Sensor City opened to the public last week as part of Liverpool’s much-loved arts and cultural festival, LightNight.

Over 400 visitors came through its doors to discover what goes on behind the building’s gold façade.

There was a wide range of technical exhibitions and demonstrations on show, curated by Sensor City’s in-house engineers, LCR 4.0 delivery team, university partners, SME community and local artists.

Key highlights included Defproc Engineering’s ‘Made Invaders’ and Chanua Health’s ‘Exploring the Brain’ exhibitions, which proved very popular with families and younger children who loved their gaming elements and hands-on interaction.

Other popular displays included the 3D printers and Virtual Reality systems, which allowed many visitors to try out this type of technology for the first time.

Joanne Phoenix, Business Development Manager at Sensor City said: “It was great to see the building so full and for people to see our cutting-edge technology in action.

Taking part in LightNight has raised awareness of what goes on inside Sensor City and has allowed the wider community to gain insight into how we are helping partners to capitalise on the growing sensor revolution and develop innovative concepts into prototypes with speed and accuracy.”

Three of these pioneering exhibitions at LightNight came courtesy of Sensor City’s University partners, namely LJMU e-Racing Team’s ‘Formula Student’ car, LJMU’s ‘Drones & Digiart’ “Virtual Anthropology Digiart Museum”, and the University of Liverpool’s ‘Robots of the Future’ demonstrations.

In addition to the physical equipment and technological facilities on show at Sensor City, the building was also used to house some more cultural and arts-based commissions for LightNight.

The B Collective, a new Liverpool theatre company set up by two Young Everyman and Playhouse Graduates, devised a theatrical piece signifying how technology has transformed our lives.

Ellie Hurt, co-founder of The B Collective said: “Opening Sensor City for LightNight encourages new audiences from all sectors to come together, enabling us to combine the arts and science with a multitude of interactive experiences.”

Other exhibitions within Sensor City on LightNight included LCR 4.0 displays and demos, Professor John Hyatt’s ‘Mothergrain’ videos, Laura Ortega Lacasa’s ‘Skull Models’ in both physical and digital forms and Julian Stock’s ‘Fields of Gold’ presentation.

Visitors were also able to enjoy a drink whilst admiring the illuminated Liverpool skyline from Sensor City’s panoramic roof terrace.

It is hoped that Sensor City will be involved in LightNight again next year, so watch this space!

Below are just a few photos from the night for you enjoy all over again.

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