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The Waving Cat is a boutique strategy, research & foresight company. We explore how emerging technologies—like Internet of Things (#iot) or artificial intelligence (#ai)—can have positive social impact. 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.

The perfect time to get us involved is the stage where your organization needs to figure out which questions to ask, how to prioritize and how to approach them.

We work with organizations who strive to shape their field rather than follow. Applying a people, organizational, and governance perspective, we take a responsible & human-centered approach to technology, business and culture. We care deeply about positive social impact, societal good & public interest, and work exclusively on projects that fit that profile.

Peter Bihr

Peter Bihr
Photo by Nina Zimmermann.

Peter Bihr explores how emerging technologies can have a positive social impact.

Peter is the founder and Managing Director of The Waving Cat, a boutique research, strategy & foresight company. He co-founded and chairs the board of ThingsCon e.V., a not-for-profit that advocates for responsible practices in Internet of Things (IoT).

Peter is a Mozilla Fellow (2018-19) and Edgeryders Fellow (2019), and Postscapes named him a Top 20 Influencer in IoT (2019). He is the author of View Source: Shenzhen and Understanding the Connected Home (with Michelle Thorne).

Peter has co-founded many acclaimed emerging technology conferences including ThingsCon, UIKonf and Cognitive Cities Conference, and curated leading conferences including Interaction (2016), NEXT (2012-15), and TEDxKreuzberg (2009-10). He has provided research, strategic advice, and policy recommendations to governments, foundations and global tech companies, and helped organizations embrace innovation opportunities as an external radar and sparring partner.

His projects, thoughts and other antics have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, SPIEGEL, The Guardian, ZDF, ZEIT and many others. His work has been exhibited at London Design Festival, the V&A and Fuori Salone. He blogs at thewavingcat.com.

(Overview of past and current clients and personal affiliations. A (probably outdated) version of this bio is available in German, too. Clients and conference organizers can find high-res headshots here.)

Want to learn more?

  • Let’s chat. If you’re working on something exciting and would like to work with me, please get in touch.
  • Get a better understanding of my work. An overview of recent experience and projects. For an even more curated list, my company’s portfolio.
  • Media. 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.
  • Talks. Fairly frequently I speak at conferences. Among many others that has included NEXT Berlin, Picnic, O’Reilly Solid, SXSW and the OpenIOT Assembly.
  • Conferences. Programming conferences is one of the most engaging ways to learn everything there is about a topic, and I enjoy it a tremendously. Over the years I’ve chaired or curated (and in some cases, co-founded) conferences including ThingsCon, Atoms&Bits, Cognitive Cities, Ignite Berlin, Interaction16, NEXT, TEDxKreuzberg, and UIKonf.
  • What I did before. By way of explaining where I’m coming from, the shortest of resumés: Before doing what I do now, I co-founded a company that was part think tank, part digital strategy consultancy, where we worked for clients like MTV Europe, Postbank and ZEIT Online. Before that, I worked as an independent digital strategist, often on social media and election campaigning. Along the way, I had some editorial roles, too.