We explore the impact of emerging technology—especially Internet of Things (#iot)—to help organizations excel in an environment shaped by connectedness and rapid change.
Working closely with a strong network of leading experts and thought leaders, we apply the insights through a range of offerings – always putting the users’ rights & value first.
Corporate, startup or public sector: I’ll help your organization excel in an environment defined by digitization, connectedness and rapid change. From top-level strategy to foresight to product strategy: With ears close to the ground, an extensive network, and years of experience working with clients of all sizes and across industries, I can help you navigate uncharted waters. Let’s call it future proofing.
For an overview of current projects, scroll to the footer of this page or jump to /now.
The Waving Cat translates insights into products or publications. These projects usually happen in close collaboration with external partners, and are often exploratory in nature: Consider it our in-house lab. So far, this has included two magazines (Dearsouvenir, Connected), two ebooks (Understanding the Connected Home, TICOH), an executive briefing about emerging technologies (The Imaginary Unit), a exploration of ideas for 21st century urban living (The Good Home), and prototypes in various stages of completion. You can find most of them on the Projects page.
Conferences are a great way to explore the impacts of emerging technologies. My expertise, my radar for interesting topics, and my network put me in a unique position to curate world class events. Among others, I co-founded and chaired the conferences ThingsCon (IoT), UIKonf (iOS development), Cognitive Cities (smart cities), and atoms&bits (maker movement); directed NEXT Conference 2012-15; and served as co-chair for Interaction16. For a complete list, see the Projects page.
My work focuses mostly on impact and opportunities of (internet-related) technologies: Technologies, business models, and policies the internet enables or leverages in new and interesting ways. Over the last few years this has included areas including:
As a side effect of this varied work, the company is in a unique position to help you find the perfect talent or serve as an external radar & research lab.
For corporate clients, I offer monthly or quarterly briefings, in writing or in person.
For startups, I try to be available as an an advisor or mentor where it makes sense for both parties, and I’m a mentor at Highway1 (San Francisco) and hardware.co (Berlin).
Peter Bihr explores the impact of emerging technologies—especially Internet of Things (#iot). He founded The Waving Cat to help apply the insights through consulting, R&D, conferences and publications.
As a strategy advisor, he helps organizations large and small excel in an environment shaped by digitization, connectedness and rapid change.
He has co-founded and chaired many acclaimed emerging technology conferences including ThingsCon, UIKonf and Cognitive Cities Conference, and served as co-chair of Interaction16. He also co-founded travel & souvenir magazine Dearsouvenir.
His projects, thoughts and other antics have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, The Guardian, ZDF, ZEIT and many others. He was named a Top 100 Influencer in IoT in 2016 (Postscapes). He blogs at thewavingcat.com.
A large part of my work is confidential or internal in nature and hence not fit for sharing in a portfolio. However, here are some public-facing and shareable projects (some for clients, most self-initiated) I have worked on to date in various contexts.
My projects, thoughts and other antics have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, The Guardian, WIRED, ZDF, ZEIT and many others as listed below. If you’re a journalist looking for input, a quote or an interview, please get in touch (I do my best to respond quickly.)
I split my time between client work and self-initiated projects. Often, my client engagements happen behind the scenes and are long-term, internally focused in nature, like for example strategy sessions with top-level management, or working on product strategy with R&D. I tend to be able to contribute most value in long-term collaborations, with a high degree of autonomy, and in projects of a more exploratory nature. Usually my role is that of an advisor, consultant, or sparring partner. The kind of work I do is both highly networked and varied, and it yields a range of outputs or services. Please take the services listed here as a starting point for a conversation rather than a fixed set of offerings.
Not quite sure yet what it is you exactly need? Or you have an idea you would like to explore but that still needs to be developed a little more? Let’s have a chat and see what opportunities we can find to work together.