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Quantified Self Show & Tell

*UPDATE - Here is a list of tomorrow's talks as well as a revised schedule. The original announcement is below*


Dawn Nafus - An anthropologist who studies Quantified Self, Dawn will talk about her own adventure in self-tracking: trying to come up with a meaningful and sustainable method of tracking her food choices.

Aaron Parecki - Aaron will be discussing his challenges with finding self-tracking tools that make it easy to collect data with minimum effort on his part. This is a preview of the talk that Aaron will give at the QS Global Conference in San Francisco in October.

Rob Shields - Rob will give us an update on his lifelogging project where he wears a camera that takes a picture every minute (from last October’s meetup). With another year’s worth of data, he’ll talk about what he’s learned since.

Danny Reeves and Bethany Soule - Danny & Bethany are the founders of BeeMinder, a service that helps users keep commitment contracts with themselves. They will talk about how they use data to not only observe oneself, but to “program” oneself. This too is a preview of a talk that will be given at the QS Global Conference.

Sterling Hooten - Sterling will be talking about using Google Calendar as a tool to track his time and what he’s learned about his behaviors. 

Kent Bye - A talk that Kent says may be controversial, he will speak about his tool, “Natal Transits”, that helps him navigate the exceedingly complicated world of astrology.

Post-Meetup Drinks! - We’ve determined that after the meetup, we will keep the conversation going at BridgePort Brewpub which is only two blocks away from Puppet Labs at 1313 NW Marshall St

Also, because of the number of speakers, we probably won’t have time for walk-ons or the Group Mind format. Here is the revised schedule: 
• 6 to 6:30 pm: Mingling. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 
• 6:30 to 6:45 pm: Introduction 
• 7 pm to 8:30 pm: Show & Tell talks
• 8:30 pm onward: Continued discussion at BridgePort Brewpub.

See you there.

-Steven


*Original Posting*

Tracking your mood with your smartphone? Recording your workouts, diet and/or weight? Using a Fitbit, Withings scale, or heart-rate monitor? 

Quantified Self is "self-knowledge through numbers" and we want to hear your self-tracking stories! Sign up to give a talk. Our content comes from our community. Show us your graphs, spreadsheets, biometric devices, practical solutions and crazy notions. They are all welcome. We focus on real self-tracking projects involving your personal data.

Or just bring your enthusiasm and come to marvel and learn with us. Sharing is not required if you're just curious to see what this is about! 

Agenda:

• 6 to 6:30 pm: Doors open. Social time. This is an opportunity to meet other self-trackers and catch up with friends.

• 6:30 to 7 pm: Group Mind. Do you have a tool that you’re working on, or a self-tracking idea that you want feedback on? The format for Group Mind is 2.5 minutes to talk about your question, project, issue, proposal or challenge and 2.5 minutes to solicit ideas and brainstorming from our members. It is a great way to kick-start or problem-solve your QS issue. You’ll be able to sign up to participate on the day of the event.

• 7 to 8 pm: Scheduled Show & Tell talks. These are 7 minute talks with 5 minutes for questions. This is the meat & potatoes of QS meetups. This is an opportunity to share your story with your peers. Please contact us in advance if you want to give one.

• 8 to 8:30 pm: Walk-on Show & Tell talks. These are 5 minutes with time for a couple questions. They are signed up for on the day of the event, using a sheet at the welcome table. We’ll go through as many as we can, time permitting.

• 8:30 pm onward: The discussion continues over drinks at a pub to-be-named later! This is a good opportunity to talk with presenters or follow-up on an issue that came up in the Group Mind. If you can join us, I very much encourage you to do so. Not only is it good fun, but the conversations are invigorating.

If you're interested in doing a Show & Tell, please mention it in your RSVP or email the organizers in advance. If we hear from you before the meetup, you’ll have a little more time and be guaranteed to talk. You can also sign up on the day of the event as a walk-on.

A note if you plan on presenting: don’t think that this needs to be a TED Talk. We call it Show & Tell for a reason. This is just like first grade. All you have to do is come up, show us something and tell us about it. You can use slides if you want, but it is not required.

One thing that will help with your talk is to structure it around these three questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?  Remember, sharing is important and valuable even if you share your failures - you never know when someone else will be trying the same thing and you can help them avoid the mistakes that you made!  We want to hear your personal stories, and that means really human things like struggling with motivation, experiencing setbacks, and hopefully, every so often, having a flash of insight! Keep it informal. Keep it honest. You're in a safe place. 

It helps to watch videos of previous QS talks. This link explains why these three questions make for a good talk.

Finally, thanks to our friends at PuppetLabs for providing the space. And feel free to tweet at the event - #QuantifiedSelf #QSPDX

We can't wait to see you there!

-Steven, Rob, Mark, Ioan


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  • Mike L.

    Great lineup of different ideas and perspectives. Wasn't always easy to hear folks, and ideally everyone would've been more aware of their time.

    September 19, 2013

    • Steven J.

      Thanks for the feedback, Mike. It was our first time in that space, and if we do it again there, we'll try to have the speakers amplified.

      September 21, 2013

    • Steven J.

      Also, regarding time, I'll take responsibility for that. Before we've had a stopwatch displayed on an iPad to help the speakers be more aware of their time. I'll make sure that aid is available for speakers next time.

      September 21, 2013

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