One Night Wonder: Future Shock

Find out what the future holds

Join us for Discovery Place’s annual celebration of science and discover what the future may hold!

Explore the future of how we live, work and play through a series of one-night-only, hands-on Science Salon experiences throughout the Museum. Dream about what is to come and see innovation in action as you hear from Mitchell Joachim, one of the world’s top innovators and designers.

Ticket proceeds will help bring educational and inspirational STEM programming to more than 100,000 students located throughout the Carolinas.

About Mitchell Joachim

Mitchell Joachim is a Co-Founder of Terreform ONE.

Mitchell is one of the most influential visionary designers in the world today. From food scarcity and waste mitigation to sustainable energy, Mitchell’s inventions and innovative concepts tackle the biggest problems facing society through the interface of technology, design and synthetic biology. Mitchell’s projects have been exhibited at design centers around the world including MoMA and the Venice Biennale, and will be on display for one night only at Discovery Place Science.

Mitchell earned a Master of Architecture at Columbia University, Master of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University and PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has also been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED and the Martin Society for Sustainability at MIT. He has been the recipient of the Zumtobel Award for Sustainability, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine’s Best Invention award with MIT for the Smart Cities Car.

The Party Plan

6:00 p.m. Out-of-this-World Cocktails

6:30 p.m. A Conversation with Mitchell Joachim

7:00 p.m. Eat. Drink. Dream.

Immerse yourself in the future as you wander through science salons that allow you to dream about the future of mobility, energy, cyber and more while engaging with specialists and prototypes from local STEM industries.

Science Salon content partners include ESRI, Clemson University, Bank of America and Duke Energy.


Salon Sponsor $10,000

- 15 tickets to the celebration
- Name recognition in event program and on-site signage the evening of the event
- Recognition as sponsor of one science salon
- Recognition on Discovery Place website (including link), annual report and donor wall
- 5 Family Memberships or 25 complimentary tickets to any Discovery Place Museum

Wonder Sponsor $5,000

- 10 tickets to the celebration
- Name recognition in event program
- Recognition on Discovery Place website, annual report and donor wall
- 10 complimentary tickets to any Discovery Place Museum

Individual Tickets $250


Contact Courtney Hurd at 704.972.4905 or

Explore the Future
  • September 20
  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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