Program « 2018 Quantified Self Conference

A Carefully Curated Conference

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We describe our Quantified Self conferences as a carefully curated unconference. All of our sessions come from our attendees and are proposed during registration. We select the ones that will help create a great and balanced program.

Because of this process, the official program is not released until shortly before the event. To give you an idea of what to expect, we have added examples from past conferences.

If you have an idea for a session, please let us know when you register. Your knowledge and experience are too valuable not to be shared.


The one part of the program that comes from us, the conference organizers, are the plenaries that begin and end each day. For the first time, we are going to have a theme for these sessions, creating a sustained dialogue throughout the event. This conference’s theme will be on Quantified Self as a way to learn. Questions we will explore include: What makes QS learning practices unique? What is the nature of knowledge gleaned through self-experimentation and everyday science? How do QS practices work in a classroom setting?

If you are working in this area, we would like to hear from you. Please let us know about your work during the sign-up process.


Show & Tell talks are personal stories focused on how someone went about a self-tracking project or self-experiment and what they’ve learned. These talks use the ignite+ format (7.5 minutes with auto-advancing slides). If you have a self-tracking story to share, let us know when you register!

Examples of QS Show&Tell talks from QS17:

Ellis Bartholomeus: My Health Scars
Kyrill Potapov: Tracking Productivity for Personal Growth
Whitney Erin Boesel: My Numbers Sucked But I Made This Baby Anyway


Breakout sessions are an hour long and are a time to discuss topics that are of interest to the QS community in a group setting. These sessions usually start with a 10-minute primer on the subject by the facilitator, and then go right into discussion. If you have an idea for a breakout session, please let us know when you register!

Examples of Breakout sessions from QS17:

Archiving and Preserving Our QS Data
Archivists and librarians have experience preserving all kinds of different materials, taking into account both present requirements and possible future needs. What can the QS community learn from best practices in digital curation and preservation?

N-of-1: Using QS Data for Single Subject Science
Single-subject design is a scientific method to generate evidence within one subject (n-of-1). But how do you conduct a self-experiment according to these principles? In this breakout, I’ll share our experiences with students conducting n-of-1 studies in our QS teaching programs, followed by a discussion about your collective experiences in self-experimentation.

Tracking Hormones, Menstruation, and Fertility: Common and Uncommon Dimensions
Through new tools and some old methods, women are gaining insight into their hormones and cycles. We’ll talk about what to look at and what can be learned.


How-To’s are one-hour sessions where you can come and learn from a knowledgeable peer about some aspect of a Quantified Self practice. It could be understanding what a biometric really tells you, or ways to use tracking to better understand something, or a demonstration of a technique you can use to get more out of your data.

Examples of How-To sessions from QS17:

Creating Dashboards Using Google Sheets and Tableau
In this how-to, I’ll show how to set up a dashboard in Tableau using data pulled from Google Sheets.

Heart Rate Variability: What Can It Really Tell Me?
HRV is a simple set of calculations we perform on heart rate data to get autonomic information. It is also one of the most misused and poorly understood physiological measurements. Come along and find out how HRV gets broken and how to fix it.

Using Your Genetic Data to Improve Sleep
In this how-to, I’ll show how you can use your 23andMe raw data to learn how to optimize sleep patterns based on your genetics.


Do you have a tool or research project that you want people to learn more about? Office Hours are one-hour sessions where you will be assigned a table and have a great opportunity to meet other attendees and show them what you’re up to. You can learn more about how Office Hours work here. If you would like more exposure to people at the conference by having a table set up for the entire event, check out our exhibitor options.