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Quantified Self London Show&Tell #19

  • Aug 28, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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PLEASE NOTE:

This year we have started to invite a voluntary contribution of £3 at the door. This is to cover incidental and minor costs, provide refreshments once the funds accumulate sufficiently and to have a reserve in emergency when our usual, so far free venue, is not available and we need to look elsewhere. If you can't pay, that's ok. If you can, many thanks, it will help us to keep the meetups going and also make them better.

A London QS meetup consists a mixture of socialising and being able to talk to others and Show & Tell where people present or simply talk for 10-15 mins about their experience and experiments with self-tracking, quantifying and self-hacking whether it involves devices, applications or not. (Please read the guidelines for speakers and presenters below.)

This talks part lasts till about 8.30pm. We then move to a nearby pub, which is an essential and integral part of the meetup, as important as the first 'Show & Tell' one. If you can join us, I very much encourage you to do so. Not only it's always good fun, the conversations are equally interesting. The nearest pub is the Fox, which also has decent food, so we'll head there right after the meetup.

Guidelines for presenters & speakers at London QS meetups:

Do let me know if you would like to do a short talk, 10-15 mins. Personal perspective on your experience with data gathering, self-tracking or analysis is important. Simple '3rd party' presentations about devices or applications not always welcome. If you want to talk about a product or service, feel free to do so as long as it is from a personal perspective - covering how you personally have used it, for how long, what you have learnt, what data you have gathered and how you have benefited etc. If you haven't used a device or application personally but still want to talk about it, you can do so after attending a London QS meetup at least once before you present. This is because we assume (rightly or wrongly) that having met the people in the community and seen how the meetup works, it makes it harder to subject us to commercial and marketing pitches. One can but hope.

Important note on logistics:

There is usually someone checking names from the list of attendees at the entrance. Please make sure you stop to do that and then proceed to the space where meetup takes place. I usually try to be around by about 6pm.

We do try to start on time, though I understand work and London travel can interfere with that. We always wait a few minutes if it looks like most people haven't made it yet. If you know you are going to be late and get the chance, you can text me on my mobile: 07876 757129. Thank you.

Look forward to seeing you at the next meetup.

 

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  • Evangelia B.

    I really enjoyed my first meetup with the QS group! I am looking forward to the next one hoping this time to be able to stay after the presentations as well!

    September 15, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    Hi, Yes uploading the presentations is very helpful.

    Are you able to put up the topics ahead of the meetings?

    1 · September 2, 2013

    • Ken S.

      In all seriousness, the topics are often not closed until the very end so I don't know if there'd be much value in this yet. If we start to have a little more lead time though I'm happy to post it earlier.

      September 2, 2013

    • Adriana

      Not really. This is because a) the talks are not the most important part of the Meetup. They provide the focus but it is more about the discussions and the social aspects..and b) often speakers pull out or step up at the last minute and I don't want to put unnecessary pressure on anyone. Especially given a) and my efforts to keep the meetups as informal and casual as possible. Hope that helps.

      1 · September 2, 2013

  • natasha

    Dear Ken, uploading the presentations is incredible helpful, Thank you

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Ken S.

    For those of you who have asked about getting copies of the presentations ... I've put the June, July, and August meetups on GitHub. Let me know if this is useful for people; I will maintain it if it is.

    https://github.com/ksnyde/qs/blob/master/README.md

    August 29, 2013

    • David

      Very useful, thanks! FYI: Presentation "Me - Farzana Dudhwala" is not showing.

      August 30, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Yes sorry, there was a technical fault with the version I had put up originally. That's fixed now and the link is restored.

      September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, great meetup. Is there somewhere we can get the slides please?

    August 29, 2013

    • Ken S.

      I wonder if we shouldn't take Adam's lead and post all the slides on GitHub. I'll do that now ... speakers, if for any reason you don't want these slides made available just let me know and I'll take them down.

      August 29, 2013

    • Ken S.

      As for the videos ... I try not to promise delivery dates as it is a bit labour intensive and I'm pretty full on at the moment but I will *try* and do it this weekend. No promises though.

      August 29, 2013

  • Adam C.

    Great to see everyone again, thanks for all the compliments on my talk. If you want to follow any links and start learning touch typing, check out the slides at http://is.gd/adamIsDaBomb and click on the pdf :)

    3 · August 29, 2013

    • Francis M.

