Make the Future Live was a free event hosted by Shell which was a celebration of pioneering eco friendly innovations over the second Bank Holiday in May. The Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park was once again our venue. We choose to attend the Friday Lates session as it was adults only. (Anything to avoid the crowds). Another plus for the Lates was the live podcast debate that evening hosted by a Jason Bradbury and Richard Ayoade. Three entrepreneurs pitched there ideas which included flat easy mount panels for harvest kinetic energy (such as from wind in train tunnels), using byproducts of coffee production to create log fuel and utilising a tighter eco business flow model.
When we entered the event we were all given passes with QR codes. So you can vote with it for your favourite innovation ideas. Also on certain activities they linked the recorded video or photo with your pass so you can later download it.
The main event had plenty of interactive exhibits, not dissimilar to the Science Museum. One of the highlights was running inside a giant zorb ball for 30 seconds in order to generate as much energy as possible. Three zorbs were available for you to duke it out with your friends!
So below is a their video of me running in the hamster ball. With the tumbles it felt more like being in a tumble dryer! It's a fun automated edit, but would have liked to have seen an unedited video of my run.
They also had an eco car marathon event going on. It just seemed a waste when they retired for the day and that super smoothy looking surface had no skaters tending to it!
This was a great event full of fun, inspirational and uplifting science. In their follow up email they said 'see you next year!'
We certainly will!
LSST and co today hosted their inaugural 6 Hour Endurance (no official website, event was organised via Facebook) race at the Cyclopark in Gravesend. It was only a twenty minute train ride from Kings Cross St Pancras station to Ebbsfleet International station (Future home of the Paramount theme park), then a ten minute taxi ride to the cycle track.
Sharp energy draining inclines are prominent memories of my previous experience of the track. So when on the day we told we were only using the lower part of the track there was a definite sigh of relief from everyone. The race as it's title suggests is a six hour endurance skate race. You can compete in teams of five, two or you can brave it solo.
Our relaxed ESS team of five muscled out when on course but we were there for the fun and the experience so when we messed up a baton exchange or when someone wasn't ready to take over there really was no stress. (Unlike some of the more competitive teams!).
A really enjoyable day out with everyone. The sun certainly helped keep spirits high. I hope this mini Le Mans event will become an annual outing!
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