Self-Trackers Collaborate at 2011 Quantified Self Conference 2011
In a recent blog post, we told you about a group of pioneers who are making and using tools to track quantifiable qualities about their own bodies, habits, emotions and symptoms. They use this data to better understand how their decisions impact their health and other aspects of their lives.
We had the pleasure of spending Memorial Day weekend with just about 400 of these self-trackers at the inaugural Quantified Self Conference 2011. We also brought along a few invited guests to help us explore, collect and share ideas with those on the cutting edge of the self-tracking movement, and to provide us with some additional perspective as we seek to understand the potential self-tracking may have to transform health and health care.
You can read more about the conference and the potential from the perspective of one of our guests, Ethan Zuckerman with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who blogged prolifically throughout the weekend. Also, the San Jose Mercury News penned a great overview of the event. And the conversation is still going on at #QS2011.
We'll share more about our thoughts from the conference soon, but in the meantime, check out the first product to come out of our grant to Quantified Self and the Institute for the Future: The Complete Quantified Self Guide to Self-Tracking. This online resource guide, which is still currently in beta, aggregates all available tools for self-tracking. Each tool, app, and project is tagged, rated and reviewed by users, making it easy for beginners and self-tracking experts alike to harness the power of their own personal data to improve their lives.
We invite you to try out this new resource, or just take a closer look into how the Quantified Self community is tapping into the power of data to drive positive health outcomes. Then let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment or connecting with us on Twitter (@PioneerRWJF). Happy tracking.