Nerds in NoMa

Bring on the Nerds: A Speaker Series Featuring Pop-Up Lobby Activation Project

‘Nerds in NoMa’ is a free speaker series that will let you explore your favorite nerdy topics, from transportation to beekeeping to local brewing. On six Tuesday evenings this winter, bring your happy hour crowd for a few drinks and learn something new from the city’s top experts. Wine, beer and tasty light fare will be available for purchase from the vendors of Union Kitchen. Dates are below. All evening events will be from 6-8 PM.

Nerds in NoMa takes place in the Lobby Project at 1200 First Street, NE, a new hub of activity, where you can connect, learn, use free wifi and enjoy tasty treats. A three-month pilot project, the Lobby Project is the brainchild of Harriet Tregoning, Director of the DC Office of Planning, and is being implemented by the NoMa Business Improvement District.



Washington Project for the Arts is curating three art shows in the space featuring creative original works by local artists from DC and Baltimore. Art shows will be held on the following Thursdays:

Nov. 14: Event Launch and Opening Reception for Gabriel Mellan. RSVP for this free event here.
Dec. 12: Opening Reception for Amanda Burnham. RSVP for this free event here.
Jan. 23: Opening Reception for Edmond van der Bijl. RSVP for this free event here.
March 5: Opening Reception for Fawna Xiao. RSVP for this free event here.

Morning Cafe

As part of the Lobby Project, food and beverages will also be available to get your work day going in the right direction. Each weekday from 8-11 AM, Uncle Chip’s Cookies will offer coffee, muffins, vegan treats and a variety of savory and sweet baked goods for purchase in the lobby. Uncle Chip’s is a café on North Capitol Street, NW.



1200 First Street, NE (Corner of First and M Streets, NE)
Closest Metro: NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line)
Save the following dates: Speakers to be announced!

  • Thursday, Nov. 14: Project Launch and Gabriel Mellan’s Opening Reception. RSVP for this free event here.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Better Cities. RSVP for this free event here.
    • Harriet Tregoning, Director of the DC Office of Planning
    • Morgan Greenhouse, Founder & Managing Partner of verdeHOUSE

    • Erik Kugler, Co-Owner, CFO of BicycleSPACE
    • Food available for purchase from Ravioli Revolution
  • Thursday, Dec. 12: Amanda Burnham’s Opening Reception. RSVP for this free event here.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17: Crafting Local Brews & Spirits. RSVP for this free event here.
    • Jeff Hancock, Brewmaster, DC Brau
    • Justin Cox, CEO, Atlas Brew Works
    • Michael Lowe, Co-Owner & Distiller, New Columbia Distillers LLC
    • Jonas Singer, Founder, Union Kitchen
    • Food available for purchase from Paul’s Steaks
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14: The Future of Union Station. RSVP for this free event here.
    • David Tuchmann, Vice President of Development, Akridge
    • Cindy Petkac, Principal Planner, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation
    • David Zaidain, Project Director, Union Station Master Plan, Amtrak
  • Thursday, Jan. 23: Edmond van der Bijl’s Opening Reception. RSVP for this free event here.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28: Growing DC Tech Cluster. RSVP for this free event here.
    • David Zipper, Managing Director, 1776
    • Doug Guthrie, George Washington University Professor and Government Consultant
    • Max Wessel, VP Business Innovation & Incubation, SAP
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4: Nature in the Urban Environment. RSVP for this free event here.

    • Maisie Hughes, Casey Trees Planning Director
    • Paula Goldberg, City Wildlife Executive Director
    • Mike Templeman, Beekeeper Extraordinaire
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18: NPR Spotlight. RSVP for this free event here.
    • Scott Horsley, NPR White House Reporter
    • Moderated by Louis Bayard, local author
    • Food available for purchase from the Big Cheese
  • Wednesday, March 5: Fawna Xiao’s Opening Reception. RSVP for this free event here.

    • Food courtesy of Roti Mediterranean Grill.

All lobby project events are free and open to the public.

About The Lobby Project

The Office of Planning’s (OP’s) Temporary Urbanism program transforms vacant spaces into active ones through arts, cultural, and other programming. As part of this program, OP is undertaking a ‘Third Place’ initiative that is intended to create a vibrant destination where people can socialize and work in what was previously an underutilized space. The initiative leverages OP’s previous temporary urbanism efforts as well as OP’s Creative DC Action Agenda and DC Vibrant Retail Toolkit, which together promote placemaking, entrepreneurship and vibrant destinations in emerging neighborhoods. The Lobby Project is made possible through a grant from the DC Office of Planning.

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