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QS Show&Tell #27 (Singularity University in Mountain View)

Please join us on August 7th for another night of self-tracking presentations, sharing lessons learned, and showing tools.

We'll be in Mountain View this time, at NASA, hosted by our friends at Singularity University (thanks Daniel Kraft and Rachel Kalmar!) Be sure to RSVP early to grab your spot! Gary Wolf will be hosting. New ideas and connections will emerge, and lots of fun will be had. :)

Anyone who would like to volunteer, please write to me (Alex) at [masked]. It's a great way to meet people!



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. Just to be clear, we save the talks for personal accounts of self-tracking and self-experimentation, rather than sales/investor pitches. But of course we are also interested in tools! 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.

We will also be encouraging everyone to talk to new people they've never talked to before!


7 pm – 8:30 pm QS & SCIENCE

We are going to try something different this time. August is usually a bit different here at QS anyway, as many of us are traveling. And this August we're pretty busy getting ready for the annual QS conference in Palo Alto. So after we had our fourth email from a speaker saying that travel plans made them prefer to delay their talk, we put our heads together and decided this was a chance to experiment that we couldn't resist. Especially since we are hosted at Singularity.

Most our program this time is going to devoted to an informal seminar on QS & Science, which has been a topic of much discussion among many of us over the last year. We're going to have very short (1-5 minute) intros by respected, long-time QS contributors, and then open discussion. At the end of the program, we'll return to our conventional program, with a talk by Ariel Berwaldt about the details of sleep tracking. And he'll show plenty of data, for anybody who is worried.

Here are some of the participants and topics:

Gary Wolf: Moderator

Daniel Reda: Correlation

Yoni Donner: Validity of tests & assesments

Bo Adler: Measurement error

Dave Marvit: Normalizing data & using common instruments

Bob Evans: Keeping records

Nick Winter and Rachel Kalmar: responses and comments

8:30 - 10 pm MORE SOCIAL TIME

Talk to the speakers, chat with new and old friends, ask other people what they're tracking, and generally hang out and have a great time.


QS SPONSORS: OUR THANKS TO Singularity University!

A fantastic space is generously being provided by our friends at Singularity U! Thanks too to IntelAutodesk, and Scanadu, our annual sponsors, for supporting the Quantified Self movement across the country and around the world. Three cheers to them for making our gathering possible!



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 Quantified Self, please let us know.

Thank you and see you there!


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  • Patrick R.

    First QS meetup - awesome!

    August 8, 2012

  • Michael G.

    Interesting and lively-good exchange of ideas

    August 8, 2012

  • Gordon

    Great meetup. Several interesting and thoughtful speakers, well moderated.
    The only thing that would make it better is to have a confidence monitor, so the speaker wouldn't have to turn away from the audience to look at the projection screen.

    August 8, 2012

  • Gary Isaac W.

    Thanks so much to everybody who came and presented. I especially appreciate everybody going along with our experiment in presenting a series of methodological talks about QS & Science in the first part of the evening. We'll try this again in the future, heeding the valuable feedback we got this time!

    August 8, 2012

  • Jack M.

    Change in agenda worked well with Gary moderating

    August 8, 2012

  • Sandy D.

    Great idea to have a group discussion of science meets self experimentation. And as always, the personal experimentation sharing was very inspiring.

    August 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the networking session before.

    The talks started off really slow. the last couple talks were great and a reminder of why I like QS. I think the Moderator needs to move things along more aggressively when the speakers are stalling or not saying anything interesting. I thought about leaving a couple of times. I noticed a good chunk of people did leave. Glad I stayed, but the Moderator needs to rescue the audience.

    Loved the networking session after. so many interesting people. I ended up giving someone a ride back to the city and we talked about QS the whole way up.

    One last suggestion is to take a 15 minute power networking break in the middle of the talks. Let people get up and move around and have 1 very interesting conversation. The best part of QS is the people.

    August 8, 2012

  • Paul S.

    Great experience. Am concerned I'll strike a hyperbolic tone, but the conversations and venue combined made this a very fulfilling event. The QSelf continues to be the single most interesting meetup I attend.

    August 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time on the campus. Great venue, good people, and interesting talks.

    August 8, 2012

  • jie

    awesome talks on various topics!

    August 8, 2012

  • David B.

    The talk that mentioned bad GPS data really hit home for me. I'm dealing with exactly the same problem. (See the "Bad Data" section at the bottom of: )

    August 8, 2012

  • Julia 'June' B.

    How can I contact the last speaker, Ariel Berwaldt, to share tips for sleep improvement?

    August 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great. Liked learning from the presentations. Thanks for organizing.

    August 8, 2012

  • Greg G.

    Does anyone SF bound have room for 1 more? Thanks!

    August 7, 2012

  • Laura

    Just noticed that if you click on the word "map" above, a Google Map appears which has a green arrow pointing at a point to the LEFT of the entrance. However, if you then click on "directions" and enter a start point, the directions take you to a point to the RIGHT of the entrance. Since the one on the RIGHT is at the intersection of Dailey and Girard, I'm guessing that's the correct location.

    August 7, 2012

  • John T.

    Is it possible to show up and pay cash at the entrance of this event to gain entry?

    August 7, 2012

  • Edward H.

    Hey Everyone,

    Just wondering if I might be able to get a lift with someone down to SU from SF?


    August 6, 2012

    • Winslow S.

      @Reena, I was able to borrow a car, so I'm going to drive myself down there. Thanks again for offering a ride, and see you there.

      August 7, 2012

    • Reena K.

      Cool. Glad it worked out.

      August 7, 2012

  • Johannes G.

    Hey everybody, I am a journalist from Berlin and I am just spending two months at the Oakland Tribune. I am very interested in QS and I'd love to come on August 7. The only problem is: I don't have a car. Is there anyone who might give me a lift from Oakland or Berkeley? That would be great.

    August 3, 2012

    • Gary Isaac W.

      Johannes - did you find a ride? I'm going down very early since I'm moderating, but if you'd like to ride down with me you are welcome.

      August 7, 2012

    • Johannes G.

      I found a ride, Frederik will give me a lift. But thanks so much for the offer. Looking forward to seeing you there!

      August 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi QS folks. My friends and I have built a fun ratings App called Orbit that is in Beta stage (not in app store yet). I was wondering if a few of you could spare some time at the meetup to give it a test drive. I'd be very grateful for feedback. I'll try to claim an open table and set up a test. I'm bald and stocky, please find me. Thx a bunch! - Scott

    August 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank Eri & Wako!

      August 6, 2012

    • Alexandra C.

      Hi folks! Just wanted to request that we keep this meetup list clear of app ads - really happy to have you come and demo during the social hour. Thanks, and friendly moderator hugs! :) alex

      August 6, 2012

  • Johannes G.

    @Frederik: Sounds Great. Where exactly are you leaving and when?

    August 3, 2012

  • Eri G.

    Hi QS friends! Want to invite you to a health hackathon I'm co-hosting next weekend, Aug 10-11. MedHack:
    I would love to see some QS faces there and please share the word with your friends. Thanks!

    August 3, 2012

  • Frederik F.

    @Johannes: we are driving down from SF. You could come over with BART and then join us.

    August 3, 2012

  • Connie K.

    I'm interested in using bio feedback to exercise and strengthen my knees. Does anyone know of a physical therapist in the Sunnyvale area that uses this technique? Or perhaps I can rent a machine with instructions?

    August 1, 2012

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