WHO WE ARE
District Hall is the world’s first free-standing public innovation center. We are the living room of Boston’s innovation community: a place where people can work, exchange knowledge, build meaningful relationships, and make their ideas happen.
We are fostering a strong, supportive, and accessible innovation community in Greater Boston. We build, strengthen, and connect individuals and communities of innovators while expanding access to resources, programming, and networks.
Venture Café Foundation
We are a program of the Venture Café Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Our mission is to broaden, connect, and support the innovation community through a public network of spaces and programs to help anyone with an idea succeed. To learn more about our other programs, please visit venturecafefoundation.org.
What We Do
District Hall offers versatile event spaces designed to inspire creativity, foster collaboration, and make great ideas come to life. From conferences to hackathons to brainstorming sessions and workshops, District Hall is a place to create connections and bring innovation to life. Learn more about hosting an event at District Hall.
FREE, Public WORKSPACE
Innovation spaces exist all over the city, but they are often out of the public eye: behind security guards and up elevators, often requiring membership. Our public lounge is a free, public work and meeting space, equipped with free WiFi, integrated power tables, and writeable walls. Learn more about our public lounge.
ProgramS + Resources
District Hall is a platform for the innovation community to do things that have never been done before. Our programs and resources are designed to bring together diverse perspectives, build deep and meaningful connections, and develop effective and insightful solutions. Learn more about our programs + resources.
Director of District Hall, Acting Director of Roxbury Innovation Center
Dan is the Director of District Hall Boston in addition to Acting Director of the Roxbury Innovation Center. Dan brings a true passion for engaging diverse entrepreneurial communities, with over 25 years of experience merging leadership, creativity and business insight with solid non-profit, start-up, consulting and corporate experience. Dan has held senior executive operations roles for market leaders such as Apple Inc., Universal Electronics, VeriFone and e-commerce marketplace ProvideCommerce. Dan holds a B.A. in Spanish from Santa Clara University, with a concentration in International Business and Latin American Studies.
PHERNEGIZE ‘GIA’ MANIGAT
Entrepreneurial Services Program Manager
Gia is passionate about catering to entrepreneurs in both the Roxbury and District Hall communities. She creates programming in entrepreneurial services through building community, networking, and helping entrepreneurs in their journeys reach their goals. Previously being the STEAM Program manager, she created and facilitated programs for both adults and the youth in Boston with exposure tech. She now continues to create programming in STEAM while building for the entrepreneurial community. As an artist and designer, Gia continues to work with tech, 2D mediums, and sculptural practices. Gia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design and Sculpture from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Event Sales Manager
As the Event Sales Manager, Rachael leads the booking of meeting and event spaces at District Hall and Roxbury Innovation Center. You can find her setting up rooms, giving site tours, and connecting with members of the innovation community. In addition to her love for attention to details and organization, Rachael enjoys exploring the outdoors, including camping, kayaking, and playing field hockey. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Hospitality Management from Endicott College.
Jenna is the Event Coordinator at District Hall and the Roxbury Innovation Center. She has strong non-profit project management experience working in museums and libraries and aims to bring joy to people through her work. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys painting, hiking, and traveling. Jenna holds a B.A. in Archaeology from Dickinson College and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of East Anglia.
Marketing + Community Outreach Co-op
Maya is responsible for creating the weekly newsletters and marketing collateral, along with managing the social media platforms for District Hall and the Roxbury Innovation Center. She became interested in entrepreneurship from a young age as she watched her father start and grow his own business. Maya’s future goal is to become an entrepreneur as well. She is a third-year undergraduate student at The Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Maya is currently pursuing a B.S degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in political science.
OUR IMPACT AT A Glance
District Hall’s unique model allows us to reinvest revenue from site fees back into the community through free, public workspace and discounted event space.
events + meetings in 2018
“District Hall is a public, ground-level, accessible space – it’s truly a physical representation of how we best interact with people. We want to foster a creative, inclusive outlet to approach problem solving, and District Hall is the perfect place to do that…The ethos of this space really captures the philosophy of being a public innovation space.”
invested into the community in sponsored event space in 2018
“District Hall’s story is one that highlights that power of what we’re able to achieve when we collaborate. It’s about people coming together to make something for the community at large.”
visitors in 2018
“As a first time entrepreneur, starting a business can be an intimidating process, but having a welcoming, free co-working space that is open to the public helps to remove a huge barrier. This has enabled me to make helpful connections and learn a ton from other entrepreneurs at various stages of their businesses.”