Experience Design! Featured Event | University City Science Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration

September 26, 2013 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2013 Festival

The University City Science Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, October 17 | 6:00PM to 9:00PM
Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street
Ticket Required SOLD OUT

The University City Science Center is celebrating 50 years of nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The research park, founded in 1963, is America’s oldest and largest urban research park and, according to its website, boasts over 350 graduate companies. To celebrate this milestone, the Science Center will be holding a 50th anniversary reception at the Hotel Monaco. The climax of the evening will be the unveiling of the Innovators Walk of Fame, honoring the Philadelphia region’s history of innovation. Science Center President & CEO, Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., says “The future of innovation will rely on a talented workforce that is well-versed in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). At the Science Center, we believe that it’s important to add Art to the equation – turning STEM into STEAM. That’s why the inaugural class of the Innovators Walk of Fame will highlight innovation in the STEAM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.” An innovator from each of those categories will be recognized at the anniversary celebration with the hopes of highlighting the diverse sectors that make up the larger innovation community in the region.

A City of Innovation
Mayor Nutter is fond of saying, "Philadelphia is America’s first startup," and he isn't exaggerating. Philadelphia has been a hotbed for innovation since colonial times; a tradition that is still going strong today. According to Dr. Tang, “When the Founding Fathers gathered here more than 200 years ago, they essentially drafted a business plan for the first democracy. Colonial Philadelphia was also the nation’s first innovation ecosystem. Home to the first university, the first hospital and the first bank in the country – as well as creative thinkers like the Founding Fathers – our city had many of the necessary elements that make up a successful innovation hub: capital, collaboration and community. The Science Center exists at the heart of the Greater Philadelphia region’s thriving community of universities and research hospitals – or eds and meds as we like to say. We’ve leveraged this geographic and spiritual location as we work to become a world-class innovation center.”

What’s Next?
The Science Center will continue to support technological innovation in the region. Dr. Tang tells me that they are collaborating with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art program on a new public art residency program - Art Along the Avenue of Technology (AAAT). It will focus on Market Street between 34th and 39th Streets. AAAT will explore new modes of public space, place-making, and interactive technology in an urban environment and aims to engage a diverse range of community groups. Tickets to the University City Science Center’s 50th Anniversary reception are unfortunately sold out. However, if you would like to be added to a wait list, you can send an email to [email protected] To learn more about the Science Center, visit their website or connect with them on Facebook.

DesignPhiladelphia’s 9th Annual Festival, EXPERIENCEdesign! kicks off this year on the evening of October 9th with PopUp Place and festival events running from October 10 through 18. As a signature event of the Center for Architecture, DesignPhiladelphia showcases Philadelphia’s strong design and creative communities through more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, tours, lectures, open studios, and parties that celebrate design’s many dimensions, dynamics, and applications. To give you a sneak peek of things to come, we will be featuring 24 events on our blog; discussing their details and introducing you to the people behind them. Join us on Facebook and Twitter – where you can catch all 2013 Festival announcements and info!

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