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
My vision behind the OpenGardens blog has been :
- Analysis is more important than story/controversy. The blog is not about the latest ‘story’ but it’s more about independent analysis/viewpoint
- The OpenGardens blog is broadly about opening up the networks, growing digital usage and digital businesses i.e. we don’t advocate closed networks, broadcast media etc
- It is about disruptive digital technologies
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
d) Smart Cities – based on my advisory roles for Amsterdam and Liverpool smart city projects
In 2012 I launched a new startup feynlabs. We have close to 40K fans on facebook and covered in major edtech publications. We are running trials in Europe and N america. feynlabs is the first initiative to teach the concepts of programming languages to kids (as opposed to a specific programming language). By abstracting the common elements of programming languages, our aim is to rapidly learn any programming language
Ajit Jaokar is the founder of the London based research company futuretext which specialises in identifying and researching cross-domain technology trends.
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 and conducts courses at Oxford in the next generation Telecoms trends. 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.
His consulting activities include working with companies to define value propositions across the ‘converged stack’ . 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)
I follow and study white space networks as part of my PhD
Ajit lives in London, UK and is a British citizen. You can contact him at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com
Specialties: Education, Mobile, Smart cities, Digital Policy
Here are set of books which have influenced my thinking recently