After a brief hiatus, your favorite quantified self meetups are back! Please come join us on Monday, June 27th for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insights.
We're happy to hosted by our friends at Microsoft. Be sure to RSVP early to grab your spot! Come to meet new people, check out new hands-on gadgets and tools, enjoy healthy food, and learn from personal stories.
QS Boston is dedicated to hosting events that are safe and comfortable for everyone. All QS Boston events will follow the QS Boston Code of Conduct (http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/pages/Code_of_Conduct/). Questions/feedback can be sent to Maggie ([masked]).
6:15 - 6:45 pm IGNITE SHOW&TELLS
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or contact Maggie at [masked], so you can discuss your topic. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions (http://quantifiedself.com/2011/09/our-three-prime-questions/): What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?
If you've never been to a meetup before, you can get a sense of what the talks are like from watching videos of previous QS talks (http://vimeo.com/groups/quantifiedself/videos).
Don't know what Ignite means? Click here for more info (http://ignite.oreilly.com/) and here for tips (http://www.speakerconfessions.com/2009/06/how-to-give-a-great-ignite-talk/) on how to deliver a fantastic quick-fire presentation.
6:45 - 7:15 pm KEYNOTE TALK
Listen to Professor Rosalind Picard share her experience in the field of wearables and human-computer interaction. Prof. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group (http://affect.media.mit.edu/) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, co-director of the Media Lab's Advancing Wellbeing Initiative (http://www.media.mit.edu/special/groups/advancing-wellbeing), and faculty chair of MIT's Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative (http://mindhandheart.mit.edu/). She has co-founded Empatica, Inc. (https://www.empatica.com/) creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc. (http://www.affectiva.com/) delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.
7:15 - 9:00pm DEMO HOUR & SOCIAL TIME
Enjoy some snacks while chatting with speakers and fellow meetup attendees.
Are you a toolmaker? Come demo your self-tracking gadget, app, project or idea that you're working on and share with others in our "science fair for adults." 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. Want to participate in Demo Hour? Please let us know when you RSVP or contact Kenny at [masked] for a spot.
Meeting space has been graciously provided by:
Microsoft New England (http://bit.ly/UzIrRv) - The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) is a key part of a long term strategic investment by Microsoft to build a world class center for research and innovation right in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Follow @MSNewEngland (http://twitter.com/MSNewEngland) and join them on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrosoftNewEngland).
Directions & Parking:
Microsoft's building has a parking garage in the basement, which is $10 after 4 PM. MIT offers FREE parking in any non-gated lot (http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/locations.html) on campus after 5 PM. MIT's Hayward St Lot (http://whereis.mit.edu/map-jpg?selection=P5&Parking=go) is the closest (park in the white spaces, not the yellow). Memorial Drive has free parking, but the spaces in front of NERD have a 1 hour limit. Other area streets have metered parking.
Public Transportation: Microsoft NERD is a 5 minute walk from the Kendall Square MBTA station on the Red Line.
Get directions & more info here (http://microsoftcambridge.com/About/Directions/tabid/89/Default.aspx).
QS SPONSORSHIP AND MEETUP COSTS
We use the sponsor money and meetup donations to pay for professional video recording, incidental venue costs, and awesome, healthy refreshments, as well as to fund projects that help the larger QS community. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring Boston Quantified Self, please let us know.
Thank you and see you there!
P.S. Feel free to tweet -- #QuantifiedSelf #QSBoston