Understanding Emerging Technologies


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 where he explores how emerging technologies — like Internet of Things (#iot) or artificial intelligence (#ai) — can have positive social impact. As an advisor, he helps organizations excel in an environment shaped by digitization, connectedness and rapid change.

Peter co-founded and chairs the board of ThingsCon e.V., a global community & event platform for IoT practitioners that fosters the creation of a human-centric & responsible Internet of Things. He 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).

Peter was a Mozilla Fellow (2018-19) and Edgeryders Fellow (2019). Postscapes named him a Top 20 Influencer in IoT (2019).

He’s the author of View Source: Shenzhen and Understanding the Connected Home (with Michelle Thorne). 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. Postscapes named him a Top 100 Influencer in IoT. He blogs at thewavingcat.com.


In other words…

I deeply care about the impact of emerging technologies on society and our day-to-day lives. I believe that tech, both as a set of tools and as an industry, has a huge impact and hence an obligation to do better—not just for the most privileged but everyone.

My work is focused where my background and interests squarely place me: At the intersection of tech, media, strategy, policy and impact. With degrees in media studies and political science, insatiable curiosity, and over a decade working experience in and around strategy, tech, communications, journalism and consultancy, this is where I have most to contribute.

I’m based in Berlin, where my company is also based, and happy to travel.

I work, learn, and achieve most through deep collaborations. My network is highly varied in terms of backgrounds and regional distribution. I enjoy connecting the dots, and making connections where there were none.


The best way to reach me is via email (peter@thewavingcat.com, GPG key). On Twitter I am @peterbihr. You can find my blog (and my company) at www.thewavingcat.com. Over there, you can also find my other contact details. While I prefer email, if you feel the need to formally connect there’s always LinkedIn. Conference organizers can find high-res headshots here.

I’d love you to get in touch.