John C. Havens talks about: Quantified Self. The Internet of Things. Augmented Reality. Each of these technologies reflect aspects of our Digital Identity. Today, the Big Data representing our personal information is controlled by other people, keeping us from fully utilizing the insights based on our words and lives. By taking back our data and understanding how we can take a measure of our lives that embraces technology but also allows us to focus more on optimizing our well-being and the lives of others, we’ll be able to Hack or rethink Happiness in a way that will give Big Data a positive direction to change our world, for good. Havens is Founder of The H(app)athon Project, a contributing writer for Mashable, The Guardian, and the Huffington Post and author of Hacking Happiness — Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World. (Tarcher/Peguin, March 2014). The H(app)athon Project is a non-profit organization, “Connecting Happiness to Action” by creating sensor-based smartphone surveys utilizing economic indicators to increase civic engagement and wellbeing.

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