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  • FUTURE-PROOF YOUR ORGANIZATION<br>The Waving Cat is a boutique strategy, research & foresight company. We help you explore impact & opportunities of emerging technologies—like IoT—for your organization

    FUTURE-PROOF YOUR ORGANIZATION
    The Waving Cat is a boutique strategy, research & foresight company. We help you explore impact & opportunities of emerging technologies—like IoT—for your organization

  • Report:<br>View Source: Shenzhen

    Report:
    View Source: Shenzhen

  • Portfolio:<br>Highlight Projects of 2016

    Portfolio:
    Highlight Projects of 2016

  • For Government:<br>Smart city research &<br>policy recommendations

    For Government:
    Smart city research &
    policy recommendations

  • Ebook:<br>Understanding the Connected Home:<br>Thoughts on living in tomorrow’s connected home

    Ebook:
    Understanding the Connected Home:
    Thoughts on living in tomorrow’s connected home

We explore the impact and opportunities of emerging technologies—especially Internet of Things (#iot). As a boutique strategy, research & foresight company we help guide our clients’ business, product, and research strategies.

With a focus on #IoT, emerging tech & innovation, we help organizations excel in an environment shaped by connectedness, uncertainty and rapid change. We work with organizations who strive to shape their field rather than follow. We help identify opportunities to do just that—and have a global network of leading experts by our side. In everything we do, we take a responsible & human-centered approach to technology, business and culture.

Sounds abstract? It’s not! To give you a better feeling for the type of projects we do, some recent examples: We’ve researched smart cities for the German government, and developed policy recommendations to make sure that smart cities work as well for citizens as they do for the administration. We’ve helped shape the R&D and product roadmap for automotive and electronics companies, and helped global tech companies shape their IoT policy. And we’ve provided lots and lots of research and strategic advice to clients across all industries. The range includes strategy, research, innovation, and we frequently touch business strategy, product, policy—often in combination.

We work in English and German. Based in Berlin, happy to travel.

 

Client services

Strategy

As a boutique strategy, research & foresight company we help guide our clients’ strategies regarding business, product, and research. With a focus on #IoT, emerging tech & innovation, we help organizations excel in an environment shaped by connectedness, uncertainty and rapid change.

We bring in the knowledge and insights of years of experience and a global network of experts, and we’re not afraid to ask tough questions to fully grasp the context of your work. We help you navigate uncharted waters, identify opportunities for growth or new markets, reduce risks, and innovative.

Think of it as future proofing.
Let’s discuss how I can help you.

Research

To lead and advance the field, you need to look ahead and understand what’s on the horizon—and what’s possible. In future-facing areas like emerging tech, quantitative data doesn’t cut it: We provide—and help you apply—foresight & research so you stay ahead of the curve.

You’ll see outsized positive impact by the time your competition only just starts to get underway to catch up. This research is informed by, and feeds back into, our own research, events, publications, and products. Our qualitative methods include the full range—from expert interviews and desk research to workshops and field research across the globe. We always have our bags packed.

The results speak for themselves.

Recent project examples

  1. For a federal government: Research & policy recommendations around the political, social and technological implications of “smart cities”
  2. For a global tech company: IoT policy advisory and development
  3. For a think tank: Research on opportunities of Internet of Things (IoT) for agriculture and smart cities

Here’s an overview of highlight projects over the last year. For current projects, scroll to the footer of this page or jump to /now.

Areas of engagement

My work focuses mostly on impact and opportunities of (internet-related) technologies—on the technologies, business models, and policies that the internet enables or leverages in new and meaningful ways. Over the last few years this has included areas including:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) & connected products/services
  • Connected homes, smart cities & connected mobility
  • Responsible IoT and empowering technology
  • Open innovation practices

Our own in-house projects

Publications & Products

We frequently launch our own projects—usually in close collaboration with external partners—which then turn into publications or products: Consider it our in-house R&D lab and incubator.

Ebooks & reports
The State of Responsible IoT
View Source: Shenzhen
Understanding the Connected Home
The Indie Conference Organizer Handbook

Magazines
Dearsouvenir
Connected

Exhibitions & Products
The Good Home (21st century home living)
Zephyr Berlin (travel-optimized pants)

Emerging technology conferences

We seek to advance the field and spread knowledge & insights broadly. That is why, in addition to our publications & products, we occasionally launch conferences.

Among others, I co-founded and chaired the conferences ThingsCon (IoT), UIKonf (iOS development), Cognitive Cities (smart cities), and atoms&bits (maker movement); co-directed NEXT Conference 2012-15; and served as co-chair for Interaction16.

These events always inform our research and help us build out our network. Sometimes, they unfold into something much larger and take on a life of their own, like the global ThingsCon community.

You can find a selection of publications, products & conferences on the Projects page.

Peter BihrPeter Bihr is the founder and Managing Director of The Waving Cat, a boutique strategy, research & foresight company where he explores impact and opportunities of emerging technologies—especially Internet of Things (#iot). As an advisor, he helps organizations excel in an environment shaped by digitization, connectedness and rapid change.

Peter is on the board of the not-for-profit ThingsCon e.V. which fosters the creation of a human-centric & responsible Internet of Things. 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 has provided research and policy recommendations to governments and global tech companies, supported automotive clients with R&D strategy, and helped organizations embrace innovation opportunities as an external radar and sparring partner.

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.

Projects, products & publications

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.
View Source: Shenzhen
View Source Shenzhen explores the Shenzhen IoT ecosystem and the importance of a responsible IoT.

ThingsCon
A global community advocating a responsible IoT
[co-founder]

Portfolio: Best of 2016
Last year’s project highlights
[overview]

Zephyr Berlin
Pants that travel well & are built to last.
[co-founder]

View Source Shenzhen
An exploration of the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem
[author]

The State of Responsible Internet of Things
ThingsCon Report: The State of Responsible IoT
[co-publisher]

Understanding the connected home
Ebook about living in tomorrow’s connected home
[co-publisher]

Dearsouvenir
Digital travel & shopping magazine
[co-publisher]

Interaction16
Annual global interaction design conference
[co-chair]

The Good Home
Exploring ideas for 21st century home living
[co-founder]

Check out the full portfolio!

Media mentions

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.)

More media mentions & publications

Get in touch!

How I work


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.

Let’s talk!


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.

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