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Help make the future this summer
Make the Future London is a summer festival with a difference. This free public event will provide a unique look at future energy solutions in an interactive and engaging way.
Hosted at Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford, experience some of the bright ideas and exciting inventions that could shape our future. Science and engineering will be brought to life through virtual reality experiences, hands-on experiments and interactive exhibitions.
There is something for everyone, from light installations powered by gravity, to BBQ food cooked by coffee grinds and 3D printed cars competing against one another. You can also meet some bright minds who are developing technologies to help tackle the global energy challenge.
There are six zones to explore where you can have a go in an energy zorb, take a virtual reality journey beneath the earth, score a goal on a football pitch that can turn your footsteps into energy, and get a glimpse into what our cities and energy systems might look like in the future.
Another exciting announcement is the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe, held in London for the first time this year at a bespoke track at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This competition sees high school and university students from around Europe and the Middle East design and build ultra-efficient cars and compete to see who can go the furthest on the least amount of fuel. The current record to beat is the equivalent of driving from London to Rome and back on one litre of fuel - competition is expected to be fierce!
Make the Future London will play host to a football challenge hosted by Pele himself, celebrity appearances from TV personalities Rachel Riley, Jamie Laing and Alex Brooker, and a live performance from Pixie Lott. The full program over the four jam-packed days can be found online: makethefuture.shell/