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Quantified Self Silicon Valley Meet-Up #2 (IDEO in Palo Alto)

  • Oct 13, 2011 · 6:00 PM
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Quantified Self Silicon Valley Meet-Up #2 (IDEO in Palo Alto)

Please join us on Thursday October 13th for another night of self-tracking presentations, lessons learned, and the exhibition of QS tools.

A huge thanks for our sponsor, IDEO for offering to host the October QSSV meetup! Our meetup Location is 100 Forest Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Map and directions can be found at:


Think: "science fair" for adults. If you have a self-tracking project, gadget, app, or idea you'd like to share or demo, but you don't want to get up and talk about it, the workshop hour is perfect for you. You don't need to have a prepared talk, or permission to show something. Just come and bring what you have. We will have tables and power strips where you can plug in a laptop if you like, but paper is good too. If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell. Please let the organizers know you will be bringing something to Show&Tell so we can be prepared for you.

7:30 pm – 9 pm QS SHOW&TELL TALKS

Thinking about presenting? The standard QS context suggests providing the answer to these three questions: 1) What did you do? 2) How did you do it? 3) What did you learn?

IGNITE PLUS Following in the footsteps of our inspiration, the SF group, we will be doing Ignite Plus talks this time around. What this means is presenters must use the Ignite format.

Don't know what Ignite means? See the following links for more info and tips on how to deliver a fantastic quick-fire presentation.

Why Ignite Plus? Instead of 20 15-second slides, Ignite Plus format is 30 15-second slides for a total of 7.5 minutes allowing for a second 7.5 minutes of Q&A. We will have space for 5 presenters.

If you'd like to present please contact me so we can discuss the experiment you’d like to share.  I'm best reached at bettslacroix at gmail dot com.

Note: Just to be very clear, we save the talks for personal accounts of self-tracking and self-experimentation.

Paul Sas: The Impact of Data Review

David Fetherstonhaugh: The Step Exchange Game

Paul Abramson: The Quantified Doctor's Personal Experiments with Paleo and BodyTrack

Wako Takayama: Lined-Dried Clothes Smell So Good

Gary Wolf: Meta QS and Tracking; Daily Practice


Our host this month is IDEO. Thanks too to Basis, HealthTap and CureTogether, our annual organizational sponsors, for supporting the Quantified Self movement expansion across the country and around the world. Three cheers to them for making our gathering possible!


We use the sponsor money to pay for professional video recording and healthy refreshments, as well as to fund projects that help the larger QS community. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring Quantified Self, please let us know.

We are also asking for an optional $5 donation to help cover the out-of-pocket costs of running the meetups. If you'd like to donate more than $5, please do! Thank you and see you there!

Lisa and Karen

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  • Gavin M.

    Plenty of interesting people building projects that are both technically impressive and widely relevant. -1 star for making me sit still too long.

    October 16, 2011

  • Paul S.

    I liked the short IGNITE-timed talks, but I don't think that the strict 15 seconds per slide was either honored by most, nor even necessary. Short talks good, uniformly fast slides not required.

    October 16, 2011

  • Mary C.

    I enjoyed the mingling demos and the step exchange game.

    October 15, 2011

  • Robin

    This meetup had a really good feel to it. The presentations uniformly relevant and interesting, and the thoughtful Q&A was great. The outdoor social hour (which I assume was set up by Karen) was a refreshing change. Lisa did a great job of MCing and IDEO set a very positive tone with their insightful yet unassuming presentations which seemed very much in alignment with QS. This was one of my favorite QS meetups to date.

    October 14, 2011

  • joe b.

    Great speakers, cool space (IDEO), and really nice to have time for socialize before (catching up with people, etc.) *and* after, to discuss ideas stimulated by the talks.

    October 14, 2011

  • Wako T.

    Excellent meeting all around. The venue at IDEO was perfect, intimate but open enough to exchange ideas and make connections. The science fair was fun. I liked the 3-word introductions, and the presentations were diverse and thought-provoking.

    October 14, 2011

  • Jeroen B.

    Great discussions and interesting presentations. I really enjoyed it. Good variety too.

    October 14, 2011

  • Lisa B.

    I just made a change; now as long as you cancel 1 day in advance you will get your donation refunded.

    September 10, 2011

  • Lisa B.

    Thanks your the note. I inadvertently had the wrong button clicked and have changed it. Please do note that if you donate (which helps a lot) and keep your RSVP updated, as long as you cancel two days before the event you would be refunded. Part of the motivation is to have committed rsvp's since we have very limited space.

    September 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    if donations are optional, how come rsvp requires it? I have no problem donating at the event itself, assuming I end up making it

    September 9, 2011

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