Hacking the Self


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Dates:

  • May 18, 11:00am – 5:00pm

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Cost: $120.00
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Overview:

Title: 
Hacking the Self: Quantitative Self Device Data Extraction and Visualization
 
Overview:
There are dozens of widely available devices we can use to easily and affordably generate and track data about our daily activities. Steps taken, calories burned, sleeping patterns, our travelled paths, etc. While many of these devices offer API’s to download the data, the process to do this is not always easy and the data is often limited. This workshop will cover how to extract the data generated from a few key devices as well as cover ownership of our data (or lack thereof) with the manufacturers.  With data extracted, we will explore the creative process of visualizing the information we have from a more data art stand point an a more pragmatic one. 
 
Topics will include:
- Introduction to QS and data we have available
- Extracting and refinement of data (i.e. making API calls and processing the data)
- Introduction to the data visualization process
 
Requirements:
Workshop attendees will receive examples and complete source files we will be using in the workshop and they should have these files downloaded prior to attending the workshop (we will provide a link to download before the workshop). Students will also need to bring their own laptops with the latest version of Processing (www.processing.org) installed.
Students should have at least one week’s worth of data tracked for one of the following devices:
 
FitBit (any device), BodyMedia Fit and OpenPaths (on iPhone and Android). 
 
The list of devices may change and we will be sure to notify participants if it does. Also, API keys for each device will be required and we will send out instructions on how to obtain an API key for any device we use in our workshop. We do accept requests for additional devices, but will need to make our final decision by March 20, 2013.
 
Prerequisites: 
Attendees are expected to have some programming knowledge; however, experience in Processing is not required. Basically, if you know what a variable, array, function, event are you’ll be fine.
 
 

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Instructors
 

Wes Grubbs
Wesley Grubbs is an artist, data visualizer and provocateur based in Berkeley, CA. In 2007 he founded Pitch Interactive, a studio whose focus is weaving code with design with statistics to find versatile solutions to communicate complex data for clients such as Google, Wired, GE, Esquire, Scientific American, Popular Science and the McKnight Foundation. Wes is also a co-organizer of the Eyeo Festival.
 www.pitchinteractive.com
@pitchinc
 
Kim Rees
Kim Rees is co-founder of Periscopic, a socially-responsible data visualization firm. A prominent individual in the data visualization community, Kim has presented at Visualized, Strata, OSCON, VisWeek, and Wolfram Data Summit among others. She is an advisor to the US Congressional Budget Office and is a guest blogger for Infosthetics and FlowingData.
 www.periscopic.com
@krees

 

Wesley Grubbs

Presenter

Wesley Grubbs is an artist, data visualizer and provocateur based in Berkeley, CA. In 2007 he founded Pitch Interactive, a studio who’s focus is weaving code with design with statistics to find versatile solutions to communicate complex data for clients such as Google, Wired, GE, Esquire, Scientific American, Popular Science and the McKnight Foundation. 

Built upon his experiences living abroad, degrees held in International Economics and Information Systems and his innate interest in the brain and cognition, Wes’ work focuses on revealing patterns about human behavior and how our actions impact our surroundings. 

Pitch Interactive’s work spans illustrations, physical installations, console game user interfaces, software applications, websites and textiles. Their work has been showcased at the MoMA’s TalkToMe exhibit in in New York, the McKnight Foundation’s 30 year anniversary exhibit, the Foosaner Art Museum’s “The Art of Networks” exhibit, The Max Planck Science Express Train, the Data Flow books and many other internationally acclaimed publications.


Kim Rees

Presenter

Kim Rees is Head of Information Visualization at Periscopic, and is a prominent individual in the data visualization community. She has presented at several industry events including Strata, OSCON, Wolfram Data Summit, VisWeek, Tableau User Conference, NY Hacks/Hackers, and Portland Data Visualization among others.

She is an advisor to the US Congressional Budget Office. Kim has published papers in Parsons Journal of Information Mapping, was an award winner in the VAST 2010 Challenge, and is a guest blogger for Infosthetics and FlowingData.

Recently, she was the Technical Editor of Visualize This, by Nathan Yau of FlowingData. She was a judge on the WikiViz Challenge 2011 and CommArts Interactive Annual 2012.