Royalty visits Business School

14 December 2012


More than 200 people braved threatening rain clouds to greet HRH Prince Charles as he made a fleeting visit to the Owen G Glenn Building on 12 November during his Jubilee visit to New Zealand.

The Prince saw four projects supported by UniServices, hearing from research teams at the Laboratory for Animate Technologies, the Power Electronics Group, the Bioengineering Institute and the Institute of Earth Sciences and Engineering.

Projects presented included Dr Mark Sagar’s work on an animated baby that can laugh, cry and interact with users, and offers a chance to see “inside a baby’s mind”; further development into electric cars; innovative ways to generate your own power and recharge your accessories; and visualisations into the forces of nature that cause the earth to move.

PowerByProxi, a success story born out of the Business School’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, also had a display. PowerByProxi worked through the Spark Challenge, a stint in the Business School-backed ICEHOUSE business incubator and now has a wholly-owned subsidiary in Cincinnati, Ohio, with major contracts in the United States.