Who am I?

About Me

From Wikimedia Commons
  • Name: Nimish Gautam
  • From: The USA
  • Currently: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Email: nimishg@gmail.com

Quick Blurb

I believe knowledge and information want to be free, and I want to help it, whether through analysis or dissemination.

I also like to dabble in the world of gadgets and open source technology— I mean, we do live in the future after all.

What I'm involved in

Current Projects



DemokrIT

Open source software to build a better democracy

visAvis

Voices on Asylum and Migration

Alternativet

Political party focusing on sustainable, creative democracy

AirTenna

Using TV white space for rural wi-fi

Roles and Responsibilities

Work Experience

2014 September - Present

Falcon Social

Business Intelligence Lead
Business Analyst/Developer


Responsibilities

I used combinations of software usage data and internal business data to develop new strategies on how to scale, and helped implement them across the organization

I did extensive statistical analysis on user behavior data and survey data to create business recommendations and quarterly objectives

I designed and coded an extensible internal reporting infrastructure and business data storage solution

2012 August - 2014 January

Basidia/SAXO

CTO Basidia
Consultant to SAXO


Responsibilities

Basidia
The goal of this project was to build a platform for sharing and creating educational resources for the Danish educational system. As CTO, my role was to draw up technical specifications for this platform, as well as leading in-house and outsourced team members in development. I also conducted extensive user interviews and user studies for requirements elicitation.

Saxo.com
As Basidia became more integrated with Saxo.com, my role was the same as above, only the products were Saxo Publish, Saxo Print-On-Demand and Saxo Education.

2009 July - 2012 May

Wikimedia Foundation

Developer - Usability Initiative
Research Analyst


Responsibilities

Usability Initiative
As part of the Wikipedia Usability Initiative, I gathered qualitative and quantitative data on the usage of Wikipedia and its sister projects, looking at the findings, and, with my teammates, wrote code to implement the changes that would best meet our usability goals.

Research Analyst
When the organization grew larger, I continued as a research analyst in Global Development. My responsibilities were to gather data on global usage, building a generic analytics framework for this data, and summarizing the insights from it for the organization and the wiki community.

2007 September - 2009 March

Yahoo!

Software Developer

Responsibilities

I worked on user behavior analysis for products in Yahoo! Travel.

Additionally, I conducted A/B tests of various landing pages.

This role also involved extensive front-end web development with javascript, specifically the YUI libraries

What I learned

Education

2005 August - 2007 May

Carnegie-Mellon

Masters Technology

Graduate Degree

Masters of Language Technology, part of the School of Computer Science. This program is divided between classwork and academic research. My work focused on using statistical and machine learning techniques for text-to-text translation.

Additional coursework included software design, search engine development, and interface/interaction design.

2000 August - 2003 December

Georgia Tech

Bachelors of Science

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Specializations in Cognitive Science, Networking, and Video Game Design

What I know

Skills & Knowledge

Technology

  • Python
  • Django
  • jQuery
  • YUI
  • AngularJS
  • Javascript
  • Java
  • PHP
  • C/C#
  • Linux/Unix
  • MySQL
  • Postgres

Languages

English

Native

German

Basic

Japanese

Basic

Danish

Conversational

Spanish

Basic

Nepali/Hindi

Basic

Hobbies & Interests

  • Acroyoga

    Acroyoga

    Acroyoga is the practice of finding balance and connection with others.
    Plus it's fun and teaches you fancy acrobatics. One of my favorite activities.

  • Linguistics

    Linguistics

    I'm continuously fascinated by the different structures in languages and languages in general
    I'd learn them all if I could.

  • Meditation

    Meditation

    We don't have to wander around being stressed out all the time, nor should we.
    Meditation is mental exercise in the purest form.

  • Software

    Software Hacking

    Tinkering with tech, especially open-source.

  • Hardware

    Hardware Hacking

    I've never been particularly good at this, but it's something I aim to improve on in the future. I especially like tinkering with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards.