I (Ajit) founded the blog on May 26, 2005 based on my vision and philosophy of OpenGardens i.e. 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
There are four areas I follow:
a) My education start-up feynlabs
b) Big Data and Telecoms at Oxford University through my course I teach and
c) Technology policy with a transatlantic emphasis. Have spoken in EU parliament and Capitol Hill on transatlantic issues and work closely with the European Internet Foundation on studying long term technology trends
d) Smart Cities – based on my advisory roles for Amsterdam and Liverpool smart city projects and my teaching at the City Sciences program for the Technical University of Madrid
Ajit Jaokar ‘s work is based on identifying and researching cross-domain technology trends in Telecoms, Mobile and the Internet.
Spanning academia and industry – his current research interests is include Policy research, Big Data, Telecoms, Smart Cities, Big Data Analytics and IOT
Ajit conducts a course at Oxford University on Big Data and Telecoms and also teaches at City Sciences (Technical University of Madrid) on Big Data Algorithms for future Cities / Internet of Things.
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.
His consulting activities include working with companies to define value propositions for Big Data. Ajit has worked with a range of commercial and government organizations including in strategic and
visionary roles. 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. You can contact him at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com
keywords: Technology Policy, Big Data, Education, Mobile, Telecoms, Smart cities, Digital Policy, Internet of Things