The Waving Cat is a boutique strategy, research & foresight company.

We explore the impact and opportunities of emerging technologies—like the Internet of Things (#iot) and artificial intelligence (#AI). We help organizations innovate and excel in an environment of connectedness, uncertainty and rapid change.

Our research & foresight keeps you up to date on cutting edge developments in emerging technologies, and provides a deep understanding of their implications.

Our strategy and advisory services help identify opportunities for positive impact and ways to act on them. We help define your company’s strategic path towards greater impact, opportunity, and relevance.

We work with organizations who strive to shape their field rather than follow. Our approach to technology, business and culture is always responsible & human-centered. In our work we take into account people, organizational structures, and governance. We have extensive experience working with commercial and governmental clients as well as foundations and civil society. We work in English and German. Based in Berlin, happy to travel.

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CLIENT SERVICES

Strategy

As a boutique strategy, research & foresight company we help guide our clients’ strategy 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 extensive experience and a global network of experts. We’re not afraid to ask tough questions to fully grasp the context of your work. We help you navigate uncharted waters, reduce risks, and identify opportunities for growth, new markets and innovation.

Think of it as future proofing. Let’s discuss how I can help you.

Research & Foresight

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.

Thing of a guide who accompanies you on your journey, draws maps as needed, helps you read and interpret the environment, and shows you the best path forward. All this can be delivered conveniently through a report or presentation, or in an ongoing conversation. You’ll see an 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 extensive experience. Our perspective, like our network of experts and partners, is global. We always have our bags packed.

Recent project examples

  1. For a foundation: Research & strategic advice regarding potentials & challenges of a trustmark for IoT
  2. For a federal government: Research & policy recommendations around the political, social and technological implications of “smart cities”
  3. For a global tech company: IoT policy advisory and development

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

Our 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. Typical areas of engagement include:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) & connected products/services
  • Connected homes, smart cities & connected mobility
  • Responsible IoT and empowering technology
  • Digital transformation  & open innovation practices

 

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.

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Special projects

Emerging tech events

We seek to advance the field and spread knowledge & insights broadly. That is why, in addition to our publications & products, we launched a number conferences for pioneer communities.

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, a global community of IoT practitioners with deep expertise committed to foster the creation of a responsible & human-centric Internet of Things (IoT).

 

 

Clients

Projects range from project-based to year-long engagements, from workshop to written reports to an ongoing conversation. Depending on clients’ context and needs areas of engagement include research, strategy, product/service, digital transformation, and open innovation.

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Recent projects

A Trustmark for IoT. For Mozilla, we explored the potentials and challenges of a trustmark for the Internet of Things (IoT). That research is now publicly available. We see lots of potential for the Internet of Things (IoT) to create value and improve lives, but also some serious challenges. One of the core challenges is that it’s hard for consumers to figure out which IoT products and services are good—which ones are designed responsibly, which ones deserve their trust. After all, too often IoT devices are essentially black boxes that are hard interrogate and that might change with the next over-the-air software update. We think that a trustmark for IoT has huge potential there to make an impact. Learn more.
View Source ShenzhenView Source: Shenzhen. We went to Shenzhen to explore the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem. The majority of electronics worldwide are made in Shenzhen, China, the so-called Silicon Valley of Hardware. We wanted to pull back the curtain.So we decided to go to where a large portion of IoT is made, and pull back the curtain—and explore how to promote the creation of a responsible Internet of Things. Learn more.
ThingsCon Report: The State of Responsible IoTThe State of Responsible IoT: A collection of essays by experts from the inter-disciplinary ThingsCon community of IoT practitioners. It explores the challenges, opportunities and questions surrounding the creation of a responsible & human-centric Internet of Things (IoT). It’s a critical time in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT). We believe the ThingsCon community has a valuable contribution to make to ensure a future where IoT works for everyone: A responsible & human-centric IoT. Learn more.
smart cities studyDigitalisierung und die Smart City. Ressource und Barriere transformativer Urbanisierung. Expertise für das WBGU-Hauptgutachten „Der Umzug der Menschheit: Die transformative Kraft der Städte“. Last year, Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber and I were kindly asked to contribute some research and policy recommendations for a larger report for the German federal government around the role of cities and urbanization in the 21st century. The report is called “Humanity on the move: The transformative power of cities” (Der Umzug der Menschheit: Die transformative Kraft der Städte) and published through WBGU, the German Advisory Council on Global Change. Learn more.
Understanding the Connected HomeUnderstanding the Connected Home—Thoughts on Living in Tomorrow’s Connected Home. Connectivity increasingly makes its way into our living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. The internet is coming into our smoke detectors, lights, door locks, kitchen scales and ovens. We bring in more connectivity through fitness tracking wristbands and our phones and tablets, and take it along when we get into the driving computers that are our cars. We explore the connected home—how it can be designed, how we can engage with it and control it, how we can live with it and still have agency over our data. Co-authored with Michelle Thorne. Learn more.

Much of our client work is confidential, however we share most our own research publicly.

Work with us

I tend to be able to contribute most value in long-term collaborations, with a high degree of autonomy, and in projects of an exploratory nature. Usually my role is that of an advisor, consultant, or sparring partner, and I’m happy to bring in a team to deliver. This kind of work 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.

Let’s have a chat and see what opportunities we can find to work together. Get in touch.

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