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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.