Quantify Thyself, then Go Forth and Conquer with a Personal Life API

Long Form


Learn what to quantify, how to automatically gather the data and then we will create a Life API to access and analyze your data.


Learn how to expose all your quantified self data via a simple Life API. Use that data for tasks ranging from making real-time decisions to long term planning.

The workshop is composed of the following three phases.

Phase 1: Use techniques from Personal Productivity experts to identify what data is important to quantify.

Phase 2: Create a template for helping us determine what tools, services and devices will automate (mostly) our data collection.

Phase 3: Combine and expose our data behind a Life API. We will design the API using APIary.io and implement it using Python/Flask. At this point we will explore how we can use this API and put our data to work.

To focus and make sure you all walk away with a tangible result within our allotted time, we will limit our scope to the area of health.


python, flask, api, apiary, rest, quantified self, wearables, sensors, automation, productivity, gtd

Speaking experience

I am a Decker trained speaker and have given countless demos as a Developer Evangelist over the past 2.5 years. I usually perform a longer for talk once or twice a quarter.

My most recent talk at PHP Argentina: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXn1zqwyVAk


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    Elmer Thomas



    Elmer is formally trained as a Computer & Electrical Engineer with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering (Focus was on Control Systems, specifically GPS navigation systems) at the University of California, Riverside.

    Afterwards, he added a few mentors, then some sales and marketing skills to his repertoire and co-founded several companies, including AboveTheLimit.com, ThemBid.com, ATL Innovations, IER Solutions and LogoBids.com. He then began at SendGrid as a Web Development Manager, then moved to a Product Development role. After spending 2 years traveling as a Developer Evangelist, Elmer is now serving as the Hacker in Residence.

    His passions include reading, writing, coding and creating, especially in the area of personal development and productivity through quantification.

    He is considered a social media influencer ( starting as a power Digg user, when that was a thing :) ), known as ThinkingSerious. More detail can be found at his blog, ThinkingSerious.com.