July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR
Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan
Director, Babilim Light Industries

Website | @aallan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer, and journalist who has been thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken. He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering.

A few years before that Alasdair caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.

He 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 the O’Reilly Radar.

Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, 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.

Sessions

5:00pm–5:40pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Mobility E147/148
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
Bluetooth LE is very different from classic Bluetooth, in fact pretty much the only thing that is the same is the name. Using Bluetooth LE radios properly involves creating custom services and characteristics. However, until recently, this was actually really hard to do without making use of expensive proprietary software tools. Read more.
11:10am–11:50am Friday, 07/24/2015
Solve E146
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), Paul Fenwick (Perl Training Australia), Jon Manning (Secret Lab), Paris Buttfield-Addison (Secret Lab), Tim Nugent (lonely.coffee)
Join the authors of "The Kerbal Book" on a panel where they regale you with tales of their adventures in the Kerbal Space Program, the increasingly popular and disturbingly realistic space programme simulator game enjoyed by geeks around the world. Learn how and why you should go to space, and what you can learn from it! Science will be involved. Read more.