Are you ready to change the world?
A one-day public festival that invites YOU to explore the future!
Thank you all for coming!
Plus a huge thank you to all our amazing 2019 exhibitors, volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible!
Sponsors & Supporters
Our WonderFest theme for 2019 is FUTURES. Visit exhibitors showcasing the future of health, home, transport, and education.
Explore the science behind new inventions, discover the latest technology and get creative with your own ideas for the future!
Brighton WonderFest is organised by volunteers from Curiosity Sussex, a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
ACTIVITIES & EXHIBITS
Enlightening the Nanoworld
What happens beyond what your eyes can see? It’s the year of the periodic table! Let’s celebrate by diving into the magical properties of the chemical elements that are present in all aspects of everyday life and explore the nanoworld.
AI in Drug Design
Using a mixture of 2D and 3D models, participants will learn it is that drugs are the right shape to fit into disease-causing enzymes and proteins. Artificial Intelligence is helping scientists do this more efficiently.
Dark Side of the Downs
Have a go with our Dark Skies Virtual Reality Headsets and complete our giant floor jigsaw! Discover more about our Dark Night Skies and what South Downs National Park is doing to protect them for the future
Communicating with the Brain
Neurons create perception and drive behaviour through their language consisting of changes in electrical state. Neuroscientists are becoming able to communicate with lots of neurons simultaneously and interpret their codes in real time. This may revolutionise our capacities for controlling devices, boosting intelligence, and connecting brains – but with what consequences?
Draw the Future You!
Join artist Victoria Snazell and draw your future self, doing the things that you love! Maybe you visualise a happier future for our planet, and can imagine ways of taking us all a step closer to making it happen. Your pictures will be displayed on an exhibition wall, and/or you can take them home.
LIVE inside the human body
Did you know that ultrasound is due to become the stethoscope of the future? We explore how ultrasound can see into the wonders of the human body and how this is enabling fast and accurate clinical diagnosis and treatment for patients. We also discuss how and why we still teach using the amazing generosity of human donors. Activities will include ultrasound demonstration and the chance to see into your body, to see some bones, muscles, arteries and veins in your wrist.
Virtual Reality Taster
We're hosting a variety of Virtual Reality games and experiences from GOVR café and local developers. Showcasing the most interesting alternative projects currently being developed in the Brighton scene. Learn about the world of virtual reality whilst you create and play!
Build a Torch
Learn the basics of electronic circuits and Light Emitting Diodes by building a torch that you can take home!
See inside the Human Body! We will be demoing our product Virtuali-Tee to visitors that allows you to see inside the Human Body on a Human Body!
There is only one cooler thing than Dr Brown's Flux capacitor. It's called ultrasonic mid-air haptics! We cannot hear ultrasound, but we can feel it touching our hands. In a quick game, I will show you how. You and your opponent will be asked to feel tactile shapes in mid-air, created by ultrasound, and determine the correct the correct order of appearance.
Deadline.live - Join the movement
Introducing the world's first intelligent medical ID bracelet. Explore an innovative personal safety app & prototype medical ID wearable to demonstrate the value of integrating new technology with old ideas.
How To Save The Planet
How To Save The Planet (And Save Money) By Saving Energy In Your Home. To avoid major climate change, the world must transition to a more sustainable use of energy. Using our LED lightbox and Electronic Playground BHESCo will demonstrate how households can take simple measures to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions. We will also be handing out free energy saving goodie bags.
Species of the Future
Every species has its own unique scientific name, usually made up of greek or latin words that describes what it looks like, where it lives, or what is interesting about it. Participants will make their own special species in this fun card and drawing game.
The world of quantum mechanics can be pretty weird at times. Schrodinger's cats can be both alive and dead at the same time and spooky communication at a distance messed with Einstein's brain. However, some of the underlying concepts are remarkably simple. Our mission is to show you one of these - how we can cool atoms with lasers.
Sworkit - The Future of Fitness
We’re on a mission to make the world a significantly healthier place by creating a long-lasting, multi-generational impact. This means we’re striving to make fitness and nutrition simple, enjoyable, and flexible for individuals, their families, and future generations. Visit our stall to find out more and download our Sworkit Kids app for free!
Magic mirror on the wall...
... are we biased by smell at all? Our experiment aims to test associations between scents and multi-sensorial features. We will ask participants to smell different scents. For each scent, visual, tactile, auditory and gustatory scales will be presented. They will complete the task using a 3D scale.
Webb Space Telescope
See yourself through the eyes of the Webb Space Telescope - in Infrared light! Come and see our Webb Space Telescope model, and learn how astronomers at the University of Sussex (and around the world) will be using the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, once it gets launch in 2021
DIY Control Projects!
Come and find out more about our projects related to the IoT (internet of things). Explore coding to control processes using Raspberry Pi and interactive web pages, using mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
The Quantum Leap
This interactive activity is an introduction to a difficult concept that is often used in science, pop culture and in the media - quantization. At Sussex, we have developed a game for anyone who is 5 years old or above who wants to appreciate a hands-on example of a fundamental principle about how the world works at the level of the atom and the molecule.
RADAR-CNS (Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders) is a major research programme developing new ways to monitor depression, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS) using wearable devices and smartphone technology. Visitors will have the opportunity to try the wearable devices, including the FitBit tracker and the Empatica E4 as well as to see their data streamed in real time.
Cars of the Future
Seaford MG will be bringing along their newest model as well as their all new electric SUV.
The Night Garden
This interactive activity invites participants to dress as a moth and explore how they forage inside 'the night garden'! We will be exploring themes such as plant evolution and the implications of artificial light at night. There will also be a seed giveaway so you can plant your own moth-friendly night garden!
Are you a local business, STEM ambassador or just passionate about inspiring others? If you want to share your passion by running a demo or activity – we'd love to hear from you!
We are looking for help with the preparations in the weeks leading up to the event and also on the day itself. We'll provide a t-shirt, food and refreshments in exchange for your time.