're looking forward to doing more of these types of events in the future, and we hope to be able to include more people while keeping the discussions focused and inclusive.

    If you have any comments, positive or negative, that you'd like to share directly with the organizers please feel free to contact us at [masked]

    Hope to see you all again soon!

    March 7, 2013

  • Maggie D.

    Great to chat with everyone in a smaller setting...been thinking a lot now about actionable data and real time feedback.

    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Blown away by the quality of the participation. Walked out with lots of new ideas.

    March 7, 2013

  • Daniel M.

    Enjoyed the feedback and size of the group. I think combining meetups like this with the larger ones provides a great balance for the QS community.

    March 7, 2013

  • Gillian P.

    Great presentation by SyncStrength (one day, can I use it to win my office bracket??). And really interesting topic discussions!

    March 6, 2013

  • Daniel R.

    Loved the small group discussion and brainstorming around specific topics. Great event.

    March 6, 2013

  • Leo

    Very informative and well organized.

    March 6, 2013

  • Joshua K.

    Take elevators to the 14th floor, enter through doors marked Cambridge innovation center, turn right, we are in the conference room at the end of the hall.

    March 6, 2013

  • Chas W.

    If I head over in 15 minutes, could I snag one of the last minute cancels tickets?

    March 6, 2013

  • Andrea

    I am trapped at work and can no longer attend! :( Please release my spot to someone! thanks!

    March 6, 2013

  • Sonia F.

    Sorry guys, cannot make it anymore. Didn't think I'd get off the waitinglist.

    March 6, 2013

  • Peter L.

    Would love to, but got off the wait list too late (have to attend a community meeting). I hope to join the next QS meeting! Thanks!

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel on such short notice, but something really important came up which prevents me from attending.

    March 6, 2013

  • Gaurav

    Do you anticipate spots opening up?

    March 5, 2013

    • Kevin B.

      Sorry Guarav, it's looking pretty full at this point... Gear up for next month's Ideas to Action...and stay tuned for updates from tonight's meeting.

      March 6, 2013

  • Roger Z.

    Conflict with work

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Long a follower, now a joiner. Welcome to Boston, QS.

    February 9, 2013

  • David S.

    Looking forward to it!

    February 9, 2013

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