Well, we sure had a hell of a time at 50 on Fire. The Howard Theatre was jam-packed with D.C. innovators there to celebrate the people who have been lighting up their industries in 2016. From venture capitalists to architects to coders to craft brewers, we had a huge array of talented guests to party with.

And party we did. All the way to a 2 am stop at Ben’s for halfsmokes and cheese fries. But the best part of the night was getting to celebrate local innovation and recognize the leaders who are carrying the flag forward for all of us.

A huge shoutout to our 50 on Fire sponsors, the Consumer Technology Association, Solebrity, ZenDesk, Gabriel Marketing Group, Howard Theatre and Bruce Pike Productions. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Every year we bring our 150 finalists in for a three day photoshoot before 50 on Fire. Our video team at GRVTY uses the images and video to create a truly kickass video featuring the 50 winners. We announce the winners by showing the video live at our 50 on Fire event, and get to watch people celebrate as they and their coworkers and friends pop up on the screen.

So check out the video to see who was on fire in 2016:

DC Inno’s 50 on Fire 2016 from Streetwise Media on Vimeo.

Also, we’ve pulled together a 50 on Fire soundtrack for you right here. Here’s the playlist to jam to:

If you’re pressed for time, here’s the list of all our 50 winners! Congratulations!


Amelia Friedman and Anna Mason – Vinetta Project

Dominique Taylor – 1776

Jessica Bell – Deloitte Digital

Maria Rose Belding – MEANS Database

Shana Glenzer – MakeOffices


Buddy Bernhard – Local Motors

Gavin Daniels – Wingate Hughes Architects

Morgan West – A Creative DC

Suann Song – Appointed

Susan Tynan – Framebridge


Alix Guerrier – LearnZillion

Chip Paucek – 2U

Greg Davies – Full Measure Education

Michelle Brown – CommonLit

Government & Advocacy

Carey Anne Nadeau – Open Data Nation

Hans Riemer – Councilmember, Montgomery County, Maryland

Maura Corbett – Glen Echo Group LLC

Tim Hwang – FiscalNote

Ximena Hartsock & Jeb Ory – Phone2Action

Healthcare & Medicine

Cameron Ferroni – Kit Check

Craig Cheifetz – Inova

Drew Ladner – Pascal Metrics

Mike Baird – Avizia

Robin Wiener – Get Real Health


Andy Lustig – Cooley LLP

Brett Gibson – NextGen Venture Partners

Donn Davis – Revolution Growth

Fred Schaufeld – SWaN & Legend

Julia Taxin – Grotech Ventures

Rick Gordon – MACH37


Ajay Kori – UrbanStems

Alan Clifford – Galley

Ann Yang and Phil Wong – Misfit Juicery

Jose Andres – ThinkFoodGroup

Michael Lastoria – &pizza

Rosy and Donna Khalife – Surprise Ride

Marketing & Advertising

Annie Perezchica – BrandLinkDC

Chip Colbert – Starfish Leadership

DJ Saul – iStrategy Labs

Emily Yu – Case Foundation

Scott Reitzel – Purple Strategies


Adam Vitarello and Toby Moore – Optoro

Brian Ballard – APX Labs

Dan Berger – Social Tables

Dave Merkel – Expel

Logan Soya – Aquicore

Michael Avon – ICX Media

Reggie Aggarwal – Cvent

Ryan Croft – TransitScreen

Tom Davidson – EverFi

Thanks again to all of our sponsors for making 50 on Fire a success!