In 2009, Chris Dancy, who is often referred to as the ‘most connected man in the world’, had health issues which his doctor was having a hard time keeping track of. At the same time, however, Chris, who was working in the IT industry, started worrying about losing his work done on the internet in the event of a service shutdown. In order to collect all relevant information, he started looking for avenues that allowed him to store it without having to physically write things down. His solution was the use of various types of technology, more specifically, wearable technology or ‘wearables’.
Since then, Chris has lost more than 100 pounds, learned to meditate, and become more of aware of his response to life around him, often taking relevant steps that allow him to adjust to his environment. As a result, he has formed better habits due to the feedback he is constantly getting.
Chris Dancy has served in leadership positions within both the healthcare and technology arenas, with his specialization where the two meet. This has seen him enter a public dialog with regards to digital health, especially since the media’s focus has started aiming its sights on wearable technology.
Chris has earned the title of ‘most connected man in the world’ because of his tendency to wear up to 700 different sensors, applications, and services. These allow him to track, analyze, and also optimize his life, including such aspects as his calorie intake and thus weight as well as his spiritual wellbeing. The information he receives from his wearables gives him the ability to see the connections between data which, essentially, is mostly invisible. He has utilized the data to upgrade not only his health but his productivity and quality of life as well.
His insights and experiences have seen Chris features in Wired, Mashable, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, and Businessweek. He has also been interviewed by NPR, the BBC, and Fox News, and been the subject of TED talks.
As a keynote speaker, Chris Dancy guides his audience on a disruptive, breakthrough journey into the future of computing, one where behaviour becomes the ultimate interface.
“Dancy is the ultimate example of two revolutions underway in tech: the Internet of Things (smart thermostats, garage doors, toothbrushes, tennis racquets) and quantified self (what you learn about yourself from trackers).”
“Technology will continue to play a larger roll in our day to day lives, however, for Dancy that future is now.”
“Dancy’s a pioneer in the ‘quantified self’ movement.”
“You might say he’s the closest thing to a real life cyborg.”
“You probably know someone, like Chris Dancy, but not really. Chris Dancy is arguable the most quantified self in America, probably the world.”
“One of the reoccurring themes in modern life is the rapid pace of technical innovation. Your top of the line smart phone is never top of the line for very long. The tip of the spear where technology is concerned is Chris Dancy.”
“Chris Dancy is an entertaining and occasionally provocative speaker. But above all, he is one of the most insightful persons on the impact of wearable technology alive. He doesn’t talk about what technology does, but what it means. Others have studied tech, Chris lives it.”