October 16, 2014 | By Peter Bihr |
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 research doesn’t cut it: We provide—and help you apply—the qualitative 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
- For a federal government: Research & policy recommendations around the political, social and technological implications of “smart cities”
- For a global tech company: IoT policy advisory and development
- 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.
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.