The Waving Cat is a boutique research, strategy & foresight company.
We explore how emerging technologies—like Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and artificial intelligence—can have positive social impact, and how your organization can harness them effectively.
Our research & foresight keeps you up to date on cutting edge developments in emerging technologies and provides a deep understanding of their implications.
Our digital strategy and advisory services 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.
Projects range from project-based to year-long engagements, from workshop to written reports to an ongoing conversation. Services include digital strategy, research, product/service, and digital transformation.
Much of our client work is confidential, however we share most our own research publicly.
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.Think 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
- For a foundation: Research & strategic advice regarding potentials & challenges of a trustmark for IoT
- 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
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
- Smart cities, connected mobility & connected homes
- Digital transformation & open innovation practices
- Responsible IoT and empowering technology
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.
Ebooks & reports
- A Trustmark for IoT
- The State of Responsible IoT
- View Source: Shenzhen
- Understanding the Connected Home
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).
Work with usI 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.Get in touch!