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Get a sense of Café Nights — check out our last Café Night schedule from March 2017!

Moving Smarter In the Digital Age | 5:00 - 6:00PM

Karen Fabian, Bare Bones Yoga
What happens to your body when you hunch over your desk and phone all day? Think you need to “stretch out?” Join Karen Fabian, Founder of Bare Bones Yoga, to find out more about this as well as actions you can take to feel better, even when constantly connected to technology.

Creative Confidence: A Crash Course in Design Thinking | 5:00 - 6:30PM

Fidelity Labs
Hosted by Fidelity Labs, this crash course is a 90-minute interactive exercise that brings people through one cycle of the design thinking process of empathy, defining problems, ideation, prototyping a solution, and testing it.

Thanks For the Feedback! | 6:00 - 7:00PM

As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly giving and receiving feedback at various networking events, pitches, panels, etc. How can you tell the good feedback from the bad? And how can you then iterate on that feedback no matter the quality? MassChallenge alums have heard it all, and this panel will help attendees effectively find “signals in the noise” to help them succeed.

Figment Boston Jam Session | 6:00 - 7:00PM

FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities including Boston and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT’s mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities. This jam session is designed to engage with the community about the concept of participatory and collaborative art. We want to give the community an opportunity to learn more about the FIGMENT experience, develop project ideas, share insights on interactive public art-making and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Housing Entreprenuers: Tell Us What You Want! | 6:30 - 7:30PM

Stantec, Sumu, MassChallenge, ühu
This will be a “musical chairs” workshop where each participant will have an opportunity to engage with industry experts in different fields relating to the topic of housing for entrepreneurs. There will be five workshop stations focused on the following topics: affordability & rent levels, shared spaces, market expectations VS realities, innovative housing models such as co-living, and how entrepreneurs spend their time at work, at home, and at play.

Bridging the Gap: Who Is Boston? Panel + Think Tank | 7:00 - 9:00PM

BRIDGES Foundation
Boston is home to a diverse spectrum of experiences and identities. With a population of 4.49 million people, how do we come to understand the balance between the quantity of people and the quality of neighborhoods we live in and share, as well as, the connection to the greater global community? This panel will challenge the complex questions surrounding diversity, individuality and to identify cross-sectoral methods of implementing our discoveries. The Think Tank component asks the attendees to consider their own contribution to inclusive equitable spaces, and ways in which we can engage collaborative community justice. The Think Tank acts to make community development accessible to community members and discover the root of socioeconomic inequality.

Demos + Pop-Ups

Uvero Pop-Up Shop

Uvero is a local start-up that uses innovative ear scanning technology to create custom earphones and ear protectors. They will be providing complimentary ear scans using this MIT-developed technlogy and sharing information about how you can get your own custom earphones!

PitPatters Pop-Up Shop

Have you ever damaged a great pair of shoes because of unexpected rain, snow, or mud as a commuter? PitPatters are waterproof, foldable shoe covers perfect for commuting in the city! Learn more, give feedback on product development, and learn how to support their upcoming Kickstarter campaign! 

VentureApp Demo Table

Designed for professionals in the innovation economy, VentureApp makes it easy to chat with your closest business contacts and connect with new partners, prospects and much more. We help you grow professionally without the inbox overload.​ ​

Boston Open Data Sneak Preview

The City of Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, is proud to announce the beta release of our new open data hub, Analyze Boston. Here, you can find facts, figures, and maps related to our lives within the city – all in one convenient digital location. We are exited to share a sneak preview of Analyze Boston with the District Hall community ahead of its official launch in Spring 2017. We welcome your feedback as we continue to improve the site’s functionality and content. Check it out for yourself at!

Artists for Humanity "CollaborativePaint"

Join Artists For Humanity and co-founder Jason Talbot to create a mural on DH’s IdeaPaint Wall that celebrates the “Balanced Entrepreneur”. Bring your creative energy – markers supplied!

MassChallenge Info Table

Come meet with MassChallenge, a startup-friendly accelerator, which takes no equity and is not-for-profit. They are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. At the end of the program, the highest-impact startups through a competition win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards!

What are Café Nights?

Join us for a night of office hours, workshops, panels, and networking designed to give you the tools and resources you need to succeed!

Just like our building, Café Nights are weird, fun, and full of energy — not your ordinary innovation event. There’s no entry fee or membership requirement. Just bring you, a business card, your ideas, and an open mind. Café Nights are entirely free and open to the public.

At District Hall and the Venture Café Foundation, 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 that enable them to bring their ideas to life.

This is a judgment-free space where we’ll let you draw all over the walls, make connections, and learn about what matters to you.

Innovation is multidisciplinary. We are committed to supporting all innovators, whether you are an artist, a developer, an entrepreneur, a musician, a comedian, a tech geek, a writer, or a knitting enthusiast. Whether your idea is developing a new app in high tech, filling a gap in public service, or redefining the way we experience art:

This is the place for you.










SPRING 2017: March 8, 2017
SUMMER 2017: June 28, 2017

When is the next Café Night and how do I register?

The next Café Night @ District Hall will be held on Wednesday, March 8th, from 5PM – 9 PM, and you can register by clicking here!

Are these events free?

Yes! Café Nights are completely free and open to the public.

How do I register for office hours?

To register for office hours, click the name of the mentor on the schedule to see their availability.

Do I have to register separately for each workshop or event?

All workshops and panels are first-come, first-serve. You must register for office hours in advance, using the links above. We recommend signing up early, because spots tend to fill up quickly!

What programming can I expect at a Café Night?
The Café Nights @ District Hall will be a mix of open networking and scheduled programs. The scheduled programs will vary every month, and could include office hours with business experts, panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations and more. We will post more information on this page as the schedule for each month gets built out.
What should I bring?

Bring your ideas, your questions, your advice and your business cards–and definitely bring a friend if they are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship!

Is there an age limit?

This event is open to all ages.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

District Hall is located at 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210. We are conveniently located close to public transportation, and are only a 2-3 minute walk from Courthouse Station on the Silver Line and a 10-15 minute walk from South Station on the Red Line. If you plan to drive, there are paid parking lots surrounding District Hall and metered parking on Northern Avenue and Seaport Boulevard.

Can I join your mailing list to get updates for future Café Nights?
Yes! Just visit our Contact page to sign up, and we will deliver news and upcoming programs directly to your inbox. You can also follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest events and updates.