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Engineering students light up Olympics finale

Engineering students created the illuminated clothes and props worn by Brazilian performers in the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

The group was tasked with integrating lights and electronics to 140 costumes worn in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 handover section of the show. For some of the performers the team created their whole costumes from scratch.

Project-managed by Middlesex PhD student Sid Odedra, the team of six product design and engineering graduates worked intensely on the tailor-made costumes and props to ensure they were ready for the ceremony on 12 August.

The team stayed on stage to ensure the performance went smoothly, as well as working with the cast backstage, where they helped to dress the performers and oversee the complex electronics being synchronised with the music, dance routines and lighting in the Olympic Stadium.

Odera and the others were selected after impressing lighting designer Moritz Waldemeyer, who they had previously worked with on other high-profile projects including a Take That concert.

 “It was an amazing experience,” said Odedra. “It was very hard work as everything had to be spot on and there was no room for error as the whole world was watching. But the final pieces looked spectacular and it’s incredible to say that our creations were part of one of the biggest shows on earth.”

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