Quantified Self London Show&Tell #22

  • November 26, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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We are still at Wayra for the November meetup thanks to Narrato guys and Matt Dobson of EI Technologies, who is also at Wayra and may be able to host us till the end of this year. The search for a new venue is very much on, with a slightly more breathing space. :)

I have explored most 'free venues' in Central London such as the Village Hall, various 'innovation spaces' etc but given our current level of organisation, we need a steadier home that we can book from month to month without too much hassle. Also, it would make sense for whatever organisation to offer us a venue to be interested in QS and for there to be a mutual benefit from the meetups taking place there. 

For now, the best option would be a meeting/lecture room at a university somewhere in Central London. Any contacts/introductions most welcome and appreciated.


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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  • Ken S.

    The presentations from last night are available now on GitHub. The videos will be available sometime over the next week or two.


    1 · November 27, 2013

    • David

      Hi Ken - many thanks for posting these. As I could not make it last night, I was hoping to review the presos. Unfortunately they are not working for me. Just checking if this is a general problem. FYI - also Owen Blain's presentation from last time is not working (Anne Prahl's works fine).

      November 27, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Yeah I messed up the links initially but it should be fixed now. Please let me know if that's not the case.

      November 27, 2013

  • Adriana

    as promised the mailing list for the London QS group is here: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/self-hacking

    November 27, 2013

  • Evangelia B.

    Well organised as always ;)

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Anne P.

    Hi guys,
    as promised tonight, here are the details of my workshop. I would love for some of you to join me on Wednesday the 4th (at 18.30 for 19.00, London College of Fashion, Oxford Circus) to explore specific aspects of my research into the design of wearable electronic nose sensors as a warning system to alert the user to dangerous pollution or potential problems with their health.

    This evening should be a fun and informative way to spend a couple of hours and refreshments ; ) and nibbles will be provided!

    To RSVP, or ask any questions, please send me an email at the below address or register at eventbrite.com by Monday the 2nd at the link below.



    If you need some more information on my research and the workshop, please watch the viseo of my presentation in October here:


    Hoping to see some of you next week!

    November 26, 2013

  • Rasmus P.


    November 26, 2013

  • Viktor T.

    It was a great meetup, got lots of good tips just what i needed.

    November 26, 2013

  • Sebastian Y.

    This was my first time. Looks like an interesting crowd. It was a real pleasure to meet Roger Taylor

    November 26, 2013

  • Trushar P.

    Sorry got a cold can't make it. Soz all. Enjoy

    November 26, 2013

  • David C.

    Sorry can't make my first, In library tolling over my essay for tomorrow :/

    November 26, 2013

  • Rysiek T. K.

    Sorry, need to prepare for an unexpected interview. See you next month.

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    I'm wondering about putting a Fitbit Flex on my Christmas list. I'd like to meet people tonight who might persuade me or dissuade me!

    November 26, 2013

    • Rosa

      Hi! I won't be there tonight but I could persuade you as I have been tracking my activity with the Flex and so far so good!. In fact, I'll be buying 2 more for my family. Any question let me know :)

      November 26, 2013

    • Sebastian Y.

      See my blog at S3bster.com - I've lost 20% body weight with FitBit Flex in less than 6 months! I'd recommend the upgrade to FitBit Force which will probably be out in January.

      November 26, 2013

  • Anubhav G.

    Sorry, cant make it tonight. Overlaps with a meeting at work :(

    November 26, 2013

  • Rosa

    sorry I can't make it :( it overlaps with another meetup

    November 26, 2013

  • Eric D.

    I'm sorry, I won't be able to make it -had some trouble coming from Paris... I'll try to come next time!

    November 26, 2013

  • Joanna G.

    Got a lurgy! So sorry to miss another meet.

    November 26, 2013

  • Gareth U.

    So sorry to not be able to make it again!

    November 25, 2013

  • Vikram S.

    To confirmation too late! Unable to attend.

    November 25, 2013

  • Joshua W.

    Hello London colleagues, I wanted to let you know that there is also a Cambridge-based self-quantifier's group meeting up and our first session is Wednesday the 27th from 6:15 - 7:15PM. We will be meeting at the Tram Depot in Central Cambridge. Here is the link: http://www.meetup.com/Cambridge-Quantified-Self-Development-Group/events/148886282/

    November 25, 2013

  • Trushar P.

    Hi, I wish to attend the event. Thanks.

    November 22, 2013

  • Sebastian Y.

    I'm a consultant paediatrician and founder of Health 2.0 Birmingham. You can read how FitBit changed my life at s3bster.com!

    November 21, 2013

  • Anne P.

    Hi everyone,

    as some of you will know already, I will be holding a user workshop to explore the design of textile-based wearable electronic noses for health & wellbeing and am looking for participants from this group. The workshop will take place on the 4th of December (18.30 for 19.00) at London College of Fashion and it should be a fun and informative way to spend a couple of hours on a dark & miserable December night (wine & nibbles should help)!

    If you are interested in finding out more, you can see my last presentation and discussion about how wearable e-noses can help us improve our health & wellbeing here:


    It would be great if you can join us on the 4th and you can either contact me via email ([masked]) or come and find me during pre/ post networking on the 26th!

    See you then!

    November 11, 2013

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