See You at Our Fall Café Night!
Café Nights At District Hall
Fall Café Night — October 11th, 2017
Learn | Engage | Demo | PLAY
Our Fall Café Night Schedule will be released soon! In the meantime, check out the schedule from our Summer Café Night!
Workshops + Panels
Housing the Workforce: Communal and Sustainable urban living
As our cities become more populated, people are looking to compact urban living as a solution to both housing affordability and sustainability. How could compact unit buildings be smartly designed to accommodate not only basic functions of living, as well as to provide a heightened sense of home and of community? Come join WHAT’S IN’s presentation and find out more!
Getting the GiG: How to Get Yourself On Stage
Facilitated by Innovation Women
Speaking engagements, whether on a local panel or a keynote at a major industry conference, can pay off with huge dividends for you and your business. When you have a chance to tell your story in front of potential customers, partners, or investors, you win!
Innovation Women connects event managers and speakers through an online database, but there are tips and tricks that Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Innovation Women (and Mass Innovation Nights), will share. Where do you find speaking engagements? How do event managers make their decisions on who speaks? What can you do to best support your speaking “career”? This workshop is appropriate for all levels of speakers – from those just starting out to those with more experience.
Bonus: attend this event and we’ll give away a profile on Innovation Women ($100 annual membership).
Bridging the Gap: Exploring Global Development and its Impact on Local Communities
Faciliated by BRIDGES
Bridging the Gap is an initiative of BRIDGES designed to bring communities together and identify progressive + innovative methods to addressing socio cultural inequality. Bridging the Gap works to harness the talents and expertise of the local community, instill global solidarity by sharing the diversity of culture at the local level, and promote inclusive spaces by identifying paramount themes for dialogue amongst community members.
REnewables for all in Boston
Facilitated by Alice Tilton and Mike Prokosch, Boston Climate Action Network
Cities across the country are cutting their carbon emissions and making renewable power available to all electric ratepayers through Community Choice Energy. We’ll look at CCE’s equity and economic impacts in Boston and discuss its potential for decentralizing and decarbonizing the grid.
Office Hours | 5:00-7:00PM
Demos + Pop-UpS | 5:00-8:00PM
Donii: In-KIND Donation Match-Making APP
Hosted by Donii
Donii helps you #GiveBetter. We get the stuff you donate to the people in your community who need it most. Bring 1-2 items you want to donate and we’ll show you how to Donii right from District Hall.
Community Choice Energy: Renewables for All in Boston
Hosted by Boston Climate Action Network
The City of Boston has the authority to decide where our energy comes from. By issuing a city authorization we can come together and, with the power of bulk purchasing, choose to buy more renewable electricity without increasing costs to businesses and residents. Stop by our table to learn more about the Community Choice Energy campaign and how community choice aggregation can benefit our city.
MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge: Startup Spotlight
Hosted by MIT Enterprise Forum
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s Startup Spotlight is a unique, interactive & delicious networking event with over 30 exhibiting startups! Come on June 14th to Hatch Fenway to experience what is next in tech.
Learn more and register to attend here.
PULSE@MAssChallenge Finale Info Table
Hosted by PULSE@MassChallenge
PULSE Finale celebrates the world’s best digital health entrepreneurs and champions. For six months, 31 PULSE@MassChallenge startups have been solving healthcare’s greatest challenges with over 20 Champions like Vertex, AARP, MGH, Harvard Pilgrim, and the City of Boston. These 30+ startups are activated in over 80+ partnerships with our network of Champions and hail from an applicant pool of 439, representing over 30 states and 20 countries.
TLE Pre-Accelerator Program Pop-Up Feedback Session
Hosted by TLE Consulting Group
TLE Pre-Accelerator program provides local entrepreneurs of Roxbury and Greater Boston with either a pre-start, start-up, or established business that needs a solid business plan to launch or needs to scale further.
Participants from the current cohort will be conducting informal surveys and focus groups in order to gather feedback from the public regarding their ideas.
Artists for Humanity Collaborative Live Mural
Hosted by Artists for Humanity
Join Artists for Humanity as they construct a mural in real-time on our IdeaPaint walls!
Society of Arts and Crafts Pop-Up Shop
Hosted by the Society of Arts and Crafts
Incorporated in 1897, the Society of Arts and Crafts has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over one hundred years. The dual mission of the Society of Arts and Crafts is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft.
MassTech Intern Partnership Info Table
Hosted by MassTech
The MassTech Intern Partnership (MTIP) program is a state-funded matching grant program that provides stipends to digital technology companies that are starting and scaling-up across Massachusetts to support internships for Massachusetts students. The program enables companies to hire interns, helping drive innovation and keeping our tech sector dynamic, vibrant, and growing across the Commonwealth.
HUBweek Info Table
Hosted by HUBweek
HUBweek is a festival for the future that explores innovation at the intersections of art, science and technology. Founded by The Boston Globe, MIT, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world. In 2017, HUBweek will transform City Hall Plaza into a centralized festival site that will include curated conversations, interactive demonstrations and immersive experiences exploring the future being built in Boston. Registration will open this June.
Café Nights are free + open to the public but that we ask that you register in advance. All programming is first-come, first-serve.
What are Café Nights?
Café Nights at District Hall, modeled off of the original Venture Café Thursdays in Kendall Square, are quarterly gathering events for the innovation community. Each Café Night is a combination of workshops, panels, office hours, interactive exhibits and open networking.
Every Café Night looks a little bit different. All of our programming is designed to bring people together and share new ideas. We partner with local organizations, businesses, and government to bring you resources, conversations, and knowledge to help you grow as an innovator, entrepreneur, or stakeholder in the innovation community.
All Café Nights programming is free + open to the public.
Panels, speakers, and presentations to get you thinking about new concepts, reflecting on big ideas, and widening your mind.
EngageInnovative workshops designed to teach hands-on skills, explore new methods of thinking, and connect with those around you.
Showcases of local products and organizations who are breaking boundaries, solving problems, and doing really cool stuff.
PlayGrown-up play time. We believe that creativity is at the center of innovation and should be celebrated (and encouraged).
Connect with expert mentors in your field for free advice on your next idea, venture, or just to hear their story.
We believe in serendipitous collisions, good talks, and good drinks. Creating meaningful connections is key to our mission.
Who can attend a Café Night?
Café Nights are always free + open to the public (but please register in advance!)
At District Hall, we believe that the innovation community includes anyone and everyone with an idea. Our mission is to help those people succeed by fostering spaces, connections, and conversations to bring their ideas to life.
Can my organization partner with you for your next Café Night?
Yes! Our Café Nights are designed to bring together community leaders, organizations, and resources. See below for more info!
Fall Café Night Request for Proposals
If you would like to partner on programming for our next Café Night, please keep in mind the following critera. Café Nights programs are:
- always free and open to the public
- focused broadly on innovation and entrepreneurship
- a opportunity for people to learn new skills and ideas, build connections, and solve problems
- inclusive to all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, education, or any other factor
- representative of a diverse array of industries in Boston, including, but not limited to: tech, finance, the creative economy, robotics, civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, design, and education. We particularly love programming that works at the intersection of multiple industries.