Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan
Director, Babilim Light Industries

Website | @aallan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer, and journalist who has recently been spending a lot of time thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken. He is the author of a number of books and sometimes also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things or deploying sensors to measure them. A couple of years ago he rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensor motes covering the entirety of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering. A few years before that, he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time, which caused several class-action lawsuits and a US Senate hearing. Some years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.

Alasdair sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him or, more frequently, provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for Make magazine and a contributor to O’Reilly Radar. Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work, he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.

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Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), Rob Faludi (Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD), Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Julie Steele (Silicon Valley Data Science), Matt Wood (Amazon Web Services)
<strong>Part of <a href="http://oreilly.com/dataweek"class="external">NYC Data Week</a></strong>. By instrumenting the Strata venue with basic off-the-shelf sensors and mesh networking, we will observe and report on the conference, and generate interesting sociological data from the distributed sensor network. Stop by the lab to see the work in progress and hack on the data.

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