Café Nights At District Hall


Upcoming Café Night @ District Hall


On Tuesday, October 2nd from 5-8pm, District Hall will host “inspireHER”, a women entrepreneurs focused gathering, as part of our “Changing Face of Innovation” Café Night series. All of our Café Nights are free and open to the public.

The event will feature advice and forward-looking ideas from successful female entrepreneurs, those funding women-led ventures, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the rising stars in the Boston’s start-up ecosystem.

Our quarterly Café Nights gathering is designed to emphasize innovation across industries, foster collaboration, strengthen connections, and make great ideas come to life.

inspireHER” will be held at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210. Check-in begins at 5pm and the panel portion of the evening will start promptly at 6:30pm.

Registration is required to reserve your entry!

*Interested in tabling / demoing your organization at Café Night? Submit an application:!

Can my organization partner with you for your next Café Night?

We are accepting demo / information tabling applications for our upcoming Café Night: inspireHER on October 2nd.

Cafe Night’s aren’t a typical networking event, so please think beyond the standard info table with brochure display and find on-theme engaging ways to make meaningful connections with attendees. Unique approaches tend to be the most engaging (think games, interactive demos, whatever you think will catch people’s eyes and make them want to connect!).

Are you up for the challenge? Feel free to fill out our application form below (or click this link).

Workshops + Panels

Housing the Workforce: Communal and Sustainable urban living

Facilitated by Aeron Hodges, Adam Gonzalez, and Natalia Escobar, WHAT’S IN + Stantec Architecture 

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

Bill Larrenaga, The CFO Center

Steve Davis, CXO Advisory Group

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.

RSVP now!

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. Café Nights designed to emphasize innovation across industries, foster collaboration, strengthen connections, and make great ideas come to life. Café Nights are always free + open to the public.

Who can attend Café Night?

We believe that innovation is for everyone — whether you’re an entrepreneur, an artist, a scientist, or a student. Our mission is to help those people succeed by fostering spaces, connections, and conversations to bring their ideas to life so please join us!

Never been to a District Hall Café Night?

Each Café Night looks a little bit different. In the past Café Nights have featured a combination of workshops, panels, office hours, interactive exhibits and open networking. We partner with local organizations, businesses, and government to bring you resources, conversations, knowledge, and a bit of social fun to help you grow as an innovator, entrepreneur, or an innovation aficionado.

Come mix, mingle, explore, and learn from members of Boston’s diverse innovation ecosystem.

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.


Innovative 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.


Grown-up play time. We believe that creativity is at the center of innovation and should be celebrated (and encouraged).

Office Hours

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.