Michael O’Hara is the Chief Marketing Officer of the GSMA – the association of global mobile operators that, among other things, runs the Mobile World Congress.  The Congress is the largest annual event in the mobile industry – held in Barcelona.

Michael is based in Boston but was in the UK last week presenting at a number of events.

Michael is an advocate of open data – publicly available data sets – to allow amalgam services to be built and made available to mobile devices. In this short interview I ask him why it’s important that government and city authorities make available data for website and app developers.

(Somewhat ironically, when interviewing Michael I received a text message about 26 seconds in to the interview – so no need to check your phone).