2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

My Sensors. My Data?

#sxsw #mydata

From activity trackers to Google Glass, wearables are all the rage. But who should get access to the data? Unfortunately, just because you wear a device doesn't mean that you get access to your data. As a data scientist, I've been wearing 10+ activity trackers for the past 8 months. What have I learned? I've learned that I can't get my time-resolved data from these devices. Why not? Issues of privacy, lack of standards, and unclear business models for personal data collection and sharing make this difficult. Given this, where we're headed is not toward an Internet of Things, but toward many siloed Internets of Things. This panel will discuss barriers and enablers to creating an open data ecosystem that lays the foundation for one integrated network of connected devices.



John Wilbanks

Chief Commons Officer

Sage Bionetworks

I like making it easy to share things. I work at Sage Bionetworks as the chief commons officer. Previously, I worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, and most recently Creative Commons (hosted at MIT’s Project on Mathematics and Computation). I also started a bioinformatics company called Incellico, which is now part of Selventa. I studied philosophy at Tulane University.

Rachel Kalmar

Data Scientist

Misfit Wearables

Rachel is a data scientist at Misfit Wearables, where she wrangles noisy data and tries to quantify anything and everything she can. A Stanford neuroscience PhD, she's spent over a decade using data to explain, predict and influence behavior. She is active in the Bay Area hardware community and runs Sensored, a 1000+ person meetup group for people working on sensor devices and applications (meetup.com/Sensored). Rachel is an alum of the d.school, Singularity University, and Rock Health, and her favorite hashtag is #geekparadise.

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