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Quantified Self Austin Message Board › QS panel at sxsw on Sunday, Mar 10, 12.30p - interesting writeup on conversa

QS panel at sxsw on Sunday, Mar 10, 12.30p - interesting writeup on conversation and panel participants

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SXSW Interactive Panel
[ how self-tracking geeks are shaping our future ]


Hill+Knowlton Strategies will host a panel on the Quantified Self (QS) movement at South by Southwest (SXSW®) Interactive Festival, a five-day series of presentations from the brightest minds in technology, networking events with industry leaders, and more. The festival has propelled companies like Twitter and Foursquare into the national spotlight. Last year, about 25,000 people from 72 countries participated. This year promises to be even bigger and better.
The Quantified Self is a collaboration of people who are interested in getting to know and understand themselves through tracking daily activities and learning lessons from the data. A flood of mobile apps and new technologies have empowered users to go beyond feeling that they had a good workout, consumed the right number of calories, and slept well the night before, to truly knowing.
Our panel will focus on where the movement is heading. We know that it is growing, and Forbes predicted that 2013 would be the Year of the Quantified Self during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. But as more startups and VCs take notice and new devices enter the marketplace, what societal impacts are on the horizon? While the Quantified Self may seem like a geeky concept right now, it has the potential to change how many of us live.
The Panel:
 Moderator: Peter Zandan, Ph.D. (@zzandan) is Global Vice Chairman at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a leading worldwide communications firm with offices in 52 countries. He has spent a career building, delivering and investing in the services of data and research companies. Dr. Zandan was founder, CEO and Chairman of IntelliQuest Information Company, which he took public on NASDAQ. He was also founder, CEO and Chairman of Zilliant, a successful venture-backed technology-based pricing optimization company. He is an early stage investor in over 20 data companies with recent investments in Klout, Next Big Sound, and Quantified Impressions. Peter has been selected by Interactive Week as one of the “Unsung Heroes of the Internet” and awarded Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
 Lisa Kennedy, Ph.D. is Chief Marketing Officer for GE’s healthymagination initiative, a $6 billion commitment to improving quality, access, and affordability with the goal of revolutionizing the world’s healthcare. The collaboration relies heavily on technology, people, and partnerships to identify and develop ideas, such as an open innovation challenge in cancer to identify new areas to accelerate innovation and access to cancer care. Her team also leads digital health incubation focusing on patient empowerment and ambient intelligence. Dr. Kennedy joined GE Healthcare as Chief Economist before becoming Global Head of Marketing Operations, GEHC, where she was an integral part of the team that created healthymagination. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
 Sonny Vu (@sonnyvu) is CEO and founder of Misfit Wearables, his third startup, which develops highly wearable sensor devices for general wellness and medical apps. The company’s new product, Shine, is an elegant activity tracker funded from a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign that raised nearly $850,000. Previously, Sonny led AgaMatrix from a two-person startup to a mover of three million glucose readers and over a billion biosensors for people with diabetes. He created the world’s first iPhone-connected medical device, a glucose meter, which won the Red Dot Design Award and the Good Design Award. Sonny was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, where he studied under Noam Chomsky.
 Gary Wolf (@agaricus) launched the Quantified Self in 2008 as a global collaboration of users and makers of self-tracking tools. Since its founding, the Quantified Self has spread to more than 80 cities in 16 countries, and has become the catalyst for a new global culture of “self-knowledge through numbers.” An accomplished book author and magazine journalist, Gary’s New York Times Magazine cover article about the Quantified Self remains the definitive description of the movement, which has also been extensively covered in major publications like Vanity Fair, The Economist, Financial Times Magazine, and many others. Gary’s 2010 TED talk on the Quantified Self has been watched nearly 350,000 times. He is a contributing editor at Wired magazine and winner of the Kavli Science Journalism Award.
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