Bio


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Rachel Kalmar is a data scientist, community organizer, and world record holder for number of wearable sensors worn continuously. Wrangling noisy data, she investigates how to make wearable and sensor data useful and interactive. A Stanford neuroscience PhD, Rachel has spent over a decade using data to explain, predict and influence behavior.

At the intersection of healthcare, hardware, and data, Rachel focuses on the application of data and the broader ecosystems within which it exists. What are barriers to data access, sharing and interoperability, and how can we enable more open data ecosystems to better serve the public interest?

Rachel 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). Combining her love of data, the brain, and novel visualizations, Rachel spends her weekends working on Dr. Brainlove, an interactive brain-shaped data platform and jungle gym the size of a bus.

Rachel is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and is an alumna of Stanford’s Neurosciences Program, the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design (aka the d.school), UCSD, The Salk Institute, Rock Health, and Misfit Wearables.