Adult Science Fair

Have a great idea about Urban Sustainability? $1000 Cash Prize for the Winning project!

UPDATE: We are still accepting entries!

We are pleased to announce..The Adult Science Fair!

The Adult Science Fair is a juried, one-day competition of innovative concepts pertinent to the theme “Urban Sustainability”, with sound scientific or technical basis, positive social-impact, and viability. Sojourn Philly is partnering with NextFab and University City Science Center.

Suitable themes include – but are not limited to:

  • Urban farming (hydro-, aero-, aqua-ponics)
  • Urban gardening
  • Renewable energy
  • Urban planning
  • Urban manufacturing
  • Urban distribution
  • Urban transportation

The Fair is open to both teams and individuals who have concepts or projects in various stages of development, though already-commercialized concepts are not eligible. Students, hobbyists, researchers, early-stage entrepreneurs, and otherwise-interested adults are all welcome! Concepts may involve all types of media, including software, hardware, and art, and may apply to objects, services, public policy, and more.

Entries will be vetted for inclusion based on the above criteria for soundness, feasibility and thematic aptness, as well as engaging and informative display for public consumption. Display may be of an actual item/prototype, digital representation, art work, poster, or combination thereof.

The competition will culminate on October 22nd  with a single-day of public display, presentations, and judging, to take place at the PHS Pop Up Garden at UCitySquare, at 36th and Filbert Streets.

Winners will be announced in two categories: juried and public. Juried winner will receive $1000 cash. Winner of the public vote will receive merchandise.


The competition is limited to 20 entries, which will be vetted and selected on a rolling basis, and will be closed once all spaces are filled.

Application materials should include:

  • Abstract
    • Short format for social media – 140 characters
    • Long format for selection – ca. 450 words
  • 75 word Bios of key people
  • 1 minute video explanation / “pitch” (standard video formats, only, e.g. Windows Media formats, Quicktime) – OPTIONAL
  • Signed waiver (Adult Science Fair ParticipantWaiver) allowing use of application materials of selected participants for event promotion

Please send Abstracts, Bios, and Waiver as a single pdf to:

Interested in being a sponsor? Please contact


All selected entries will be set up for display and judging on October 22nd. Participants must bring all relevant materials for display to the garden on October 22nd, beginning at 11am, and must remove all materials the same day, by 7pm.

Each entry will have ca 2′ x 4′ of space – table or “open”. Tables will be provided. Specialized display-equipment will not be provided. Posters and display boards should be 36″ x 48″.  The venue is outdoors, and participants should plan accordingly for wind and sun. Both electricity and wi fi are limited, and participants should plan on supplying their own. Larger spaces are possible with prior approval, where deemed necessary by event organizers.

Hazardous materials will not be allowed


Founded by Dr. Evan Malone in 2009, with three locations in the mid-Atlantic region, NextFab is the premiere destination for makers, artisans, and hardware entrepreneurs. NextFab provides the tools, training, consulting, and capital required for innovators to turn ideas into products, and products into businesses. This is the future of making, and it’s yours to create.



Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond. For more information about the Science Center, go to


Hurricane Relief Efforts

We are very pleased to announce that, with the help of our customers at Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516, and Cafe Ynez, and the support of Bluebird Distilling, we have been able to donate $1000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts of these three recipients:

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The Pediatric Advanced Care Team at Texas Children’s Hospital

Houston Pets Alive

Thanks so much to the support of all who helped.


The Sojourn Philly team

Helping Houston

The Houston area received a wallop from Hurricane Harvey (pic: AP Photo/LM Otero).  The damage caused by the stunningly-high amounts of rainfall will not be fully understood until the waters recede and an accounting of people, pets, and property can be done. Sureley it is more than the citizens of the metropolitan area can handle on their own – even with emergency, government dollars. Chef Eli Culp and restaurateur Ellen Yin started the ball rolling among Philadelphia-area restaurants to help in hurricane relief, and many other restaurants have joined- or made similar- efforts to aid in relief. This is one bandwagon onto which we are happy to jump!

We love doing “good”, and also love letting the customer do some good while enjoying a meal out. It isn’t always easy to donate money to a cause – no matter how worthy – and if we can make it easier by allowing people to donate while enjoying an evening out, then we will have been successful.

Each of our restaurants has selected one item from which proceeds will be donated to a Hurricane-relief fund.


Café Ynez

Pato con Mole

From Wednesday (30th) through Sunday (3rd), 50% of sales of Pato con Mole – Duck with mole sauce – will be donated to The Pediatric Advanced Care Team at Texas Children’s Hospital to help the families of children currently undergoing palliative care.

Mole is a regional specialty of Mexico’s Pueblo state, from where our Chef Piña’s family hails; this is his family’s secret Mole recipe!



Rex 1516

Hurricane Cocktail

Rex 1516 is a Southern restaurant, and sells many Hurricane cocktails. We are putting those to good use by donating 100% of the sales from every Hurricane sold this weekend. Proceeds will go to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy for long-term aid toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey. In other words, donate $10 to hurricane relief and we’ll give you a Hurricane.

Our friends at Bluebird Distilling are generously helping these efforts by contributing their Sugarcane and Dark Rums!


Jet Wine Bar

Tito’s Gimlet

We thought that a fitting way to help the hurricane-relief efforts would be with a cocktail made from Texas’ own, Tito’s Vodka. So enjoy Miss Amanda’s Tito’s Gimlet, made with Tito’s, earl grey- and mint- infused simple syrup, and lime. $5 from each drink will be donated to Houston Pets Alive.






Thanks for your help!