Our Philosophy, About Us

2015 – 10th year of the OpenGardens blog











Founded by Ajit Jaokar, now in it’s tenth year (founded on May 26, 2005 ) – this blog is based on the philosophy of OpenGardens. The core philosophy has remained the same (see below) but the blog themes have evolved

Currently, the blog covers the interplay between IoT and Machine Learning/Predictive analytics


a)  I am launching aData Science for IoT course/certification

b) The blog covers depth articles / perspectives of companies in this space. Here is an example: Implementing Tim Berners Lee’s vision of Big Data vs Rich Data. Also I will be posting in detail about companies like mapr numenta sigfox and mongodb (from an IoT/Machine learning perspective) which I track for my teaching. If you want to feature on this blog -please contact me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com

OpenGardens is the philosophical opposite of ‘walled gardens’ especially as applicable to the mobile data industry. If you want to see the ideas which underpin my thinking see Hierarchies vs networks – Why networks matter and hierarchies will crumble ..- The omega point of OpenGardens

Brief Bio

Currently, my work is based on understanding the interplay between IoT and Machine Learning/Predictive analytics. This research underpins my teaching at Oxford University(Big Data and Telecoms) and the city sciences program at the Technical University of Madrid(UPM) focused on IoT, Machine Learning for Smart cities. I am also deeply committed to two social start-ups which are involved in teaching Computer Science to kids which I co-founded Countdown Institute and feynlabs 

A more complete bio

Ajit’s work involves applying machine learning techniques to complex  problems in the IoT (Internet of Things) and Telecoms domains

His research is based on two courses taught by Ajit – Big Data for  Telecoms(Oxford University) and the citysciences program (UPM –Technical  University of Madrid).

In 2009, Ajit was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of the Internet’ council. In 2011, he was nominated to the World Smart Capital  program (Amsterdam). Ajit moderates/chairs Oxford University’s Next  generation mobile applications panel . In 2012, he was nominated to the board of Connected Liverpool – Resilient Liverpool programs –based in the  city of Liverpool for their Smart city vision. Ajit has been involved in IOT  based roles for the webinos project (EU funded Fp7 project)

Ajit has also been an advisor to the European Internet Foundation on  Technology and Policy issues since 2009 and is the co-author of ‘The Digital  World in 2030′. He is also involved in creating a community around the  issues in this report in the Tech/Policy space.

Since May 2005, he has founded and run the OpenGardens blog which is widely respected in the mobile/telecoms industry.

Ajit has spoken at many conferences which include MobileWorld Congress (4  times) ,CTIA, CEBIT , Web20 expo ;Java One; European Parliament; Stanford  University; MIT Sloan; Fraunhofer FOKUS ; University of St. Gallen  (Switzerland). He has been involved in transatlantic technology policy discussions

Ajit lives in London, UK and is a British citizen.




EMAIL: ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com Twitter @AjitJaokar