There's always something going on at the Hub.
In addition to the great groups that make up our community, the OpenGov Hub is also a space for discussions, roundtables, and large-scale sessions around the topics of transparency, corruption, open data and, of course, open government.
The community runs a series of Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) sessions on a weekly basis, led either by the OpenGov Hub community itself or friends and family in Washington, D.C., Kathmandu, and beyond. We also host conferences, panel discussions, workshops, hackathons, and anything else we can dream up. In addition to BBLs, we run a number of Happy Hour events after work hours as well. See the Events page for the latest events list.
To join the Washington, D.C. OpenGov Hub mailing list and be the first to know when a new event is up on the calendar, sign up here.
WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN?
If you are interested in leading a BBL or another event yourself or using the OpenGov Hub event space to run your own discussion, happy hour, conference, workshop or more, let's talk!
Why host my event at OpenGov Hub?
We're glad you asked! In addition to providing a unique, modern, colorful, and versatile space right in downtown DC, we designed our affordable prices with nonprofits in mind! Our space is fully equipped with the technology you need to make your event a success. And if your event might be relevant and of interest to our members or the broader OpenGov Hub community, we are more than happy to provide valuable promotional support to help you effectively get the word out.
Here's some basic information about our event space.
There are four main components:
- Manila Room (capacity 40)
- Sydney Room (capacity 40)
- Breakout Areas
The space can be arranged in many different ways to accommodate a variety of events (e.g. presentations, workshops, trainings, conferences, happy hours, etc.). The Manila Room and Sydney Room can be reserved separately or together for larger events. The maximum event space capacity is 125 standing/90 seated.
The event space is fully equipped with technology to support videoconferencing, movies, and presentations.
"OpenGovHub was the perfect location for The Harvard Club of Washington, DC's panel discussion on inclusive urban innovation in Washington, DC. During the pre-panel happy hour, Harvard Club members, local DC activists, and NGO employees and consultants had an intimate yet still spacious-enough area to eat, drink, and mingle. The more formal setting for the panel provided excellent sight lines to the panelists and facilitated a productive question and answer session. We plan to be back."
Jeffrey Tignor, Special Counsel, Broadband Division, Wireless Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
"The Stanley Foundation used the space to hold an afternoon workshop for 30+ Global Scholar Program participants. The facilities have a great modern look, a handy kitchen for storing lunch and snacks, and good AV options for running videos and presentations. OpenGov Hub will be high on the list of possible venues for any future workshops we might have in the DC area."
Devon Terrill, Program Officer for Media, The Stanley Foundation
Event Space FAQ
+ Do you offer tech setup help?
Yes! We have two OpenGov Hub staff who will help you do a tech run through with you before your event and are also available, if needed, the day of your event.
+ What tech equipment do you have?
Event Space In our large event space (Sydney and Manila), we have six TVs that can show different displays if needed. We have two 50”, two 70”, and two 80” TVs. The four largest TVs have Apple Mac Minis and HDMI or USB hookups. There's no need to bring your computer (unless you prefer to), as we have several fully functioning Mac computers hooked up to our TVs. We also have a 50” TV in the breakout area right outside the event space, so if there is overflow your guests can still follow the event. Our large event space also comes equipped with microphones, which includes two handheld, two lapel, and two desktop microphones. For videoconferencing, we have a large tabletop two-way speaker, as well as video cameras mounted on our larger TVs.
Meeting Rooms Our larger meeting rooms come equipped with a fully functioning Mac computer, 70” TV, a mounted video camera, and a large tabletop two-way speaker.
Wifi We have free (and fast!) Wifi available throughout our space.
+ What about food?
We have a spacious kitchen available for your use with two large refrigerators, a microwave, and two large sinks. You are more than welcome to offer catering or order food for your event or meeting. However, the Hub staff does not do any of the ordering or setup for the food.
Listed below are food providers guests have used in the past. When having food delivered, be sure to specify Suite 500 to ensure your food arrives to the right place.
+ Do you have a space capacity chart?
We’ve got you covered! We have a chart showing all of the different arrangements as well as the number of people for each arrangement.
+ Is it easy to get to the Hub?
Yes! We are right in the heart of Washington, D.C. close to many metro and bus lines: Metro: McPherson Square (Blue-Orange-Silver) or Farragut North (Red) Bus: 52, 53, 54, D4, 80, D1, D6, 3Y, 16Y, 11Y, 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 36
We also have a parking garage in our building, run by Colonial Parking. Their website has the latest rate information. On weekdays the garage is open until at least 10pm, if not later. On weekends, the building's parking garage is only open Saturday evening (~5pm-1am) and is available at a flat rate of $12.
We also have bike racks in front of our building, where you can lock your bike securely.
+ What do I need to do before my event?
Planning events can be stressful, so we want to help make it as easy as possible for you at the Hub.
Please complete the steps on the External Event Checklist to make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible.
+ What do I need to do on the day of my event?
Please show up to the venue at least 30 minutes early, so that we can do a quick tech runthrough with you and so that you can set up the room to fit your needs.
For all events over 20 people, and all evening events: You must have at least one volunteer/staff in the lobby to help register and take guests up to the 5th floor. This is necessary with a high volume of guests and in the evening, when there is no security guard on duty at the front desk after 6pm.
Bring signage that you want displayed, as well as any materials.
Just as you were for setup, you are responsible for breakdown and cleanup.