      Just purchased 'The First 20 Hours', excellent talk, feeling incredibly inspired this morning...

      August 29, 2013

    • Adam C.

      Go for it man!

      August 29, 2013

  • Blaine P.

    Great talks and interesting conversations, but I guess that is a redundant comment as we have now come to expect this as normal!

    I mentioned to some people that I met that my group at the Open University (computer science & business school people interested in lifelogging & privacy) have been invited to submit a bid for a 3 year research project with a current (descriptive but uninspiring) title of "Sharing and Privacy for the Quantified Self in the Digital Economy". From a business point of view we want to explore things like 'privacy as a business value proposition' and from a technical point of view things like infrastructures that support open lifelogging data with appropriate privacy and sharing controls. To get our bid funded, we are looking for letters of support from people who might want to engage with this project as a stakeholder of some kind (user, 3rd party service provider, health professional, regulatory, and so on). Please get in touch if you think this could be you.

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Jud

      Hi Blaine - that sounds interesting. What kind of engagement are you envisaging from users? I might be up for it :)

      August 29, 2013

  • Andreea

    Sorry I couldn't make it yesterday. When is the next one happening?

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Presentations didn't disappoint, venue was very cool.

    2 · August 29, 2013

  • Gavin S.

    Excellent as usual, good discussion including down the pub afterwards.

    August 29, 2013

  • Joanna G.

    This was my first meeting and I wasn't sure what to expect. It was brill, the people I spoke to were so friendly and interesting. The venue was a very inspiring place to be, knowing that it's where many small businesses first come into being. I came away feeling inspired and motivated (and VERY disappointed not to be able to continue the interesting discussions at the pub this time). I can't make the next meeting as I'm moving house that day, but I will definitely be attending more in the future. Thanks for organising such a great meeting!

    August 29, 2013

  • Gary M.

    Fantastic event - thanks again to Adriana and the organisers. The only negative..that I was not able to stay for the pub - but next time! :-)

    August 29, 2013

  • Fotis R.

    So many requirements and instructions, the same applies unfortunatelly at the event. We are all instructed how to behave (when to stay and when to leave) the way you should listen and the way you should participate. On my question an hour ago on why are there any speakers listed on the main page I had no solid answer and the organiser was rather un-inviting....

    August 28, 2013

    • Stuart B.

      Totally agree Adriana - we should be honoured the venue makes itself available for free and totally respect their space. But ... I don't agree you could do it much better, you all do a fantastic job putting this on.

      1 · August 29, 2013

    • Shamash

      It was an excellent event and very well organised by Adriana and volunteers!

      2 · August 29, 2013

  • Fred B.

    Excellent - plenty of inspiring presentations and conversations

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Alex C.

    Really interesting learned a lot both through presentations and over drinks before and after. Forgot to contribute £3 so I owe double next time!

    August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stuck at work. Not happy missing my first meeting!

    August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies for the last minute drop out - sorry to be missing it.

    August 28, 2013

  • Adriana

    Thanks for letting me know. Hope you can make it to the next one.

    August 28, 2013

  • Gareth U.

    I apologise, I'm booked on, but stuck in bad traffic coming in from the north and now won't make it. Hopefully someone can make use of my place if it's not too late.

    August 28, 2013

  • Rasmus P.

    Hi self-trackers and like minded souls, what do you think about this idea for visual data aggregation software: http://keepingtheresearchalive.info/ - the idea is that it should be easier than e.g. fiddling with spreadsheets. Would be happy to discuss later, and please be kind enough to tell me if such software already exists :-)

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ackk! I cant make it !! Two top meetups on the exact same day, had to flip a coin. The coin said no.

    August 28, 2013

  • Jud

    SUPER EXCITED!! :)

    August 28, 2013

  • Adam B.

    Traveling from Sheffield to this. First time at a meeting of this type so will be eager to learn.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amateur Hardware and pro web geek interested in self analysis.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Rodrigo D.

    Ah, alas that's my very last day of holidays; I'll be flying over the Atlantic. September!

    August 7, 2013

  • Colin H.

    Glad to be back home for this

    August 7, 2013

  • Dr Liz M.

    Looking forward to the next meeting

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it - last was was really enjoyable!

    August 7, 2013

  • Matt D.

    Always happy to host QS!

    August 7, 2013

  • Steve S.

    I can't make this one. A friend is visiting from the US. Too bad

    August 7, 2013

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