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For the best possible outcomes of working together, it helps to know the context of how I work. I run The Waving Cat GmbH full time. It is as the organizational backend for the various things I work on.

Within this framework I split my time between client work & self-initiated projects (like ThingsCon). As a rule of thumb, self-initiated projects are always in collaboration with partners. I can only accept only a small number of client engagements at a time, and only if they make sense within this test.

Areas of client engagements I’m particularly interested in: Strategy, R&D and policy around emerging technologies, Internet of Things (IoT). Responsible and empowering implementations of connected homes, smart cities, connected products & services. As a rule of thumb: The earlier in the process the more interesting it is to me and, more importantly, the more value I can add.

In 2017 I aim to be extra mindful on how I spend my time: I had been spread a little thin over many projects for a while. This means I’ll be saying no to most projects in order to fully focus on the projects that I do take on. If I say no, please don’t take it personal – it’s not.

Current projects

Strategy, research, policy, consulting (aka client engagements)

Helping clients in the tech, industrial, and government sector find out what digitization and internet of things (IoT) means for their organizations. This relates to business models, opportunity mapping, policy development, developing R&D and product roadmaps, and more.


  • ThingsCon: A global community of practitioners (and event platform) that fosters the creation of a human-centric & responsible IoT. Co-founded this an annual conference in 2014, and it has grown into a distributed phenomenon with 20+ events annually.
  • Ignite Berlin: Enlighten us, but make it quick is the motto of Ignite, an evening of lightning talks about passion projects.


Upcoming talks, workshops, and appearances.


In addition to our blog, I’ve been working on an ebook on the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem, and a report on opportunities for IoT trustmarks/consumer labeling. Both should be available by June.

Recent long-form publications:


  • Zephyr Berlin: Pants that travel well & are built to last. Made locally in Berlin for fair wages with Swiss performance fabric. In collaboration with Michelle Thorne and Cecilia Palmer, this is an experiment in physical product delivery.
  • Dearsouvenir magazine is a travel & lifestyle magazine that explores destinations through the stories behind beautiful, meaningful, locally made souvenirs.

Various client engagements ongoing (see footer for details).


Looks like there might be space for new client projects starting May. Let’s have a chat!

Last updated: March 2017.