Why

The Neon Guild is an association of technology professionals in Charlottesville/Albemarle and beyond. Established in 1996, we currently have over 450 members.

Our meetings are very casual and friendly. Newcomers are always welcome. It’s a great place to get info, help, ask questions and talk about what you do. Best place in town to get a tech job or hire a techie. Free pizza and beer, too.

With internet technologies changing at a dizzying pace, it’s hard to keep up. Sometimes it’s easier to simply ask someone about something you are trying to accomplish rather than poring through manuals, searching on the web, taking tutorials, etc. That’s what the Neon Guild is all about.

It’s also interesting to learn about what kinds of projects others are working on. The best thing about the Guild is forming relationships with others. If you know the other members and know what their skill sets are, often it’s just easier to sub-contract out a piece of your job to someone else who can do it better or faster than you can. It works the other way around, too. Once other members get to know what you can do, they can forward projects your way.

As a community, we’re also interested in helping others who want to explore this field. Many of our members do pro bono work, mentor high school kids, donate their equipment, teach, etc. If you’re interested in participating, we can put you in contact with people who would love to use your skills.

When

Neon Guild Cookout

Semi-Annual Neon Guild Cookout

Tuesday, September 27, 6-8pm

Burgers, dogs, veggie burgers, adult beverages, all the sides, all for free. Always fun. Bring something to share if you want.

Location: Shelter 2 at McIntire Park

Direct access to McIntire Park from 250 is closed due to the construction of the new YMCA. You can get to the park via the Rugby Ave exit on 250. Or you can take Rose Hill Drive to Rugby Ave. Just follow the signs pointing to McIntire Park. Keep following around, through the parking lot. You’ll see the Y under construction. It will seem like you’ve reached a dead end with kind of a roundabout, but there’s actually a road parallel to the construction fence. Right past the Y, you’ll see Shelter 2, across from the Little League field. There’s more parking just beyond the shelter.

If it seems like rain, we’ll send out an announcement.

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The List

Membership in the Neon Guild is free. No dues, no fees. No by-laws. No committees. Free pizza and beer and soft drinks at every meeting. We offer a fantastic resource for the tech community. We have only one rule.

If you want to get the benefits of our community, you have to give something. That something is YOU. In person. It’s all about connecting with others. To join, you need to physically show up to at least one meeting. That’s how you get on our super-secret private email list where a lot of action happens. We request that you attend in person at least once per quarter to stay on the list.

Just to make things perfectly clear, please don’t write the Guildmaster requesting to be added to the list. She will write back to you and invite you to come to a meeting.