Surj Patel is currently a freelance mobile and media technologist specializing in innovation. He most recently worked at the R+D lab for the wireless operator Orange in Boston. Previous to that, Patel was at the MIT MediaLab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Originating from the United Kingdom, Patel started his career as a pioneer of new media at the BBC in 1993 and then worked as part of the original web team there. In 1999 he helped form a content innovation group in the BBC looking at how all the new media formats could be made to interoperate to make useful viewer experiences. Along the way there have been small ventures and industry pats on the back.
His free time is devoted to his young family, music recording, and hacking fun tools like Amabuddy to explore technologies. Current interests are in mobile services, End User Programming of mobile services (people creating things for themselves), web services, and the evolving broadcast industry within an always connected world.