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September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY

Why the internet of things doesn’t exist but will still reshape your business

Ajay Kulkarni (TimescaleDB)
3:30pm–4:10pm Thursday, 09/13/2018
Data-driven business management
Location: 1A 01/02 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, software engineers, software architects, and engineering managers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic knowledge of the IoT and databases

What you'll learn

  • Learn how the IoT is being implemented across various industries and why it is important to consider the IoT in the context of your specific industry
  • Understand how TimescaleDB is being implemented to fulfill the promise and ROI of the IoT


After years of hype, the internet of things has become a clichéd term bandied about by analysts and companies trying to sell their services. Part of the problem is the attachment to a label that, for example, places wind turbine vibration sensors in the same jargon-bucket as a voice-activated home speaker that can control our lights. This giant market we call the internet of things, seemingly encompassing everything from wearables to autonomous vehicles to smart homes, factories, and cities, simply does not exist.

Yet there is change afoot, reshaping our industries, our lives, and the world itself—change driven by fundamental technological shifts: cheaper, more powerful hardware, nearly ubiquitous connectivity, cloud and edge computing. We’re witnessing an evolution of computing, as it expands from mainframes (one computer for many people) to desktops (one computer per person) to mobile (multiple computers per person) to the phenomenon we see today (one to many computers per “thing”).

Ajay Kulkarni explores the underlying changes that are characterizing the next wave of computing and shares several ways in which individual businesses and overall industries will be transformed.

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Ajay Kulkarni


Ajay Kulkarni is the cofounder and CEO of TimescaleDB, developers of an open source time series database optimized for fast ingest and complex queries. Ajay got his first PC when he was four years old and has been playing with computers ever since. Previously, he cofounded communication data analysis company Sensobi (acquired in 2011 by GroupMe, later acquired by Skype while Skype was being acquired by Microsoft) and led the mobile engineering team at GroupMe, which grew to millions of daily users and billions of monthly messages over a short period of time. His experience also includes roles at Citigroup, Microsoft, and several startups. Ajay holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an avid runner and conscientiously maintains an up-to-date list of the top ice cream shops in NYC.