This weekend I attended the fourth Quantified Self conference which took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was a great turnout with about 300 people in attendance and 90 collaborative learning talks & presentations! The “Breakout Sessions” and “Show & Tell” presentations showed first-hand experiences of how data is being collected and explored in order to better understand personal life.
According to the current Wikipedia Quantified Self entry – The Quantified Self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs. The official Conference goal is to learn what others are doing in their Quantified Self practice.
- What did you do?
- How did you do it?
- What did you learn?
If I had to describe the conference participants I would say there where definitively more than a few advanced users, aka, designers, entrepreneurs, journalists a few health professionals, quite some scientists – all of them had the creative innovative “hacker” DNA. From a international view there where many people from all over Europe and from the US. From a visual point of view we had attendees with dark, blond, pink, green and no hair at all. :-)
Overall the conference was more than enriching experience. It’s nice to see so many other minds that work on complex Quantified life questions.
Between the Show & Tell, talks, breakout sessions, ignity talks, interviews and balcony office hours there were obviously a few talks and sessions I wasn’t able to attend. Next time I will bring a few clones of myself so I do not miss anything.
This was a real interactive conference with on-going conversations during or after the talks in the lunch breaks in real-life and digital – especially on twitter. During the entire QS conference participants have been very active tweeting on the conference Twitter stream with the hashtag #QSEU13
Here my personal favorite conference quotes
“Sitting is the new smoking”
#qseu13 – Michael Reuter @michaelreuter
“Privacy is just a side effect of not being connected” just over heard at
#qseu13 via @buster – Ian Forrester @cubicgarden
“We are at a Gutenberg moment of healthcare” (
#FMT @ #qseu13) http://youtu.be/DgZnz1bImQA?a – Yuri van Geest Moving @vangeest
“I am who I am because of things I do.”
#QSEU13 Ernesto Ramirez @eramirez
Conference topics summary
Nutrition – This is what I ate – (Ellis Bartholomeus)
Nutrition – The Effect of Reintroducing carbs into a paleo diet (Winslow Strong)
Sleep - How I got started with sleep tracking (Jan Geerte Munneke)
Sleep - My journey with sleep monitoring (Christel De Maeyer)
Stress - Automatic stress tracking in everyday life (Matteo Lai)
Stress – Stressing out loud (Steven Jonas)
Weight – Activity tracking and weight loss: Apps and gadgets in pratice (Arne Tensfeldt)
IOT – QuantifiedSelf and Internet-of-things for more motivation (Charalampos Doukas)
Lifeloging - Memoto lifeloging camera
Meditation – Brain function (Peter Lewis)
Hans De Zwart has done a awesome job with a full detailed conference blog article which can be read here and from fastmovingtargets you will find many conference video interviews here on youtube. From a biohackers point pf view you can read Winslow Strong blogarticle here.