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Learning from nature -- how to repel sharks | Hamish Jolly | TEDxPerth

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Published on Jan 16, 2014

Are there lessons that we can learn from nature? What can time-tested adaptations teach us about design?

Hamish Jolly and researchers at the University of Western Australia have developed wetsuits that may make ocean users less vulnerable to shark attack. In this talk, Hamish discusses the journey of this discovery, from observation through to implementation.


Hamish is an ocean swimmer and kite-surfer. He has a diverse career oriented to innovation, commerce and sustainable business. Hamish is a Director and Co-founder of Shark Attack Mitigation Systems as well as Biogass Renewables Pty Ltd, a waste-to-energy company. In 2006, Hamish was included in the Western Australian Business News 40 Under 40, recognising him as one of the top 40 business leaders in WA under 40 years of age.

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