Money Can’t Buy Happiness but Data Can Teach It
Monday, March 16
9:30AM - 10:30AM
110 E 2nd St
From Pharrell’s Happy to #100HappyDays and the bestselling The Happiness Project, the pursuit of happiness has become a global effort. At the same time, the Quantified Self movement has taught people the benefits of studying performance and behavior. We’re on the precipice of combining our desire for happiness with data analysis and visualization, which will help build the emotional graph.
As the social graph helps us understand our connections to people, places and things using our activity online and the health graph documents our digital health connections and records our progress over time, the emotional graph will blend our interest in happiness with our ability to better understand our lives through digital tools. It will provide the ability to drill deep and analyze how our emotional fitness relates to and changes during our lives.
This presentation will explore how the emotional graph will make us more prepared and equipped to develop our happiness.
Asst Professor of Psychology & Happify Scientific Advisor
Happify & Hiram College
Acacia Parks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hiram College and a scientific advisor to Happify, a website and app designed to help people live happier, more fulfilling lives through scie...Show the rest
Acacia Parks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hiram College and a scientific advisor to Happify, a website and app designed to help people live happier, more fulfilling lives through science-based games. She is a leading expert on the science of happiness – specifically, how people can most effectively improve their happiness. Her research focuses on self-help methods for increasing happiness via books, smartphones, and the World Wide Web. Acacia regularly publishes articles in scientific journals and has edited three books. She is also Associate Editor at the Journal of Positive Psychology. She is an active teacher, offering courses on positive psychology, as well as health psychology, abnormal and clinical psychology, research methods, and critical writing.Hide the rest
Ofer Leidner is one of three co-founders of Happify and is the company’s President. A former casual gaming entrepreneur, Ofer works with Happify’s scientific advisors to help create interactive, en...Show the rest
Ofer Leidner is one of three co-founders of Happify and is the company’s President. A former casual gaming entrepreneur, Ofer works with Happify’s scientific advisors to help create interactive, engaging experiences on the site. He also directs the company’s growth through strategic partnerships and deals.
Prior to Happify, Ofer co-founded and built several digital media businesses, most recently iPlay/Oberon Media, a leading casual downloadable games company where he held several executive leadership roles. Ofer has also served as Co-Founder and President of Gate42 Technologies, a software startup in the customer relations management space. Earlier in his career, he served as an investment manager at an early stage seed fund and as a management consultant in the strategy practice of Trigger Consulting, a leading firm in Israel.Hide the rest