Author(s): David Downs & Dr Michelle Dickinson
Take notice, world, New Zealand is undergoing a re-charge.The 'No. 8 wire' thinking we have been so proud of is being expanded and improved.No. 8 Re-charged tells a compelling and accessible story of modern New Zealand and its world-beating products and ideas. From drone technology to electric farm bikes and computer graphics, from space-age umbrellas to fitness trackers and the world's leading DJ software - New Zealand developers, entrepreneurs and companies are winning in areas where no one thought we could even compete.Chapters-1. Up in the Air - Planes, Drones and Rockets2. The Human Body - From Hospital Beds to Cancer Breakthroughs3. Social Innovation - Change, for Good4. It's all Fun and Games - It's about Serious Fun5. Of Water and the Sea - Boats, Anchors and Surfboards6. Machines, Large and Small - Large, loud and Globally Successful7. Film and Pictures - Screen Stars, Large and Small8. The Land of the Clouds - Aoraki and Aotearoa9. Down on the Farm - Robots, Designer Cows and Turtle Tracking10. Global Fingerprints - From New Zealand to the World
David Downs was the co-author of the earlier title No.8 Re-wired and its predecessor, and is a regular speaker and presenter on innovation. He is passionate about innovation and technology in long-term growth, and in his day job as a General Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, he gets to work with innovative companies from around the country to help them grow internationally.Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM is an engineering researcher and educator who is fascinated by the ways copying nature through biomimetics can be used to create engineering solutions for today's challenges. Through her nanotechnology research and passion for making science more accessible, she created the character Nanogirl, a smart female role model designed to help to engage young people with science and technology. As an academic at the University of Auckland and regular science and technology television commentator, Michelle has become a well-known face in New Zealand, advocating for science and engineering.