This week, the conference season pretty much kicks off. For me, this means the red-hot production phase for ThingsCon (FRI/SAT), NEXT Berlin (MON/TUE), UIKonf (mid-May), followed by a trip to San Francisco to speak at O’Reilly Solid. For good measure, there are two or three short trips sprinkled in between, too, and to top it all off I’m sorting out some freshly arisen legal paperwork for my new company (currently doesn’t have a website – if you want to collaborate, please ping me directly for now).
These are exciting days. I can’t wait for all the conversations the next few weeks will bring.
All this means that response times on my end will be much slower than usual, or the replies might be very brief. Thanks for understanding – and see you on the other side!
Ps. If you’re around at any of the events, come say hi!
It’s 10 days to ThingsCon. Time to take stock of where we stand!
Speakers & program
As far as we can tell, there will be 35 speakers. This may be hard to believe, but it’s actually kind of tricky to figure out the exact number as there’s lot of fluctuation and last minute tweaking. Including all workshops it’s even more.
The program is two days packed with goodness ranging from open source medical hardware to building a Rube Goldberg Machine, from maker 101 to robotics, from startup pitch to designing for large-scale manufacturing, from design to business models, from personal founders stories to ethics & sustainability. It’s going to be wild.
We don’t have easily accessible stats to the geographic distribution of all ThingsCon participants. From a quick scan, we know a few things, though: You are from all over Europe, plus quite a few from the US (including a solid contingent of West Coast folks).
We’re excited that through the Global Innovation Gathering program a group of over 40 entrepreneurs, makers and innovators from Africa, Latin America and Asia will join in. On top of that, it’s great that a large group of students will join, too.
As for professional backgrounds, that’s harder to tell without digging deeply into the company websites (which we did very superficially a while ago to show which organizations will be represented at the conference). We know of individual tinkerers, engineers and designers, entrepreneurs, startups, agencies, academics, researchers, software and hardware people, students, hackspace operators, investors and many, many more. It’s a great and very diverse group.
There’s plenty of stuff happening on the fringes of ThingsCon, and we expect lots more to pop up spontanteously. (Follow the #thingscon hashtag on Twitter!)
At this point, we’d like to mentioned particularly the pitch we’re setting up with Betahaus, Betapitch|Hardware. For the 40 fastest ticket holders to sign up, attending the pitch is free (please ping us if you haven’t received a ticket code), everyone else needs to register here. During and after the pitch, we’ll kick off the ThingsCon party at Betahaus, too.
Hi, I'm Peter Bihr. As founder and managing director of The Waving Cat GmbH, I explore how emerging technologies change the world we live in, and help spread the insights of innovators through consulting and conferences.
Concretely, I'm a strategic advisor; chair & co-founder of a number of conferences on emerging technologies including ThingsCon, UIKonf, Cognitive Cities Conference; and Program Director for the conference NEXT Berlin. I'm based in Berlin. [read more]
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Things I’m working on besides client work
ThingsCon A 2-day conference on the future of hardware & the Internet of Things
Connected A printed essay collection about the implications of the Internet of Things.
KANT Kreuzberg Academy for Nerdery and Tinkering: a shared lab, workspace and network of technologists
Ignite Berlin A night of entertaining, inspiring lightning talks: Enlighten us, but make it quick!
Occasionally, my projects or thoughts appear in media outlets including Alpine Review, DRadio, Forbes, Guardian, New York Times, ZDF and ZEIT. (more)
Events & speaking
I frequently initiate or chair conferences about emerging technologies and the digital world. This includes Things, Cognitive Cities Conference, Ignite Berlin, NEXT Berlin, TEDxKreuzberg and UIKonf. Sometimes I'm a speaker or panelist, too, at events like Picnic, SXSW, O'Reilly Solid or the OpenIOT Assembly. (past and future events)