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About Peter Bihr

Peter Bihr is the founder of The Waving Cat, where he explores the impact of emerging technologies and helps apply the insights of innovators through consulting and conferences.

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 has served as Program Director of NEXT Berlin.

His projects, thoughts and other antics have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, The Guardian, ZDF, ZEIT and many others. He blogs at thewavingcat.com.

 

(German bio)

Photo by Jan-Philipp Sonnenberg

Photo by Jan-Philipp Sonnenberg

What I do

I watch emerging (internet-related) technologies, their implications, and the people driving them. This translates into a number of things: digital strategies, a great network of collaborators, curation services of sorts, and the occasional product or prototype. Over the last few years this has included things like mobile/social/location-based services, the Internet of Things/connected devices, the Quantified Self/personal analytics, connected cities, 3D printing, but also digital communications in a wider sense.

 

To get a better understanding of my work, you can look at a comprehensive list of Things I’ve Worked On, or for a slightly more curated list, my company’s portfolio.

 

If you’re working on something exciting and would like to pick my brains, please get in touch.

Events & Speaking

Frequently I initiate and chair events and I think there’s no better, more fun way to meet interesting people, to explore emerging topics and technologies, and to foster communities of innovators. Over the last few years, this included ThingsCon (future of hardware and the Internet of Things), UIKonf (iOS developers), Cognitive Cities Conference (connected cities), Atoms&Bits (maker culture), TEDxKreuzberg, Ignite Berlin, and Likemind Berlin. A bit more info here and here.

Besides organizing, I regularly am involved in events and conferences as a speaker, curator, moderator or panelist. Among many others that has included NEXT Berlin (where I’m program director), Picnic, O’Reilly Solid, SXSW and the OpenIOT Assembly.

If you would like me to speak at your corporate event, please contact my agent Tessa at The Next Speaker.

Media

Sometimes I write something or am quoted or my work is featured in smaller or larger media outlets like Australian, Deutschlandradio, Focus, Forbes, Golem, Guardian, New York Times, Radio Fritz, T3N, taz, WDR, ZDF and ZEIT. I try to keep an up-to-date list of media mentions and publications.

If you want to get in touch for an interview, please come this way.

What I did before

By way of explaining where I’m coming from, the shortest of resum├ęs: Before doing what I do now, I co-founded Third Wave, part think tank, part digital strategy consultancy, where we worked for clients like MTV Europe, Postbank and ZEIT Online. Before that, I worked as a freelance strategist, doing all kinds of things ranging from web strategy to social media to project management to election campaigning for clients like ARTE, Google, Netzpiloten, SPD, Tumblr, WoltersKluwer, as well as a number agencies and public broadcasters. (Client list, CV.) Along the way, I had some editorial roles, too.

Disclosures

I like transparency. As a rule of thumb, if there’s any risk of a conflict of interest, I try to mention it in any given blog post. I currently am, or was at some point, affiliated with these groups. In the past, I worked with these clients. Everything in this weblog expresses my personal opinion, and mine only, unless marked otherwise.

Get in touch

On Twitter, I’m @peterbihr. I’m on LinkedIn, Tumblr and Flickr, too. You can find my contact details here.